Chapter Events

Written by NAMA on Friday, July 18, 2014 , 7:07 am

Join the Badger, MoKan and Chicago NAMA chapters for some exciting networking opportunities!

Badger NAMA ~ July 24

Badger NAMA Fond du Lac Farm Tour

Join the Badger NAMA Chapter for an up-close view of Wisconsin Dairy’s diversity and commitment to excellence.

Thursday, July 24 | Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

9:15 a.m. | Registration at Vir-Clar Farm (N5119 County Road K, Fond du Lac)

9:30 a.m. | Vir-Clar Farm Tour
Vir-Clar Farm is owned and operated by the Boyke and Grinstead families.  The dairy milks 1,250 cows and produces electricity for 320 homes with its methane digester.  Katie (Boyke) Grinstead will lead us on a tour of the farm and share her work in building good relationships with local consumers.

11:30 a.m. | LaClare Farms Tour & Lunch (W2994 County Road HH, Malone)
Established in 1978, LaClare Family Farm has grown to a milking herd of 375 dairy goats.  Owners Larry and Clara Hedrich expanded the business to include the production of award-winning Evalon and Chevre cheeses.  In addition to a farm tour, we’ll enjoy lunch at the farm’s café, which features seasonal entrees prepared from scratch using locally raised ingredients.

1:45 p.m. | Kelley Country Creamery Visit (W5215 County Road B, Fond du Lac)
Karen and Tim Kelley own and operate a 200-acre farmstead with 65 Holstein cows.  At the creamery, we’ll watch ice cream being made while we enjoy scoops of our own favorite flavors.  Karen will give us a brief overview of the farm’s history and the creamery’s marketing strategy.

2:45 p.m. | Depart

Cost and Registration:

Badger NAMA members | $20
Non-members | $30
Students |$10

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is Friday, July 18.

If you are interested in carpooling from the Milwaukee area, please contact Jeanne Gibson at
you are interested in carpooling from the Madison area, please contact Andrea Bloom at

To register for the Badger NAMA Farm Tour visit

MoKan NAMA Golf Classic ~ July 24

Save the date for the upcoming MoKan NAMA Golf Classic on Thursday, July 24. This is a fundraising event to help provide additional financial support for our student chapters.

Check in time: 12:00 Noon
Shotgun start: 1:00 p.m.
Awards & festivities to follow

Falcon Lakes Golf Club
4605 Clubhouse Dr.
Basehor, KS 66007

$80 per player
$320 per group/foursome
$400 includes 4 golfers + a hole sponsorship
$100 Hole Sponsorship
Mulligans will be 2 for $5 or 5 – $10/player

Register online at

If you’ve got coworkers or clients that have never played golf, but would like to give it a shot (pun intended), please invite them to register. This is a fun/relaxed event that will be fun for all. Players will meet up in the clubhouse for cocktails, dinner and awards/prizes immediately following.

To become a sponsor or provide prizes for this event, please contact:
Bob Brunker

MoKan Ag Tour ~ August 19

7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. – MoKan Ag Tour (in-conjunction with the NAMA Boot Camp – the tour is optional)
The 2014 MoKan NAMA Ag Tour is an opportunity for participants, new or seasoned in the industry, to experience the different nuances of agriculture in the Kansas City area.  Our first stop will be to a 15,000 acre corn/soy operation to learn about new technologies going into today’s agronomy, equipment and farm management.  Next, we will visit Shatto Milk Company and dairy for a full tour and lunch.  We’ll finish at Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery for a look (and taste) of their local grapes and how they market their business.

To register call (913)491-6500 or visit the NAMA Boot Camp site to register for the Ag Tour and/or the NAMA Boot Camp.

Chicago Ag Tour ~ September 15

Transparency, transparency, transparency. It is more than a buzzword at Fair Oaks Farms where they are redefining farm-to-plate and providing visitors with an experience in agriculture like no other.

Located in northwestern Indiana, just a short bus ride from Chicago, Fair Oaks hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, giving them a look, and now a taste, as to what modern agriculture is all about.

As part of the fall tour, the Chicago NAMA chapter has coordinated a visit to Fair Oaks Farms. Upon arrival at the farm, you’ll start with a stop at the visitor center where interactive displays provide an education experience like no other on the dairy industry.

From there you will board a bus and head out to the 30,000 cow dairy to see the cows, learn how the cows on the farm are cared for and visit the rotary milking parlor to learn about this unique milking technology.

Methane digesters on the farm handle all associated waste from the farm so you will learn more about that technology and how the energy generated is used to power the buses you’ll be riding as well as all the farm equipment.

Next stop is the new Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms. Our group will be given a private tour of the interactive displays and allowed to view from the observation deck the gestation and farrowing operations of this 2,500 commercial operation.

Then it is off to the new FarmHouse Restaurant, Bakery and Farmers Market at Fair Oaks Farms where during social hour, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the kitchen and interact with the team of chefs. Located on site, this impressive new facility is truly redefining local food production, serving food produced on site that is prepared in its completely viewable kitchen.

Following dinner will be a short panel discussion on ground-breaking research out of Purdue University showing on how and if experiences like those at Fair Oaks Farms are reshaping consumer perceptions of “big ag.” You’ll also hear about the new crop center that is coming to Fair Oaks and plans for poultry, beef, aquaculture and more as well as a hotel and farm-themed waterpark.

Tour cost is $75/person and includes bus transportation, dinner and all tour-related fees. The bus will depart from the hotel at noon on Monday, September 15 and return by 9 p.m.

To register for the Chicago Ag Tour call the NAMA Office at (913)491-6500 or visit the NAMA Fall Conference Web Site.

Great Plains Hosts “Circulate and Socialize”

Written by NAMA on Friday, July 18, 2014 , 7:06 am

Great-Plains-7-10-14-2The Great Plains NAMA Chapter hosted “Circulate and Socialize” on July 10 in Dodge City in conjunction with the 3i Show.  Members and guests were treated to appetizers and drinks while taking the opportunity to network.  Guests included Conrad and Jodi Weaver of Maryland.  Conrad is a documentary film maker who was at the 3i Show to promote The Wheat Harvest Movie.  In addition, Marrone Bio had representation from California present.

The event proved to be an excellent opportunity to network with professionals from coast to coast.


Mark Your Calendar For Future Agri-Marketing Conference Dates

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 , 8:58 am

Plan ahead! Mark your calendars today for upcoming NAMA Agri-Marketing Conferences!

2015 – April 15 – 17 – Kansas city

2016 – April 13 – 15 – Kansas city

2017 – April 26 – 28 – Dallas

2018 – April 11 – 13 – Kansas city

2019 – April 10 – 12 – Kansas city

We look forward to seeing you!!

Welcome To NAMA!

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 , 11:38 am

Please welcome our new members to NAMA:

Rachel Telford, Grain Farmers of Ontario

Karen Ott, Didion Milling

Meredith Harrell, Zoetis
Shana  Hull,  Zoetis
Jessica Rasmussen,  Zoetis
Jenna  Ritchie, Zoetis

Nicole VanDuzer, GROWMARK, Inc.

Seth Harrison, Hagie Manufacturing
Jayne Jackson, PigCHAMP, Inc.
Erin Kurth, United Suppliers, Inc.
Theresa  Linkletter, Growers Edge
Kelly Sheldon O`Byrne, Applied Art and Technology
Abby Sisk, Growers Edge

Erica Flores, University of Kentucky
Emily Kay, Alltech
Shawn  Smith, Beck’s Hybrids

Alba Collart, Mississippi State University
Brock Dugger, IRON Solutions, Inc.
Jeremy Ellis, IRON Solutions, Inc.

Dan Alcazar, Machinerylink
Traci Hayes, Machinerylink
Sarah  Owens, USC, LLC

Jodi  Babcock,  Sign Here, Inc.
Michelle Huneke,  AgStar Financial Services
John  Share, AgriBank
Kevin  Smith, Land O’Lakes

Randy Ferguson, Ernst Conservation Seeds
Twyla Hayes, Brand It Marketing Communication

Lisa Brown, ADM Alliance Nutrition, Inc. – Loomix

Eric Rader, Agrilogic Crop Insurance Services

Rachel Cutrer, Ranch House Designs, Inc.
Don Hall, KBM Group
Kelly Trembacki, AgReliant Genetics
Raelyn Wade, KBM Group

Theresa  Machado,  Alltech
Samantha Miller, Barenbrug USA

Cornhusker NAMA Hosts Social Media Analytics Meeting

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 , 11:35 am

Social Media Analytics For Business

JayHarrisonNo doubt, social media provides a viable channel for ag businesses, customers and consumers to interact with each other. Jay Harrison, of evolve24, shared how Cornhusker NAMA members can take advantage of social media during the chapter’s February meeting.

Mr. Harrison shared how evolve24 is using unique algorithms to filter through more than 2 million pieces of online content per topic.  He explained the PRECISE™ methodology of analyzing social media conversations. This includes uncovering what is in the message and sentiment; who is moving the message; how fast the issue is moving and what is the emotion. Each item is statistically weighted and then measured to expose early warning signs for companies and industries.

According to Harrison, “When corporations have these metrics available, they can make smart business decisions because the data helps them understand what direction they should be moving in next.”


Register for the 2014 AMC and Signup for Golf and Ag Tour!

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 , 8:20 am


Take a look at our fantastic 2014 Agri-Marketing Conference Breakout Lineup:

  • Next Level Leadership: Managing for Breakthrough Performance
  • Measuring Social Media Marketing ROI
  • Public Relations:  The Evolution Continues
  • cre-a-tive (kre-a-tiv):  Relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas
  • Food for Thought:  An In-Depth Ag-Marketing Case Study
  • How to Get What You Want…The Right Way.  The Power of  Persuasion and Purpose
  • Branding from the Inside Out:  Engaged Associates Drive Your Brand
  • Marketing to Multiple Generations at the Same Time, From the Same Budget:  Producer Panel
  • The Power of Consumers to Shape a Business Model

Visit for Breakout details and schedule.

Florida Ag Tour

Join us for a guided tour of some of the finest farms, ranches and agri-business facilities in the Sunshine State, Wednesday, April 9 from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Florida boasts 9.2 million acres of farmland and ranks 2nd in U.S. production of fresh vegetables, providing 80% of the fresh vegetables consumed in the nation during the winter months. Florida’s cattle industry is one of the 15 largest in the United States, centered around birthing and raising calves. You will see fresh market potato and onion harvesting and packing; commercial vegetable production on plastic; a sod farm, blueberry farm, peach orchard, cattle ranch; and a very special Fresh From Florida lunch prepared by the University of Florida’s Chef David Bearl. Chef Bearl is an inductee of the American Academy of Chefs, the honor society of the American Culinary Federation, representing the highest standards of professionalism in the industry. His efforts to support culinary education through ‘Farm to School’ initiatives encourages the use of fresh, seasonal, and locally grown ingredients. The lunch, prepared by Chef Bearl, will feature specially selected items grown in Florida.

Cost for the Florida Ag Tour is $60.

To register for the Florida Ag Tour and for the conference visit If you’ve already registered for conference but want to add the Florida Ag Tour or if you just want to register for the Ag Tour and not the Agri-Marketing Conference, please visit

ABEF Golf Outing

The Agri-Business Educational Foundation (ABEF) will be hosting a Golf Outing, Tuesday, April 8. Gather your foursome and enjoy a relaxing day of golf in beautiful Jacksonville before the 2014 Agri-Marketing Conference begins.

The ABEF Golf Outing will take place at the Amelia National Golf Club. A chartered bus will leave the hotel at 11:30 a.m. to take everyone to the golf course and a boxed lunch and beverages will be provided. Tee time begins at 1:00 p.m. An awards ceremony and reception will cap your day on the greens. Cost for the outing is $195 per golfer.  For more information visit

Connection Point

Looking for opportunities to place your company’s products and services before decision-makers in the ag marketplace?  NAMA’s Connection Point is for you.  Click here for details or contact Jan Cichello at 913-491-6500.


Looking for other ways to get noticed?  Get in touch with Jenny Pickett about terrific sponsorship opportunities.

Register today
to save money and get a jump on your 2014 calender!

Join NAMA & AAEA at Commodity Classic

Written by NAMA on Saturday, February 8, 2014 , 8:22 am
Join NAMA & AAEA at Commodity Classic

You are invited to a joint cocktail reception hosted by AAEA and the National
Agri-Marketing Association at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.

When: Friday, February 28, 2014

Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room: 006A
(on the River Level, below street level)

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Stop by after the trade show closes but before you head out to dinner!

No cost or registration necessary.

Thanks to BASF, Great Plains, Southwest and
Rocky Mountain NAMA Chapters.

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