Rocky Mountain Ag Tour

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 4, 2015 , 8:34 am

Get to Fall Conference early for the Rocky Mountain NAMA Ag Tour! We will be starting early on Tuesday, September 22 to get a unique perspective on some of the most enterprising ag operations in the Centennial State. We’ll visit three unique spots and enjoy tours led by their owners. Get ready to hear the inside scoop on agri-tainment, listen to an international spin on the milling and bakery business and see the latest in vertical farming. Check out the full schedule here!

The first stop will be to Rock Creek Farm. Rock Creek Farm’s U-Pick-Em pumpkins and corn mazes are part of the Miller family’s business plan. The tour begins here where agri-tainment meets traditional ag just outside Denver.

After that it’s on to Ardent Mills. Supported by 40 flour mills, three bakery-mix facilities and specialty bakeries located across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, the company has deep roots in communities throughout North America. Ardent Mills is headquartered in Denver and employs more than 100 certified millers, supporting thousands of local jobs and contributing billions of dollars to local economies. Look forward to a full tour of the flour mill just outside Denver in Commerce City.

Then we move to Dirtless Farms. Owner Evan Premer grew up surrounded by fields. His family had small gardens and ranches, so farming has always been a part of his life. As an adult, Evan went to another field—the Army—where he completed tours of duty in Germany and Iraq. After he completed his service, he gained valuable agricultural training at Circle Fresh Farms, with the help of Farmer Veteran Coalition’s partner in Colorado, Veterans to Farmers. Evan now operates Dirtless Farms – a vertical farm that grows a variety of leaf greens for restaurants across the Denver-metro area.

After a tour of Dirtless Farms, get a taste of the delicious greens grown there as the tour stops for lunch at Linger, a farm to table restaurant that Evan supplies with fresh produce.

Cost:  $75/person and includes breakfast and lunch (same cost for members & non-members)

Dress: Casual, wear closed-toed shoes (no flipflops or heels) and long pants. Ardent Mills requires long pants and closed-toed shoes to go on the tour.

Time:  7:30 AM depart from hotel, return to hotel at 3:00 PM

Please note: The Rocky Mountain Ag Tour is prior to the NAMA Fall Conference. While we hope that you’ll attend both, you do not need to be registered for Fall Conference to attend the Ag Tour. Check out the Fall Conference website for more information on both! Register today!

Join NAMA and ABM at the NAFB Convention

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 4, 2015 , 8:31 am

NAMA, the AgriBusiness Media Council and the MoKan NAMA chapter will co-host a reception at the NAFB Convention, Wednesday, November 11, 2015. It will take place at the Westin Crown Center on the Garden Terrace in Kansas City from 5-6 p.m. Watch your email for more details.  For more information visit the NAFB Convention website.

Farm Progress Reception Recap

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 4, 2015 , 8:30 am

The Heartland and Chicago NAMA chapters hosted a well-attended reception at the Farm Progress Show on September 2.  As is typical, the day was hot but a constant breeze flowing through the tent’s openings, along with cold beverages, helped everyone relax while they shared stories and caught up on news.  Members from all over the United States and Canada attended.  You can view a few photos at

New NAMA Members!

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 4, 2015 , 8:29 am

New Member List:
Welcome our new members for August 2015:

Shannon Kelley

Meredith Ebel

Kristen Cameron
Chris Linville
Emily Thornburg

John Roustio
Kelsey Ruthman
Jamill Teter

Steven Beisswenger

Angela Anderson
Bethany Grabe

Robin DeVore

Stuart Adams
Dewayne Gandy
Claire Kaufman

Ingrid Bergquist
Beth Pagel
Ryan Palmer

David Spisak

Katelynn Gutschlag
Dustin Toliver

Casey Smith

Sandra Gharib
Katie Nieri
Ramona Ridley
Carissa Sauer
Cindy Vuong

Iowa NAMA Chapter Event

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 4, 2015 , 8:28 am

Iowa NAMA Grower Panel
Moderated by Who Radio’s Doug Cooper

  • Friday, September 11, 2015
  • Iowa Farm Bureau
  • 5400 University Ave. West Des Moines, IA 50266

Join us for our September Iowa NAMA meeting on Friday, September 11, to hear from a panel of growers discussing the issues facing the agriculture industry today. Doug Cooper with WHO Radio will be moderating the panel as you get your answers direct from the growers.

Hosted at Iowa Farm Bureau headquarters, attendees will also get an opportunity to hear about the organization’s history and activities.

11:30 a.m. – Networking and Lunch
12:00 p.m. – Iowa Farm Bureau Overview
12:10 p.m. – Grower Panel


Questions? Contact Ellie Weiss.

Rocky Mountain NAMA Chapter Event

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 4, 2015 , 8:27 am

Rocky Mountain NAMA invites you to the next networking event on Wednesday, September 16 at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  Rocky Mountain NAMA is excited to partner again with the Colorado Ag Network and Anadarko Petroleum to host this reception.  Join them for an evening of great conversation and food!

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, September 16th

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, 9110 East Nichols Avenue, Suite 300, Centennial, CO 80112

Beef & Beverage Pairing

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is home to several culinary experts that work to provide the industry with new beef cuts, product innovation and recipe ideas.  At this event, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the Association’s state-of-art culinary center as well as sample several beef appetizers that can be paired with your choice of selected wines and brews. 

Guest Speakers        

Kimberly Wathke – Title Analyst, Anadarko Petroleum

Robert Schutzius – Reserves Manager, Anadarko Petroleum
Come learn about Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and responsible oil and gas development in the State of Colorado. Anadarko employees Robert Schutzius and Kimberly Wathke will provide a general overview of the industry, a technical explanation of the life cycle of an oil and gas well and the effects of the oil and gas industry on Colorado’s economy.

Marvin Kokes – President, National Agri-Marketing Association
Longstanding member and current President, Marvin Kokes will speak to professional development and learning opportunities that NAMA provides to its members.

For questions or to RSVP, please contact:
Beka Gill –

As always, please share this invite with co-workers and friends that would be interested in attending and learning more about the Rocky Mountain NAMA Chapter and the Colorado Ag Network. 

Cornbelt NAMA Chapter Event

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 4, 2015 , 8:26 am

Cinnamon Ridge Farms Ag Tour

It’s a family owned, family run farm where they milk Jersey dairy cows using robots, raise beef cattle, pigs, goats, chickens and produce corn, soybeans and winter wheat.  They also make cheese from the milk produced on the farm.

When: Thursday, September 17

Where: Cinnamon Ridge Farms, Donahue, IA

Cost: $10 per person

Registration information will be available soon.

Midsouth NAMA Chapter Event

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 4, 2015 , 8:25 am

Spring Valley Farms (SVF) Ag Tour
A true gate to plate operation.

Friday, September 25th

  • 8:00 a.m. – Depart from Showplace Arena next to AgriCenter on chartered bus
  • 10:30 a.m. – Arrive John & Debra’s house, enjoy refreshments on the front porch
  • 11:00 a.m. – Enjoy a truly homemade lunch complete with ½ pound burgers made from SVF beef and Debra’s homemade potato salad and dessert
  • 12:30 p.m. – Load the bus for a tour of the farms where John & Debra will share the history of their farms and discuss their current operations. Highlights include:
    —Cattle herds – How are they bred, raised, and sold direct to consumers
    —Debra’s bee operation – How are they cared for and  how the honey is produced
    —General farm sites including old log barns
  • 2:30 p.m. – Depart for Memphis
  • 5:00 p.m. – Arrive back at Showplace Arena

When: Friday, September 25th

Where: Meet up at Showplace Arena

Cost: $60

Register to Attend

Don’t worry…there will be wi-fi on the bus for all you workaholics. Additional details regarding parking and other logistics will be sent closer to the event.

Registration/Payment Policy: Registration will remain open until the Tuesday before the event (September 22). Due to the nature of this event, no refunds will be available for cancellation within two weeks of the event (Friday, September 11).

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