Fall Conference Hotel Rooms Still Available

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 , 2:10 pm

NAMA Still Has Rooms for Fall Conference!

Do you still need a room in Minneapolis? NAMA still has some rooms available at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel! If you still need a room, please send us an email or call the NAMA office at (913) 491-6500.


The early bird registration date is this Friday, September 7. If you haven’t registered for Fall Conference yet, there is still time to do so at the lower rate. Register today and save yourself some money!

Check out the Fall Conference Website for all the information you will need in Minneapolis!


Don’t forget about the Ag Tour! There is still availability – add it to your Fall Conference registration.

Join the North Central NAMA Chapter as they host the 2018 Fall Conference Ag Tour. Get a unique perspective on some of the most enterprising ag operations in the great state of Minnesota. The cost for this tour is $85 and includes breakfast and lunch. Click here for the full schedule.

NAMA Names Professional Development Award Winners for 2018

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 , 2:10 pm

NAMA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Professional Development Awards of Excellence. Each year, NAMA recognizes industry leaders at the very top of their respective fields. These prestigious awards acknowledge excellence in the areas of marketing communications, public relations and sales.

The 2018 Marketing Communications award recipient is Jerry Gennaria, Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President at Brighton Agency. Jerry’s experience in a wide range of agricultural sectors along with his passion for teaching and mentoring make him a great asset to the Strategy & Engagement team at Brighton. As a member of the Gateway Chapter, Jerry played a leading role in guiding NAMA through the recent evolution of its brand. Jerry and his team guided the organization’s leadership as it identified brand beliefs and pillars, reviewed audience perceptions and desires and, ultimately, developed a mission, purpose and, brand story that better positions NAMA today and for the future.

John Robinson is awarded the Professional Development Award for Public Relations. As Executive Director, Organizational Communications at the Natl. Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), John has helped grow the organization’s digital presence by tripling the number of Facebook followers and continuing to increase NCBA’s Instagram and Snapchat audiences. Recently he co-led the NCBA rebranding team, focusing on creating a more consistent brand presence for the association. John is an active member of the Rocky Mountain NAMA Chapter. He regularly attends meetings, has served on the chapter’s planning committee, and encourages team members to get involved in the organization.

The award recipient for Sales is Sonia Tighe, Executive Director, Florida Specialty Crop Foundation at the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. Sonia’s passion and determination have played an integral role in helping transform the “single crop” culture within the state of Florida. Her enthusiasm for the success of the local farm community is helping her evolve an entire farming culture. Sonia is a board member for the Florida NAMA Chapter and she regularly attends national meetings. She is also working closely with the Florida Student NAMA team to ensure they can participate at the annual competition.

The Professional Development Awards of Excellence will be presented at the 2018 NAMA Fall Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The honorees will receive their awards during a morning session on Wednesday, September 19 at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel. For more information on the NAMA Fall Conference, visit https://nama.org/fall-conference/2018-fall-conference-homepage.

Fall Conference Hotel Cutoff & Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaching

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 , 12:18 pm

Start making your plans to join NAMA in Minneapolis this September for the 2018 Fall Conference! Register before August 31 and save money! Register Now.

If you are planning to join NAMA in Minneapolis, please reserve your room at the Loews soon. August 31 is the cutoff date for the hotel — that’s in 16 days!

Find all the information on the Fall Conference website. We hope to see you in Minneapolis!

North Central Ag Tour

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 , 12:18 pm

Join the North Central NAMA Chapter as they host the 2018 Fall Conference Ag Tour. Get a unique perspective on some of the most enterprising ag operations in the great state of Minnesota. The cost for this tour is $85 and includes breakfast and lunch. See below for a full schedule of the day’s activities.

Does this sound like a great way to start off your Fall Conference experience? Register Now!

Tuesday, September 18

Stop #1 – Faribault, MN

Faribault Woolen Mills | Join us to learn about a true American manufacturing legend. Nestled along the Cannon River, just south of Minneapolis, a nearly 150-year-old story is still being woven. Founded in 1865, the year Lincoln died, and the Civil War ended, Faribault Woolen Mill
endures as one of the last vertical
woolen mills in America.

Stop #2 – Savage, MN

CHS Savage Terminal | The CHS Savage Terminal was built to provide producers increased access to export markets via the Gulf of Mexico. The terminal is located at Mile 14.5 on the Minnesota River. For over 30 years, this elevator serves as a transfer terminal which also has limited storage.

Stop #3 – Falcon Heights, MN

The Good Acre | Eat a catered lunch while hearing the inspiring story of a local food hub, The Good Acre. The company’s mission is to strengthen farmers, food makers, and communities through good food. Good Acre personnel work year-round to connect their network of growers to wholesale buyers so that farmers can turn a profit on their hard-earned harvests and focus on being stewards of the land.

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