Sign Up for the Fall Conference Ag Tour

Written by NAMA on Thursday, June 15, 2017 , 2:34 pm

Join the Badger NAMA Chapter as they host the 2017 Fall Conference Ag Tour. Get a unique perspective on some of the most enterprising ag operations in the great state of Wisconsin. The cost for this tour is $75 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 19

7:30 a.m.: Depart the hotel.

Stop #1 – Theresa, WI: 

Confections for Any Occasion | Chocolate is a specialty for this blind entrepreneur, Joel Bernhard. All of his delectable chocolates are made with real Wisconsin butter and his company proudly participates in Something Special from Wisconsin, Travel Wisconsin and Discover Dodge County. In addition to gourmet chocolates, the store features a variety of other Wisconsin-made products, including sausages, mustards, maple syrup, cheese spreads and honey. We’ll tour the store, learn a little bit about chocolate making and, of course, do some shopping.

Widmer’s Cheese Cellars | This cheese plant has been home to three generations of Widmer cheesemakers. Joe Widmer, current owner and master cheesemaker, still makes Brick cheese the old-fashioned way by using bricks to gently squeeze the whey from the curd. Widmer has won many awards for his handcrafted cheeses. We will learn about the company’s history, watch cheesemaking in action and sample cheese.

Stop #2 – Fond du Lac, WI: 

Vir-Clar Farms | Katie (Boyke) and Grant Grinstead and JR Boyke are the third generation on this family farm and currently manage it with their parents, Gary and Rose Boyke. The family has 2,000 cows and farms 2,800 acres of land. Methane digesters produce enough renewable electric power for approximately 800 homes. Cows are milked three times a day in a double-30 parlor. All the calves are raised on the farm and the family counts on 32 full-time employees to help Vir-Clar run smoothly. Katie will lead us on a tour of the entire farm and explain how this modern dairy farm gives animals the best care possible to produce wholesome, nutritious milk.

En route to Milwaukee: Beer and Cheese Pairing | We’ll match three Wisconsin craft beers with specialty cheeses, explaining how the flavors complement each other.  Participants will get a taste of so many award-winning products crafted in Wisconsin.

Stop #3 – Milwaukee, WI: 

Miller Brewing Company | Miller Brewing Company has been brewing “confoundly good beers” for 160 years. This tour begins at the Visitor Center and includes a four-block walk, allowing for an inside look at the brew house. Learn how Miller-Coors products are made, packaged and distributed worldwide. We’ll conclude the tour with product sampling and sodas.

3:45 p.m.: Arrive back at the hotel.


Check out details on the rest of NAMA’s Fall Conference on the website and register today! #namafall17

Fall Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Written by NAMA on Thursday, June 15, 2017 , 2:34 pm

Opportunities:

  • • Welcome Reception, Tuesday evening – $4,000
  • • Second Keynote Speaker – $2,000
  • • Closing Session Speaker – $2,000
  • • Closing Luncheon (co-sponsor with existing sponsor, Farm Progress) – $2,000
  • • Pre-Conference Workshop – $1,000
  • • Breaks – $1,000 each (Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning)
  • • Onsite Signage – $1,000
  • • Registration Brochure – $1,000
  • • Breakout Sessions – $500
  • • Name Badges – $500
  • • Program Guide Ads: Full Page – $1,000; Half Page – $500; Quarter page – $250

Benefits:

  • • Logo and name listed on the website, promotional brochure, emails, program guide and on signage.
  • • If sponsoring a reception or break, the ability to use your own signage or distribute items.
  • • If sponsoring a speaker, the opportunity to introduce them.
  • • First right of refusal for next year’s event.

Check Out the Fall Conference Website

Written by NAMA on Thursday, June 1, 2017 , 3:33 pm

The 2017 NAMA Fall Conference will take place in Milwaukee, WI on September 19-21. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it!

Find out everything you need to know about Fall Conference on the website! Check back often for updates on speakers, the ag tour and much more!

Register today!

NAMA is Heading to Milwaukee

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 , 10:30 am

The 2017 NAMA Fall Conference will take place in Milwaukee, WI on September 19-21. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it!

Registration is now open! Speakers and sessions are being finalized now, but check back soon for more details.

Register today!

Save the Date: Fall Conference 2017

Written by NAMA on Monday, May 8, 2017 , 3:22 pm

The 2017 NAMA Fall Conference will take place in Milwaukee, WI on September 19-21. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it!

The Hotel:

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center. The room rate for the NAMA block is $169.00 and the cutoff date is August 28, 2017. Call the hotel to make a reservation, (414) 271-7250. The online reservation website will be available soon.

Take a look at the Schedule-At-A-Glance:

Tuesday, Sept. 19
TBD Badger Ag Tour
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
Wednesday, Sept. 20
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. NAMA Board Meeting
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Pre-Conference Workshop
11:00 – 12:30 p.m. Opening Luncheon
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Keynote Session
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
Thursday, Sept. 21
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. General Session & PDA Awards
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Closing Luncheon Session

Save the Date: Fall Conference 2017

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 , 2:32 pm

Please mark your calendars for the 2017 NAMA Fall Conference!

When: September 19 – 21, 2017

Where: Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Like always, NAMA’s Fall Conference will not disappoint! Make sure you save these dates so you can join us in Milwaukee!

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