National Agriculture Day Webinar

Written by NAMA on Thursday, February 23, 2006 , 10:55 am

Ag Day LogoThis year, the Agriculture Council of America will again host the National Agriculture Day Luncheon on Thursday, March 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the ballroom of the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Our keynote speaker for the luncheon will be Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry. MCs for the event will be Orion Samuelson, WGN Radio/RFD-TV and former Secretary of Agriculture, John Block. The luncheon is hosted by Ag Day Partners ADM and John Deere and many other Ag Day supporters.

In addition to the keynote speaker, the winner of the National Ag Day Essay Contest will read the winning essay and will be presented with a $1,000 cash award. Special thanks to the sponsors of the Ag Day Essay Contest: DuPont, Case IH, The Council for Agricultural Science & Technology, High Plains Journal, National Association of Farm Broadcasting, McCormick Company and the National Agri-Marketing Association.

If you are unable to join us in Washington, DC on March 16 you can still take advantage of listening to the program from the comfort of your office or home in a special webinar hosted by NAMA. This is a great opportunity for chapters to host an “Ag Day” chapter meeting. For more information in participating in the webinar, contact Eldon White at 913-491-6500 or via e-mail at

Volunteers Needed to Mold Young Minds

Written by NAMA on Thursday, February 23, 2006 , 10:54 am

2006 Marketing Competition Winners - PurdueA unique and valuable component of NAMA is the Student NAMA organization. Many of our professional members got their first taste of our industry through their involvement in Student NAMA. You may have even personally benefited from your participation in the New Products Marketing Competition or your college NAMA chapter.

The success of Student NAMA relies on the generous support from volunteer professionals. There are a number of ways you can help support this worthy cause both at the local and national level.

Below is a list of ways you can volunteer at the national level:

Agri-Marketing Conference Mentoring
Offer your professional insight to students at the NAMA Conference luncheon. Volunteer professionals commit to lunching with students interested in learning more about their profession. This informal interaction is a great chance to exchange ideas with the future of agri-marketing. Time commitment – 1-2 hours (lunch on April 20)

Student Marketing Competition support
Monitor rooms, keep time, and assist general operations at competition. Volunteers commit to assisting the successful operation of the student marketing competition at NAMA Conference. This is a great chance to observe schools as they present their new product marketing plans in the preliminary, semifinals, and final rounds. This is also a great place to start your involvement with Student NAMA. Time commitment – 4-8 hours (April 18, 19, 20 – various times available)

Student Marketing Competition judging
Judging the New Products Marketing Competition. Judges of the Student NAMA Marketing Competition have the very important task of rating the participating schools and giving feedback. Preliminary judges will judge written proposals in advance and judge live presentations at the NAMA Conference. Semifinals and Finals judges judge only the live presentations. Five years professional experience required. Time commitment – 4-10 hours (April 18, 19, 20 — various times available)

Volunteer now to help the Student NAMA program, sign up at

Who Won Best of Show?

Written by NAMA on Thursday, February 23, 2006 , 10:53 am

This year, a Task Force was formed to take a look at various elements of the Best of NAMA program. Specifically these elements were the Judging Process, the Ceremony and the Awards themselves.

One of the changes adopted is how the Best of Show winners are recognized. The winners and Best of Show winners will be presented at the Best of NAMA Ceremony that kicks off the 2006 Agri-Marketing Conference & Trade Show, April 19-21 in Kansas City.

Winners in the 69 categories will be featured in the April issue of Agri Marketing magazine. Traditionally the Best of Show winners would be featured in the April issue, but not this year. To heighten the element of surprise the Best of Show winners will be featured in the June issue. Task force participants felt that if Best of Show winners were interviewed prior to the ceremony it took away from the award. So, if you don’t get a call from Agri Marketing in March, it doesn’t mean you didn’t win Best of Show. You’ll just have to attend the April 19 ceremony to find out.

To register for the 2006 Agri-Marketing Conference & Trade Show visit,

Judges Defy the Elements

Written by NAMA on Thursday, February 23, 2006 , 10:52 am

The winter storms that blanketed parts of the country last week were no match for the National Best of NAMA judges. Many waited hours at airports to board their flights to take them to the judging on February 17 in Kansas City. While a couple of judges simply couldn’t overcome the transportation challenges, most made it in for the event that took place at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center.

This year’s judging featured some fine tuning designed to make the judging process simpler. Judges evaluated 500 national entries, the cream of the crop, so to speak. A first and merit award will be presented in 69 categories and three Best of Show Awards will be given out in the areas of Advertising, Public Relations and Specialty Categories.

Special thanks to this year’s national Best of NAMA judges:

Phil Johnson, Colle+McVoy
Keith Canfield, PIC
Mark Moore, Charleston|Orwig
Joy Watson, BASF
Catherine Wang, Gibbs & Soell
Jill Greene, The Meyocks Group
Mike Butler, archer>malmo
Gerri Lein, AdFarm
Carol Anderson, Anderson Kisner Fallon LLC
Illinois Blasdel, Blasdel Cleaver Schwalbe
Linda Monslow, Osborn & Barr Communications
Greg Smith, Padilla Speer Beardsley
Bob Shriner, Bader Rutter
Janell Aust, McCormick Company
Steve Rhea, Rhea & Kaiser
Eric Baumgartner, VML
Mike Gustafson, John Deere

Special thanks also goes to Pioneer Hi-Bred, Intl., Inc. for sponsoring the national Best of NAMA Judges’ Luncheon.

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