PDA Nomination Deadline Sept. 1

Written by NAMA on Thursday, August 31, 2006 , 12:45 pm

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2006 Professional Development Awards of Excellence is Friday, September 1.

The Awards of Excellence honor NAMA members based on outstanding achievement in each of the Professional Development Areas of (1) Marketing Communications, (2) Product/Species Management, (3) Public Relations and (4) Sales. Nominees come from agribusiness and related companies targeting individuals with direct planning and execution responsibilities in the respective Professional Development Area.

These awards will be presented at the 2006 Agribusiness Forum, November 14-15, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.

If you have any questions regarding these awards, please contact Eldon White at eldonw@nama.org.

To download the nomination form in an Adobe .PDF format, visit http://www.nama.org/awards/PDAapplication.pdf.

You can also fill out the form on-line at http://www.nama.org/awards/pdaonlineform.htm.

It’s Harvest Season…Will Your’s Get Picked?

Written by NAMA on Thursday, August 31, 2006 , 12:44 pm

lightbulbs.jpgIt’s time to start putting your entries together for the Best of NAMA program. Best of NAMA honors the best work in agricultural communications. Companies and agencies must first qualify through a regional competition in order to advance to the national level. The national awards ceremony will take place April 11, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion Arena. Regional awards ceremonies will be held in January. (For more information on regional ceremonies visit, http://www.nama.org/amc/bon/calendar.htm.)

Your local chapter receives $25 for every entry entered through that chapter. So enter your work and support your local chapter at the same time. For information on what’s eligible to enter, category information and the entry form, visit, http://www.nama.org/amc/bon/index.htm. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, October 13.

Forum Deals with Pressures in the Ag Industry

Written by NAMA on Thursday, August 31, 2006 , 12:39 pm

wick_don.jpgHear how producers have adapted to financial pressures and change in the ag industry at the 2006 Agribusiness Forum, November 14-15 in Kansas City.

Our producer panel will take place on November 14 with a group of innovative individuals who have uniquely positioned their businesses for long-term economic profitability.

Vetbruch_tyler.jpgeran farm broadcaster, Don Wick, Red River Farm Network, will moderate this panel which will give marketing professionals new insights into production agriculture.

Some of the producers confirmed for this panel discussion are Tyler Bruch, Bruchside Farms in Emmetsburg, IA and Bahia, Brazil; David Durham, Don Heil Farms and Paseo Biofuels in Hardin, MO; and John Vrieze, Emerald Dairy and Baldwin Dairy in Baldwin, WI.

vrieze_john.jpgBruch currently manages about 11,000 acres of soybeans, cotton and popcorn on acreage he owns and rents for investors through his company, Global Ag Investments. Vrieze is a third-generation dairy producer who owns an interest in more than 3,000 dairy cows in Wisconsin. 

Our second panel discussion at the Forum will take place on November 15 and will focus on Biofuels – Pressures Fueling the Ag Industry. A panel of adams_mike.jpgindustry experts will help us understand the pressures emerging within agriculture and what might lay ahead for bio-based fuels.

Mike Adams, host of AgriTalk will moderate this panel. Our experts include, Rick Tolman, National Corn Growers Association; Neil Dierks, National Pork Producers Council; and Kendell Keith, National Feed & Grain Association.

Tolman tolman_rick.jpgcurrently serves as CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. Prior to NCGA he was the executive director for the U.S. Grains Council and has worked in market planning at International Harvester Company and the Gehl Company.

Dierks is CEO of the National Pork Producers Council. Previously, Dierks was the special activities director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association and marketing director for the Iowa Corn Promotion Board.

dierks_neil.jpgKeith is the president of the National Grain and Feed Association. The NGFA represents companies in grain processing, grain elevation, feed manufacturing, exporting and futures. Prior to joining NGFA, Keith was a policy economist for the National Cotton Council.

Keep up-to-date on the Agribusiness Forum web site at www.nama.org/forum.

keith_kendell.jpgTo register for the Forum visit, https://nama.org/forum/register.htm.

If you are interested in sponsoring a session or event at this year’s Forum, contact Eldon White in the NAMA office at (913) 491-6500 or via e-mail at eldonw@nama.org.

ASU Students Head to Greece

Written by NAMA on Thursday, August 31, 2006 , 11:54 am

The Arizona State University student NAMA chapter is working hard on their student marketing competition project. Mark Manfredo, associate professor and student NAMA advisor, reports that courtesy of a grant they received from the USDA, three students will be going to Greece to work on their marketing competition project.

The students will be examining the potential to market Arizona Desert Durum Wheat Pasta to markets in the Balkans (Greece, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, etc.) The ASU students have their product and will be doing research on how to market a food product to a foreign country.

Secretary of Ag Attends Boot Camp

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 , 6:59 am

johanns3Attendees at the 2006 NAMA Boot Camp were surprised with a special visit from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns on August 23.

The Secretary was in the Kansas City area speaking at another conference and dropped by to talk to attendees about world trade policies and how important they are. Johanns has been the most involved Secretary of Agriculture in dealing with world trade policies. His passion for trade policies has been evident during his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture. Days after he took office, he began working with U.S. trading partners to reopen their markets to U.S. beef. Nearly 119 countries had closed their markets after a single finding of a BSE-infected cow in the U.S. in 2003. Within his first year, Johanns convinced nearly half that number to reopen markets.

To improve access to markets he has traveled the world, participating in World Trade Organization negotiations and promoting the successful passage of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement.

If you missed the Secretary at the NAMA Boot Camp, you’ll have another chance to see him speak at the Gateway NAMA/St. Louis Agribusiness Club monthly meeting on Friday, September 15 at the Crown Plaza Hotel – Clayton, Grand Ballroom on the lower level, 7750 Carondelet Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Cost is $25 with advance registration. To RSVP, e-mail GatewayNAMA@yahoo.com or call 636-449-5040 by Tuesday, September 5th.

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