Agribusiness Forum Early Deadline Approaching

Written by NAMA on Thursday, September 28, 2006 , 11:51 am

Agribusiness ForumThe early registration deadline and hotel cut-off date for the 2006 Agribusiness Forum is October 26. Registration rates will increase after October 26 and any hotel reservations made after that date are subject to higher rates and potential unavailability.

To register for the Agribusiness Forum before the early deadline visit,

To make your hotel reservations before the cut-off date, contact the Hyatt Regency Crown Center at 816-421-1234. Make sure you mention the “NAMA Agribusiness Forum” when making your reservations.

For more information on the sessions at the upcoming Forum visit,

Special Note: The closing session of the NAMA Agribusiness Forum has been programmed in partnership with the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB). This session also serves as the business program of the NAFB Convention for their broadcast, management and allied industry councils. We’re pleased to join the NAFB members in this combined session.

Take a look at the 2006 Agribusiness Forum sponsors or sign-up to be a sponsor! Just visit,

Directory Update

Written by NAMA on Thursday, September 28, 2006 , 7:43 am

It’s time to update your membership directory information. If you’ve moved or changed phone numbers, etc., make sure we have your correct information so that you will be listed in our membership directory appropriately.

Just visit the membership directory on the NAMA Web site and check your record, if changes need to be made, simply click the “submit change” button and make any changes you need. The deadline for updating your record is October 6.

To look up your record visit,

Did you move to a new company and know of co-workers who would benefit from NAMA? Just send their contact information to Linda Schaefer at the NAMA office at and she’ll send them information on NAMA and how to join!

Best of NAMA Entry Deadline Nears

Written by NAMA on Thursday, September 28, 2006 , 6:40 am

Best of NAMAThere’s only 2 weeks left to enter your work in the Best of NAMA competition. Entries must be RECEIVED by Friday, October 13 and there will be no extensions on entry or payment submissions.

Entries are sent directly to the NAMA office and judged by industry professionals at a regional level for possible advancement to national competition. A minimum point standard will be used at the regional level. If you place first or merit at the regional competition and score above the minimum point standard, you are eligible to advance to the national competition. The national awards ceremony will take place April 11, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

To view the Best of NAMA Call for Entries or download the entry form visit,

Best of NAMA Regional Judges Still Needed

Written by NAMA on Thursday, September 28, 2006 , 6:29 am

Judges are still needed for the Regional Best of NAMA Judging, November 13-14. If you have 3 or more years of experience in the agribusiness industry and are a NAMA member, you’re eligible to be a judge.

The judging will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City. This will be convenient for those of you attending the 2006 Agribusiness Forum at the Hyatt and/or the NAFB Convention at the Westin.

Judging Schedule
Monday, November 13 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Travel arrangements are to be paid for by the judge, but NAMA will cover one night’s hotel stay. The deadline for signing up to judge is Friday, September 29. If you are selected as a Best of NAMA judge, you will be notified by October 6.

To sign up to be a regional Best of NAMA judge visit,

Iowa NAMA and The Future of Renewable Fuels

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 , 1:03 pm

The first Iowa NAMA chapter luncheon meeting was held on September 8th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Johnston, IA. Thirty-one members attended to hear guest speaker, Lucy Norton of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Norton provided great information on the future of ethanol and biodiesel.

The first Membership Mania drawing was held during the meeting. Congratulations to Whitney Rounds with Kemin Industries for winning $100 at the September meeting. All NAMA members who RSVP for the October meeting will be entered into a drawing for $100. You must be present to win.

Also during the September meeting, Brittney Roorda, president of Iowa NAMA, presented a check for $1,300 to Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. The money was raised during the annual Field to Food Run.

The Field to Food Run is a unique race in central Iowa that is designed to increase awareness about the interdependence of food production from our Iowa farm fields to the quality of food products consumers enjoy from our grocery stores.

Northern Prairie at Big Iron

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 22, 2006 , 6:46 am

Allan JohnsonAllan Johnson, USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development, addressed an early morning meeting at historic Bonanzaville USA. The meeting was scheduled to coincide with the second day of the Big Iron Farm Show. The Northern Prairie Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) hosted the event. More than 35 members and guests arrived by 7:30 for the presentation.

Johnsons’ opening remarks were an overview of the Rural Development Division of the USDA, allowing those in attendance greater insight into Rural Development’s role in today’s rural America. Rural Development acts in part as a bank, it’s the primary lender for rural electric cooperatives and rural mortgages. Most rental properties(assisted living and senior citizens facilities) in rural areas fall under the responsibility of Rural Development.

The area of work undertaken by Rural Development that is grabbing the most headlines today are its efforts to develop renewable energy resources. A biodiesel plant in North Dakota recently received $500,000 in funding from the department. Johnson said that although renewable fuels won’t replace oil and coal in North Dakota, replacing 1 billion barrels of imported oil with renewable fuels, at $60 or $70 per barrel, would alone exceed today’s total farm revenue.

Johnson said that Rural Development supports the advanced energy initiative. A goal has been set to replace 30% of current oil use with renewable sources by the year 2030.

Northern PrairieIn the near future, energy and water will be the two highest areas of demand globally. In an effort to stay ahead of this trend, Rural Development is investigating other sources for “celluosic” energy. Celluosic energy research is intended to find more crops or inputs for the production of ethanol and other renewable fuels.

The expansion of broadband internet access, expanding both wind and celluosic energy and undertaking projects that will stabilize rural population numbers are also areas of interest and involvement for Rural Development.

Johnson asserted that this is an interesting time for agriculture. “Moms and Dads are telling their kids to stay home, or come back home, because of entrepreneurship, renewable energy and things happening with broadband”, he said. “Young people can come home, they can compete and have comparable jobs to what their urban cousins have and still live and enjoy the wonderful benefits and quality of life from living in small town America.”

All in attendance were urged to consider attendance at the Renewable Energy Conference that Rural Development is sponsoring in St. Louis, MO on October 12 & 13, 2006. More information on that conference may be found at

Johnson is a North Dakota native and prior to joining the USDA in 2003 was President of Farm Progress Companies. Farm Progress publishes magazines and websites for farmers and the agriculture industry.

Global Forces Shaping Ag

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 15, 2006 , 11:22 am

Agribusiness ForumBy now you should have received your brochure for the 2006 Agribusiness Forum, November 14-15 in Kansas City. Join us as we hear from noted economists, innovative producers, consumer food marketers, commodity leaders as well as bio-fuels experts, as they set the stage for how your business will add value to this evolving system now and in the future.

Special Note: The closing session of the NAMA Agribusiness Forum has been programmed in partnership with the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB). This session also serves as the business program of the NAFB Convention for their broadcast, management and allied industry councils. We’re pleased to join the NAFB members in this combined session.

We’d like to take a moment to thank the following sponsors of the Agribusiness Forum:

AgriMarketing Magazine
Associations, Inc.
Beck Ag Com, Inc.
Cattlemen’s Beef Board
CHS, Inc.
DATACORE Marketing, Inc.
Diamond V
Farm Industry News – The Corn & Soybean Digest
Fastline Publications
High Plains Journal
Hoard’s Dairyman

John Deere
KFRM Radio – The Voice of the Plains
McCormick Company
National Cotton Council
Osborn & Barr Communications
Padilla Speer Beardsley
Pioneer Hi-Bred Intl., Inc.
Prism Business Media
Rhea & Kaiser Marketing Communications
Successful Farming

For more information about the Agribusiness Forum visit,

Check Out a Chapter Meeting Near You!

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 15, 2006 , 10:54 am

Chapter leaders have been busy planning their 2006-2007 program year and it shows! There are plenty of chapter meetings scheduled around the U.S. for you to choose from. Even if you are traveling in a different chapter’s area, don’t hesitate to attend their meeting, they’d be happy to see you!

Check out the upcoming events for September:

Midlands NAMA – September 19
Join the Midlands chapter for a tour of the UNL Agricultural Research & Development Center. The ARDC is a major research and education facility of the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). With the scope and diversity of ongoing research projects, the ARDC is one of the most unique research facilities in the United States.

For more information visit,

Carolinas/Virginia NAMA – September 19
Best Practices with Print – On September 19, 2006, starting at 5:00 pm, chapter members and their guests will gather at PBM Graphics in Durham to learn more about the best practices in printed materials and processes. As a long-time provider of product promotional literature and other printed matter for agribusiness firms, come see how PBM uses some of the state-of-the art printing processes that can enable you to upgrade the delivery of your marketing communications messages using print.

For more information visit,

Chicago NAMA – September 20
Successful Time Management Skills – Not having enough time is a common problem these days, but Chicago NAMA would like to help. Come to the next Chicago NAMA event to learn successful time management skills presented by Frank Reed. Frank is the Staff Development Manager and Head Trainer for Rural Press Ltd., Sydney, Australia.

For more information visit,

Heartland NAMA – September 21
Developing Measurably Better Marketing and Communications –Presented by internationally renowned communications expert Angela Sinickas, President of Sinickas Communications, Inc., this meeting will help you align business goals, marketing, and communication plans; set proper performance targets; use evaluation tools measuring effectiveness, not activities; gain information needed to make strategic decisions; confidently report the results of your marketing and communication programs; and show senior management the value of marketing and communication programs.

For more information visit,

MoKan NAMA – September 21
Guest speaker for the MoKan NAMA meeting will be Jason Tatge, Farms Tech. Jason is the CEO and a founder of Farms Technology, LLC. His vision, leadership and passion for empowering all participants in the agricultural supply chain have helped establish Farms Technology as a transactional leader in online grain and livestock marketing. Prior to taking the reins at Farms Technology, he served as a Senior Merchandiser for The Scoular Company, as well as the Director of Online Marketplaces for, Ltd.

For more information visit,

Badger NAMA – September 23
Help the University of Wisconsin – Madison Student NAMA Chapter – An opportunity has arisen for the UW-Madison NAMA students to earn at least $2000 in one day by assisting with the final weekend of harvest at Botham Vineyards. The group is eagerly recruiting available, hardworking bodies to come pick grapes (we need 30-40 people working an 8-hour day to complete the remaining harvest in one day), but could use the assistance and support of NAMA alumni and friends.

For more information visit,

Desert Southwest – September 27
The Desert Southwest Chapter invites you to their fall kick-off meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. The professionals in the Desert Southwest chapter will be meeting with the ASU Student NAMA chapter for the meeting. Guest speaker for the event will be Wayne Rish, retired Vice President for Dow Elanco. His talk will focus on international marketing, technology products and his company.

For more information visit,

North Central NAMA – September 28
Ethanol: Distilling Hope from Hype – The first North Central NAMA Chapter meeting will be a breakfast meeting on Sept. 28 in downtown Minneapolis at the offices of Padilla Speer Beardsley from 8:30 – 9:45 am. You won’t want to miss “Ethanol: Distilling Hope from Hype,” a moderated panel discussion with representatives from some of the key players involved in developing the ethanol industry.

For more information visit,

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