CropLife Ambassador Network Visits MoKan NAMA

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 , 8:02 am

MoKan MeetingOn Tuesday, October 24, 19 MoKan members and guests gathered at the M&S Grill on the Country Club Plaza to network and to hear from Janet Braun, program coordinator for the CropLife Ambassador Network.

Braun talked about the mission of the network, which is to provide scientifically-based accurate information to the public regarding the safety and value of the American agricultural food production. The network places agricultural professionals in classrooms across the midwest to share positive messages about American agriculture.

“The network has a Midwest emphasis and currently has approximately 200 ambassadors, with 100 of those being active ambassadors,” said Braun. “We focus primarily on elementary and middle schools, grades three to six.”

Braun said the network has presentations ready and available; and with a small amount of training, ag professionals can make a 20-40 minute presentation with confidence.

CropLife Ambassador Network is looking to increase their Kansas City area activity and hopes to do that through the help of NAMA members. MoKan NAMA member Curt Blades, Successful Farming, currently serves as an ambassador and routinely makes presentations.

“It’s really a win-win situation because industry professionals are able to share knowledge while giving back to the industry and the students benefit and learn,” Braun said.

Interested parties may contact Janet Braun at or visit the web site at

Badger NAMA Grape-Picking Adventure

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 , 8:01 am

Badger NAMA membersAbout 20 Badger NAMA members braved the chill of Wisconsin’s fall September air to experience a firsthand look at the state’s winemaking industry while raising funds for NAMA students.

The UW-Platteville and UW-Madison student NAMA chapters utilized an offer from Botham Vineyards & Winery to help with the annual grape harvest in exchange for donations to each chapter’s treasury.

Volunteers spent the day walking in teams of two down each side of a row of grapes, clipping bunches from the vines and putting them into lugs that hold approximately 25 pounds of grapes. The lugs were then hauled to the winery to be crushed.

About 40 percent of Botham’s grape crop was harvested that day, which will be made into a Wisconsin Dry Red Wine called Uplands Reserve. Uplands Reserve is the only red wine made solely from grapes grown at Botham Vineyards. Botham supplements their crop with grapes grown in the Finger Lakes region of New York and make 10 wines, four of which are red and six white.

This was a significant fund-raising opportunity for both student NAMA chapters,” said Sarah Botham of Botham Vineyards.

She also said that both the professional and student NAMA volunteers received an education about one of Wisconsin’s alternative ag sectors.

“People generally have a very romantic perception of wine making, but agriculture is very much involved,” Botham said.

Sarah Botham owns Botham Vineyards and Winery with her husband, Peter, in Barneveld, Wis. Sarah is also the UW-Madison student NAMA advisor. For more information about Botham Vineyards & Winery, visit their website at

Mark Your Calendars

Written by NAMA on Monday, October 16, 2006 , 8:02 am

Mark your calendars for the regional Best of NAMA Ceremonies. These regional ceremonies are celebrations of those entries that won first or merit in the regional competition.

Entries that win first or merit at the regional competition and score above the minimum point standard are eligible to advance to the national competion in February. Winners of the national competition will be announced at the national Best of NAMA ceremony which kicks off the 2007 Agri-Marketing Conference & Trade Show, Think Big, April 11 in Dallas, Texas.

Dates for the regional ceremonies are below:

Region III – January 11, 2007
Fargo, ND

Region IV – January 18, 2007
Chicago, IL

Region II – TBD
Kansas City, MO

For more information on the regional Best of NAMA ceremonies, keep checking the NAMA Calendar at

NAMA’s Newest Advocates

Written by NAMA on Monday, October 16, 2006 , 8:01 am

NAMA Advocate ProgramNAMA is proud to announce 3 new additions in the Advocate Program since the beginning of summer. The goal of the new advocates is to help recruit new members and advocate for the organization.

Special thanks to our new advocates:

Kara McDonald, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association
Jeff Winton, Schering-Plough Corp.
Tom Mahoney, Lee Publications

For a complete list of NAMA Advocates visit,

If you are interested in becoming an advocate, you will receive membership materials from the NAMA office to help you get started. In addition, you will get the satisfaction of helping the organization and you’ll be recognized in the NAMA News section of AgriMarketing magazine, NAMA e-news and Grassroots newsletter. You’ll also be recognized at the Agribusiness Forum and the Agri-Marketing Conference & Trade Show with a ribbon on your name badge. You will also be invited to the “First Timer/Leader” reception at the conference.

Start advocating today! Sign-up at

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