Virginia Tech Update

Written by NAMA on Thursday, April 19, 2007 , 3:39 pm

News of the shooting at Virginia Tech has shocked the nation. We were deeply saddened by the loss of so many students and teachers. We have been trying to keep track of those students who were members of the Virginia Tech Student NAMA marketing team. From what we have heard, all of the student NAMA members at Virginia Tech are safe and uninjured. We are awaiting confirmation of this information from the adviser. Please continue to keep the victims, the families of the victims, as well as all students and teachers at Virginia Tech in your thoughts and prayers.

Think Big!

Written by NAMA on Thursday, April 19, 2007 , 3:39 pm

The 2007 Agri-Marketing Conference is over. We hope you took home many big ideas! If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to fill out the on-line survey at Your feedback will help in the planning of the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference, April 16-18 in Kansas City!

On another note, we would like to thank all of our conference sponsors that helped to make this conference a success. We couldn’t have done it without you! For a complete listing of this year’s sponsors visit,

If you’re interested in signing up for a sponsorship for the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City, e-mail Jenny Pickett at the NAMA office at to convey your interest.

In addition, presentations from some of the conference sessions will be posted on the web site around the first of May.

Big Memories

Written by NAMA on Thursday, April 19, 2007 , 3:39 pm

Still thinking big about the Agri-Marketing Conference last week? Don’t let the memories of the conference fade, check out the Conference Photo Gallery at Special thanks to Denny Eilers, Iowa Photo Farm, Inc., for the photos!

Need some Best of NAMA photos? The Best of NAMA Photo Gallery can be found at

Still can’t get enough pictures? Check out photos by Chuck Zimmerman, ZimmComm New Media, LLC, at

Celebrating Big Thinkers

Written by NAMA on Thursday, April 19, 2007 , 3:32 pm

Karen Potratz, Morgan&MyersThe Best of NAMA Awards Ceremony kicked off this year’s 2007 Agri-Marketing Conference, April 11 in Dallas.The Best of NAMA awards competition recognizes excellence in creative agri-marketing communications. Companies and agencies must first qualify through regional competition in order to advance to the national level.

Entries were first judged at one of six regional levels in November and the top two entries were eligible to advance to the national judging which was held in February in Kansas City. Nearly 1,100 entries were submitted at the regional levels and 434 entries were judged at the national level.

This year’s award ceremony was emceed by Max Armstrong and Orion Samuelson, WGN Radio, and award presenters were Jim Haist, Rhea & Kaiser Marketing Communications, and Steve Engle.

Three Best of Show awards were given in the areas of Advertising, Public Relations and Specialty categories. Below are the Best of Show winners:

Client: National Pork Board, Clive, IA – Becca Hendricks
Agency: The Richards Group, Dallas, TX – Travis Hopper
Entry: The Other White Album

Public Relations
Client: McDonald’s Corporation, Oak Brook, IL – Tara Hayes
Agency: Morgan&Myers, and Golin Harris (Cooperative Consumer Agency), Waukesha, WI – Judy Rupnow
Entry: McDonald’s Food Quality Symposium

Client: Nestle Purina, St. Louis, MO – Candy Caciolo
Agency: Colle+McVoy, Minneapolis, MN – Michelle Frys
Entry: Purina Pro Plan Everyday Heroes Print Campaign

Look to the AgriMarketing Magazine web site for a listing of all the winners at

2007 Connection Point

Written by NAMA on Thursday, April 19, 2007 , 3:31 pm

Connection Point2007 Connection Point
The 2007 trade show kicked off with the DTN/The Progressive Farmer Best of NAMA Celebration reception on Wednesday, April 11. Attendees enjoyed a wine tasting and great give-a-ways in the Connection Point.

A luncheon was held in the Trade Show on Thursday, April 12. During the luncheon, several professionals were able to take time and visit with students in the mentor luncheon. Other attendees took time to stroll through the booths and sign up for another chance to win a 7″ digital picture frame.

The Thursday afternoon break in the Connection Point was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Millennium Research and the 50th anniversary of NAMA. Attendees enjoyed cake, courtesy of Millennium Research, and ice cream, courtesy of Hoard’s Dairyman Magazine.

The closing reception, hosted by the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, was a beer and nacho theme. Attendees were able to try different beers from the state of Texas while munching on nachos. In addition, attendees were able to make their final bids on items in the Silent Auction area and register for one last chance at a 7″ digital picture frame and a video iPod.

Congratulations to all the winners in the Connection Point!

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