Search for NAMA’s Executive Director

Written by NAMA on Monday, June 18, 2007 , 8:20 am

As you know, we are in the process of hiring a new Executive Director for NAMA. The position has been posted on the following websites:

Resumes also can be e-mailed to

Resumes will be accepted until the end of the business day on Friday, July 6, 2007. At that time the search committee will begin the process of identifying and interviewing prospective candidates. We hope to have our new Executive Director on board in October.

The search committee consists of the following members:

Stephanie Gable, Fort Dodge Animal Health
Monte Reese
Tom Smull, Associations, Inc.
Greg Ehm, Two Rivers Marketing
Beth Burgy, Broadhead+Co

In the meantime, the NAMA staff will continue to support on-going programs and initiatives, including the NAMA Boot Camp and Agribusiness Forum, and will be available to assist with any questions you may have.

We thank you in advance for your patience and support as we go through this process. It’s an exciting time for agriculture and our organization. We look forward to introducing you to our new Executive Director later this fall.

NAMA Boot Camp

Written by NAMA on Monday, June 18, 2007 , 8:20 am

Boot Camp LogoThe 4th Annual NAMA Boot Camp will take place August 21-23, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.

This year’s Boot Camp will provide the tools you need to more professionally market to the ag industry. Enlist today to learn more about agri-marketing!

Did you attend last year? If so, we want you back! This year’s program is a perfect continuation of the previous programs. Topics will include:

Importance of Networking
Interpreting Research
Maximizing Your Trade Show ROI
Successful AgriTourism
Shifting Demographics in Agriculture
New Media
Farm Bill Update

Panel discussions will also be a part of the Boot Camp and include a producer panel and a client/agency panel.

Come in early and attend the optional MoKan Ag Tour. This tour will get you out in the field to experience a wide range of working agricultural operations first hand.

All Boot Camp attendees will receive a notebook packed with ag terminology and facts as well as case studies and speaker presentations.

To register for the 2007 NAMA Boot Camp visit,

If you are interested in sponsoring a session or event at the NAMA Boot Camp, please fill out the sponsorship confirmation form at or contact Jenny Pickett at 913-491-6500 or via e-mail at

For more information on the NAMA Boot Camp visit,

Eastern NAMA Names First Student Award Recipient

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 , 11:17 am

Eastern NAMATo support young, aspiring ag professionals, the National Agri-Marketing Association, Eastern Chapter, presented its first annual student award grant at New York City’s John Bowne High School graduation awards ceremony on May 31, 2007. Wendy Elliot, Pfizer Animal Health, presented the award to graduating senior Alida Sanabria. Alida is an animal science major in John Bowne’s specialized agriculture program and is active in the student FFA chapter. Alida will enter the pre-veterinary science program at Cornell University this fall.

Gibbs & Soell Public Relations matched the NAMA grant amount, resulting in a total award of $600.

Steven Perry, assistant principal and director of agriculture of John Bowne High School, says, “Our school welcomes the involvement of groups like NAMA through this special award program. Alida worked especially hard to achieve her academic successes and has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was six years old. The NAMA award will help in moving Alida closer to her goal at Cornell.”

John Bowne High School is located in Queens, NY. The school’s specialized agriculture program is nationally recognized as an outstanding urban agricultural education offering. One of the unique aspects of the program is the relationship between classroom instruction and hands-on experience. During the school year, students take classes in plant science and animal science, in addition to courses in traditional academic subjects. Students develop their agricultural experience on the school’s land laboratory and in both urban and rural agriculture jobs during the summers. John Bowne graduates go on to agricultural and technical colleges and many out-of-state institutions throughout the northeast before establishing themselves in leadership positions in agricultural professions.

Earlier that evening, the Eastern Chapter convened for its summer chapter meeting at CIBO Restaurant in NYC.

For more information, please e-mail Catherine Wang at

Region IV Plans for 2008 Program Year

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 , 11:16 am

The Region IV Leader Workshop took place May 31, prior to the Badger/Chicago NAMA Golf Outing, at Hawk’s View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, WI.

Thanks to Sarah Muirhead, Feedstuffs, in-coming Chicago president; Betsy Francoeur, Bader Rutter, in-coming Badger president; Tom Thieding, Wisconsin Farm Bureau, in-coming Badger board member; and Kenna Rathai, Kenna B. Rathai Communications, NAMA Staff Representative, for participating in the workshop, a lot of great ideas were brainstormed in the areas of chapter planning, leadership, membership and programming for the upcoming program year.

Also discussed was the Region IV Best of NAMA Banquet. It was decided to bring the location back to the Lake Geneva, Wis. area and are tentatively holding Thursday, January 17, 2008, as the date. Each chapter will be responsible for providing a representative to serve on this committee.

Region III Leader Workshop
Region III will host a leader workshop on Thursday, June 21 at the Crystal Lake Golf Club, prior to the North Central golf outing. The workshop will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Region II Leader Workshop
The Region II Leader Workshop will take place in July. Stay tuned for more information.
Note: Please also remember, if you have your leaders selected for the upcoming 2007-2008 program year, please submit them to Linda Schaefer at the NAMA office at

Chapter Leadership
Make the most of your membership by taking a committee role at the chapter level. Gain hands-on leadership experience that will benefit you in your professional and personal life.

Chapter leaders are currently recruiting committee members. If you are interested in becoming a member of a chapter committee, contact your chapter president. A list of chapter presidents can be found at

Agribusiness Forum Sponsorships Available

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 , 11:15 am

Get the company recognition to match your marketing or PR objectives by sponsoring a session or event at the 2007 Agribusiness Forum, November 13-14 in Kansas City.

As a sponsor of the Agribusiness Forum, your organization will be noted as a front runner in supporting up-to-the-moment industry information. Additional benefits include: Recognition in the program booklet, and from the podium during the session; Recognition by signage at the sponsored event (if applicable); Recognition in post-forum articles in the AgriMarketing magazine; Recognition on the NAMA Agribusiness Forum Web site page; and, first right of refusal for sponsorship of the same item for next year’s Agribusiness Forum.

If you are interested in sponsoring a session or event at this year’s Forum, contact Jenny Pickett in the NAMA office at (913) 491-6500 or via e-mail at

Again this year, the NAMA Agribusiness Forum takes place prior to the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) convention. The Forum will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center which is near the NAFB hotel.

Awards of Excellence

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 , 11:14 am

2006 Awards of Excellence RecipientsNominate someone you know for the Professional Development Awards of Excellence. These awards will be presented at the 2007 Agribusiness Forum, November 13-14, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.

The awards honor NAMA members based on outstanding achievement in each of the Professional Development Areas (PDA): (1) Marketing Communications; (2) Product/Species Management; (3) Public Relations; and (4) Sales. Nominees must be NAMA members. Nominators should target individuals with direct planning and execution responsibilities in the respective Professional Development Area from agribusiness and related companies.

The deadline for submitting nominations is September 1. If you have any questions regarding these awards, please contact Jenny Pickett at

To download the nomination form in an Adobe .PDF format, visit

You can also fill out the form on-line at

Speakers Added to NAMA Boot Camp

Written by NAMA on Friday, June 1, 2007 , 9:09 am

Boot Camp LogoSome of the speakers for the 2007 NAMA Boot Camp have been confirmed. The Boot Camp will take place August 21-23, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.

This year’s Boot Camp will kick-off on Tuesday, August 21, at 8:00 a.m. with an optional day-long farm tour. Following the tour, registration for the Boot Camp will open along with a chance to network at the welcome reception. After the reception, enjoy dinner followed by a session on Speed Networking with Matt Anderson, The Referral Authority.

Wednesday, August 22, begins with breakfast and a Producer Panel. After the general session, select one of two breakout sessions. These breakouts will focus on Research and Trade Shows. Scott Hanna, Skyline Displays Heartland, Inc., will show attendees how maximizing your Trade Show R.O.I. helps you get results by revealing the essential aspects of a successful trade show program.

Join Errie Raasch with the Liberty Corn Maze/Carolyn’s Country Cousins and other attendees for a luncheon session on AgriTourism. The afternoon will begin with breakouts on BioSecurity as well as Shifting Demographics with Rhett Hawkins of Osborn & Barr Communications. The final session of the day will be a client/agency panel discussion. Following the last session, join us at The Cashew in downtown Kansas City for a networking reception.

Thursday, August 23, will kick-off with breakfast followed by breakout sessions on the Farm Bill and New Media followed by the Boot Camp Closing Session.

More details on sessions and speakers to come!

To register for the 2007 NAMA Boot Camp visit,

There are a few sponsorships still available for the NAMA Boot Camp, please fill out the sponsorship confirmation form at or contact Jenny Pickett at 913-491-6500 or via e-mail at

For more information on the NAMA Boot Camp visit,

Summer Heats Up

Written by NAMA on Friday, June 1, 2007 , 9:09 am

Get out of the office and into the warm sun with an upcoming chapter event. Check out the events below:

Midlands NAMA Golf Outing
The Midlands NAMA Golf Outing will take place, Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at the Iron Horse Golf Club. Tee off at 1:00 p.m. Bring a foursome or we’ll pair you up. Everyone is welcome, including non-members! Bring co-workers, clients or spouses. Iron Horse Golf Club is located between Mahoney State Park and Ashland, NE (check out It has been recognized by Golf Digest as “One of the Best New Courses.” This is a day full of fun, prizes, lunch, cart and green fees all for $70! For complete registration information contact, Jim Martin at or at 402.289.1734.

For more information visit,

Iowa NAMA Golf Outing
Due to rain, the annual NAMA Golf Outing was rescheduled for June 15! Participation at every level helps to raise funds for the Iowa State University Student NAMA Chapter. Tee-off is at 1 pm. We will have a social time after the golf as well.

Sign-up deadline is June 6th. Please register for the new golf day even if you already signed up for the first date. Golfers can sign-up together or individually. For registration information and details click:

For more information visit,

Iowa NAMA Field-To-Food Run
Preparations are in motion and the date is set for the 2007 Iowa NAMA Field to Food Run. The event will take place on June 15, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. Iowa NAMA will be partnering with Johnston Green Days, an annual community celebration held in Johnston, IA. Through this partnership, the Run will be incorporated into the festivities for Green Days instead of being a stand-alone event. Iowa NAMA is looking for involvement with promotion, race setup, sponsorship, and food. Please contact Roxi Beck for details at

For more information visit,

North Central Golf Outing
Join North Central NAMA for their 2007 Golf Outing, Thursday, June 21 (The first official day of summer!). Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and tee-off time is 11:00 a.m. This will be a 4-person scramble format and the cost is $100 per player. Cost includes golf, cart, range balls, dinner and great prizes. If you would just like to attend the dinner, the cost is $30. Hole Sponsorships are available for $200 (includes one golf registration and a hole sign with logo). For more information or to register a team, contact Troy Schroeder, Broadhead + Co., at or at 612.617.7930.

For more information visit,

MoKan Golf Classic
Mark your calendars for the MoKan Golf Classic, Tuesday, June 26 at Falcon Lakes Golf Course in Basehor, KS. Registration is from 11:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. There will be a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Cost is $340.00 Per Team of 4 ($85.00 per player). Register on-line at or make checks payable to: MO-KAN NAMA and send your check for $85 per player + sponsorship + Tiger Woods package to: Bob Brunker, J.L. Farmakis, Inc.,8209 NW 81st Ct., Kansas City, MO 64152.

For more information visit,

Northern Prairie Golferoo
The Northern Prairie Golferoo is more fun than you ought to have on a Thursday! The golferoo will take place on June 28 at Fargo’s Edgewood Golf Course. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and tee times begin at 11:00 a.m. Cost is $65 for members and $80 for non-members. Entry fee includes green fees, cart and steak dinner following the tournament…and prizes! First-time members can get one year NAMA dues and Golferoo entry for $165 (this is a savings of over $50 if purchased separately). To register contact Dave McSparron, Red River Farm Network at 218-230-3010 or e-mail to

For more information visit,

MoKan Ag Tour
MoKan NAMA will again host an Ag Tour prior to the NAMA Boot Camp on Tuesday, August 21. The tour will depart from the Hyatt Regency Crown Center at 8:30 a.m. The tour will return to the hotel by 4:00 p.m. and includes lunch and refreshments. The cost for the tour is $45.

For more information on the Ag Tour and the NAMA Boot Camp, visit register visit,

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