Sponsorships Soar for Boot Camp

Written by NAMA on Monday, July 16, 2007 , 2:10 pm

Sponsors have come out in full force to support the 2007 NAMA Boot Camp, August 21-23, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City. More sponsorship dollars have been raised this year than in previous years. Please join us in thanking the 2007 NAMA Boot Camp sponsors:

Associations, Inc.
Bayer CropScience
Broadhead + Company
Farm Credit
Farm Industry News
Fastline Publications
High Plains Journal
Hoard’s Dairyman Magazine
John Deere
Martin Williams
Mosaic Company
Osborn & Barr Communications
Pioneer Hi-Bred Intl., Inc.
Rhea & Kaiser Marketing Communications
Successful Farming/Agriculture Online
The Western Producer/Acreage Life
Truffle Media Networks
ZimmComm New Media

If you are interested in sponsoring a session or event at the NAMA Boot Camp, please fill out the sponsorship confirmation form at www.nama.org/programs/bootcamp-spo.htm or contact Jenny Pickett at 913-491-6500 or via e-mail at jennyp@nama.org.

The Boot Camp will kick-off with an optional Ag Tour, sponsored by the MoKan NAMA Chapter. The tour will leave the Hyatt Regency at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21 and will make its first stop at Schweizer Orchards in St. Joseph, MO followed by a boxed lunch and tour of the Shatto Milk Company in Osborn, MO. The last stop will be Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery in Platte City, MO. After the tour, the Boot Camp will kick-off at 5:00 p.m. with a welcome reception followed by dinner and the opening session on Networking.

Wednesday, August 22 begins with a continental breakfast followed by a Producer Panel led by moderator Jim Patrico, The Progressive Farmer. Morning breakout sessions include Little Red Writing Hood and the Big, Scary Communications Plan presented by Carol Anderson, Anderson/Fallon and Beth Burgy, Broadhead + Company and Maximizing Your Trade Show R.O.I. with Scott Hanna, Skyline Displays. Our luncheon on Wednesday will feature Successful AgriTourism with Errie Raasch, Liberty Corn Maze/Carolyn’s Country Cousins. After lunch, choose from one of two breakout sessions on BioSecurity or Shifting Demographics in Agriculture with Rhett Hawkins, Osborn & Barr Communications. After the breakouts, join moderator, Cliff Becker, Food 360, for a Client/Agency Panel discussion. Following this session, network with other attendees at a reception at the Cashew in downtown Kansas City.

Thursday, August 23 begins with a continental breakfast and two breakout sessions to choose from, the Farm Bill Update or New Media with Michael Lundgren, VML. Following the breakout sessions will be the Boot Camp Closing Session on Ethanol – Today and Tomorrow with Robert White, Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC).

For session times and registration and hotel information, visit, http://www.nama.org/programs/bootcamp.htm.

To register for the Boot Camp visit, http://payment.nama.org/bootcamp07.htm.

Monsanto Supports the ABEF

Written by NAMA on Monday, July 16, 2007 , 2:10 pm

Monsanto has pledged to give the Agri-Business Educational Foundation (ABEF) $30,000 over a 3-year period to support the Student NAMA Marketing Competition that is held in-conjunction with NAMA’s Agri-Marketing Conference in April.

About the Student Marketing Competition
NAMA Student Chapter members are invited to participate in a marketing competition at the Agri-Marketing Conference. Each team develops a comprehensive marketing plan on a specific topic of their choice.

Previous topics have included seed products, marketing commodities such as consumer foods, and financial services for farmers and ranchers. Students are encouraged to seek advice from professionals and university professors when creating the plan and presentation.

The competition is judged and critiqued by professional agri-marketers. As a team member you can learn marketing and communications skills while gaining exposure to the business community. The winning team receives a traveling plaque, money for the chapter, and recognition at the conference.

About the ABEF
The primary goal of the ABEF is to provide today’s agri-business students the tools they will need to succeed tomorrow. These tools include industry knowledge, leadership skills, networking abilities, public speaking experience and critical analysis skills.

The development of these skills clearly will help these students and young professionals as they build successful agri-marketing careers. Any success they experience, will obviously benefit the industry as a whole.

ABEF also recognizes the importance of providing similar opportunities for all agri-business professionals – from recent college graduates to the most seasoned veteran.

As members of the agri-business industry, we are more than just professional peers. We share a fellowship and ABEF extends this fellowship to the young people planning to enter our industry.

If you are interested in contributing to the ABEF, contact Jenny Pickett at 913-491-6500 or via email at jennyp@nama.org.

Who’s Pulling Our Chain?

Written by NAMA on Monday, July 16, 2007 , 2:10 pm

Don ReynoldsThe Agribusiness Forum, November 13-14 will focus on Who’s Pulling Our Chain. Don Reynolds, real world economist, futurist and international expert is expected to kick-off the 2007 Forum.

Having served 11 years as Chairman of the Investment Advisory Board of a $22 Billion trust fund, Reynolds success resulted in his being appointed by George W. Bush as Pension Board Chairman with oversight of $120 Billion in Pension & Trust Funds. He understands how important personal accountability and bottom line performance is, and the need for decision makers to have a clear vision of future trends and events in order to make successful long term strategic decisions.

Reynolds has lived 14 years overseas, visited over 50 countries, has lectured on Free Market Systems at the University of Moscow, spoken about the Global Economy for the Saudi Arabian Central Bank, keynoted the Australian IT Summit, advised the Heavy Equipment Industry in Rome, keynoted for international correspondents in Indonesia and spoken on the impact of global warming in Santiago.

Reynolds has a Masters Degree in Public Administration/Planning, a Doctoral background in Economics, and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute of the Wharton School. He has an honorary degree from the University of Moscow and was the first American member of the Moscow Center for Consulting Scientists.

Registration for the Agribusiness Forum is now open! Register at http://payment.nama.org/forum.htm.

For more information on the Agribusiness Forum, keep checking the Forum web site at http://www.nama.org/forum/index.html.

Agribusiness Forum Sponsorships Available

Written by NAMA on Monday, July 16, 2007 , 2:10 pm

Agribusiness ForumAs 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 the 2008 Agribusiness Forum.

Special thanks to our Forum sponsors to date:

AgriMarketing Magazine
Ag Speakers Network
Associations, Inc.
Beck Ag, Inc.
Cattlemen’s Beef Board
Colle + McVoy
Diamond V
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
High Plains Journal
Hoard’s Dairyman

John Deere
McCormick Company
National Cotton Council of America
Padilla Speer Beardsley
Pioneer Hi-Bred Intl., Inc.
Successful Farming/Agriculture Online

For a list of sponsor opportunities visit http://www.nama.org/forum/sponsorship/sponsorship.htm or download the opportunities in an Adobe .pdf format at http://www.nama.org/forum/sponsorship/SponsorshipOpportunities.pdf.

If you are interested in sponsoring a session or event at this year’s Forum, fill out the on-line form at http://www.nama.org/forum/sponsorship/form.htm or contact Jenny Pickett in the NAMA office at (913) 491-6500 or via e-mail at jennyp@nama.org.

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