Iowa NAMA Hosts 12th Annual Field-to-Food Run

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

Field-to-Food RunThe 12th annual Field to Food Run took place on Friday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. There were a total of 79 runners who ranged from three to 56 years old!

The Run started in the testing fields of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, wound through the streets of Johnston, and ended at the Johnston Green Days celebration, where an Iowa-grown meal was served. The runners were in very good spirits, the volunteers did a stellar job, the City of Johnston provided a great amount of help and was fantastic to work with, the meal was well received by all and everything went as planned!

Special thanks goes to the sponsors of the Field-to-Food run:Field-to-Food Run

Gold Level Sponsors
Fitness Sports
Iowa Pork Producers – Pork Checkoff
Pioneer Hi-Bred Intl., Inc.
Successful Farming
Two Rivers Marketing Group

Silver Level Sponsors
Anderson Erickson Dairy
Associations, Inc.
Crystal Clear
Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau
Iowa Beef Industry Council
Iowa Corn
John Deere Credit
Iowa Living History Farms
Midwest Coaches, Inc.
Solutions, Inc.
Van Wahl Group
Vermeer Manufacturing

Total proceeds this year were $1,552.56. All proceeds benefit the Iowa FFA Foundation, Inc. and Farm Safety 4 Just Kids.

Deadline Reminder

Written by NAMA on Monday, July 16, 2007 , 2:09 pm

Just a reminder that the deadline for submitting nominations for the Professional Development Awards of Excellence is September 1. These awards will be presented at the 2007 Agribusiness Forum, November 13-14, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.

The Professional Development Awards of Excellence were created in 2001 to demonstrate NAMA’s commitment to the four professional development areas. Below is a list of the past Awards of Excellence recipients:

Marketing Communications
2006 – Steve Engle
2005 – Bev Larson
2004 – Neil DeStefano
2003 – Sarah Vacek
2002 – Ken Anderson
2001 – Doug Headley

Product/Species Management
2005 – Dennis Gehler
2004 – Wendy Elliott
2003 – Brian Markwardt
2002 – Tony Klemm
2001 – Tony Solon

Public Relations
2006 – Barry Nelson
2005 – Janice Person
2004 – Kendal Frazier
2003 – Mike Ricciuto
2002 – David Buchholz
2001 – Ken Gordon

2006 – Anita Vanderwert
2005 – Margaret Wallace Oldham
2004 – Allen Barkve
2003 – Cliff Becker
2002 – Bob Deiss
2001 – Tom Taylor

Nominees for the Awards of Excellence 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. If you have any questions regarding these awards, please contact Jenny Pickett at download the nomination form in an Adobe .PDF format, visit

You can also fill out the form on-line at

MoKan NAMA Hosts Ag Tour

Written by NAMA on Monday, July 2, 2007 , 12:21 pm

Schweizer OrchardsThe MoKan NAMA chapter will host the fourth annual Ag Tour, just prior to the kick-off of the NAMA Boot Camp on August 21 in Kansas City.

The MoKan Ag Tour will depart the Hyatt Regency Crown Center at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast will be available on the bus.

Shatto Milk CompanyThe first stop will be Schweizer Orchards in St. Joseph, MO. Schweizer Orchards is a family owned business producing high quality River Bend Apples for more than four generations. At their St. Joseph retail location you can find freshly picked seasonal fruit, produce and a large selection of jams and jellies.

The tour’s next stop will be the Shatto Milk Company in Osborn, MO for a boxed lunch and tour. Shatto is family owned dairy and processing facility. Shatto Milk Company products can be described by one simple statement that they have adopted as their motto, MILK AT ITS FINEST.

Jowler Creek Vineyard & WineryThe last stop will be Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery in Platte City, MO. Jowler Creek Winery is the newest boutique vineyard and wine producer in the Kansas City region. Owners and MoKan NAMA Members, Colleen and Jason Gerke, grow grapes and produce hand-crafted wines that blend genuine quality with creativity and fun.

Register for the MoKan Ag Tour at

For more information on the NAMA Boot Camp visit,

Boot Camp Sessions Finalized

Written by NAMA on Monday, July 2, 2007 , 12:21 pm

Sessions for the 2007 NAMA Boot Camp, August 21-23 in Kansas City, have been finalized. The Boot Camp begins with a reception on Tuesday evening followed by dinner and Networking speaker, Matt Anderson, with the Referral Authority. One of the most important aspects of business is networking. Anderson has grown his business exclusively by referrals, relationship building, and networking. He specializes in training and coaching sales professionals on how to build referral-based businesses.

Wednesday, August 22 begins with a continental breakfast followed by a Producer Panel. This panel will feature owners/operators of a diversified farming operation, a cattle feeder/buying operation and owners of a diversified farm with country marketing. This panel will be moderated by Jim Patrico, editor, 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. The luncheon on Wednesday will feature Successful AgriTourism with Errie Raasch, Liberty Corn Maze/Carolyn’s Country Cousins. Raasch is the co-owner/operator of the Liberty Corn Maze, a 23-acre, interactive corn maze and agritourism operation. The corn maze is in its 4th year of operation with more than 20,000 visitors each year. The corn maze is operated in conjunction with Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch. Relax over lunch and learn more about this segment of the industry.

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. This session will consist of both client and agency representatives and will give you insight into client/agency relationships. 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). This presentation will discuss ethanol’s role in motorsports including the IndyCar® Series and the American Le Mans Series. White will also discuss the current landscape of ethanol including availability and distribution, the future of ethanol and challenges. In addition, he will discuss E85 and EPIC’s retail, automotive, and marketing programs surrounding E85.

Don’t miss this year’s Boot Camp! For session times and registration and hotel information, visit,

To register for the 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

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