Best of NAMA Deadline Nears

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 28, 2007 , 8:06 am

There’s only 2 weeks left to enter your work in the Best of NAMA competition. Entries must be RECEIVED by Friday, October 12.

Entries are sent directly to the NAMA office and judged by industry professionals at a regional level for possible advancement to national competition. A minimum point standard will be used at the regional level. If you place first or merit at the regional competition and score above the minimum point standard, you are eligible to advance to the national competition.

Watch for chapter and regional events in your area. The national awards ceremony will take place April 16, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.

To view the Best of NAMA Call for Entries or download the entry form visit,

NAMA Membership Directory Update

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 28, 2007 , 8:06 am

It’s time to update your membership directory information. If you’ve moved or changed phone numbers, etc., make sure we have your correct information so that you will be listed in our membership directory appropriately.

Just visit the membership directory on the NAMA Web site and check your record, if changes need to be made, simply click the “submit change” button and make any changes you need. The deadline for updating your record is October 12.

To look up your record visit,

Note: If you are not receiving e-mails from NAMA, check with your company to ensure that we are not in your spam blocker. Don’t miss out on important NAMA e-mails from NAMA or your local chapter!

Did you move to a new company and know of co-workers who would benefit from NAMA? Just send their contact information to Linda Schaefer at the NAMA office at and she’ll send them information on NAMA and how to join!

Jwala To Speak At Forum

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 28, 2007 , 8:06 am

Vidya JwalaVidya Jwala, Tractor Supply Company, will explore the elements pulling the chains of today’s retailers at the Closing Session of the 2007 Agribusiness Forum, November 13-14. Learn how longer lead times affect ad in-stock planning and how supply chain directors work with suppliers to utilize “lift” information from advertising.

Vidya Jwala is Director of Supply Chain and Replenishment for the Tractor Supply Company. Prior to that, he held director-level positions with Lowe’s and Jo-Ann Stores, managing their inventory and planning, product flow and replenishment. Jwala has also worked with Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting in the consumer product goods division. He holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Founded in 1938 as a mail order tractor parts business, Tractor Supply Company (also referred to as TSC) owns and operates more than 698 stores in over 37 states and one Canadian province supplying daily farm and ranch maintenance supplies to a targeted customer base.

Note: The early registration deadline and hotel cut-off date for the Agribusiness Forum is October 29.

To register for the Agribusiness Forum visit,

For more information on the Forum and the speakers visit,

Get Lucky With The ABEF At The Forum!

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 28, 2007 , 8:06 am

ABEFThe Agri-Business Educational Foundation (ABEF) will again be hosting a Casino Night during the Welcome Reception of the 2007 Agribusiness Forum, Tuesday, November 13 at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from the Casino Night will benefit the ABEF in support of the NAMA Student Careers Program.

Every Forum attendee will receive a ticket that they can cash in for $5,000 in chips to try their luck at the tables. If attendees don’t do so well, a $20.00 donation to the ABEF at the Casino Cashier or one of the Roaming Cashiers will get them an additional $5,000 in chips.

At the end of the evening, attendees can cash in their chips and winners will be announced at the Wednesday luncheon session. First, second and third place prizes will be given. In addition, for every $1,000 in chips that an attendee turns in, their name will be entered into a drawing for a 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference & Trade Show registration – we’re not pulling your chain!

The only way to win is to come to the 2007 Agribusiness Forum. To register for the entire Forum or just the Casino Night Reception/Best of NAMA Entry Viewing visit

If you would like to sponsor a Blackjack, Texas hold’em, Craps, or Roulette table during the Casino night, contact Jenny Pickett at 913-491-6500 or via e-mail at

Looking For A Lot Of Recognition?

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 28, 2007 , 8:06 am

Leading The ChargeIf your company is looking for a lot of recognition, then have we got the opportunity for you! Lead the Charge by sponsoring an event at the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference, April 16-18, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.

There are many different sponsorships available. Companies with marketing budgets of all sizes can participate. The higher your support, the more benefits you’ll receive….Platinum Plus, Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. In addition, you can get more company visibility by claiming one or more of the sponsorship opportunities. These opportunities are available on a first come, first serve basis, with first right given to last year’s sponsor.

Please review the benefits and opportunities of sponsorship at the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference and confirm your interest to Jenny Pickett at (913) 491-6500 or e-mail to

Sponsorship benefits are available in an Adobe .PDF format at

Sponsorship opportunities available are also in an Adobe .PDF format at

You can also fill out the on-line sponsorship confirmation form at

We’re open to new, fresh ideas, so if you have an idea for a new sponsorship feel free to contact Jenny to discuss.

Keep in mind that if you become a platinum plus, platinum, or gold sponsor you receive FREE booth space in the Connection Point (Trade Show)!

Get Connected at the Connection Point

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 28, 2007 , 8:04 am

The Connection Point, the trade show held during the Agri-Marketing Conference, will feature the best products and services supporting the agri-marketing industry. Over 50 booths will offer attendees a chance to see these products and services while networking with other agri-marketing professionals. In addition, many booths will feature giveaways and drawings. Be sure to attend the networking events in the Connection Point.

Trade Show Hours

Wednesday, April 16
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Best of NAMA Celebration Reception

Thursday, April 17
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Connection Point Luncheon
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Break in the Connection Point
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Connection Point Closing Reception/ABEF Silent Auction

Download the Connection Point information sheet in an Adobe .PDF format at

Download the Connection Point sign-up sheet in an Adobe .PDF format at

To sign up to reserve your booth space now visit,

If you have questions regarding the Trade Show, contact Judy Knoll via e-mail at or call (636) 728-1428 ext. 2002.

New Look For NAMA

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 28, 2007 , 7:57 am

There will be a new change at NAMA coming on the horizon and it’s not just our new Executive Vice President/CEO, Jenny Pickett. Watch for a new look to the NAMA Web site coming in November, prior to the Agribusiness Forum. The new web site will be a refreshing change from the current site and will be more helpful for our members and non-members to navigate. We are excited about the new web site and hope that it’s just the beginning of the exciting changes to come at NAMA.

What’s Happening With Student NAMA?

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 28, 2007 , 7:56 am

University of Wisconsin-MadisonThe Student NAMA Chapters are back in school and working hard on their plans for the Student Marketing Competition (sponsored by Monsanto) at the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference, April 16-18 in Kansas City.

The Student NAMA Chapters can always use help from their local professional chapter. Encourage your chapter to support Student NAMA by inviting them to chapter meetings, helping them with fundraising events to support their trip to the Agri-Marketing Conference in 2008 or by helping them with their marketing presentations for the competition. Contact your chapter for any ideas on helping Student NAMA – it’s a great way to network with your future employees and colleagues.

What have some of the Student NAMA chapters near you been up to? Take a look below:Michigan State University

University of Nebraska – Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln NAMA Chapter is off to a grand start this year. Members worked diligently at recruitment by having a NAMA booth at the annual Welcome Back Club Fair on East Campus. Fundraising efforts have already begun for the group through participating in a partnership with the local bookstore, which gives back a percentage of sales from NAMA members’ textbook purchases. The first meeting of the year was well attended where members showcased the benefits of the club, discussed goals for the year, and enjoyed socializing over pizza.

Illinois State University
To conclude a very successful year for their student chapter, ISU NAMA held an end of the year cookout for all Agriculture students and members of Heartland NAMA, their sponsoring professional chapter. The cookout featured a video slide show showing the accomplishments of the chapter throughout the year and a presentation showcasing the trip to the National Agri-Marketing Competition in Dallas, Texas last April.

Michigan State University
After leaving the Dallas conference, MSU NAMA went to the DaShazers Cattle Company in Texas. This was an incredible opportunity where they were able to see the operations of a very prestigious Hereford seed stock ranch.

Last spring Deanna Nelson received the Outstanding Senior Award in Agribusiness Management given within the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics. Members had a wide array of internships this past summer, interning at ADM, Syngenta Seeds, Best Buy, AgriGold, Liberty Renewable Fuels, and Wilbur Ellis. After an enjoyable summer break, the MSU NAMA chapter is gearing up for a very promising year!

Sam Houston State Unversity
Sam Houston State University is starting the new school year off with a bang. They are conducting their first meetings of the year and recruiting new members to the team. One of the main goals for the year is to become further involved with the Texas professional NAMA Chapter. They also plan to hold may activities such as hosting the first annual career fair for the department.

University of Wisconsin – Madison
For the second consecutive year University of Wisconsin-Madison NAMA students will raise funds for travel to the national marketing team competition and other student activities by helping harvest grapes at Botham’s Vineyard and Winery near Barneveld, Wis. The vineyard is owned by Peter and Sarah Botham. Sarah is also the UW-Madison NAMA and Marketing Team advisor as well as a faculty associate in the Life Sciences Communication department at UW. The harvest is usually completed in one weekend with the help of approximately 50 volunteers per day from NAMA and the local community. Everyone works eight hour days pending cooperation of the weather.

Purdue University
The Purdue University student NAMA chapter has began the new year with outstanding new membership numbers. The club is working on its annual Resume Book to pass out to companies at the College of Agriculture’s Career Fair. The club is also beginning to organize the NAMA Mentor program for members to have a NAMA professional mentor and introduce them to the business world.

University of Wisconsin – Platteville
UW-Platteville NAMA started the year early this summer by hosting a brat sale at Cabela’s “Kids Fishing Day” event in Prairie Du Chien, WI. Kids were able to “fish” in a small pond set up in front of the store. The UW-Platteville NAMA Chapter provided brats, burgers, hotdogs, and even ice cream cones to the families. Thanks to local sponsors and Cabela’s the brat sale was a big success.

Mississippi State University
The Mississippi State University student chapter of NAMA had an exciting spring semester. It had one of the largest chapters it has had in years. It had a class of over twenty students. The product that the students chose to compete in Dallas with was Catfish Crisps. NAMA was actually able to make a trip out to the processing plant to see the actual process of how catfish were processed and filleted. The NAMA team also had several fundraisers over the course of the semesters such as raffles of season tickets to different Mississippi State University sporting events and various other items.

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