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Recruits Wanted for NAMA Boot Camp

Written by NAMA on Thursday, May 15, 2008 , 8:21 am

Mark your calendars to attend the 5th Annual NAMA Boot Camp, August 12-14, in Kansas City!

This year’s Boot Camp will kick-off on Tuesday, August 12, at 7:30 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.

Wednesday, August 13, begins with breakfast and a general session with a Producer Panel. After the general session, line up for one of two breakout sessions. These breakouts will focus on Serving Niche Markets and New Media. Join us for Economics In Agriculture at a luncheon session after the breakouts. The afternoon will begin with breakouts on A Year in the Life and Little Red Writing Hood and The Big Scary Communications Plan, followed by the final session of the day on International Marketing. Following the last session, join us for more networking at the evening reception.

Thursday, August 14, will kick-off with breakfast followed by a general session on Creative in Agriculture, followed by the Boot Camp Closing Session with a Client/Agency Panel discussion.

To register for the 2008 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 the latest information on the NAMA Boot Camp visit,

Lead The Way…

Written by NAMA on Thursday, May 15, 2008 , 8:21 am

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

Chapter and national leaders are currently recruiting committee members. If you are interested in becoming a member of a chapter or national committee fill out the online form at or contact your chapter president. A list of chapter president’s can be found at

Note: Chapter Presidents, if you have your leaders already selected for the upcoming 2008-2009 program year, please submit them to Linda Schaefer at the NAMA office at

Calendar Reminder: Chapter leaders, regional leader workshops are currently being planned. Stay tuned for the dates of the Regional Leader Workshops.

Awards of Excellence

Written by NAMA on Thursday, May 15, 2008 , 8:21 am

It’s time to begin thinking about who to nominate for the 2008 Professional Development Awards of Excellence. The deadline for submitting nominations is September 1, 2008. These awards will be presented at the 2008 Agribusiness Forum, November 11-12, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.

These 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

ABEF Activities Raise Money for Student Program

Written by NAMA on Thursday, May 15, 2008 , 8:21 am

The ABEF hosted its annual Golf Outing during the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference to help raise money for the Student NAMA Careers Program.

The ABEF Golf Outing took place on Tuesday, April 15 at Falcon Lakes Golf Course in Basehor, KS. This year’s golf outing was the most successful golf outing yet!

Golfers were blown away by a beautiful (and windy) day of golf, but also raised nearly $5,000 for the ABEF. Several contests were held during the golf outing, the results of those are as follows:

Longest Drive: Mick Sibbel, Ayres Kahler
Straightest Drive: Dennis Bryant, D.F. Bryant & Company
Closest to the Pin: Jason Weil, Kansas Agriculture Network
Longest Putt-Female: Heidi Nelson, Harvest PR & Marketing
Longest Putt-Male: Jeff Jackson, Farm Progress Companies

Taking third place in the golf outing was Jeff Jackson and Sandy Creighton, Farm Progress Companies; along with Doug Newman, VML; and Chet Slump, iNet Solutions Group. Second place went to Lyle Orwig and Mike Opperman, Charleston/Orwig; along with Gary Vorpahl, Hoard’s Dairyman; and Bill Pool, Farm Market iD. First place winners were Jessica Lamker and David Lundquist, CHS – Land O’Lakes; along with Roger Reierson, AdFarm; and Bob Brunker, J.L. Farmakis.

Special thanks also to the sponsors of the ABEF Golf Outing: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Blasdel Cleaver Schwalbe Communications, Ayres Kahler, Charleston/Orwig, Iowa Farmer Today, John Deere, LEE Agri-MEDIA, J.L. Farmakis, Bock & Associates, Two Rivers Marketing, High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal and DTN/The Progressive Farmer. We look forward to another successful Golf Outing next year in Atlanta!

The ABEF Century Club, which was launched at the 2004 Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City, raised $3,800 at the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference. Investing in the club provides the opportunity to step forward and help advance the future of agribusiness. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders and the Century Club support is totally dedicated for investing in scholarships for tomorrow’s leaders.

The Century Club’s goal is to have today’s agribusiness leaders contribute $100 for today’s youth. You can be a part of this select group of individuals committed to enhancing the opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders. The list below contains professionals who joined the Century Club by the end of the 2008 conference. Don’t be left out, sign yourself up now! Visit

Carol Anderson
Allen Barkve
Kyle Bauer
Vernon Benes
Stanley Bird
Mark Bjorgo
Dennis Bryant
Beth Burgy
Leigh Ann Cleaver
Kathy Cornett
Jean DeLong Custer
Jim Emanuel
Jan Ford
Mike Gustafson
H&P Company, Inc.
Vicki Henrickson
Larry Hertz
Bill Howard
Phil Johnson
Bret Kealy
Dave Knau
Stan Koenigsfeld
Joe McWilliams
Steve Mercer
Lyle Orwig
Darrah Parker
Russ Parker
Roger Reierson
Steve Rhea
John Riley
Duane Ross
Tom Smull
Tom Taylor
Rick Tolman
Don Tourte
John Volk
Gary Vorpahl
Marjory Walker
Richard Wright
Chuck Zimmerman

The ABEF Silent Auction and Online Media Auction raised over $27,000 for the Student Careers Program. Items in the auctions ranged from wine to media packages to iPods.

Attendees had a chance to win a Dell 50″ High Def Plasma TV courtesy of Penton Media at the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference. NAMA Student chapters sold tickets in advance as well as at the conference for a chance to win the TV. The winning raffle ticket was sold by Kenny Druckenmiller, Penn State, who sold the ticket to his grandmother, Mary Druckenmiller. Congratulations on the new TV!

Over $7,300 was raised from the Student Raffle and schools received $5.00 for each ticket sold, meaning $3,680 of that money will be returned to the student chapters to help cover expenses to next year’s conference. The school that sold the most raffle tickets received $100 and the second place school received $50. In addition, the student who sold the most tickets received an additional cash prize of $100. This year’s top selling school was the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and second place honors go to Virginia Tech. The student selling the most raffle tickets was Jessica Jarrell, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Badger NAMA Explores New Wave of Marketing Technologies

Written by NAMA on Thursday, May 15, 2008 , 8:21 am

Nearly 40 Badger NAMA and UW-Platteville student NAMA members converged on Johnson Creek for Badger NAMA’s “Cultivating Your Market: What’s Working in New Marketing Technology” seminar on March 19th.

Speaker Dana VanDen Heuvel of Internet marketing firm VanDen Heuvel Executives gave attendees an exciting, fast-paced look at emerging marketing technology, including viral video, podcasting, micro blogging and more. Q&A throughout the presentation gave attendees a chance to get answers to their most pressing questions about new technologies and how best to incorporate them into current marketing plans.

Information from the seminar is now available to download at What you’ll find:

  • Marketech 08: Using Emerging Media in Marketing eBook
  • Audio segments of Dana VanDen Heuvel’s presentation
  • Slides from Dana’s New Marketing Technology presentation

Leading the Charge!

Written by NAMA on Thursday, May 1, 2008 , 12:27 pm

Take a look at some of the things you might have missed at the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference. View the conference photo gallery at Special thanks to Denny Eilers, Iowa Photo Farm, for the photo’s!

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,

In addition, special thanks to all of the Exhibitors who participated in this year’s Connection Point. For a tour of the trade show visit the Virtual Trade Show at

If you’re interested in signing up for a sponsorship for the 2009 Agri-Marketing Conference in Atlanta, e-mail Jenny Pickett at the NAMA office at to convey your interest.

If you missed taking the Millennium Research survey at the conference, we still want your opinion to help with future programming. Take the survey at

If you still need to complete the Agri-Marketing Conference survey, you can do so at

In addition, presentations from most of the conference sessions have been posted on the web site, visit to download the presentations.

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