Networking Activities & Events at Trends

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 , 11:01 am

The following is a schedule of networking opportunities and events that will take place at Trends In Agriculture:

November 11
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Break
Enjoy a refreshment break and network with your peers at the break sponsored by the National Cotton Council.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Welcome Reception/Best of NAMA Entry Viewing/ABEF Sports Night
Relax and network with friends and colleagues while viewing the Best of NAMA entries from the regional judging. This reception will also feature the first annual ABEF Sports Night. Try your hand at games such as basketball, electronic darts, pool and foosball while helping raise funds for the ABEF. This event is sponsored by John Deere, DTN/The Progressive Farmer, and Martin Williams.

Can’t make it to the entire Trends In Agriculture meeting? No problem, you can just join us for the Welcome Reception/Entry Viewing/ABEF Sports Night! Just visit to register!

November 12
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
Get focused on the day with your peers and a hearty breakfast before the sessions for the day begin.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Break
Discuss the morning session over some coffee with your peers courtesy of CHS, Inc.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Professional Development Awards of Excellence Program & Luncheon
NAMA honors its members with hands-on responsibility in each of the Professional Development Areas (PDA). This year, awards will be given in the areas of Marketing Communications, Public Relations and Sales. The recipients will share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities in agri-marketing at the luncheon. Join us as we honor Paul Redhage, FMC Agricultural Products, with the Marketing Communications award; Beth Andersen, Charleston/Orwig, with the Public Relations award; and Vernon Benes, Beck Ag Inc., with the Sales award.

The Luncheon is sponsored by Truffle Media Networks and the Professional Development Awards of Excellence are sponsored by Farm Progress Companies.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Meet & Greet with the Speakers/Reception
This is your chance to talk to the speakers of the Trends In Agriculture Meeting after the final session. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to network with some attendees of the NAFB Convention. Special thanks to the MoKan NAMA Chapter & Quarry Integrated Communications for sponsoring this event.

Special Thanks to Our Trends Committee

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 , 11:01 am

Special thanks to the Trends In Agriculture Committee who have worked so hard to put together a fantastic program for you!

Kenna Rathai, Kenna B. Rathai Communications

Vice Chair
Steve Mercer, U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc.

Committee Members
Courtney Yuskis, Drake & Company
Patty Jolliffe, Weyforth-Haas Marketing
Rich Tiller, Ag Speakers Network
Jeanne Miller, J.L. Farmakis, Inc.
Scott Kington, Woodruff Sweitzer

Executive Committee Liaison
Beth Burgy, Broadhead + Company

Trends Deadlines Approaching

Written by NAMA on Friday, October 17, 2008 , 6:57 am

The early registration deadline and hotel cut-off date for Trends In Agriculture at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center is Monday, October 27, 2008.

To make your hotel reservations, simply call the Hyatt Regency at 816-421-1234 and make sure you mention “NAMA” to receive the group rate. Reservations made after October 27 are subject to higher rates and potential unavailability.
In addition, registration rates will increase after October 27. To register for the 2008 Trends In Agriculture visit,

Remember: If you have a hotel room reservation, you still need to register for the event. If you are registered for the event, you still need to make a hotel reservation.

Sponsorships for Trends In Agriculture are still available. Check out the opportunities available at or contact Jenny Pickett at

Sponsors are also wanted for the ABEF Sports Night. If you would like to sponsor a foosball, pool table, basketball or darts game during the Sports night, contact Jenny Pickett at 913-491-6500 or via e-mail at

NAMA Membership Campaign

Written by NAMA on Friday, October 17, 2008 , 6:57 am

Recruit a business associate, peer, or friend as a new NAMA member before November 5 and both of you will be in a drawing for a new GPS!

Tell your friends, peers, and business associates how you benefit from being a member of NAMA – the learning and networking opportunities, skill development, access to agribusiness solutions, etc.

Every NAMA member who recruits a new member between now and November 5 will be included in a drawing for a new GPS. The more new members you recruit – the better your chances. New members will have their names entered, too.

Simply tell your recruit to join on-line at and include your name in the “Referred by” box or have them call the NAMA office at 913-491-6500 to join and remind them to say they were referred by you! Be sure to tell them they’ll be included in the drawing.

When will the drawing take place? During Trends in Agriculture, which takes place November 11 and 12 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City. We’d love to have you there, but you don’t have to be present to win.

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