Add Some Sizzle to the 2009 Agri-Marketing Conference

Written by NAMA on Monday, December 15, 2008 , 2:05 pm

We are looking for companies to put some sizzle into the Agri-Marketing Conference by becoming a sponsor!

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 2009 Agri-Marketing Conference and confirm your interest by filling out the online sponsorship form at or contact Jenny Pickett at (913) 491-6500 or e-mail to

Former Student NAMA President Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Written by NAMA on Monday, December 15, 2008 , 2:05 pm


Vincent M. Hofer, Franklin, is one of 32 winners nationally of a Rhodes Scholarship. Hofer is K-State’s eighth Rhodes winner since 1986.

“All of us at K-State are thrilled and overjoyed that Vincent Hofer received a Rhodes scholarship,” said K-State President Jon Wefald. “We are delighted that Vincent will have an opportunity to represent K-State for two years at Oxford University. Any time any university can boast of having a Rhodes scholar, it is something very special for that university. Such a win speaks to Vincent’s academic abilities and also to the quality of education he received from K-State faculty.”

Hofer, a 2008 graduate in agribusiness, works for U.S. Senator Sam Brownback in Washington, D.C., as a legislative correspondent.

“The Rhodes will give Vincent the chance to pursue Latin American studies and Development Studies at Oxford University, one of the top universities in the world,” said James Hohenbary, assistant dean for nationally competitive scholarships. “Having gotten to know Vincent through the application process, I am convinced that he will make excellent use of this opportunity. Not only an outstanding student and leader in his career at K-State, he has a great work ethic, intense intellectual curiosity, and a deep concern for the welfare of others. I am thrilled to see him recognized in this way.”

After completing graduate studies, Hofer plans to pursue a career in international development. At K-State, Hofer received the Anderson Award for Outstanding Leadership, and as chapter president, he was instrumental in leading the K-State National Agri-Marketing Association team to back-to-back wins in national competition.

Other leadership offices he held at K-State include president and vice president of the Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Club, vice president of Blue Key Senior Honor Society, and the vice president and treasurer of the Ag Competition Team Council. Hofer was a recitation instructor for a class of 40 students in agricultural economics, named the Agricultural Economics Department Outstanding Senior of the Year, and a recipient of $28,000 in merit-based scholarships during his college years, including the leadership scholarship. He participated in many different community groups, including being a youth minister leader at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, active in St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center, and volunteer coordinator for the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge.

In fall 2005 he studied in Geelong, Australia, and in summer 2007 he was a financial analyst for the Inter-American Investment Corporation and a research assistant at Zamorano University in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. A 2004 graduate of Girard High School, he is the son of Chris and Nancy Hofer, Franklin.

K-State is second among state universities to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in Rhodes competition since 1986. Since 1986, K-State has had 11 Marshall Scholars, 23 Truman Scholars, 60 Goldwater Scholars and 19 Udall Scholars.

“This reaffirms what Paul Harvey said on his nationally syndicated radio program – that K-State is the student scholar capitol of America,” Wefald said.

Mo-Kan NAMA Shoots and Scores with Dec. Event

Written by NAMA on Monday, December 15, 2008 , 2:05 pm

The Mo-Kan NAMA Chapter partnered with the Kansas City Agribusiness Club, the Livestock Publication Council, and National Association of Farm Broadcasters on a Social Networking Event, December 3. Approximately 61 people attended the event held at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City, Mo.

Admission for the event was donations of canned goods and/or money for Harvesters Community Food Bank. The event yielded 200 pounds of canned goods and household items, and $75 in cash donations. The total donations will serve 528 meals in the Kansas City area!

Two new members also joined the Mo-Kan Chapter as part of a membership drive in coordination with the event, and several prospects are considering NAMA membership.

A good time was had by all during the evening, which featured a buffet and appetizers, a drawing for a cash door prize, a drawing for University of Kansas basketball tickets, a free-throw contest, and a 3-point shoot out. Sue Lee of Farm Journal Media won the cash drawing for $100 and Bob Brunker of JL Farmakis won the drawing for the basketball tickets. Andrew Venancio won the free-throw shooting contest, while Valley Renshaw of Bartlett & Company won the three-point shoot out. Each received a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods as their prize.

Next month, Mo-Kan NAMA will host the Dickinson Scholars from the University of Missouri on Jan. 13th at Brio on the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. starting at 5:30 p.m.

Happy Holidays

Written by NAMA on Monday, December 15, 2008 , 2:05 pm

This will be the last issue of the National NAMA e-News for 2008. The NAMA Staff would like to wish you and your families the safest and happiest holiday season!

The NAMA Office will be closed December 24 to January 5 for the holiday season. However, we will be checking our emails. If you need to get a hold of us, please feel free to send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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