Show Off Your Hot Ideas

Written by NAMA on Monday, December 15, 2008 , 2:06 pm

Every year at the Agri-Marketing Conference, professionals involved with selling products and services into the agricultural marketplace gather to explore the latest in techniques, trends and practices.

In 2009, the conference will be held in the beautiful, newly renovated Atlanta Marriott Marquis, conveniently located in Peachtree Center. If your target audience includes agrimarketers, you can’t afford to miss the 2009 Connection Point.

In today’s world of voice mails and e-mails, the Connection Point offers a unique opportunity for face-to-face contact. Something every business can use!

Research shows a single, personal sales call can cost $500 or more. In some industries—such as ag—that can go much higher, both because of technical expertise needed and because the market is so geographically dispersed. Your participation in the Connection Point will enable you to make sales calls much more economically!

And it is a sales opportunity. In a recent study, 91% of respondents ranked trade shows as an “extremely useful” source for product purchasing information and nearly half had purchased products or services at a trade show.

What happens in the trade show?

On Wednesday, April 15, immediately after the Best of NAMA Ceremony, the Connection Point opens with a Celebration Reception. The Thursday evening reception offers attendees the chance to unwind after a full day of conference activities.

Lunch & Refreshment Breaks
On Thursday, April 16, lunch will be served in the Connection Point as well as refreshments during the afternoon break, offering additional opportunities to mingle.

Prize drawings at the end of each session (four) and a grand prize drawing at the Thursday evening reception help encourage conference attendees to leave business cards at booths in the Connection Point. A bingo activity during Thursday’s luncheon helps generate additional booth activity.

Virtual Trade Show
As an exhibitor at the Connection Point you will also be featured as an exhibitor in the Virtual Trade Show at no additional charge. Trade show attendees can determine where you will be located and find out more about your organization before the event. Simply e-mail a brief description, company logo and a link to your website to . .we take care of the rest!

Connection Point Hours

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Best of NAMA Celebration/Trade Show Grand Opening

12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Luncheon
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Closing Reception/ABEF Silent Auction

For more information on the Connection Point visit

To sign up for booth space now visit

Note: Exhibitors who sign up for a booth by February 4 will receive a complimentary registration for NAMA’s February 5th webinar on Maximizing Your Trade Show R.O.I. with Scott Hanna, Skyline Displays.

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.

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