Nomination Deadline Approaching

Written by NAMA on Monday, August 17, 2009 , 1:19 pm

The deadline for nominating someone you know for a Professional Development Award of Excellence is September 1.

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 awards will be presented at the 2009 Trends in Agriculture fall meeting, November 10-11, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.

Past Awards of Excellence recipients include the following and the company they were with at the time of receiving the award:

Marketing Communications

2008 – Paul Redhage, FMC Agricultural Products
2007 – Pete Kovac, Nicholson Kovac, Inc.
2006 – Steve Engle, Woodruff Sweitzer
2005 – Bev Larson, NK Brand/Syngenta Seeds
2004 – Neil DeStefano, FMC Corporation
2003 – Sarah Vacek, Monsanto Company
2002 – Ken Anderson, NC+ Hybrids
2001 – Doug Headley, John Deere

Product/Species Management

2008 – No award was given in this area in 2008
2007 – Klaas Okkinga, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
2006 – No award was given in this area in 2006
2005 – Dennis Gehler, CROPLAN GENETICS/Land O’ Lakes
2004 – Wendy Elliott, Pfizer Animal Health
2003 – Brian Markwardt, Golden Acres Genetics, Ltd.
2002 – Tony Klemm, Dow AgroSciences
2001 – Tony Solon, AGCO Corporation

Public Relations

2008 – Beth Andersen, Charleston/Orwig
2007 – Greg Smith, Padilla Speer Beardsley
2006 – Barry Nelson, John Deere
2005 – Janice Person, Delta & Pine Land Company
2004 – Kendal Frazier, Natl. Cattlemen’s Beef Association
2003 – Mike Ricciuto, DuPont Agriculture & Nutrition
2002 – David Buchholz, David & Associates
2001 – Ken Gordon, Syngenta


2008 – Vernon Benes, Beck Ag, Inc.
2007 – Bill Heffron, Bock & Associates
2006 – Anita Vanderwert, Brownfield Network
2005 – Margaret Wallace Oldham, Beck Ag Com, Inc.
2004 – Allen Barkve, Primedia Business Magazines & Media
2003 – Cliff Becker, Vance Publishing, Food Systems Group
2002 – Bob Deiss, Farm Progress Companies
2001 – Tom Taylor, High Plains Journal

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

Trends In Agriculture Registration Now Open!

Written by NAMA on Monday, August 17, 2009 , 1:19 pm

trend-in-ag-logoRegistration is now open for Trends In Agriculture, November 10-11, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.

This year’s topic for Trends In Agriculture is Connecting with the New Ag Community.

Sessions will help define the forces that are expanding the need and ability of farmers to reach outside their previously small sphere of influence. Farmers and livestock producers will describe what it means to live and work in this new market environment. And experienced marketers will share successful efforts to leverage traditional and new media to build trust and become welcome citizens of the new ag community.

Please plan to join us to learn more about how these trends affect your customers purchase decisions and to network with your colleagues.

Register now for Trends In Agriculture at

Sponsorships Available!

If you are interested in sponsoring a session at the 2009 Trends In Agriculture event, please contact Jenny Pickett at 913-491-6500 or via email at

Best of NAMA

Written by NAMA on Monday, August 17, 2009 , 1:18 pm

Are you ready to take home a Best of Show award at the 2010 Best of NAMA Ceremony? Well you’ll have to wait just a few more weeks to begin your climb to be the best of the best.

The Best of NAMA Call for Entries will be available on the NAMA web site at the end of August and will be mailed by September 14.

All entries must be received in the NAMA Office by Friday, October 16, 2009.

The Best of NAMA awards program honors the best work in agricultural communications. Actually, the best of the best, since companies/agencies must first qualify through regional competition in order to advance to the national level. The national awards ceremony will take place April 21, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.

Best of NAMA operates on a regional judging format. Entries are sent directly to the national 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.

Stay tuned to your email inbox for notification of the Call for Entries on the NAMA web site!

Southwest NAMA Meets at Ag Media Summit

Written by NAMA on Monday, August 17, 2009 , 1:17 pm

The Southwest Chapter held a chapter breakfast meeting on Tuesday, August 4, in conjunction with the Ag Media Summit in Fort Worth, Texas.

Approximately 20 members participated in the meeting during which officers were elected.  In addition, initial programming plans for the year were determined.  Quarterly meetings will kick off in September with a tour of the State Fair Grounds.

Some of the other options that will be pursued include:  tours of a cheese factory, a Texas Wine Country tour and/or the Southwest Airlines headquarters.  Attendance at a livestock auction is also being considered.  In addition to tours and chapter meetings, the chapter will continue their involvement with the student chapters in both Texas and New Mexico.  This includes helping the student chapter prepare for the marketing competition in April each year.

There’s Still Time to Register!

Written by NAMA on Monday, August 3, 2009 , 7:52 am

bootsThe NAMA Boot Camp is about a week away! Don’t miss out, there’s still time to register!

Whether you’ve just entered the rough working world or one who’s been through the NAMA Boot Camp drill before, sign up for this program today to learn more about the agri-marketing industry. Join us for the 6th annual NAMA Boot Camp, August 18-20, 2009, in Kansas City.

Once again the MoKan NAMA Chapter is hosting an Ag Tour prior to the start of Boot Camp on Tuesday, August 18. Scheduled stops include a trip to seed production facility, NECO Seeds, in Garden City, MO with a lunch stop at The Farm, a family owned and operated facility associated with NECO Seeds. The afternoon will feature a trip to Kurzweil Farm for a tour of a cattle and hog operation. Attendees will tour the hog confinement and also visit the meat store and learn how they process and market their own meat.

To register for the NAMA Boot Camp or the MoKan Ag Tour visit

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