Early Registration/Hotel Cut-Off Next Week

Written by NAMA on Friday, March 26, 2010 , 7:54 am

We’re excited to announce that the registration numbers for the 2010 Agri-Marketing Conference are up compared to previous years. Don’t hesitate, register today!

The early registration deadline for the 2010 Agri-Marketing Conference is Wednesday, March 31. Please register by March 31 to receive the early registration rate for the conference.

To register for the conference visit http://www.nama.org/ConferenceRegistration/Default.aspx?confid=8.

Hotel Cut-Off Date
The Hotel Cut-off date for making reservations at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center is Tuesday, March 30. Reservations made after March 30 are subject to higher rates and potential unavailability.

With our registration numbers being up, the block is filling up fast, so please make your reservations today! Reservations can be made by calling the Hyatt at (816) 421-1234, please mention NAMA when making your reservations. You can also reserve your room online. We have 2 room blocks at the Hyatt, one for professionals and one for students.

Professionals online reservations – http://crowncenter.hyatt.com/groupbooking/mkcrknagr2010

Student online reservations – http://crowncenter.hyatt.com/groupbooking/mkcrknags2010

ABEF Golf Outing Sign-Up Deadline Approaching

Written by NAMA on Friday, March 26, 2010 , 7:53 am

Gather your foursomes together, the sign-up deadline for the ABEF Golf Outing at The National Golf Club is April 9. The golf outing will take place on Tuesday, April 20. A chartered bus will leave the hotel at 11:30 a.m. to take everyone to the golf course and a boxed lunch will be provided. Tee time begins at 1:00 p.m. An awards ceremony and reception will cap your day on the greens.

If you need or want to register for the golf outing and for the conference at the same time, please visit http://www.nama.org/ConferenceRegistration/Default.aspx?confid=8.

If you’ve already registered for conference but want to add the ABEF Golf outing, please visit, www.nama.org/amc/golfregister.htm.

Sponsors Needed!
Show your support and sponsor a hole. Hole sponsorships are now available as well as reception and beverage cart sponsorships. To sign up for a sponsorship on-line visit, http://www.nama.org/amc/golfsponsor.htm or contact Jenny Pickett at 913-491-6500 or via e-mail at jennyp@nama.org. Thank you for your support of the ABEF!

Get ready to play R+K Q+A!

Written by NAMA on Friday, March 26, 2010 , 7:52 am

What’s the longest recorded flight of a chicken? How many muscles does the average, garden-variety caterpillar have in its head? What’s a flink?

Look for these and other R+K Q+A questions during the 2010 Agri-Marketing Conference and text your responses to Rhea + Kaiser. For every text received during the conference, R+K will make a donation to the Agri-Business Educational Foundation (ABEF). You don’t even have to be right for your text to count! Oh, and you’ll also be entered to win a super-duper prize.

Curious? Find answers to these questions at rkconnect.com.

Silent/Online Auction Donations Roll In

Written by NAMA on Friday, March 26, 2010 , 7:51 am

abef-logoSupport promising agri-business students as you mingle with exhibitors in the Connection Point. The Agri-Business Educational Foundation (ABEF) Silent Auction and Raffle benefit NAMA’s Student Careers Program and the ABEF respectively.

Bid on auction items while making your way through the exhibit area and buy your raffle ticket.

ABEF will conduct an On-Line auction of media packages, Web related donations, and other services as part of its annual Silent Auction. Donors will be recognized in the Silent Auction area of the trade show during the 2010 Agri-Marketing Conference.

Below is a list of just a few of the auction donations we’ve received. Special thanks to everyone’s support!

Limited edition Terry Redlin Print
A Custom Research Study
T-Shirts & Clothing Items
Wisconsin Cheeses
Limited edition framed poster
Media Packages for the online auction
Airport Security friendly laptop case
Duffle bag, hat, and blanket
Golf Package including umbrella, golf balls, shirt, etc.

Donations Are Still Needed! To donate items to the auction, fill out the online form at http://www.nama.org/abef/silentauction/pledgeform.htm or contact Jenny Pickett at jennyp@nama.org, 913-491-6500.

New Exhibitors Join The Connection Point

Written by NAMA on Friday, March 26, 2010 , 7:50 am

NAMA welcomes new and previous exhibitors to The Connection Point, held during the Agri-Marketing Conference, April 21-23, in Kansas City.

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.

Booth Space is going fast, so reserve your spot today! Sign up online at http://www.nama.org/amc/ts/signup.htm or contact Judy Knoll at Agri Marketing Magazine at (636) 728-1428 ext. 2002 or via email at JudyK@agrimarketing.com.

Check out who’s already signed up for the Connection Point!

Agri Marketing Magazine
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Broadcast Sales
Capital Press
Purdue University, Center for Food & Ag Business
Cookie Lee Jewelry
CropLife Ambassador Network
DairyBusiness Communications
Farm & Ranch Guide/MN Farm Guide
Farm Market iD
Farm Progress Companies
Fastline Publications
High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
International Agri-Center/World Ag Expo
IRON Search
J.L. Farmakis, Inc.
Kansas City Board of Trade
Kenna B. Rathai Communications
Linder Farm Network/KRVN Radio
Malcolm Media Ag Publishing
Meister Media Worldwide
Metro Iowa Plus
Midwest Direct Marketing, Inc.
National Assn. of Farm Broadcasting
National 4-H Council
National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn.
Penton Media, Inc.
Potato Grower/Sugar Producer/Mountain West Turf
Progressive Dairy Publishing
Saepio Technologies, Inc.
Select Publishing/Forthefarm.com
Southeast AgNet Radio Network/Citrus Industry Magazine
Successful Farming
US Farm Data
ZimmComm New Media, LLC

If you’ve already signed up to exhibit, please send a company description and logo to Kathi Conrad in the NAMA office at kathic@nama.org for the Virtual Trade Show. The Virtual Trade Show will be online in the coming weeks.

Sponsorships Still Available

Written by NAMA on Friday, March 26, 2010 , 7:49 am

If you’re looking for an opportunity to get your company noticed, sign up for an Agri-Marketing Conference sponsorship today. We’d like to welcome back our previous sponsors and our new sponsors. Thank you for all you do to help make the Agri-Marketing Conference a success!

Please review the benefits and opportunities of sponsorship at the 2010 Agri-Marketing Conference and confirm your interest by filling out the online sponsorship form at http://nama.org/amc/sponsor/form.htm or contact Jenny Pickett at (913) 491-6500 or e-mail to jennyp@nama.org.

Check out who’s already a sponsor!

Sustaining Partners
Agri Marketing Magazine
Farm Progress Companies
High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
John Deere
Successful Farming

Platinum Plus Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors
American Business Media – Agri Council

Gold Sponsors
Ag Speakers Network
Avatar Studios
Farm Journal Media
Filament Marketing, LLC
Penton Media
Pfizer Animal Health
The Western Producer

Silver Sponsors
AGCanada.com Network
Bader Rutter & Associates
Bayer CropScience
Broadhead & Company, Inc.
Cattlemen’s Beef Board
Charleston/Orwig, Inc.
Commodity Update
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Elanco Animal Health
Farm Business Communications
Farm Credit
National Assn. of Farm Broadcasting
Nicholson Kovac
Osborn & Barr Communications
Paulsen Marketing
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Program
Rhea + Kaiser Marketing Communications
Sullivan Higdon & Sink
Woodruff Sweitzer

Bronze Sponsors
Adayana, Inc.
Agriculture Future of America
Alpha Scouts, LLC
Beck Ag, Inc.
Blasdel Cleaver Schwalbe Communications
Boehringer Ingelheim
Brighton Agency
CornerPost eMedia Solutions
DairyBusiness Communications
DFBryant & Co.
Fastline Publications
FMC Agricultural Products
Harvest PR & Marketing
Hoard’s Dairyman Magazine
John Deere Credit
KFRM Radio – The Voice of the Plains
KMZU Radio – The Farm
Learfield Communications
Mariposa Partners
Martin Williams
McCormick Company
Merial, Ltd.
Missouri Ruralist
Mosaic Company
National Cotton Council of America
Padilla Speer Beardsley
PBI/Gordon Corporation
Pioneer Hi-Bred Intl., Inc.
The Pert Group
Vance Publishing/Food 360
ZimmComm New Media, LLC

New Social Media Tools at Conference

Written by NAMA on Friday, March 26, 2010 , 7:48 am

NAMA is excited to announce some new social media tools that will be implemented at the 2010 Agri-Marketing Conference!

New Digital Signage will be provided courtesy of AGCanada.com Network.

Mobile Program – You will have the opportunity to get the conference program on your phone to better help direct you to sessions, the Connection Point and other conference activities so you don’t miss out on important events. Sign-up information for the mobile program will be provided in the upcoming weeks. The Mobile Program is courtesy of Farm Progress Companies, powered by iNet Solutions Group.

Text Updates – We began the text updates at the 2009 Trends In Agriculture fall meeting. Text updates will be available to those who sign up to remind you of what events are happening prior to the start of them. Sign-up for text updates will be available in the coming weeks. Thanks to Commodity Update for providing the text updates!

NAMA Blog – in keeping with tradition, the entire conference will be blogged. If you are unable to make it to the conference or if you just want a recap of the day’s events at conference, just visit www.namablog.org. The blog is sponsored by Successful Farming and maintained by AgWired.

Keynote Speakers

Written by NAMA on Friday, March 26, 2010 , 7:47 am

Get the skills and strategies you need to grow professionally and lead in challenging times at the 2010 Agri-Marketing Conference.

• Learn how to get ag’s message out using groundbreaking new media
• Discover how companies are forging unique partnerships to build trust
• Gain a renewed sense of pride in the promise of American agriculture

Take a trip to the Heartland for unbeatable networking and a line-up of internationally known keynote speakers.

meermanThe New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to use Social Media, Blogs, News Releases, Online Video & Viral Marketing to Reach your Buyers Directly

Thursday, April 22 ~ 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Get ready. Hold on tight. The rules of marketing are changing.

Consumers are demanding more relevant messages. Channels are proliferating. Marketers must find a way to target more effectively and create integrated campaigns that support the brand and deliver ROI.

Are you ready to leverage new web-based communication like blogs, YouTube videos, ebooks and more?

David will show you how. He’ll share a step-by-step action plan for harnessing the power of the new rules of marketing and PR. Learn how to identify audiences, create compelling stories and ideas and use them to get willing consumers in the buying process. Told with many case studies and real-world examples, this is a practical discussion about the new reality of PR and marketing.

David is a marketing strategist and the author of the hit new book World Wide Rave. His previous book, The New Rules of Marketing & PR, is an award-winning BusinessWeek bestseller and is being published in 25 languages.

He is a recovering VP of marketing for two publicly traded technology companies and was also Asia marketing director for Knight-Ridder, at the time one of the world’s largest newspaper and electronic information companies.

David’s clients include Cisco, HP, Microsoft, The New York Islanders, NASDAQ Stock Market, the Government of Ontario, McKesson, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, SAP, Google, Digital River and many more.


How To Sail Above Rough Seas

Thursday, April 22 ~ 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

What could this one man possibly have to say that is important enough for the Commander of the Allied Air Forces to ask his help? Why did every senior leader the United States Air Force has in Europe and the Middle East recently assemble in one room—at one time—to listen?

Andy Andrews has spent his life as a “noticer.” Time and again he has keenly observed small things that have made huge differences to corporations, organizations and our country’s leaders. His most exciting find in recent years has been the proof that any organization can prosper, even while others around them are in financial meltdown.

This past year, Andy’s client Keller Williams Realty in Colorado experienced whopping 400% increase—despite 2007 having the lowest housing market averages of the last two decades. Andy uses an organization’s own background and current culture to create an immediate and lasting increase in their production.

Hailed by a New York Times writer as a “modern day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy is an internationally known speaker and novelist whose combined works have sold millions of copies worldwide. He has been received at the White House and has spoken at the request of four different United States Presidents.

His clients include AT&T, Coca-Cola, the U.S. Air Force, Microsoft, and Honda, just to name a few. Andy will help you jump start both your personal and professional development and help you adapt successfully to change and challenging times.

mobleyAmerican Farmer: The Heart of Our Country

Friday, April 23 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Paul’s intimate portraits convey the strength, compassion and vulnerability of the human spirit. In his first book, American Farmer: The Heart of Our Country, Paul honors the rich history and boundless future of American agriculture with over 150 portraits from farmers and ranchers all over the country.

Join your colleagues for this inspiring closing session. Reignite your passion for ag as Paul leads you through his journey to nearly 200 farms to capture the grit and spirit of rural life.

These are the men and women who nurture and sustain the land. The farmers who feed nations around the world. You owe it to yourself to take part in this stirring celebration of American agriculture.

Paul began his photography training at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies. He continued to refine his craft in the New York studios of legends like Annie Leibovitz. Since launching his own career, Paul has worked with a wide range of corporate, advertising and editorial clients including American Express, Sony, Citigroup, Ford and many others.

He was recently awarded the 2009 Western Heritage Award for “best photography book” from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

To register, visit http://www.nama.org/ConferenceRegistration/Default.aspx?confid=8.

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