How Will Global Trends Affect You?

Written by NAMA on Monday, August 16, 2010 , 12:48 pm

Innovations in communication, production and packaging are revolutionizing the agriculture industry. Combined with the dramatic increase in need for safe, plentiful food, today’s agriculture professionals must navigate the challenges of a “Globally Local” World. NAMA’s 2010 Trends in Agriculture conference, October 5-6, in Minneapolis, will help you stay ahead of the curve and gain an edge in the rapidly changing landscape of our global agriculture market.

Registration for Trends In Agriculture is now open, so register today at

Take a look at the schedule at-a-glance below for the 2010 Trends In Agriculture conference:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Agriculture In a Globally Local World

Mark Pearson, Market to Market

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Feeding the World

Dr. Jay Lehr, Economist & Futurist

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Macro Food Trends Panel Discussion
Tom DiBacco, Director of Consumer and Government Relations, Broadhead + Co
Erin Daley, Economist, U.S. Meat Export Federation
Jim Compart, pork producer/owner of Compart’s Boar Store, MN PPA President
Todd M. Stohlmeyer, VP/Commodity Sourcing and Grain Operations, General Mills

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Creating Effective Digital Brand Communities
Tim Brunelle, Chief Executive Officer, Hello Viking

12:00 Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional Development Awards of Excellence Luncheon

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Washington Update: What to Expect in 2011
Jim Wiesemeyer, Senior Vice President, Policy & Trade Issues, Informa Economics, Washington office

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Meet & Greet Reception with the Speakers

For session descriptions and hotel information please visit

Trends In Agriculture Sponsorships Available

Written by NAMA on Monday, August 16, 2010 , 12:47 pm

Get the recognition your company deserves by becoming a sponsor of the 2010 Trends In Agriculture conference, October 5-6, in Minneapolis.

As a sponsor of Trends In Agriculture, your organization will be noted as a front runner in pursuing and obtaining up to the moment industry information. Additional benefits include:

– Recognition in the program booklet, and from the podium during the session.
– Recognition by signage at the sponsored event (if applicable).
– Recognition in post-Trends articles in Agri Marketing magazine and media releases.
– Recognition on the NAMA Trends In Agriculture web site page.
– First right of refusal for sponsorship of the same item for next year’s Trends In Agriculture

To sign up for a sponsorship opportunity, fill out the On-line Sponsorship Form or contact Jenny Pickett at 913-491-6500 or via e-mail at

Producers Choice Category Coming to Best of NAMA

Written by NAMA on Monday, August 16, 2010 , 12:44 pm

New This Year!
Watch the Call for Entries for our new category, the Producer’s Choice Award. In this category, you’ll be able to enter a single page ad that will be judged by 1,000-2,000 producers. This category is made possible by Successful Farming & Agriculture Online and Readex Research.

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 1.

All entries must be received in the NAMA Office by Friday, October 8, 2010.

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 13, 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!

Mid-America Hosts Reception at State Fair

Written by NAMA on Monday, August 16, 2010 , 12:44 pm

The Indiana State Fair was the site of Mid-America NAMA’s August 10 reception. Those who attended were thankful that the chapter chose the Farm Bureau Building, the only air conditioned building on Fair grounds, for the reception. It was a welcome reprieve from the nearly 100˚ heat. In addition to members from Purdue University, Wabash, IN, and the surrounding area, chapter leaders also welcomed several visitors from the Badger Chapter.

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