How Will Global Trends Affect You?

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 , 7:21 am

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.

Trends in Agriculture at a glance …

  • Closely examine the global trends affecting agriculture such as economic growth of world markets, governmental regulations, food safety issues and more
  • Get a 360-degree view of the production chain from the producer to the retail shelf from experienced panelists and agriculture experts
  • Hear how ag leaders are addressing the population explosion and increased need for food now and how they’re preparing for the future
  • Discover how to effectively use social media to engage consumers and build momentum around your brand
  • Network with colleagues, prospects and your friends in the industry

Text Updates
Sign up to receive text updates at the Trends In Agriculture conference. Visit to sign up today. The text updates are powered by CommodityUpdate.

Sponsorships Available
Get the recognition your company deserves by becoming a sponsor of the 2010 Trends In Agriculture conference.

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

Hotel Information
The Hotel Cut-off date is September 17.

The Trends In Agriculture conference will take place at The Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis, MN.

The Marquette is located at 710 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402. Reservations can by made by calling 612-376-7400 or 800-328-4782.

Please make sure you mention “NAMA” when making your reservations.

Hotel Room Rate

Note: The Hotel cut-off date is September 17. Reservations made after September 17 are subject to higher rates and potential unavailability.

To register for the Trends In Agriculture conference visit

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube… Oh My!

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 , 7:21 am

Our next webinar will be Thursday, September 30, at 3:00 central time.  Meredith Stevens, Digital Marketing Manager at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will be presenting this webinar on social media.

The online environment is constantly evolving – from its origins as simple and relatively static websites to the current interactive forums and dynamic sites that strive to meet user expectations for instant and 24/7 access to information and two-way conversations.  Today, more than ever before, brands and organizations are being held to a higher standard for authentic and honest communication to the immediate questions that are on users’ minds.

The platforms in which users receive that communication are changing as well.  Social media platforms – including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – are now considered mainstream, mass market communications tools.  As such, social media is playing an increasingly critical role in the everyday lives of users and how they receive and share information.

Using these social media tools can help extend your message out to key audiences, if executed effectively and integrated with existing campaigns or programs.  We’ll look at how to use these tools successfully and ways to measure your engagement with users.

To register for this webinar, visit

MoKan Ag Tour A Success

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 , 7:20 am

The 2010 MoKan Chapter Ag Tour on August 17 was a resounding success.  Not only did the attendees experience a lot of variety, but it also fell during a one-day upper 70s cool down from the two weeks of +100˚ heat that the Kansas City area had been experiencing.

The first stop was at a row crop and hog farm operation owned by Steve and Sharon Oetting, in Richmond, Missouri.  They are the 7th generation on the farm, which began in 1839.  One of the sows gave birth during the tour, adding a little extra excitement.

The bus then carried everyone to Carrollton, Missouri, to visit Pence Aerial Service at the Carrollton Airport.  After viewing a video from the National Agricultural Aviation Association, Dale Pence answered questions and gave an aerial demonstration with a liquid version of fertilizer.  Attendees were able to view the global positioning system in the cockpit afterwards.  Ag pilots have a 2-to-3 year wait for new air tractors.  Eighty-eight percent of aerial applications are made by airplane and 12% by helicopter.  Pilots, who must wear protective helmets, must have both a commercial pilot’s license and a commercial pesticide license.  There are only 6,000 such operations within the United States.

The final stop was at Ray Carroll County Grain Growers, a combination ag retailer, grain elevator and ethanol plant just outside Carrollton, Missouri.  As the tourists donned hardhats and eye protection, they were taken through the various grain storage areas.  In addition to grain storage, the site also has various pieces of agricultural equipment, which is often rented out to farmers.  The arms on one of the sprayers were extended to their full 120’ span to give a first-hand look at the breadth of that machine’s reach.  Fertilizer prescriptions are another option that farmers take advantage of there.  Adjacent to the grain elevators is an ethanol plant that processes 19 million bushels of corn annually for ethanol.  One hundred percent of the corn comes from the two local counties; and the byproducts of the corn are also processed.  The grain storage portion began 15 years ago, with the ethanol plant going live just 3 years ago.

2010 NAMA Boot Camp Covers all the Bases

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 , 7:20 am

The ag industry is constantly changing. New channels. New strategies. New information. After hearing from seasoned agri-marketers and candid producers, attendees at the 2010 NAMA Boot Camp (August 17-19) are now at the top of the agri-marketing learning curve.

Boot Camp kicked off with the traditional Ag Tour where some of the attendees actually got to see a litter of pigs being born at Oetting Hog Farms! The tour also included stops at a grain elevator and an ethanol plant.

That night, a networking reception—where attendees were given pointers on how to meet new people and form new contacts— preceded the evening’s dinner. Dave Mehlhaff demonstrated how to listen and look for common ground with colleagues and co-workers. To maintain and continue to develop the relationship, he emphasized, it’s essential to stay in touch.

A full day of sessions began the next day with a producer panel of representatives from row and cattle production operations as well as a wine producer. Moderated by Janelle Buxton, Successful Farming & Agriculture Online, a forthright Q&A session shed light on how producers use the Internet and the challenges they face juggling work, record keeping and staying on top of the latest innovations on the market. Conversations touched on everything from iPhone apps to YouTube and everything in between.

“The panels are always a big hit,” shared Jenny Pickett, NAMA Executive Vice President/CEO. “They provide such an inside view of what’s really going on within the industry and how marketers can best reach their audiences.”

Other sessions covered a wide range of topics, including building a communications plan, marketing to the animal health industry, using digital media, understanding target audiences, managing crises and marketing to the row crop industry.

Attendees had high marks for the in-depth research presented by Jack Semler, president of Readex Research, on the impact of digital media on farmers and ranchers.

Boot Camp also offered some stellar networking opportunities. Panelists and attendees mingled between sessions and attended a social hour at Kansas City’s famous Boulevard Brewing Company. Plenty of one-on-one Q&A sessions were conducted over drinks and appetizers.

First-time attendee Kassi Williams, Public Relations/Account Coordinator for Swanson Russell, was thrilled with her inaugural Boot Camp experience.

“I would recommend NAMA Boot Camp to anyone looking to jumpstart a career in the agriculture marketing industry,” she shared. “The networking opportunities were immense and the sessions were highly beneficial.”

Boot Camp came to a close with the Advocating for Ag Panel. Attendees were challenged to do their part to tell the real story of American agriculture and given concrete steps to help them achieve that goal.

Careers Committee Meets at Rhea + Kaiser

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 , 7:20 am

The NAMA Careers Committee met in Chicago, Illinois on August 27 to plan the upcoming year.  Participating in the meeting were:  Wes Meador, Chair, Rhea + Kaiser; Amy Barron, Novus International; Matt Bornhorst, Agriculture Future of America; Janelle Buxton, Successful Farming &; Jennifer Christie, Student Advisor, John Deere Ltd.; Deron Johnson, Rhea + Kaiser; Carrie Jorgensen, McCormick Company; Sara Thieding, Makhteshim Agan of North America; Michelle Tollefson, Pfizer Animal Health; Jennifer Pickett, NAMA; and Debbie Brummel, NAMA.  Unable to attend were Kristen Marshall, Vice Chair, Nicholson Kovac; Mike Butler, Archer>Malmo; Amy Jolliff, Bader Rutter; Stacey Noe, Student Advisor, Iowa State University; and Paul Redhage, Executive Committee Liaison, FMC Agricultural Products.

The meeting started with introductions of new committee members and a review of the 2009-10 program year.  Comments gathered during the advisors’ and student chapter presidents’ wrap-up meetings from the 2010 competition were also reviewed.  As a result of the reviews, several changes in the 2010-11 program year will be implemented.  In addition, the Committee will be taking advantage of social media to keep students and advisors updated during the course of the year.

This Web site is hosted by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).
NAMA is not responsible for comments or views expressed by users.