2011 MoKan Ag Tour: Bus Rides, Bratwurst, & Brainpower for Ag Communicators

Written by NAMA on Monday, September 12, 2011 , 11:02 am

More than 55 attendees loaded the bus the morning of Tuesday, August 16, 2011, for NAMA’s annual MoKan Ag Tour. The tour is an on-farm experience where attendees learn about different agricultural operations.

This year’s first stop: Kurzweil’s Country Meats, a family-owned and operated, full-circle operation near Garden City, Mo.  Attendees visited the family’s “home-base” farm as well as their pork production facility.  The Kurzweil brothers shared how they raise their own grain, which is then fed to their hogs.  They also operate a full-service meat market, where tour participants saw how fresh bratwurst is made; the tour at Kurzweil’s concluded with a smoked pork-chop lunch.

The second and final stop on the 2011 tour was Crop Production Services (CPS) of Harrisonville, Mo. CPS is one of the largest national agriculture wholesale and retailers in North America; and tour attendees got an up-close-and-personal look at the products sold, the equipment utilized, and the services offered by CPS.

NAMA Member Passing

Written by NAMA on Thursday, September 1, 2011 , 11:32 am

by Colle+McVoy

September 1, 2011

Today, we, at Colle + McVoy celebrate the life of our former client, co-worker and friend, Gary McKenna, who passed away on August 30, 2011.  Gary will be remembered for his kind nature, warm smile, and true love and enjoyment of life. During his long career in agriculture, we had the honor of working with him on some of the agriculture industry’s most trusted brands including Ralgro, DeKalb, Caterpillar, Syngenta, SmithKline Beecham and more.  He also made many life-long industry friends through his involvement in NAMA and NAFB.

Gary faced the challenges of his prolonged illness these last few years with the same quiet grace and courage for which he was known.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s wife, Pat, his daughters and families.

We are thankful that Gary allowed us to be part of his life.  Here’s one for the road, dear friend.

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