NAMA Looking for Local Judges

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 , 8:40 am

Are you a Kansas City local?  Would you like to see the industry’s hot ideas? We are looking for a few local judges to take part in the Regional Best of NAMA Judging, November 6-7. If you have 3 or more years of experience in the agribusiness industry and are a NAMA member, you’re eligible to be a judge.

The judging will be held at the Sheraton Hotel at Crown Center Exhibit Hall in Kansas City.

Judging Schedule:
Tuesday, November 6 from 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Dinner at 6:30)
Wednesday, November 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

To sign up to be a regional Best of NAMA judge visit,

Congrats to Incoming NAMA Executive Committee Officers

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 , 8:36 am

We are pleased to announce NAMA’s incoming and existing officers, effective January 1.  Looking forward to a successful 2013!


President – Paul Redhage, FMC Agricultural Products
President Elect – Kenna Rathai,  Kenna B. Rathai Communications
Secretary/Treasurer – Marvin Kokes, National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn.
Vice Presidents – Sally Behringer, MustangRED
Matt Coniglio, Farm Progress Companies
Amy Bradford, GROWMARK, Inc.
Chuck Zimmerman, ZimmComm New Media
Amy Bugg, AdFarm (incoming)
Sheri Seger, DTN/The Progressive Farmer (incoming)

Special thanks to Beth Burgy and Becky Peterson who will
retire from the Executive Committee at the end of 2012.

Fall Conference “Generations in The Workforce” Presentation Available

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 , 8:34 am

If  you were not able to attend “Interacting with the Generations in the Workplace” presentation from Fall Conference with Shelly Melroe, or like to see a repeat  – you’re in luck!   Check out the link below for viewing and learn how to collaberate with all generations in the workforce for maximum success without sacrificing principles along the way!

North Central Chapter Hosts Fall Conference Ag Tour

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 , 8:32 am

Enjoying a beautiful Minnesota fall afternoon on Monday, Sept. 24, 35 NAMA members and guests toured river terminal grain facilities and ended with some fun at the Flat Earth Brewery. Aboard the bus, tour goers heard from Jim Boerboom, Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Jim set the stage, while in route, by highlighting the impact of agriculture on Minnesota’s economy, key issues facing agriculture today and the need to produce more food for the global growing population. 

The first stop CHS, Inc. Savage, Minn.,  demonstrated the technology, coordination and testing it takes to load up to 17 barge cars per day. Their state-of-the-art facility includes a quarter-mile conveyor that moves grain from the terminal to the barge loading dock. Tour participants observed trucks unloading grain, barge loading and the grain testing facility. 

The next stop, Peavey Grain Elevator, South Saint Paul, Minn., provided a first-hand view of how grain, fertilizer and other products are loaded, stored and transported using trucks, rail and barges. Their facility included an E-crane, designed to run on diesel or electricity.

The conclusion of our tour included a beer-tasting and dinner at The Flat Earth Brewery in Saint Paul. Tour participants received a personal tour of the brewery, the story of the brewery’s marketing/communication style, as well as beer-tasting. Everyone enjoyed a catered dinner from Rooster’s BBQ and the chance to network prior to the Fall Conference Meeting.


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