Boot Camp 2015

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 , 10:53 am

ButtonBigThe 2015 NAMA Boot Camp is a great way to cap off your summer. Boot Camp will take place on August 18-20; mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it!

The Hotel:

The Sheraton Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. The room rate is $137.00 and the cut-off date is August 3, 2015. Call the hotel to make a reservation, (816) 841-1000. The online reservation website is now available, click here to reserve your room today!


2015 Boot Camp Rates:  REGISTER NOW!

On or Before August 3 After August 3
Members $295 $345
Non-Members $345 $395



Tuesday, August 18
TBD MoKan Ag Tour
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Opening General Session/Dinner/Networking Activity
Wednesday, August 19
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. General Session
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – Noon General Session
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Session
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Offsite Reception –
Boulevard Brewing Company
Thursday, August 20
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. General Session
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. General Session
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Closing General Session

Badger & Chicago NAMA Chapter Event

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 , 10:51 am

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Iowa NAMA at John Deere Plant

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 , 10:49 am

Iowa NAMA went behind the scenes at the John Deere Des Moines Works plant to see how Deere’s biggest machines, specifically the different types of cotton pickers, are brought to life in some of the most modern and efficient factories in the world.  All of the guests went on a riding tour to see the many buildings and watch the big machines come to life, from the cutting of the metal parts and frames, to painting the parts with the famous green that we see out in the fields. It was amazing to see the huge machines come to life – seeing the parts go on and the engine start up then drive off.  It was also interesting to learn the history of how John Deere started making these machines and other ones in the Des Moines Works plant.

Following that, attendees heard about the history of the area where the plant grounds are, which are where World War II era bombs were made for the war. They had 30 guests, including some from the Minnesota NAMA chapter, that joined in the fun.

Mid-America NAMA Planning Meeting

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 , 10:48 am

Mid-America 5 14 15 Planning Meeting IMG_3213On May 14, more than a dozen Mid-America members from Indiana and Kentucky stepped up to the plate and engaged in productive dialogue about how to reinvigorate the chapter!  Programming was outlined into the beginning of 2016, with volunteers chosen to execute the planning for each.  In addition, leader positions were filled by those in attendance.  Plans were also made to offer more support to the student chapters.  Unfortunately, some members had already left before a photo was taken to commemorate the afternoon.

Midsouth NAMA and BBQ

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 , 10:47 am

Midsouth 05 14 15 IMG_2522 Midsouth 05 14 15 IMG_4712 Midsouth 05 14 15 IMG_4713 Midsouth at SwineDineMinMBBQFest2015 012 Midsouth at SwineDineMinMBBQFest2015 015 Midsouth's K Polatty 05 14 15 IMG_2525Midsouth’s May meeting backdrop was the world-famous World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, a part of the Memphis in May International Festival. Their very own Kelli Polatty, a member of the legacy Swine & Dine Cooking Team, hosted the MidSouth NAMA group on Thursday, May 14th. Kelli has been a member of this team for 17 years, and was nice enough to step away from her team duties to entertain our NAMA friends.

Everyone on the team has a job to do, the most important one being the pit master.  Carl Pfeifer has been one of the team’s BBQ pit masters for over 30 years.  Carl took the group behind the scenes to show off the team’s brand new custom cooker, and walk through the whole cooking process.  Without giving away too many trade secrets, the Swine & Dine’s winning pork shoulder is based on cooking temperature, seasonings, and timing of when things are seasoned during the 17 hour cooking process.

Along with their new $12,000 custom cooker, Carl was also boasting about the new technology that the team was using this year.  A new “Guru” website application allows him to monitor the temperature of the meat from his hotel room.  If the temperature rises too high, he can turn on a fan with a click of a button.  “It’s a new level of cooking” Carl said.  He added, “It’s all about consistency. Consistency of meat, preparation and temperature yield a consistent product”.  This concept was immediately familiar to the fellow agri-marketers, not so different from Precision Ag!

It was a good end to the Midsouth NAMA year.  Twenty-four members and guests were in attendance.  And the pulled pork was to die for!


Thank You ABEF Sponsors

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 , 9:43 am

PROB-0061_black+greenhigh resThe Agri-Business Educational Foundation would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the 2015 ABEF Sponsors. ABEF had much success at the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference with the help of these sponsors. Check out the list of all 2015 ABEF Contributors below.

John Deere

Land O’Lakes
Meredith Agrimedia

Bader Rutter

Agri Marketing Magazine
Bayer CropScience
BCS Communications
Beck Ag
Bock & Associates, Inc.
Center for Food Integrity
Charleston|Orwig, Inc.
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Farm Journal Media
Hay & Forage Grower
Hoard’s Dairyman
J.L. Farmakis
Martin | Williams
Novus International
Osborn Barr
Readex, Inc.
Rhea + Kaiser
Rural Radio
Vance Publishing

ABEF would also like to thank all those who signed up to be a part of the 2015 Century Club and those who donated items to this year’s Silent Auction.


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