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.


New NAMA Members!

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 , 9:40 am

New Member List:
Welcome our new members for March and April 2015:

Andrea Schafer
Dan Kuchma
Jack Meli
James  Robson
Usman Khalid

Claire Haupt
Dean Potratz
Janay Wittek
Mark Halton
Melanie Fitzpatrick
Mike Frederick
Patrick Smith
Ryan  Blasiak

Ashley Collins
Ashley Holland
Brady Spangenberg
Deborah Hamlin
Hector Badillo
Kim Tart
Kristin Hessler
Lenise Phillips
Sabina Christensen

Jasmine Shanti
Richard Rateau

Daniel Frohnen
Erin Skly
Grant Cassiday
Hyaat Chaudhary
James Arnold
Sara Fritz
Scott Lemke

Bridget Bear
Erika Hill
Greg Chapek
Philip Hohman
Reed Nelsen
Shala Graeve

John Ecke
Kelly Hoogeveen
Kristie Schmitt
Kristin Davie

Bob Guerriere
Donna Watson
Sabrina Hill

Brian Deverman
Jennifer Brickler
Kielly Jewell
Laura Rustmann

Jackie Weldon
Tom Brush

Hailey Fishel
Laurie Underwood
Michelle Peuster
Stacey Cole

Abby Bottenfield
Caitlin Beedle
Joe Boswell
Katie Lovan
Lindsay Black
Matt Snyder
Sarah Hemann
Traci Rodemeyer
Zach Quick

Alanna Bouhl
Anjuli Doyle
Darren Foster
Janet DeLaney
Lauri Rush
Mark Drexelius
Nancy Stephen
Sarah Aubrey
Susan Ellis
Timothy Kerstein
Whitney Vredenburgh
Will Cauthen

Andy Bolton
Caroline Huffines
Dian McGuire
Stephanie Bowen

Adrienne  Todd
Andrew Posch
Brandi Hamilton
Brooke Kisker
Cheryl Cook
Jena Mealy
Jenna Butler
Lara Sheeley
Raven Hubbard
Sean  O’Hare

Adriane Marten
Amanda Renneke
Anthony  Robinson
Ashley Cooper
Brian Nosan
Heather Johnson
Jake Gibbs
Jenny Kay
Josh Nelson
Karen Brown
Kendra Joseph
Mike Dobies
Randy Gunderson

Kari Spaan
Mindy Johnson
Shawna Aakre

Alison Rauchwarter
Bill Beaver
Morgan Niedermier
Sal Settecase
Stuart Yensel

Brittany Schaneman

Kelley Mundrick
Mitzi McCormack

Jason Franken
Kelli  Fulkerson

Bill Hume
Bruce Freeby
Dan Speakman
David Baker
Jonathan Koenig
Ray Speakman

Mid-America NAMA Chapter Event

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 , 9:39 am

Mid-America Chapter Planning Meeting

Are you a new NAMA member or a seasoned veteran? Would you like to see the Mid-America NAMA Chapter become active again? If you answered yes to both questions, then you are invited to join the Mid-America Chapter leaders for a planning meeting.

When: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Beck’s Hybrids
6767 E. 276th Street
Atlanta, IN  46031

It’s time to put the Mid-America NAMA Chapter back on the map.

Directions and Parking Update:

Due to construction, a section of the road Beck’s is located on (276th Street) is closed. If you’re coming from the west, please use the detour route listed below. Traffic coming from the east, is not affected by the construction.

Coming from the south on St. Rd. 31 (Indianapolis)

  • Turn right (east) on 266th Go about 5 miles.
  • Turn left (north) on Gwinn Rd. Go 1 mile.
  • Turn left (west) on 276th
  • Follow Event Traffic parking signs.

Coming from the north on St. Rd. 31 (Kokomo)

  • Turn left (east) on 266th Go about 5 miles.
  • Turn left (north) on Gwinn Rd. Go 1 mile.
  • Turn left (west) on 276th
  • Follow Event Traffic parking signs.


  • Follow Event Traffic parking signs.
  • The main office is on the south side of 276th.
  • Once you come into the office, we will have people to direct you.

If you have any questions about the meeting, contact:

Ashley Fischer, Chapter President
(317) 984-1134

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