MoKan NAMA at TopGolf

Written by NAMA on Monday, November 2, 2015 , 11:31 am

MoKan at Topgolf MoKan at Topfgolf-DSC_0001MoKan at Topgolf-DSC_0003This year, the annual MoKan NAMA golf outing became a social at TopGolf, a multi-level driving range with points scored for each ball hit into specific targets on the range. Students from Mizzou and K-State were in attendance with the professionals as we took the golf outing to a new and different place. In observance of World Food Day, we had the event on Oct. 22, and participants brought canned food as part of the event.  We collected over 40 lbs. of food, which was donated to a local pantry.  Fun was had by all – pictures to prove it!

Midsouth NAMA Visits Spring Valley Farms

Written by NAMA on Monday, November 2, 2015 , 11:30 am

Welcome 09 2015John  Debra 09 2015 Midsouth Group2-09 2015Porch Lunch3-09 2015To kick off our new year, the Midsouth chapter hit the road for an Ag Tour.  On September 25, we boarded a bus heading east into the beautiful rolling countryside of western Tennessee.  Our destination – John & Debra Bradley’s heritage Spring Valley Farms.  Along with his lovely wife, our very own John Bradley, formerly of Monsanto and FB Sciences, played host to the group.

John and Debra have both “retired” to a more than full-time job running John’s family farm.  It has been designated as a Century Farm as it has stayed in his family for over 100 years.  They manage 150 head in a cow/calf operation.  The beef they produce is sold custom and direct to customers.  They raise natural beef because they believe in the quality it gives their customers.  John is proud of their herd health program and believes it keeps them from having to use as many antibiotics (part of their natural beef pledge).  As if this wasn’t enough, Debra has 40 bee hives which she manages.  She has a waiting list for the honey that these hives produce.  John and Debra have equal roles in all of their operations and it keeps them going 24/7.  They look forward to taking on some help so that maybe they can slow down in their “retirement”.

The NAMA bus arrived mid-morning at the Bradley’s house, which was stunning in every aspect.  The group was able to hear the history of the farms and what they currently do while hamburgers cooked outside on the grill.  After a wonderful lunch, featuring Debra’s homemade fixings, we boarded the bus to see more of the farms.  It was like a walk back through John’s childhood as he showed us where he grew up and the houses his family owned.  The tour was complete with an up-close look at the 100+ year old barn built by his grandfather.  Hand hewn lumber, no nails or hinges.  It was a masterpiece.   It was a great day for the Midsouth chapter.  Full of learning, friends, and good food!

Great Plains NAMA at the 3i Show

Written by NAMA on Monday, November 2, 2015 , 11:29 am

The Great Plains NAMA Chapter met October 8 for a reception and meeting coinciding with the annual 3i Show in Dodge City, Kansas. Great Plains NAMA members and their guests gathered at Prime on the Nine Bar and Grill, and had a wonderful evening filled with good food and company. Because the Great Plains Chapter is so spread out, we relish these opportunities to meet in person.

The Great Plains Chapter is planning a webinar in the second week of November, called “A Market in Flux: Reaching All the Generations of Farmers.” The webinar will be presented by Great Plains Chapter President Mark Vierthaler, and discuss the importance of balanced integration between traditional and new media.

For more information about the webinar, contact Mark at (620) 390-9535 or email him at

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