Cornhusker NAMA Chapter Event

Written by NAMA on Thursday, September 15, 2016 , 12:19 pm

Cornhusker NAMA Chapter 2016-17 Kickoff Meeting

September 29, 2016

Lied Lodge & Conference Center
2700 Sylvan Rd, Nebraska City, NE
Arbor Day Farm/Arbor Lodge Mansion


$35 (member) $50 (nonmember)


8:00 – 8:45 am
Breakfast – Timber Dining Room
Lied Lodge & Conference Center

8:50 – 9:30 am
Hazelnut Research Field and Fuelwood Plant

9:45 – 10:45 am
Arbor Lodge Mansion

11:00 am – Noon
Tree Adventure and Discovery Ride
Vineyard, orchard and farm tour


12:15 – 1:00 pm
Historic Kregel Windmill Museum

1:00 pm
The Keeping Room

1:30 pm

RSVP by September 26 to:

Randy Happel
(402) 434-8003

Fall Conference Hotel Rooms Still Available

Written by NAMA on Thursday, September 1, 2016 , 2:51 pm

2016-LogoNAMA Still Has Rooms for Fall Conference!

Do you still need a room in Raleigh? NAMA still has rooms available at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel! If you need a room for 9/20 and/or 9/21, please send us an email or call the NAMA office at (913) 491-6500.

NAMA has two overflow hotels with availability 9/19-9/22:

Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown Hotel
320 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
0.7 miles from the Sheraton
(919) 832-0501

The hotel room rate is $179 for a standard room. Make sure you mention “National Agri-Marketing Association” when making your reservations. The hotel cutoff date is September 5. Call the hotel to make a reservation, 1 (855) 914-1878.

Courtyard Raleigh Midtown Hotel
1041 Wake Towne Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27609
4.2 miles from the Sheraton
(919) 821-3400

The hotel room rate is $157 for a king room with sofa bed. Make sure you mention “National Agri-Marketing Fall Room Block” when making your reservations. The hotel cutoff date is September 5. Call the hotel to make a reservation, 1 (800) 321-2211, or reserve your room online.

The early bird registration date is this Tuesday, September 6. If you haven’t registered for Fall Conference yet, there is still time to do so at the lower rate. Register today and save yourself some money!

Check out the Fall Conference Website for all the information you will need in Raleigh!

North Carolina Ag Tour

Written by NAMA on Thursday, September 1, 2016 , 2:50 pm

Sweet Potatoes, Farmers’ Markets, Cotton and Tech in the Land of Sweet Tea

North Carolina is home to a huge and diverse ag sector. In addition to being a leader in production of a wide range of commodities, it’s also home to some of the biggest names in ag inputs, and the breeding ground for a great deal of innovation in chemistry, biotechnology and textiles.

The Ag Tour will give you insight into this vibrant scene, with an agenda that will span from the field to the lab and beyond. Along the way, we’ll learn about how consumer preferences shape changes in ag production, research and technology.

The cost for this tour is $75. Tour departs the Sheraton at 7:30 a.m. and returns by 4:00 p.m. See below for the schedule of the day’s activities.

Does this sound like a great way to start off your Fall Conference experience? Register Now!

Barnes Farming Corporation | A world leader in sweet potato production, packing and marketing. This large operation, just 45 minutes from Raleigh, has brought many innovations to marketing of the crop and helped to establish North Carolina sweet potatoes as a major player in export markets.

North Carolina State Farmers’ Market | The North Carolina Department of Agriculture for many years has operated a string of farmers’ markets across the state to showcase North Carolina ag products and connect consumers directly to growers. We’ll visit the granddaddy of them all – a 75-acre site with dozens of vendors, wholesale produce distribution and more. We’ll enjoy lunch at one of the the onsite restaurants and allow time for browsing.

Syngenta Biotechnology Inc., Innovation Center | Here, we’ll see how one of the world’s leading agricultural companies is bringing technology to bear on the challenges of providing food and fiber for the world.

Cotton, Inc. World Headquarters | The center for textile research and development to maintain and build cotton’s position as the world’s favorite fiber.

2016 Professional Development Award Winners Announced

Written by NAMA on Thursday, September 1, 2016 , 2:49 pm

NAMA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Professional Development Awards. Each year, NAMA recognizes industry leaders at the very top of their respective fields. These prestigious awards acknowledge excellence in the areas of marketing communications, public relations and sales.

tessmanThe 2016 Marketing Communications award recipient is Marcy Tessman, President and Partner at Charleston|Orwig.  In her tenure with Charleston|Orwig, she has risen from account service to agency partner and president. She works with clients throughout the food system while ensuring that the agency provides flexible, positive career paths for every member of the team.  Her specialty is to ensure that client brands are well defined and resonate with their respective audiences.  She has led major branding initiatives with clients in production agriculture as well as consumer-facing retail food brands including Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition and Zoetis.  Marcy is active in the Badger NAMA Chapter, having helped organize activities over the years.  She has served as a judge for the Student Marketing Competition and advisor to the UW-Madison Student NAMA Team.

Bill-BrozakThe Professional Development Award for Public Relations goes to Bill Brozak, Director of Communications for Colle+McVoy/Exponent PR.  Bill is a leader of the agency’s agriculture practice.  His expertise has played a vital role in expanding business for some of the agency’s leading agriculture clients, which include the Land O’Lakes agriculture brand, Winfield. Additionally, he has developed successful communications programs for clients such as Granular, Progressive Ag Foundation, Purina Animal Nutrition, DTN/The Progressive Farmer, Schneider Electric, General Mills and others.  Bill has been an active NAMA member for five years, serving as treasurer, vice president and active president of the North Central NAMA Chapter.  Over the years, he has helped plan events, recruit members and facilitate relationships between the organization’s members and agency clients.

Matt-Herman026Matt Herman is awarded the Professional Development Award for Sales. As Associate Publisher for DTN/The Progressive Farmer, Matt continues to be the leader in elevating the print, digital, custom publishing and event offerings of the company within the agricultural advertising community. In addition to serving as the strategic lead on key agricultural accounts, Matt has direct sales responsibilities on some of the most impactful ag partners to the media business.  He was integral in launching the first ever DTN/Progressive Ag Summit and has been a leader in developing programs and opportunities that combine the integrated offerings of the DTN digital platform with The Progressive Farmer.  A long-time member of NAMA, Matt has been engaged as a committed leader in the North Central Chapter, as well as on a national level as a member of the Boot Camp Committee.

The professional development awards of excellence will be presented at the 2016 NAMA Fall Conference in Raleigh. The honorees will receive their awards during a morning session on Thursday, September 22nd  at The Sheraton Raleigh. For more information on the NAMA Fall Conference, visit

2016 Best of NAMA Events Calendar

Written by NAMA on Thursday, September 1, 2016 , 2:48 pm

Best of NAMA Calendar

October 7
Best of NAMA Entry Deadline

November 8 and 9
Regional Best of NAMA Judging, Kansas City

January 12
Region 2 Best of NAMA Awards Ceremony, Kansas City

January 19
Region 4 Best of NAMA Awards Banquet, Wisconsin

January 26
Region 3 Best of NAMA Awards Banquet, Des Moines

Region 1 Best of NAMA Awards Banquet
Carolinas/Virginia Best of NAMA Awards Banquet
Midsouth Best of NAMA Awards Banquet
Southeastern and Florida Best of NAMA Awards Banquet

February 22
National Best of NAMA Judging, Kansas City

April 26
Best of NAMA Ceremony, Dallas

NAMA Reception at Farm Progress Show

Written by NAMA on Thursday, September 1, 2016 , 2:47 pm

pic IMG_2545 IMG_2544 IMG_2541The Iowa and Cornbelt NAMA chapters hosted a well-attended reception at the Farm Progress Show on August 31.  The weather was beautiful for the 50 guests who attended the reception. Attendees enjoyed appetizers and ice cold drinks while networking with members and friends in Boone, IA.


missing fitbitDid you lose something at the reception? A black Fitbit Flex was left behind. Please call the NAMA office, (913) 491-6500, if this belongs to you. See the picture below.

New NAMA Members

Written by NAMA on Thursday, September 1, 2016 , 2:47 pm

New Member List:
Welcome our new members for August 2016:

Allison Beadle, Wild Hive

Christine Long, Landmark Services Cooperative
Cassi Miller, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
Amanda Triest, Stephan & Brady, Inc.

Steven Hixon, Midan Marketing
Mark Kaplan, BASF
Sean Lajoie, Irrigation Association

Sean Clougherty, American Farm Publications, Inc.
Amanda  Clougherty, The Maryland 4-H Foundation
Lewis Krantz, University of Delaware

Kimberly Durward, Citizens State Bank

Debbie Hilt, EG Integrated

Jillian Holdener, Osborn Barr
John Meyer, Osborn Barr
Nicole Phillips, Osborn Barr

Michael Barrowclough, Illinois State University
Iuliia Protopop, Illinois State University
Allison Weber, Illinois State University

Grant Zieser, Two Rivers Marketing

Stephen Sloan, Direct Contact, Inc

Elizabeth Canales, Mississippi State University
Brianna Jones, H J Baker
McKenzie Maples, Mississippi State University

Kaylen Baker, American Hereford Association
Jenna Baldwin, AFA
Katy Holdener, American Hereford Association
Jamille Palacios Rivera, University of Missouri
Robbie Smith, Networks Plus
Mary Wheeler, Woodruff Sweitzer

Amber Mirabal, Land O’Lakes

Emily Schubert, North Dakota State University

John Bolte V, The Ohio State University

Brandon Farrar, Greenstone
Adam Rabinowitz, University of Georgia – Tifton
Whitney Yarbrough, Georgia Peanut Commission

Jacqueline Davie, Lincoln Financial Agribusiness Services

Krista Vannest, Modesto Junior College

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