NAMA Foundation Kicks Off Auction

Written by NAMA on Friday, November 1, 2019 , 12:30 pm

The NAMA Foundation has kicked off their yearly online auction. All proceeds go to the Student NAMA program which awards scholarships and awards to Student NAMA members.

Items available include media packages, gift cards and even a lake vacation rental.

Visit https://nama.org/foundation/online-auction to place your bid!

National Ag Day Set for March 24, 2020

Written by NAMA on Friday, November 1, 2019 , 12:30 pm

National Agriculture Day is set for March 24, 2020. This will mark the 47th anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2020 is “Food Brings Everyone to the Table.”

On March 24, 2020, the ACA will host major events in the nation’s capital including an event at the USDA as well as a Taste of Agriculture Celebration at the Library of Congress.  Additionally, the ACA will bring approximately 100 college students to Washington to deliver the message of Ag Day to the Hill.

These events honor National Agriculture Day and mark a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. Many agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate.

National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America which is managed by NAMA.

In addition to the events in Washington, DC on March 24, the ACA will once again feature the Ag Day Essay Contest. The winning essay will be presented on National Ag Day.

There’s many sponsorship opportunities available. Visit www.agday.org for more information on National Ag Day 2020.

Regions Name Best of NAMA Dates and Venues

Written by NAMA on Friday, November 1, 2019 , 12:30 pm

Mark your calendars for the Regional Best of NAMA events. The dates and locations have been named for these ceremonies. Registration details will come soon. Keep checking back at https://nama.org/chapter-events

January 9 Region 2 Best of NAMA Event
Grand Street Café, Kansas City, MO

January 15 Region 3 Best of NAMA Event
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN ul

January 23 Region 4 Best of NAMA Event
Milwaukee Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI

North Central NAMA Joins Global Hunger Effort

Written by NAMA on Friday, November 1, 2019 , 12:29 pm

North Central NAMA joined the effort to reduce global hunger this month at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan, Minnesota. The group joined other organizations to pack MannaRice meals to send to undernourished children overseas. They packed meals that would make their way to Haiti.

The music started and the packing began! The perfectly portioned meals provided a task for everyone in attendance, and the assembly line got more and more efficient with each pack. In just under an hour’s time, they helped pack enough meals to ensure food security for 49 children over the next 365 days.

Members enjoyed engaging in such a purposeful activity that will have meaningful global impact.

Cornhusker NAMA Hosts Peer-to-Peer Q&A

Written by NAMA on Friday, November 1, 2019 , 12:29 pm

Cornhusker members in Omaha enjoyed starting their day at Panera Bread on Oct. 24. A small group had great conversation. Everyone was able to learn from one another during the Peer-to-Peer Q&A and each was able to take something actionable away from the meeting. Watch for information on the next Cornhusker event.

NAMA Fall Conference Sets Records in St. Louis

Written by NAMA on Thursday, October 17, 2019 , 12:22 pm

More than 220 agri-marketers converged on St. Louis, Mo., for the eighth annual NAMA Fall Conference, “HuSTLe.” It was a banner year for this signature NAMA event, shattering all goals and attendance records!

The week kicked off with a Gateway NAMA tour of some of the most inventive ag operations near St. Louis: Purina and Stumpy’s Spirits. The high-energy day capped off with an elegant sushi reception at The Ritz-Carlton sponsored by Brownfield Ag News.

The first main day of Conference kicked off with former Google executive Steve Lerch. He shared stellar examples of breeding a culture of innovation. “Move, change and invent quickly,” he urged the audience. He called on attendees to accept failure as part of the process and pursue bold gains.

  1. Neil Caskey shared a behind-the-scenes look at how the National Corn Growers Association took control of the national conversation after a misguided attack ad about corn aired during the Super Bowl.
  2. Attendees learned about the birth of True Food TV, YouTube’s most watched food education channel. Nicole Cotroneo Jolly shared practical tips for creating powerful video storytelling.
  3. Bestselling author of InstaBrain Sarah Weise delivered compelling insights into mapping and optimizing the customer experience.
  4. Four agency c-suite leaders took to the stage to reveal keys to success. The leadership powerhouse included Melissa Galazka, VP Account Service, Paradowski; Suzan Knese, Chief Operating Officer, Osborn Barr Paramore (OBP); Tina VonderHaar, President & CEO, Brighton Agency; and Alison Berry, Chief Operating Officer, HLK.

Other conference highlights:

NAMA’s Professional Development Awards of Excellence were also presented during the conference. These 2019 awards were sponsored by Farm Progress and honorees included:

Doug Reynolds, Corteva Agriscience

Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Animal Agriculture Alliance

Bob Brunker, J.L. Farmakis, Inc.

The conference ended on a high note with a spirited presentation by Dr. Jacqueline M. Applegate, President, Global Vegetable Seeds & Environmental Science, Crop Science division of Bayer. She said effective organizations have what she terms OPTICS: Openness, Purpose-Driven, Trust, Imagination, Customer-Centricity and Soft Skills.

Takeaway Conference Themes

  1. To foster innovation, leave room for failure and evolution.
  2. Move to market quickly and adjust strategy accordingly.
  3. Today’s customers respond to authenticity and transparency. Go to the source to learn.
  4. Accept that change is inevitable and empower junior team members.
  5. Find your purpose first and stay focused. 

Check out the photos on NAMA’s flickr.

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