Boot Camp Sponsorships Available

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 , 1:09 pm

Sign-up now to take advantage of the sponsorship opportunities for the NAMA Boot Camp, August 21-23, in Kansas City. Take a look at the available sponsorships below then fill out the on-line sponsorship form at to submit your request to NAMA or contact Jenny Pickett at for sponsorship information.

  • Dinner (Tuesday, August 21)
  • Producer Panel (Wednesday, August 22)
  • Lunch/Speaker (Wednesday, August 22)
  • Afternoon General Session (Wednesday, August 22)
  • Closing General Session (Thursday, August 23)
  • Breakout Sessions (5 available – Wednesday, August 22 & Thursday, August 23)

Don’t miss out on your chance for a little company recognition. Special thanks to our current sponsors:

Associations, Inc.
Bayer CropScience
Broadhead + Company
Farm Credit
Farm Industry News
Fastline Publications
High Plains Journal
Hoard’s Dairyman

John Deere
Mosaic Company
Osborn & Barr Communications
Pioneer Hi-Bred, Intl., Inc.
Rhea & Kaiser Marketing Communications
The Western Producer/Acreage Life

Spring Sizzles

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 , 1:09 pm

Get out of the office and into the warm spring sun with an upcoming chapter event. Check out the events below:

Chicago & Heartland NAMA Chapters Joint Meeting
The NAMA Chicago and Heartland Chapters are having a joint, half-day event highlighting the best practices to enhance advocacy efforts in agriculture. Two guest speakers with successful experience will help you increase your understanding of how to become an advocate for agriculture. This is more important than ever with the new Farm Bill and Energy Policy currently being developed in Washington, D.C. The half-day event will take place on May 17, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bolingbrook from 1:30 to 4:00 PM. A networking reception will take place immediately following conclusion of the event.

There is no cost to attend and all are invited to bring a guest. Please R.S.V.P to Kim Lynch, President, Chicago Chapter of NAMA at 630-505-1100 or or Amy Bradford, President, Heartland Chapter of NAMA at 309-557-6116 or

North Central NAMA Presents The Cabela’s Model: A Diverse Marketing Mix
Get an insider’s look into the world of Cabela’s marketing, including a discussion on target audiences, store location strategy and the overall marketing mix strategy. Plus there’ll be an open Q&A for you to take your best shot at better understanding Cabela’s market strategy.

Set your compass due Northwest of the Twin Cities to the Cabela’s store in Rogers, MN, on Thursday, May 17. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. and the event is free! Please RSVP to Josh Krenz at

Iowa NAMA Golf Outing
Join Iowa NAMA for the 2007 Iowa NAMA Golf Outing, May 24, 2007. Even if you don’t golf, you are welcome to come out for the social event. Your participation at every level helps to raise funds for your Iowa NAMA Chapter’s student scholarship program. Golfers will participate in a shotgun start and tee-off is 11:00 a.m. There will be prizes for a number of different achievements, like closest to the pin, longest drives, best group score and more. So come for the golf or just come for the fun. Either way, if you show up, the Iowa NAMA student scholarship program wins. The social is from 4-7 p.m.

Get your teams together or we can place you in a group. Simply fill out the registration form and fax it to 515-222-4414, or call REL at 515-224-6389 and simply say, “I’m signing up for the golf outing.” You can also go to and click on the Iowa NAMA Golf Outing link in the news section and complete your registration form electronically.

Golf Package includes – $100 per person:

  • 18 holes of golf w/ carts (GPS)
  • 3 Drink Tickets
  • Social, Dinner and Awards Event

Social Package includes – $40 per person:

  • 3 Drink Tickets
  • Social, Dinner and Awards Event

Badger/Chicago NAMA Golf Outing
This year’s Badger/Chicago NAMA Golf and Dinner Outing will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2007, at the popular Hawks View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, WI. Cost is: Golf and Cookout: $95.00; Golf Only: $80.00; Cookout Only: $20.00. Please RSVP by May 23 to Jon Anderson at 414-227-1000 or via email at Download the Golf Outing Brochure and reservation form at

Midlands NAMA Golf Outing
Join Midlands NAMA, Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at the Iron Horse Golf Club in Ashland, NE. Bring a foursome or we’ll pair you up. Everyone is welcome, including non-members! Bring co-workers, clients or spouses. A day full of fun, prizes, lunch, cart and green fees all for $70! For complete registration information contact: (RSVP by Thursday, May 31st) Jim Martin,, 402.289.1734.

Iowa NAMA Field-To-Food Run
Preparations are in motion and the date is set for the 2007 Iowa NAMA Field to Food Run. The event will take place on June 15, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. Iowa NAMA will be partnering with Johnston Green Days, an annual community celebration held in Johnston, IA. Through this partnership, the Run will be incorporated into the festivities for Green Days instead of being a stand-alone event. Iowa NAMA is looking for involvement with promotion, race setup, sponsorship, and food. Please contact Roxi Beck for details at

North Central Golf Outing
Join North Central NAMA for their 2007 Golf Outing, Thursday, June 21 (the first official day of summer!). Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and tee-off time is 11:00 a.m. This will be a 4-person scramble format and the cost is $100 per player. Cost includes golf, cart, range balls, dinner and great prizes. If you would just like to attend the dinner, the cost is $30. Hole Sponsorships are available for $200 (includes one golf registration and a hole sign with logo). For more information or to register a team, contact Troy Schroeder, Broadhead + Co., at or at 612.617.7930.

MoKan Ag Tour
MoKan NAMA will again host an Ag Tour prior to the NAMA Boot Camp on Tuesday, August 21. The tour will depart from the Hyatt Regency Crown Center at 8:30 a.m. The tour will return to the hotel by 4:00 p.m. and includes lunch and refreshments. The cost for the tour is $45.

For more information on the Ag Tour and the NAMA Boot Camp, visit

To register visit,

Take Part in a Regional Leader Workshop

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 , 1:09 pm

Two of three regional leader workshops have been scheduled for this summer. If you are a leader in your chapter, you will benefit by attending a regional leader workshop. The workshop is considered a “must attend event” for chapter leaders and committee chairs or anyone who may be interested in joining your leadership team. You won’t be disappointed in the time you invest.

The leader workshop is an interactive workshop. Chapter leaders will spend time discussing topics relevant to their chapter. Programming, membership, and communication are just a few of the topics that will be discussed.

The Region IV Workshop has been scheduled for Thursday, May 31, prior to the Badger NAMA Golf Outing at Hawk’s View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, WI. The workshop will take place from 8:30 – 10:45 a.m.

The Region III workshop has been scheduled for Thursday, June 21, prior to the North Central Golf Outing at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Lakeville, MN. The workshop will take place from 8:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Region II has not yet set a date for their regional workshop.

If you have any questions feel free to contact the NAMA office at 913-491-6500.

Chapter Leadership
Make the most of your membership by taking a committee role at the chapter level. Gain hands-on leadership experience that will benefit you in your professional and personal life.

Chapter leaders are currently recruiting committee members. If you are interested in becoming a member of a chapter committee, contact your chapter president. A list of chapter presidents can be found at

Note: Chapter Presidents, if you have your leaders selected for the upcoming 2007-2008 program year, please submit them to Linda Schaefer at the NAMA office at

Kids Get a New Perspective on Their Food

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 , 1:08 pm

MoKan Ag DayMore than 600 kids from across the Kansas City Metro area learned that food doesn’t come from the grocery store. They learned the origin of everything from crust to cheese to tomato sauce at an agricultural pizza party on Tuesday, March 27.The students and a number of educators got a hands-on lesson as part of the 2007 bi-state observance of National Agriculture Day (Ag Day) at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kansas.MoKan Ag Day

They began by studying six stations focused on each ingredient – dairy, meat, vegetables, wheat, etc. After the students learned about the ingredients that go into making the food they eat, they gathered to eatMoKan Ag Day pizza and ice cream. This celebration concluded with magician Rex Getz’s “Magical World of Agriculture” presentation.

“Pizza is one of the few foods that combine all four segments of our state’s agriculture including grain, vegetables, meat and dairy products,” John Schlageck, Ag Day spokesperson said. “Local commodity groups teach students how the ingredients in pizza come from farms and ranches, and how each is processed and delivered to the grocery store or restaurant.”

MoKan Ag DayThe Kansas/Missouri Ag Day Pizza Party is held in conjunction with National Ag Day – an annual celebration of the many men and women who provide Americans and others worldwide with food, fiber and fuel. While promoting unity in the food and agricultural community, National Ag Day provides an opportunity for the non-farm public to learn more about agriculture and its vital role in their lives.

“This ag program helps educate millions of consumers each year by sharing how agriculture provides almost everything we eat, wear, use and even fuel our vehicles with,” Schlageck said.

A special ‘thank you’ goes to the National Agriculture Center and Hall of Fame for serving as host. Thanks to the MidWest Dairy Association; Missouri and Kansas Soybean Associations; Kansas Wheat Commission; Kansas and Missouri Beef Industry Councils; Missouri Pork Association; Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Vegetable Growers. Each student gained information about agriculture’s role in pizza by participating.

The Tongonaxie FFA members do an outstanding job helping with this program. Their tasks are varied but they are always willing to step up to do what needs to be done. Our appreciation goes to them and their advisor Randy Kraft for their willingness to assist.

Calendar Reminders

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 , 1:08 pm

Just a reminder to mark your calendars for the Best of NAMA Entry Deadline, October 12, 2007. In addition, the 2007 Agribusiness Forum will take place November 13-14, in Kansas City.

The Agribusiness Forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City. Once again, the Forum will dovetail the Regional Best of NAMA judging and the NAFB convention.

Keep watching the National NAMA e-News for the activities and sessions happening at the Forum.

NAMA Conference Presentations Available

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 , 12:14 pm

Think BigNew mp3 audio presentations from the 2007 Agri-Marketing Conference in Dallas are now available.

If you were a registered attendee of the conference, you were sent the password to access the files. If you were not a conference attendee, you can order presentations at

If you were a conference attendee and misplaced your password, please e-mail Kathi Conrad at

Former NAMA Executive Director Passing

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 , 12:14 pm

Rex Parsons, 82, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2007. Rex was born May 23, 1924 in Akron, Kansas. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII. Following the war he received BA and MA degrees in Journalism from Kansas State University. He had a distinguished career as a writer, editor, publisher and advertising executive in the agriculture industry.

Rex was the Executive Director of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) for 13 years before retiring in 1991. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Violet M. Parsons, his sons David and Martin, five grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. (Condolences may be expressed at:

Arrangements: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory,8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS (913) 438-6444.

Memorial services will be 7:00 P.M. Thursday, May 10 at Valley View United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Kansas City Hospice or Valley View United Methodist church.

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