There’s Still Time to Register

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 15, 2017 , 2:39 pm

Our Fall Conference registration numbers are the highest they’ve been in three years! Click here for an updated registration list.

There’s still time to register.

We’ve already registered team leaders from all the companies above. They want to take advantage of this opportunity to squeeze in some networking and professional development before the year is out. And so should you!

In-depth breakout sessions… A thoughtfully curated ag tour… Keynote presentations from the marketing leaders and brand powerhouses. It’s all waiting for you in addition to the unbeatable networking.

Don’t wait! Get your motor running and your wheels pointed to Milwaukee next week!


Do you still need a room in Milwaukee?

NAMA still has a few rooms at the Hilton. If you need a room for next week, please send us an email or call the NAMA office at (913) 491-6500.

Find out even more on the Fall Conference Website. We hope to see you in Milwaukee!

Add the Badger Ag Tour Now

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 15, 2017 , 2:38 pm

There is still time to add the Badger Ag Tour to your Fall Conference registration! Get a unique perspective on some of the most enterprising ag operations in the great state of Wisconsin. The cost for this tour is $75 and includes breakfast and lunch. See below for a full schedule of the day’s activities.

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

Tuesday, September 19

7:30 a.m.: Depart the hotel.

Stop #1 – Theresa, WI: 

Confections for Any Occasion | Chocolate is a specialty for this blind entrepreneur, Joel Bernhard. All of his delectable chocolates are made with real Wisconsin butter and his company proudly participates in Something Special from Wisconsin, Travel Wisconsin and Discover Dodge County. In addition to gourmet chocolates, the store features a variety of other Wisconsin-made products, including sausages, mustards, maple syrup, cheese spreads and honey. We’ll tour the store, learn a little bit about chocolate making and, of course, do some shopping.

Widmer’s Cheese Cellars | This cheese plant has been home to three generations of Widmer cheesemakers. Joe Widmer, current owner and master cheesemaker, still makes Brick cheese the old-fashioned way by using bricks to gently squeeze the whey from the curd. Widmer has won many awards for his handcrafted cheeses. We will learn about the company’s history, watch cheesemaking in action and sample cheese.

Stop #2 – Fond du Lac, WI: 

Vir-Clar Farms | Katie (Boyke) and Grant Grinstead and JR Boyke are the third generation on this family farm and currently manage it with their parents, Gary and Rose Boyke. The family has 2,000 cows and farms 2,800 acres of land. Methane digesters produce enough renewable electric power for approximately 800 homes. Cows are milked three times a day in a double-30 parlor. All the calves are raised on the farm and the family counts on 32 full-time employees to help Vir-Clar run smoothly. Katie will lead us on a tour of the entire farm and explain how this modern dairy farm gives animals the best care possible to produce wholesome, nutritious milk.

En route to Milwaukee: Beer and Cheese Pairing | We’ll match three Wisconsin craft beers with specialty cheeses, explaining how the flavors complement each other.  Participants will get a taste of so many award-winning products crafted in Wisconsin.

Stop #3 – Milwaukee, WI: 

Miller Brewing Company | Miller Brewing Company has been brewing “confoundly good beers” for 160 years. This tour begins at the Visitor Center and includes a four-block walk, allowing for an inside look at the brew house. Learn how Miller-Coors products are made, packaged and distributed worldwide. We’ll conclude the tour with product sampling and sodas.

3:45 p.m.: Arrive back at the hotel.

Best of NAMA: Call for Entries

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 15, 2017 , 2:38 pm

Best of NAMA:
All Signs Point to KC

The Call for Entries is now live on the NAMA website! Click here to access all the information you need to submit your best work.

If you have questions or need category clarifications, please call us at (913) 491-6500. The deadline to submit your work is October 6, 2017.

Special thanks to Martin Williams Advertising for the 2017 Theme and Call for Entries design!

October Webinar: Be Prepared – Don’t Wait for a Crisis to Protect Your Brand

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 15, 2017 , 2:38 pm

Be Prepared – Don’t Wait for a Crisis to Protect Your Brand

One unanticipated situation can undo the great work done to build your brand and shake customer confidence in your business. Trying to figure out what to do in the middle of an emergency never puts anyone in the best position to respond. Anticipating those things that “could” happen and planning in advance to handle them takes the “heat out of the moment” and allows your company to focus on what is most important to manage the situation.

In addition to discussing the importance of being prepared for ANYTHING, participants will learn:
• How to identify and rank risks
• Key components of an emergency preparedness plan
• Importance of training in any emergency plan

Jane Dukes is the director of food and consumer communications at MorganMyers (MM), a strategic communications firm that builds, protects and promotes great brands that help feed the world. Jane and the MM team worked with client Merck Animal Health to create its Dairy C.A.R.E. Initiative.

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m. (Central)

Cost: $40 for members and $50 for non-members

Click here to register for this webinar!

Join NAMA at NAFB Convention

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 15, 2017 , 2:38 pm

NAMA will host a reception at the NAFB Convention, Wednesday, November 8, 2017. It will take place at the Westin Crown Center on the Garden Terrace in Kansas City from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Watch your email for more details.  For more information visit the NAFB Convention website.

Midsouth Chapter Event

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 15, 2017 , 2:38 pm

Midsouth September Chapter Meeting

Have you ever wondered if the MidSouth could become the “Silicon Valley” of agriculture? What would it take to make that happen?

At the September meeting, Pete Nelson, President of AgLaunch, will share a Regional Strategy created in collaboration with a nationally acclaimed consulting firm, KK&P, that could lead to that distinction in the future. The AgLaunch Regional Strategy is focused on transforming the MidSouth ag and food economy through innovation, investment, collaboration, sustainability and equality.

As a component of the Regional Strategy, Pete will highlight a new approach to the AgLaunch farm-centric innovation model called, AgLaunch365. This approach gives agtech startups the ability to receive support and assistance at multiple entry points throughout the year and matches the agricultural crop cycle to effectively utilize a farm-centric model.

Pete Nelson has a 20+ year career in the agriculture sector. As President of AgLaunch, he leads the drive to support the development and growth of agtech and value-chain startups, build a network of innovative farmers and coordinate the efforts to address gaps in the ag and food innovation ecosystem in the MidSouth region.

When: Wednesday, September 20th 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where: Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave Suite 122, Memphis, TN 38117
Cost: $25

Register to Attend

Registration/Payment Policy: Registration will remain open until the Friday before the event (September 15th). Due to the nature of this event, no refunds will be available for cancellation.

Ohio Chapter Event

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 15, 2017 , 2:38 pm

Join the Ohio NAMA chapter for a social gathering on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Ohio State Farm Science Review in London, OH.

The social will begin at 4:00 pm and run until 6:00 pm at the Tobin Building on the show site. Stop by any time! Drinks and snacks will be provided. Let the traffic clear out after the show and enjoy some networking time with your fellow agricultural industry professionals!

WHAT: NAMA Social Gathering with Drinks and Snacks Provided
WHEN: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 4 – 6 pm
WHERE: The Ohio State Farm Science Review Show Site in the Tobin Building

The show site is located at:
135 SR 38 NE
London, OH. 43140

Farm Science Review website:

This is a great opportunity to network with your fellow NAMA members and meet some new people in the agricultural industry.

Have a co-worker or friend that is not currently a NAMA member? No problem! Bring them by and we can answer any questions they may have about becoming a NAMA member.

If you have any questions, please contact Andy Unverferth.

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