NAMA Announces 2019 Agri-Marketing Conference Keynote Speakers

Written by NAMA on Thursday, November 15, 2018 , 1:46 pm

Get ready to soar “Onward and Upward” at the 2019 Agri-Marketing Conference!

Check out the top-notch keynote speakers we have lined up and make plans to join NAMA in Kansas City, April 10-12, 2019.

Find out more information on the Conference website – make sure to check back often for updates!

The Psychology of Illusion and The Power of Perspective
Vinh Giang

Award-winning entrepreneur and magician Vinh Giang will take your career to new heights by showing you how to cultivate the right influences that make the difference between success and mediocrity. With humor, heart and captivating showmanship, he will demonstrate the power of perspective and how people are fooled by illusions. You’ll learn creative ways to collaborate, craft new solutions rather than remain in problems, and uncover the secret to reimagining and overcoming the impossible. Giang will teach you his tricks for suspending old belief systems, unlocking mindsets, innovating and taking deliberate and definitive action. And yes, it might require a little magic!

Bonin Bough

Go on a journey to discover how to hack your business, your way of doing things and ultimately yourself with Bonin Bough, one of the foremost-awarded marketing executives in his field. Most think the word “hacker” sounds negative, but not all hackers are bad. Hackers can create immense value by breaking things, whether it’s breaking from tradition, process or the way you’ve always done it. Throughout his illustrious career as one of the youngest C-suite executives in a Fortune 50 company, Bough has spearheaded some of the largest global marketing campaigns across digital, mobile, television, print and experiential, including the premier of the first-ever 3D printed food product – the customizable, real-time 3D-printed Oreo at SXSW. Bough uses these experiences to explain how the new hacking economy – or “hackonomy” – is spreading quickly across industries and even changing less obvious parts of human life while exploring the huge impact of all of this on your marketing.

Growing Up Wild
Forrest Galante

The road to success is not always easy or straight. Forrest Galante knows that first hand. Born in the U.S., but raised in Zimbabwe, Africa, Galante faced daily obstacles in a place where survival and adventure are simply part of life. But those challenges were nothing compared to the hardship his family would encounter as the country spiraled into political turmoil and violence. Eventually forced to leave, they returned to California with next to nothing and Galante had to navigate what seemed like a different world. Instead of settling into a normal life and leaving his history behind, he used lessons learned about persistence to drive his desire to achieve the impossible. His passion for nature and the unknown led him to the most remote regions across 46 countries. He’s dodged the biggest storm in Australia’s history, caught giant crocodiles, dove with great white sharks and he holds four world records for spearfishing. He will motivate you to learn from what life brings your way and move with tenacity toward accomplishments you can be proud of for a lifetime. Let Galante inspire you to embrace everyday lessons as fuel to reach your ultimate destination.

Best of NAMA Events

Written by NAMA on Thursday, November 15, 2018 , 1:46 pm

Regional Events:

Region I
(Western Pacific Chapter)
Additional information will be available soon.

Region II
(Cornhusker, Gateway, Great Plains, Missouri-Kansas, Rocky Mountain and Southwest Chapters)
January 10, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Grand Street Café
Kansas City, MO

Region II Hotel:
Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Guest Room: $149
To reserve: 1-800-810-3708 and identify as NAMA group
Click here to reserve online.
Cutoff Date: December 20, 2018

Region III
(Cornbelt, Iowa, North Central and Northern Prairie Chapters)
January 17, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Prairie Meadows Casino and Hotel
Altoona, IA
Tickets: $75
Click here to register.

Region III Hotel:
Prairie Meadows Casino & Hotel
1 Prairie Meadows Dr.
Altoona, IA 50009
Guest Room: $119
To reserve: 515-957-3000 or 800-325-9015 and identify as NAMA group or
Click here to reserve online and enter group code of 01172019FIE
Cutoff Date: January 8, 2019

Region IV
(Badger, Chicago, Heartland and Mid-America Chapters)
January 24, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Prairie St. Brewing Co.
Rockford, IL
Tickets: $85
Click here to register.

Region IV Hotel:
Hilton Garden Inn Rockford
7675 Walton St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Guest Room: $139
To reserve: 815-229-3322 and identify as NAMA group or click here to reserve online.
Cutoff Date: December 26, 2018

Chapter Events:

Carolinas/Virginia Chapter
Additional information will be available soon.

Midsouth Chapter
Additional information will be available soon.

Southeastern and Florida Chapters
January 24, 2019
Additional information will be available soon.

Visit the NAMA calendar frequently for updated information and links.

If you have any questions, please call us at (913) 491-6500.

Win a Free Conference Registration

Written by NAMA on Thursday, November 15, 2018 , 1:45 pm

Recruit someone you know to become a NAMA member and be entered into a drawing for complimentary registration* to the Agri-Marketing Conference next April. The campaign will run from October 15 through December 15. The drawing will take place December 18.

Simply tell your recruit to join at and add your name and company in the box titled “Referred by.”

The more members you recruit, the more your name will be entered into the drawing!

*Registration is non-transferable.

NAMA Professional Award Opportunities

Written by NAMA on Thursday, November 15, 2018 , 1:45 pm

NAMA provides several opportunities for professional recognition. Do you have a candidate in mind for one, or all, of these awards? Go ahead and nominate someone today! January 18, 2019 is the nomination deadline for the following awards. These awards will be presented at the 2019 Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City!

Ag Association Leader of the Year
About the Award
The Ag Association Leader of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievement in an association or commodity organization.
Click here for the online nomination form.

Agribusiness Leader of the Year
About the Award
The Agribusiness Leader of the Year award recognizes leadership achievement in agriculture and the food and fiber industry. This award attracts agribusiness leaders and leaders in private, public or academic service.
Click here for the online nomination form.

NAMA Marketer of the Year
About the Award
NAMA will recognize its active members with senior management of marketing and/or sales responsibilities with the NAMA Marketer of the Year award. This award is the most prestigious honor awarded to an active member of the association and honors outstanding accomplishments in the field of agri-marketing.
Click here for the online nomination form.

Next Gen NAMA Award
About the Award
To thrive in the future, the NAMA community needs to develop and support the next generation of members. NAMA’s Next Gen Award honors active NAMA members under 35 years of age that show great potential in the industry.
Click here for the online nomination form.

NAMA Webinar: Can Agriculture Win the Battle of Misinformation?

Written by NAMA on Thursday, November 15, 2018 , 1:45 pm

Can Agriculture Win the Battle of Misinformation?

Modern consumers are increasingly interested in how their food is grown and raised, and they are seeking out information about farming online. But agriculture has a quiet voice on social media compared to opposing voices. Only four to five thousand agriculturalists on social media post at least three times per month about food and agriculture issues.

Without an active agricultural community on social media, consumers are learning about farming from influencers, celebrities and activists who are unsupportive or potentially uninformed about modern agricultural practices. As a result, research by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance shows that in 2017, only 34% of consumers strongly trust farmers and ranchers in the United States.

Cost: $40 NAMA Members and $50 Non-members

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m. Central Time

Click here to register!

Past Webinar Recordings

Written by NAMA on Thursday, November 15, 2018 , 1:45 pm

As you know, NAMA offers a monthly webinar series with relevant topics to further your professional development. Don’t forget that you can also view past webinar recordings for free as part of your NAMA membership!

Click here to view the Webinar Recordings.

Information on upcoming webinars can be found on the Webinar Calendar. Or, email

NOTE: These webinars are located in the Member’s Only Section of You will need to log into your NAMA account to access this link. Click on “Member Dashboard” then click “Webinar Recordings.”

NAMA Foundation Online Auction

Written by NAMA on Thursday, November 15, 2018 , 1:45 pm

Do you have season tickets to a professional football game or other sporting event? Or a great vacation home that someone would enjoy? Use your perks to help support Student NAMA. The NAMA Foundation is hosting a year-end online auction featuring a wide variety of items INCLUDING media packages – all to benefit the future of agri-marketing.

This new auction still includes traditional media packages, but that’s not all you can donate. Click the link below to check out the full list of categories and other rules.

2018 NAMA Foundation Online Auction Guidelines.

This entire auction will take place online, including donation and bidding. Deadline to donate is November 30. The online bidding will take place during December. Minimum value for ALL items is $500.

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