Professional Development Awards: Nominate a Friend or Colleague

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 , 5:40 pm

Nominate a friend or colleague for the Professional Development Awards of Excellence. These awards honor NAMA members based on outstanding achievement in each of the Professional Development Areas (PDA). Awards of Excellence will be presented in the areas of (1) Marketing Communications, (2) Product/Species Management, (3) Public Relations and (4) Sales.

Awards will be presented at the NAMA Fall Conference, October 7-9 at the Ritz Carlton in Saint Louis.

Nominating someone is as easy as filling out a form. Click here to view the award criteria, nomination form and a list of past winners.

The deadline for nominations is July 19.

NAMA Webinar: Building Effective Social Media Strategy for Ag Brands

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 , 5:40 pm

Social media holds a lot of potential for members of the agriculture community to connect with each other and for brands to connect with their target audiences. But social media has changed more rapidly in the past year than at any time in its brief history. 

Casey Mills, social media manager at the Nebraska-based ad agency Swanson Russell, will share updates on the industry’s social media landscape and where opportunities for engagement exist. He’ll also discuss where risk factors loom large and how to avoid potential problems. 

June 13, 2019, 2 pm CT
Click here to register.

Register Now for Boot Camp 2019

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 , 5:39 pm

The 16th annual Boot Camp takes place August 14-16 in Kansas City. Whether you’re new to marketing or new to ag, sign up for this program today to learn more about the industry. This year the Boot Camp will take it to a new level expanding on marketing and agriculture basics.

Who should attend?

  • Agency Account Executives
  • Media Professionals
  • Art Directors
  • Copywriters
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Sales Professionals
  • Previous Boot Camp Attendees

Plan to come early for the Ag Tour. This tour will be sponsored by the MoKan Chapter of NAMA. Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned veteran, the Agri-Marketing Boot Camp will give you the tools you need to more professionally market to the ag industry.


Wednesday, August 14

8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.Ag Tour (optional)
4:00 p.m.Boot Camp Registration
5:00–7:30 p.m. 
Welcome Reception and Dinner

Thursday, August 15

8:30–9:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast
9:00–10:30 a.m.Producer Panel
10:30–11:00 a.m. 
11:00 a.m.–NoonGeneral Session
Noon–1:30 p.m.Lunch
1:30–2:45 p.m.Breakout Sessions
2:45–3:00 p.m.Break
3:00–4:00 p.m.Breakout Sessions
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.Offsite Reception

Friday, August 16

8:30–9:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast
9:00–10:00 a.m.General Session—Growing Your Career
10:00–10:15 a.m. 
10:15–11:15 a.m.Mentor Panel / Closing Session
11:30 a.m.Boot Camp Adjourns

The Hotel

Boot Camp will take place at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza, located at 4445 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. Room rates begin at $159.  Hotel Cutoff date is July 23, 2019.
Reserve your room today!

Register now for Boot Camp 2019

Mark Your Calendars for Fall Conference

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 , 5:39 pm

Fall Conference heads to St. Louis this year. Mark your calendars for October 7-9 at The Ritz Carlton in Clayton. In addition to professional development and great networking opportunities, the Gateway Chapter will be hosting a tour to kick off the event. More details to come soon!

New NAMA Members

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 , 5:38 pm

Welcome to all the new members since April 4, 2019.

Julia Chamberlain, Michigan State University
Shannon Kehoe, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity
Sarah Lokey, Michigan State University
Brad Martin, Real Agriculture
Bailey Sinclair, University of Saskatchewan

Sydney Brooks, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Molly Hendrickson, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Krystal Ohlhaber, Compeer Financial

Marc Bridgeman, BASF
Zach Jacobs, Virginia Tech

Amanda Goslee, Delaware Valley University

Nick Lipp, Beck Ag

Tom Coene, Windmill Farms, LLC.
Daniel Dwyer, Delaware Valley University
Stacey Stearns, University of Connecticut Extension

Heather Houston, Dalton Agency

Viviane Delgado, True Media
Kevin Hodges, Crop Science Division at Bayer
Addy Nemes, Paradowski Creative
Erica Strittmatter, HLK

Lori Bower, BowerComm Marketing Communications

Michelle Halpin, Bader Rutter

Drew Cox, University of Missouri
Bethany Kroeze, AgVenture, Inc.
Ali Peltier, Meredith Agrimedia

Derek Berkshire, Purdue University
Mallory Hines, Corteva

Amber Hollie, Titan Distributors, Inc.

Kacie Hoctor, The Sandbox Agency
Maria Kuhns, University of Missouri
Derik Morgan, John Deere

Shannon Bjorklund, Minnesota Soybean
Elise Loveless, University of Minnesota
Craig Rhode, Romain Berg

Ian Burdick, Huvepharma

Ashley House

Aldo Hernandez, Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo

North Central NAMA to Host Summer Kick Off: Intern Night

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 , 5:38 pm

Join North Central NAMA at the 508 Bar & Restaurant for a networking event with other area interns and professionals. Interns, Post Grads, & Job Seekers – this is your opportunity to get to know professionals in the industry and find out how to prepare for the future! Professionals – this is your chance to meet the “up and comers” in the industry.

A social hour with drinks and appetizers will be followed by a panel comprised of former industry interns discussing how you can make the most out of internships, the job search, and how to prepare for the future! Please RSVP by Thursday, June 6th!

Click here for more information or contact Maria Gallik at

The 508 Bar & Restaurant is located at 508 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Ramp and surface lot parking are available near by, it is also located a short distance from the Warehouse District lightrail station.

Thank you to our sponsors: Broadhead, MN Pork, and Periscope

Chapters Join Together for Stine Seed Tour

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 , 5:37 pm
David Thompson, Stine Seed marketing and sales director, shows members a machine used to plant research plots at the company’s Adel, IA headquarters. Photo courtesy of Agri-Marketing magazine.

On May 16th, the Iowa, Cornhusker and Cornbelt chapters met at Stine Seed Farm’s headquarters in Adel, Iowa to hear from Harry Stine, founder of Stine Seed, and David Thompson, National Marketing and Sales Director, as well as tour plots and look at equipment.

Due to the spring weather, planting was later than usual, and the group was unable to see crops in the ground. However, they were able to take a look at equipment used to plant, test, etc. and heard from David about Stine’s High Population (HP) Corn and their ever-advancing model of research.

Following the tour, attendees visited Sunrise Acres, home of Lynn Henderson, publisher of Agri Marketing magazine, for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. The event was a great way to end our 2018-2019 programs year and was held on an all-time record for a May 16 in Iowa – 92 degrees!

Caption for 2nd photo: David Thompson, National Marketing & Sales Director of Stine Seed, shows Iowa NAMA chapter members a machine used to plant research plots at the company’s headquarters near Adel, IA.

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