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  • 22 Jan 2020 7:01 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the 2019 MidSouth Best of NAMA Award Winners! Good luck at Nationals!

    Best of Show - Advertising: Corteva Agriscience, Introducing Corteva Agriscience Range & Pasture to the Cattle Industry

    Best of Show - Digital: Archer Malmo & The Cotton Board, Forever Cotton Campaign

    Best of Show - PR: Trilix & Helena Agri-Enterprises, Commodity Classic 2019 Grower Event

    Best of Show - Specialty: Trilix & Helena Agri-Enterprises, Resurge Professional Product Launch Video

    Click here to see the winners in all categories.

  • 23 Apr 2018 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    At the NAMA conference earlier this month, our own Tim Price, executive vice president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, received the President’s Award. This prestigious award is given to the individual who has played a significant role in helping the national NAMA president accomplish established goals, advance the president’s agenda or otherwise help throughout the year. Outgoing president, Amy Bradford, GROWMARK FS, selected Tim for this award to recognize the long-standing career support and friendship he has generously provided.

    While presenting the award to Tim, Amy remarked that he “has been a friend and mentor for more than 20 years. He pushed me outside of my comfort zone – many times – which resulted in professional and personal growth and development.” This certainly describes the man we all know and respect.

    The MidSouth chapter is proud to have Tim as a local member and we are excited to see him have a few well-deserved minutes in the spotlight!

  • 25 Jan 2018 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    In recognition of National Ag Day, Midsouth NAMA is proud to partner with Agricenter’s Ag Day Student Art Contest & Exhibition.  This inaugural event is designed to celebrate the economic impact of agriculture, innovation in the industry and student artwork that illustrates the “Farm of the Future." The program will focus on raising awareness and increasing understanding of the ag industry with participating educators, students, businesses, community leaders and media in our community.

    The “poster contest” has been a long-standing tradition with local schools, but in effort to bring more attention to the contest and its significance to the Agricenter’s mission of education, the contest will get an upgrade this year.  To be in step with the “Farm of the Future: How Agriculture Will Feed the World” theme, digital as well as physical art media will be accepted.  Categories include: drawing, painting, collage, photography, graphic design and short video.

    The contest is open to students, 3rd to 12th grades, in Shelby and DeSoto County.  Entries will be due by March 9th and winners will be announced at the Agricenter’s Ag Day celebration on March 29th

    The other exciting addition is the Ag Day celebration program, which will feature the TN Commissioner of Agriculture, a panel discussion with innovative ag companies and the student art contest awards ceremony. Following the program, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the partners and sponsors who will be on hand to showcase their company’s contributions and vision for the ag industry. 

    More details and invitations for the Ag Day celebration will be forthcoming.  Interested in becoming an exhibitor?  Please contact Margaret Oldham, head of Agricenter’s Development Committee:  901-351-2904 or  

    For more information, contest rules, and judging criteria, please visit

  • 23 Jan 2018 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to our 2017 Best of NAMA Award Winners. Check out all our winners in the PDF below. Good luck at Nationals!


  • 29 Sep 2017 9:27 AM | Anonymous

    The opportunities in agriculture are enormous. By working with startups and technologies through mentoring relationships, speaking engagements, and office hours you can help shape the way food, fuel, and fiber are produced and consumed around the world.

    AgLaunch is looking for people with a positive attitude and a willingness to share personal experience and knowledge of the ag industry to serve as Cultivator Mentors. Cultivator Mentors work with entrepreneurs and startups with ag innovations. They act as a coach by investing time and effort and sharing expertise and/or connections to help bring new technologies to market.

    As a Cultivator Mentor you will:

    • Spend two to five hours a month (more if you would like) working with startup teams, particularly during the AgLaunch365 program;
    • Participate in networking events as you can;
    • Only assist where you are have expertise;
    • Be represented on the website with a headshot and professional bio; and
    • Use sound business judgment to maintain the confidentiality of all teams and organizations and provide expertise to the startups involved in AgLaunch’s work.
    If you are interested in serving as a Cultivator Mentor, download the mentor agreement and send the completed agreement along with a biography and headshot to Margaret Oldham at The next dates for the 1 hour orientation webinar for new mentors are Thursday, October 26 at 9am and Monday, November 13 at 10am. 

    AgLaunch™ accelerates new innovations in food and agriculture. The organization addresses global issues while creating local opportunities in the Mid-South. AgLaunch connects agricultural researchers, entrepreneurs, farmers, investors, corporations and nonprofit organizations to address real farm and supply chain needs. 

  • 30 Aug 2017 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is currently working with Journal Communications/Farm Flavor Media on the 7th edition of the Tennessee Ag Insider. This publication is produced in print, online and digitally and is used to share the story of agriculture in Tennessee and the impact it has. You can see the website and digital magazine at

    Advertising space is now being reserved for the 2018 edition. For more information contact Herb Harper at Farm Flavor Media,, 615-947-6733.

  • 06 Jan 2017 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    A Knoxville-based startup company founded by a team of students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is making their ‘Shark Tank’ style presentation on Sunday, January 8, as a finalist in the American Farm Bureau’s Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.

    And in addition to an opportunity to be awarded $15,000 for first place, these students can win $10,000 by tallying the highest number of votes from online viewers of the competition.

    Live video stream of Challenge event

    The Challenge event will be video streamed live on Sunday, January 8, beginning at noon CST. The video will be available at The Challenge event will also be recorded and posted to the website.

    Public voting for People’s Choice Award

    The general public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Challenge finalist team. The finalist team with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice Award and $10,000. To vote, go to and click on the voting link ( Make sure you select “Grow BioPlastics” and share the link with your friends and coworkers! 

    Voting will open on Friday, January 6, 2017, at 7 p.m. CST and will close on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 7 p.m. CST.

    About the Tennessee team

    UTK doctoral candidates Tony Bova and Jeff Beegle created a biodegradable alternative to the plastic mulch film widely used in agriculture to improve and protect crops. As one of the top four teams selected in a nationwide competition, the team will be presenting at the American Farm Bureau National Convention on January 8, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ.

    The Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge focuses exclusively on rural entrepreneurs who are committed to helping rural communities. “The prize money will help close the gap between producing lab samples and full-size prototypes,” says Bova. “It will help us launch planned pilot programs and answer the call of farmers knocking on our door.”

    Their company, Grow BioPlastics (, is providing an alternative to plastic mulch film used in agriculture. Comprised of lignin, naturally occurring glue that holds plant cell walls together, this new technology provides a biodegradable alternative to traditional plastic films. Bova says this technology helps growers save time and money—and reduces environmental waste without sacrificing quality of product.

    Bova is a doctoral candidate at UTK and a polymer chemist. Jeff is also a doctoral candidate at UTK and a bioengineer.

  • 17 Mar 2016 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    There will be no MidSouth NAMA Chapter event in April so everyone can join us in Kansas City for three fast-paced days guaranteed to grow your professionalism and widen your professional circle...and have a little fun. You’ll walk away with ideas you can put to work in your organization immediately.

    2016 Agri-Marketing Conference
    Kansas City, MO
    April 13-15

    Conference Program
    Register to Attend
    More Information

  • 04 Feb 2016 10:30 AM | Anonymous
    Please save the date for one of the chapter’s favorite annual events — the NAMA Student Marketing Competition. Our two university affiliate chapters — University of Tennessee – Martin and Mississippi State University — are preparing for the national New Products Marketing competition in April. Their eyes are on the prize and we want to do all we can to prepare them for the NAMA national convention.
    We’ll hear both groups’ presentations, review their business plans and offer much-appreciated feedback to help them in the national competition. Please be a part of this important meeting to help future MidSouth agribusiness professionals.  This year we will be asking our student groups to join us via video conference to help simplify things and save on travel time.

    When: Friday, February 19th, 11:30am (first presentation begins at 11:30 so arrive in time)
    Where: Archer Malmo Offices, 65 Union Ave, 5th Floor
    Cost: TBD

    Registration is not open at this time. 

  • 27 Oct 2015 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    To kick off our new year, the MidSouth chapter hit the road for an Ag Tour. On September 25, we boarded a bus heading East into the beautiful rolling countryside of western Tennessee. Our destination – John & Debra Bradley’s heritage Spring Valley Farms. Along with his lovely wife, our very own John Bradley, formerly of Monsanto and FBSciences, played host to the group.

    John and Debra have both “retired” to a more than full time job running John’s family farm. It has been designated as a Century Farm as it has stayed in his family for over 100 years. They manage 150 head in a cow/calf operation. The beef they produce is sold custom and direct to customers. They raise natural beef because they believe in the quality it gives their customers. John is proud of their herd health program and believes it keeps them from having to use as many antibiotics (part of their natural beef pledge). As if this wasn’t enough, Debra has 40 bee hives which she manages. She has a waiting list for the honey that these hives produce. John and Debra have equal roles in all of their operations and it keeps them going 24/7. They look forward to taking on some help so that maybe they can slow down in their “retirement”.

    The NAMA bus arrived mid-morning at the Bradley’s house which was stunning in every aspect. The group was able to hear the history of the farms and what they currently do while hamburgers cooked outside on the grill. After a wonderful lunch, featuring Debra’s homemade fixings, we boarded the bus to see more of the farms. It was like a walk back through John’s childhood as he showed us where he grew up and the houses his family owned. The tour was complete with an up-close look at the 100+ year old barn built by his grandfather. Hand hewn lumber, no nails or hinges. It was a masterpiece. It was a great day for the MidSouth chapter. Full of learning, friends, and good food!

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