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  • 03 Apr 2015 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    The AgriCenter is hosting Australian Ambassadors next week and wants to extend the offer to our NAMA chapter members to participate in the event.

    Next Friday, April 10, AgriCenter has been asked to provide an information sharing opportunity with two members of the Australian Trade Commission. Cheryl Stanilewicz, the Senior Trade Commissioner at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC and Santiago Foldvari, the Director of investment at the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC will be on AgriCenter campus between 9 am and noon.

    Members of our agricultural community are invited to share information regarding potential technologies and trade opportunities that may be shared between Australia and the United States.

    These distinguished guests will be in the AgriCenter International’s Board room, located across from the main offices at 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN. There will be a meet and greet type social event for these guests from 9:00 am until 10:00 am.

    Please RSVP to Jessica Watts at (901) 757-7777 or jwatts@agricenter.org no later than this Thursday at noon.

  • 27 Mar 2015 10:28 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.

    2015 Agri-Marketing Conference 
    Kansas City, MO
    April 15-17

    Conference Program
    Register to Attend
    Conference Brochure
    More Information

  • 02 Mar 2015 10:18 AM | Anonymous
    Recruit someone you know to become a NAMA member and be entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini! 

    The "Member-Get-A-Member" campaign runs from March 1 through April 1, 2015. The drawing will take place in the Silent Auction Area in the Connection Point of NAMA’s Annual Conference on Thursday, April 16.

    Simply tell your recruit to join online at https://nama.org/NAMA.OrchardWeb/MemberRegistration/Register and add your name and company in the box titled “Referred By.” They can also call the NAMA office at (913) 491-6500 to join - just remind them to say they were referred by you.

    The more members you recruit, the more your name will be entered into the drawing!
  • 20 Jan 2015 7:30 PM | Anonymous
    Tonight we celebrated the best of the best in the MidSouth NAMA Chapter and beyond! Smiles were seen all around this evening as we learned whom among our group won at the chapter level and which entries would go on to compete at nationals in April.

    Download a list of the winners.
    Download full presentation.

    Congratulations to all our winners!

    Special Thanks to the Best of NAMA Committee:  Laura Svec, Lesley Landry, LuElla Sprout, Jessica Skinner and Grace Fong.





  • 12 Dec 2014 7:30 AM | Anonymous
    Season’s Greetings to you, our Midsouth NAMA members!

    We are very proud to wrap up an exciting Fall Program Series devoted to Advocacy in Agriculture. Advocacy is one of the three pillars of our Chapter mission. We all want to be better educated on the things that shape our industry so that we can communicate effectively and have more informed conversations. It is this idea that gave our Fall Program Series shape.

    In September, we invited our local “Bartlett Bee Whisper” David Glover to talk to us about Bees. Honey Bees have slowly been dying the last 60+ years. There is a lot of speculation on the causes, but David explained firsthand what our good pollinators are up against. From numbers as high as 5 million bees in 1940 to only 2.4 million in 2014, these bees having been disappearing due to diseases and viruses. We learned that 60% of the honey bee population is sent to California to pollinate almond trees in the Spring. David also shared interesting facts relating to bee keeping, and that bee keepers are disappearing along with the bees. And finally, we learned the real reason bee keepers use smoke when they work with the hive, it’s not what you think!

    Our October program featured a night at the movies. Popcorn and pretzels were served as we listened to Larry Stoller, the Affiliate & Industry Relations Manager for the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, speak about the movie Farmland, and how it came to fruition. The USFRA vetted 20 producers before James Moll was selected as both producer and director. Mr. Moll wanted total creative control and selected all the farmers that were featured in the movie. While the movie was funded by the USFRA® there was very little input from them on how the film and the farmers would be portrayed in the documentary – contrary to popular belief.

    In addition, Larry talked about how they marketed the documentary. The USFRA has long term goals to have this film be a part of school curriculum, much like Food Inc, appears in schools today. Our younger generation needs more exposure to farmers, and this film will help that. To help further distribute the film, the USFRA is rallying support through an “I Am Farmland” campaign. For more information, visit www.iamfarmland.com.

    In November, we wrapped up our series with a panel discussion on Farmers Markets. There has been tremendous growth in this business segment, very much driven by the heightened consumer interest in “local” food. Mac Edwards, former Memphis Farmers Market board member and current restaurateur, and Mark Hoggard, current manager of the Agricenter Farmers Market joined us to go over the nuts and bolts of running a successful farmers market. We learned that different markets have different rules on whether they allow resellers or co-opers, or insist it be the actual farmers bringing the food to market. Most markets have basic controls in place, such as going by pre-determined lists of what produce they will offer (watermelon in December makes everyone suspicious). Many market directors also make site visits so they know exactly how their growers operate. One key learning here is the various certifications needed – organic, health department, etc., are on the onus of the grower and not the market.

    Of course the big question on our minds was “what impact does this have on Big Ag – are you discouraging commercial farming with this approach?”. From Mark and Mac’s perspective – the answer is no. They feel that they are doing something important, giving a face to the American farmer. This is a common goal. Along with this, they are giving smaller farmers an opportunity to succeed at their business. You could see the pride beaming from Mark’s face as he relayed a tale of “a guy with a dream”, a young guy that wanted to make Pimento Cheese. He did just that, got his start in the Farmers Markets, and is now looking at larger retail distribution.

    These are just a few snapshots of the great content that was shared this Fall. We rely on your support to put on these great programs, and appreciate those who have been able to join us. We are sorry for those that could not join us, but hope this is intriguing enough to see you in the future!

    We have an exciting Spring ahead of us!

    Upcoming events:

    January 20th – MidSouth Best of NAMA (Jim's Place Grille, Collierville)
    February – Student NAMA competition
    March – Ag Day celebration
    April – National Convention
    May – fun event TBD

    Look forward to seeing you next year!


  • 01 Dec 2014 7:30 AM | Anonymous
    There will be no MidSouth NAMA meeting in December. We know it is a busy time of year. Our first event of the new year will be the Best of NAMA awards banquet in January.
  • 25 Nov 2014 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    National Cotton Council leaders have named Gary M. Adams to be the next president and CEO of the National Cotton Council of America, the organization that represents all seven segments of the U.S. cotton industry.

    He will succeed Mark Lange, who has announced he will retire at the end of February, 2015. The official transfer of duties will take place at the Council’s annual meeting at the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 6-8.Gary Adams, left, visits with Ted Schneider, a producer from Lake Providence, LA

    Dr. Adams joined the Council in 2002 as vice president of economic and policy analysis. His responsibilities included economic outlook for global cotton markets, as well as analyzing the impacts of farm and trade policies as they relate to the U.S. cotton industry.

    In recent days, he briefed more than 500 farmers on the latest information available to the Council on enrollment in the Agricultural Act of 2014 in a series of STAX/Farm Bill update sessions. Adams spoke to growers in Monroe, La.; Stoneville, Miss.; McGehee, Ark.; Jackson, Tenn.; and Blytheville, Ark.

    He also has represented the cotton industry on USDA’s Advisory Committee on Trade from 2005 through 2011 and the NASS Advisory Committee on Agricultural Statistics from 2003 through 2009.

    Prior to joining the Council, he was a research assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri. During his 13-year tenure at the university, His primary responsibilities included policy analysis and market outlook for the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, also known as FAPRI. While at FAPRI, Gary and his colleagues were recognized by the American Agricultural Economics Association for their policy contributions.

    Adams holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Carol, have four children. They live in Memphis.

    For more information on the National Cotton Council, visit www.cotton.org

  • 07 Nov 2014 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    Did you know that in the last 20 years, the number of Farmers Markets tracked by the USDA has increased by nearly 400%?  The growth of Farmers Markets, CSAs, “Farm-to-Table” restaurants, etc. are all a product of the “locavore” movement.  But how does that fit into the agricultural landscape overall?  How do they work?  How do you effectively manage this new business unit?  These are all questions we are hoping to answer at this panel discussion. 

    Join us on Thursday, November 20th to hear from Mac Edwards, former  Memphis Farmers Market board member and current restaurateur, and Mark Hoggard, current manager of the Agricenter Farmers Market.  We will engage this panel to educate us about what they do, and how they participate in these channels.  
     
    Join us at the AgriCenter’s Horticulture Room for this program, a Farmers Market inspired lunch will be served!
     

    When: Thursday, November 20th, 11:30am
    Where: AgriCenter, Horticulture Room
    Cost: $25

    Register to attend.

  • 10 Oct 2014 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    Have you seen the documentary FARMLAND? Chances are, if you work in agriculture, it was on your radar screen, even with its limited release at theaters this spring. For our October meeting, we are offering a unique chance to learn what led to the creation of the film followed by a viewing.

    This is an opportunity to get together with other MidSouth agribusiness professionals to participate in an important discussion so we are opening up this event to other ag associations as well as anyone who works in agriculture. Please invite others and share this information with anyone who may be interested.

    Join us at 4pm for a behind the scenes look or at 5pm to watch the film or both!

    There will be time for networking with drinks and hors d'oeuvres between the 4pm and 5pm events. It will be a cash bar, no credit cards so stop by the ATM on the way!

    Farmland: Behind the Scenes

    Join us at 4pm to hear from Randy Krotz, CEO of US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, the organization whose generous support made the film FARMLAND possible. Randy will discuss the research and events that led to the creation of the film. He will share details related to the cinematic success, consumer reaction and the launch of the I Am FARMLAND campaign.

    Time: 4pm

    Farmland: Watch the Film

    Join us at 5:00pm to view the FARMLAND film - a must see film for ag professionals! The run-time for the film is 77 minutes.

    Check out the film's trailer here: www.farmlandfilm.com

    Time: 5pm


    Visit the Events section to register!
  • 18 Sep 2014 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    The new website includes functionality designed to handle meeting registrations and allow us to better manage Chapter records.

    One of the new features of the website is a password-protected section. We have already setup an account for each of you. The only thing you will need to do is setup your password. See instructions below.

    We know it can be a pain to keep track of your online accounts and passwords so we made this optional. You DO NOT have to login to your account to register for any MidSouth NAMA event.

    There are benefits to setting up a password and logging in. Your account provides access to your registration information if you need to make changes and you can access invoices and receipts for payments. You also have access to full contact information in the Chapter directory if you need to get in touch with a fellow MidSouth NAMA colleague (only limited info available without logging in).

    How to Setup Password (optional)

    1. Go to www.MidSouthNAMA.org.
    2. Under the banner image, click on the blue button on the right side that says LOGIN.
    3. Enter your email address and click Forgot Password.
    4. This will generate an email that will walk you through setting your password.

    How to Register & Pay Online for a Meeting/Event

    Go to the Events page of www.MidSouthNAMA.org and select the appropriate event.

    1. Click on the REGISTER button.
    2. Enter your email address. Click NEXT.
    3. At this point, you have the option to LOGIN to auto-fill your contact info or proceed without logging in. If you choose to LOGIN but have not setup your password already, simply click LOGIN and follow the instructions above. If you choose not to LOGIN, simply fill in your contact info.
    4. Click NEXT.
    5. Review and confirm the info is correct. Click CONFIRM.

    Payment: Online credit card payment is not integrated within the registration process at this time, which is why you may have noticed a reference to "Free" while registering. The cost and link to pay for the meeting via credit card online is included in the confirmation email you will receive after clicking CONFIRM. As usual, cash and checks will be accepted at the meeting or we can send an invoice.  

    If you have any problems or questions, feel free to contact Jessica Skinner (jskinner@fbsciences.com). 

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