• 09 Dec 2013 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    Due to the increasing chance of inclement winter weather, we have decided to cancel our MidSouth NAMA meeting for December. Please stay tuned for more information on our upcoming January 2014 meeting to celebrate our Best of NAMA award winners!

    We wish everyone the warmest of holidays in the coming weeks and a wonderful New Year. Looking forward to a great 2014!

  • 09 Dec 2013 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    It’s that time of year to nominate the cream of the crop – Agribusiness Leader of the Year and NAMA Marketer of the Year.

    Click here to view a list of current and past winners for Agribusiness Leader of the Year and NAMA Marketer of the Year.

    The winners of these prestigious awards will be honored at the 2014 Agri-Marketing Conference, April 9 – 11, Jacksonville, Florida.  Celebrate the achievements and impressive careers of the very best in agriculture with NAMA.

    Submission deadline is January 17, 2014.  Visit and click “Awards” to find nomination forms.

  • 02 Dec 2013 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    The National Agri-Marketing Association and the Agricultural Relations Council invite you to participate in their webinar on Tuesday, December 10, at 1:00 pm central time.

    Presented by Janice Person, Social Media Director at Monsanto Company

    Social media has empowered individuals and small groups to build the reach of their voices online, shifting the way issues management is done for many. How likely are you to encounter controversy? What are some of the steps you should consider proactively and reactively? When should you engage? Hear some of the lessons learned by participating in social media both individually and professionally at one of agriculture’s most socially discussed businesses.

    Register to attend NAMA’s next webinar on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 1:00 pm central time.

  • 25 Nov 2013 9:41 AM | Anonymous

    Earlier this month, the organizers of POTATO EXPO 2014 announced that 150 exhibitors have signed up to demonstrate the latest in potato production, harvesting, storage and services. In 2013, POTATO EXPO attracted a record-breaking 1,902 attendees and 149 exhibitors to Las Vegas, Nevada. With just over a month left before the next EXPO, organizers are hopeful they can add to this year’s number of exhibitors.

    Now in its 6th year, the POTATO EXPO is the largest conference and tradeshow for the potato industry held in North America. Potato growers and industry members meet annually to network with key decision makers and international industry leaders, learn about the latest trends and innovations in the industry and grow their business. This year’s featured speakers include Ben Stein and Jim Abbott.

    More info on POTATO EXPO 2014.

    Exhibitor info.

  • 22 Nov 2013 9:43 AM | Anonymous
    U.S. corn growers remain on track for a record high 14.0 billion bushel production year, according to the Crop Production report, released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). In addition to corn numbers, the report also included updated forecasts for U.S. citrus production, and major field crops, such as soybeans and cotton.

    Based on administrative data, NASS revised the acreage planted to corn this season to 95.3 million acres, down 2 percent from the previous estimate. Despite the decrease, however, production forecast remained high due to high forecasted yields. This season’s yields are expected to average 160.4 bushels per acre, with corn growers in 18 states forecast to reach record yields this year. The weather also remains good for harvest so far this year, allowing growers to harvest 73 percent of the corn crop by November 3, which is 2 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average harvest rate.

    NASS also reduced the planted area for soybeans to 76.5 million acres, down 1 percent from the previous forecast. Just as with corn, however, favorable weather conditions account for higher pod counts compared with the 2012 yield. Soybean yields are expected to average 43.0 bushels per acre, with the final production forecast at 3.26 billion bushels. If realized, this will be the third largest production year on record.
    U.S. cotton growers are forecast to produce 13.1 million 480-pound bales this year. This forecast is an increase of 2 percent from the September report, but is down 24 percent from last year’s production. Cotton yield is expected to average 808 pounds per harvested acre, up 79 pound from 2012.

    On the citrus front, U.S. all orange production for the 2013-2014 seasons is forecast at 7.96 million tons, down 5 percent from the previous season’s final utilization. Grapefruit growers are forecast to produce 1.13 million tons this year, down 5 percent from last season. In contrast, tangerine and mandarin crop is forecast to increase 6 percent from last season’s production to 726,000 tons in 2013-2014 growing season.

    NASS interviewed approximately 10,000 producers across the country in preparation for this report. In addition to farmer interviews, NASS also used its national and state level objective yield measurements to determine accurate yield and production forecasts.

    The Crop Production report is published monthly and is available online at

  • 19 Nov 2013 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    There was a thunderous response to the call for Best of NAMA entries with over 1440 submitted for Regional Judging on November 12th & 13th. This is the highest amount we have seen since 1999!

    Thank you to every agency and company that submitted their best work for consideration. Every submission strengthens local NAMA chapters and showcases the talent and vitality of NAMA members.

    A special thanks to our 40 plus wonderful judges who participated in the judging process that took place at the Sheraton Crown Center in Kansas City. This program could not be successful without their help and expertise.

    We hope to see you at a regional or chapter banquet in January to see the results of your hard work. Check out the banquet dates and locations. Be sure to check back often as details are still being finalized.

    Originally published on the NAMA Blog.

  • 15 Nov 2013 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    Gain a fresh perspective on your career and the big issues facing ag and agri-marketers today. NAMA is putting you front and center with internationally known experts on:

    • Brand positioning
    • Cultures of innovation
    • Blending big picture ideas with strategic planning
    • And more …

    Plus, we have breakouts in the works that will have you talking about:

    • The evolution of social media
    • Marketing to multiple generations
    • The power of consumers to shape brands
    • PR and its role in the media mix

    Register today to save money and get a jump on your 2014 calendar!

    NAMA has a wide range of choices for you to get maximum exposure with decision makers in 2014. Check out our Sponsorship Opportunities.

    For more information about exhibiting at the Connection Point, contact But act fastundefinedwe sell out.

  • 11 Nov 2013 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    CropMobster is an online crowd-sourcing platform that connects farmers, ranchers, food wholesalers, bakers, grocers, restaurants, and non-profit food organizations to address the problem of “food waste, hunger and importantly, the challenges farmers and food companies face to remain economically viable.”

    According to research cited at, 40-50% of food produced in the US goes uneaten. The United Nations (UN) states global food waste is equivalent to 28% of the world’s agricultural land area. A majority of the waste comes from unsold perishable food at farmer’s markets, farms, restaurants, grocery stores and other food sellers.

    Instead of throwing the food away and taking the loss, these groups can post an alert on CropMobster to extend discounted offers, donations or offer the food for free. When a producer posts an opportunity, alerts are automatically sent to subscribers who can then act on the opportunity. CropMobster is primarily used in California.

    CropMobster launched in March of 2013 and has since posted numerous success stories.

  • 07 Nov 2013 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    It’s almost tradeshow season…are you ready?
    (Oh, wait…it’s ALWAYS trade show season somewhere…)

    Tradeshows, events and experiential activities drive many of our marketing calendars every year. These activities often provide some of the best one-on-one moments we have to connect with customers and other influencers in our industries. But with new technologies and social media on the rise, tradeshows are evolving from the days of the basic 10×10 booth and a literature rack. Showgoers expect greater start-to-finish engagement; marketing departments expect greater results-oriented measurement.

    MidSouth NAMA Member Grace Fong of Skyline Exhibits MidSouth will provide us with an update on what’s new and exciting in the tradeshow arena undefined from structural displays to engagement trends. We’ll meet at the Skyline Exhibits showroom for some hands-on looks at new materials as well as roundtable discussions on best practices for these annual events. And with a busy Q1 agricultural tradeshow season right around the corner, this session will offer practical knowledge NAMA members may begin putting into play immediately. Please join us for a great session and an excellent lunch!

    Have a burning tradeshow or event question you would like answered in the session? Please email Grace ( before Nov. 14 and she’ll work to address it during our session.

    Thursday, November 21, 11:30am

    Location: Skyline Exhibits MidSouth, 3895 Vantech Dr. #9, Memphis, TN 38115

    Cost: $25

    Pay Ahead: You may always pay at the door or pay online in advance by credit card

  • 04 Nov 2013 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    The 2013 Agrow Awards winners were announced last week at a black tie ceremony. Congratulations to all the winners!

    Best R&D Pipeline: DuPont Crop Protection

    Best Novel Agricultural Biotechnology: Morflora (TraitUP)

    Best New Biopesticide: Stockton (Timorex Gold)

    Best Formulation Innovation: Dow AgroSciences (Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D technology)

    Best New Crop Protection Product or Trait: Bayer CropScience (Indaziflam)

    Best Packaging Innovation: DuPont Crop Protection (Grower bag with PrecisionPac custom dispensing system)

    Best Company from an Emerging Region: Sanonda International

    Best Supplier: PI Industries

    Best Supporting Role: EPL Bio Analytical Services

    Best Stewardship Programme: Dow AgroSciences (Refuge advanced powered by SmartStax)

    Best Marketing Campaign: BASF Corporation (Planet Xemium)

    Best Public Outreach Programme: CropLife America (Social media pollinator engagement program)

    Best Off-patent Pesticide Strategy: Indofil Industries (Mancozeb)

    Lifetime Achievement: Wang Wei (Zhejiang Wynca Chemical Industry Group Co)

    Read more.

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