Join the National Agri-Marketing Association for the 17th Annual NAMA Boot Camp, August 4-6 in Kansas City. Whether you've just entered the rough working world or are one who's been through the NAMA Boot Camp drill before, sign up for this program today to learn more about the Agri-Marketing Industry. Bottom line: if you're new to ag or new to marketing, you need to be at Boot Camp!
And don't forget the networking! Boot Camp provides plenty of opportunites to get to know your industry peers during the course the event.
Who Should Attend?
Agency Account Executives
Resources All attendees will receive a flash drive packed with ag facts. This compilation of resources has become one of the most popular aspects of boot camp?
Sponsorship There are great sponsorship opportunitie available for Boot Camp! For more information contact Jenny Pickett at (913) 491-6500 or email Jennyp@nama.org.
Boot Camp Ag Tour (optional) This is a one-day, on-farm experience where attendees will tour and learn about different nuances of agricultural operations in the surrounding areas. You will leave the hotel at 7:30 a.m. and return by 4:00 p.m. in time for the Boot Camp kick-off reception. The cost is $100/person and includes breakfast and lunch.
The Tour's first stop will be Raasch Family Farm, an expansive corn and soybean operation that also includes Carolyn's Pumpkin Patch. Learn all about this interesting outfit. Next, the group will visit Green Dirt Farm in Weston, Missouri, where lunch will be served. This location includes the original barn, along with a dairy parlor and cheese kitchen, and reflects the owners commitment to bring the best sheep milk's cheeses, yogurt and 100 percent grass-fed lamb to market. The last stop is Holladay Distillery where you will walk among the aging barrels and take a peek into the world-class bottling facility where numerous distillery brands get bottled and labeled. Most importantly you will see, smell, touch and taste real Missouri Bourbon being made using the original recipe from 160 years ago.
5:00 p.m. Boot Camp Reception
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner followed by Networking activity After dinner, kick off the NAMA Boot Camp with a networking activity designed to help you get to know fellow attendees.
Thursday, August 5 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30 a.m. Producer Panel Moderator: Cliff Becker, Farm Journal A boot camp favorite! Learn how to communicate effectively with producers. Attendees won't want to miss the valuable insights from producers. Producers will be announced by July 15.
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Realities vs. Perceptions of Modern Ag Chris Chaffee, Senior Manager of Engagement USFRA Explore research that describes farmers' decision-making processes as they adopt new techniques and technologies.
Noon Lunch Farm Radio Connects - Tom Brand & Erin Nash, NAFB Farmers are information seekers in order to make decisions for today, tomorrow and the future. Enjoy lunch and learn how farm broadcasting continues to connect with producers coast-to-coast.
1:30 p.m. Ag 101: A Year in the Life Mindy Ward, Farm Progress This interactive session teaches the basics of the industry. Learn about challenges and issues that producers face. Hear about the decisions they make and the actions they take.
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00-4:00 p.m. Growing Your Career - Sara Steever, Paulsen Get the best practical career advice shared by over 30 leaders in agribusiness.
4:30 - 6:00 Reception at Cafe Trio. Enjoy a reception featuring fun, games, drinks & appetizers at Cafe Trio, just steps away from the Plaza Marriott.
Friday, August 6 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Great Marketing: Best of NAMA Grand Champion Case Study The best of the best and what it took to get there. This session will feature a case study of the Grand Champion winning Best of NAMA entry. Who will be presenting?? Check back after July 20 when the Best of NAMA Awards Ceremony takes place!
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Mentor Panel Moderator: Jared Spader Panelists: Jenna Oesch, Syngenta; Deron Johnson, Curious Plot; Melanie Rice, Brownfield This interactive session features successful agribusiness professionals providing practical advice, success stories and tips that you can apply to get the most out of your career.
11:30 a.m. Adjourn
Boot Camp Registration
Whether you’re an agribusiness veteran or just starting out, NAMA has something for you August 4-6 in Kansas City. Grow your network and career. Prepare to lead in an ever-changing industry.