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  • 02 May 2023 8:31 AM | Anonymous

    The Ag Association Leader of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievement and excellence among senior executives who have made significant contributions to the agriculture industry in their roles with a trade association or commodity organization.

    Timothy L. Price, Executive Vice President, Southern Cotton Ginners Association (SCGA), is NAMA's 2023 Ag Association Leader of the Year.

    Described as a servant leader and true collaborator, trust, integrity and generosity are foundation to Price's approach to business. Growing up on his family's Louisiana farm, he learned at a young age that by taking a sincere interest in and advocating for those he leads, incredible results are possible.

    Throughout his career, Price has played a role in agricultural policy making and helped spur cooperation and trade negotiations between the United States and other countries. That expertise and his leadership acumen have helped sustain SCGA and maintain its annual trade show, which attracts more than 300 agribusinesses, despite a global pandemic.

    Price's special ability to build relationships has forged powerful connections between his association and legislators, agribusiness leaders and ag-based funding groups. As a result, the SCGA trade show has blossomed into an invaluable experience for those in the industry, offering the chance to launch a venture, learn the state of international trade and a great deal in between.

  • 20 Jan 2023 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    Last night, we recognized the best of the best in agricultural communications at the MidSouth Best of NAMA Awards Ceremony. We celebrated our chapter winners and recognized those that won in the Region V competition. Region V includes four chapters stretching from the MidSouth to the Carolinas and south to Florida. Those receiving a Regional First or Merit Award are eligible to compete at the national competition. National winners will be announced at the annual conference in Saint Louis in April.

    Click here to view the awards presentation.

  • 20 Jan 2022 8:35 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to all our winners from the MidSouth. Good luck at nationals! Click this link to view the awards presentation.

  • 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.

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