• 21 Apr 2015 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    Join the AgriCenter International for an evening of country elegance. In partnership with farmers market vendors and friends of the farm, enjoy a unique farm-to-table tasting event. Sample culinary creations by some of Memphis’ most acclaimed chefs including:

    • Jeff Dunham 
    • Mac Edwards
    • Kelly English
    • Simpson Hughes
    • Ryan Trimm

    You’ll also enjoy partying to the sounds of Party Planet and a Moonlight and Moonshine cruise aboard Agricenter’s “country limousine.”

    Friday, June 5, 2015
    Show Place Arena
    7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Tickets - $100 per person

    Buy Tickets at

    A portion of all proceeds are tax deductible and will benefit AgriCenter International, a non-profit organization pursing the future of agriculture through research, education and exposition.

  • 20 Apr 2015 3:50 PM | Anonymous

    Last week was the annual Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City, MO. Here are a couple of highlights from the conference:

    • Congrats to archer>malmo and DuPont Crop Protection for their Best of NAMA wins!
    • Congrats to Mississippi State University's Student NAMA team who made it to the semi-finals of the student marketing competition!

    Our own Laura Svec, DuPont Crop Protection, will be chairing the committee that organizes next year's annual conference so make sure you plan to be there. 

    Find out more.

  • 06 Apr 2015 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Feast on the Farm will be held Friday, June 5 at the AgriCenter International. This is a tasting event featuring produce from the AgriCenter's Farmers Market vendors, cooked by “celebrity” level chefs in Memphis like Kelly English of Restaurant Iris, The Second Line and Mac Edwards, the Farmer. The Butcher Shop is also partnering as part of the AgriCenter Family.

    There will be a live band, a silent auction, libations and hayrides after the sun goes down. The goal is to bring awareness to the AgriCenter’s true mission: pursuing the future of agriculture through research, education and exposition and to showcase the Farmers Market producers.

  • 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 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 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

    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

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