Springfield, MO Convention
Springfield, MO Convention
Route 66 Car Museum
Route 66 Car Museum
Biggest Bass Pro in the U.S.
Biggest Bass Pro in the U.S.
Civil War Museum
Civil War Museum

Motor to the Big MO

Next January 25-27 members will motor down to Convene ’17 in Springfield, Missouri at the Ramada Plaza Oasis Hotel and Convention Center. The birthplace of Route 66, Springfield hosts this year's event Wednesday through Friday. That way you can head on down to Branson for a winter break on the weekend.

 

As the pulse of the Ozarks, Springfield, Missouri offers large city amenities along with small town hospitality. You can celebrate the great outdoors at the original and largest Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World where you will find live fish, alligators and an exquisite display of wildlife in a remarkable 500,000 ­square ­foot showroom.

 

Springfield is home to North America’s only ride­ through cave, Fantastic Caverns, where you can journey through well- ­preserved natural wonders in a Jeep­ drawn tram.

See more about what Springfield has to offer: https://www.springfieldmo.org/attractions

 

When it's time to eat, select from more than 1,000 unique eateries representing a variety of cuisines ­ from the famous “throwed rolls” at Lambert’s Café, fresh farm ­to­ table cooking at local favorites like Metropolitan Farmer and Farmers Gastropub to the exotic flavors of Peru at Café Cusco.

 

Invited speakers include Dr. Leon Schumacher, University of Missouri, who will moderate Tech Effects in Farming comprising 3 ag tech sessions. Precision Ag's – Kent Shannon will present a VRT demo. Karen Funkenbusch will talk about Grain Safety.

 

Brian O'shaughnesy Chairman of the Board for Revere Copper Products Inc-N.Y. will speak on Value-added tax and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

 

Dr. Harwood Schaffer will address members concentration issues. And Professsor Bruce Muirhead, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada will talk about dairy issues in his country, and the potential effects of TPP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Springfield Oasis

When you step into the pool area of the Springfield Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center, you'll feel like you are in a warm tropical oasis. Mammoth greenery is seemingly everywhere in the atrium-style warm get-away for members.

 

The hotel is centrally-located and an easy drive for everyone in the Midwest. The Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Conference Center is located at 2546 North Glenstone, in Springfield. Telephone: 417.866.5253

 

The Springfield-Branson National Airport offers a new, state-of-the-art terminal building for four airlines—American, Delta, United, and low-cost carrier, Allegiant. They provide daily nonstop flights from  Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Charlotte and Denver.

 

At the hotel, your in-room amenities include a 37” LCD flat screen television, refrigerator, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron w/board, voice mail, patio or balcony and complimentary wireless high speed Internet. A delicious complimentary hot breakfast buffet is served each morning in our atrium area.

 

 

 

Members receive a discount rate of just $88 until Jan. 10. That includes a free daily breakfast buffet from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and free internet access. The National Farmers rate is good three days before and after the convention.

 

 

Fire & Ice Restaurant & Bar features Springfield’s only Ice Bar and offers a delicious array of menu selections including: Fresh seafood specialties, dry aged certified Angus steaks, and a variety of entrees, appetizers, salads and sandwiches.

 

 

To make reservations by phone:

1. Call 1-417-866-5253

2. Mention National Farmers Organization

 

 

 

Branson Break

After convention is done, we invite you to head on down to Branson, only 40 minutes away.  National Farmers has held rooms at the Radisson Hotel at 120 South Wildwood Drive. Just $75.95 a night, you must reserve your room two weeks prior to your arrival. Call 417.335.5767 and tell them you're with National Farmers Organization.

 

Branson draws visitors from all regions of the country. The collection of entertainment theaters along 76 Country Boulevard, including Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, has increased Branson's popularity as a tourist destination.

 

Besides the numerous entertainment theaters for which Branson is famous, other local attractions include Hollywood Wax Museum Branson, Mount Pleasant Winery, Stone Hill Winery, Ride the Ducks, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, Cave Tours, National Tiger Sanctuary, Go-Karts, Mini Golf, Horseback Rides, Butterfly Palace, and Rainforest Adventure. Ripley's Odditorium is housed in a building that has been made to look as if it is cracked wide open by an earthquake or other disaster, while the Titanic Museum is a half-scale replica of the famous ship and iceberg.

 

Branson Landing is on Lake Taneycomo's waterfront in downtown Branson. The lakefront project includes retail space with Bass Pro Shops and Belk as anchors in an outdoor shopping mall of stores and restaurants and features a Hilton Hotel. The Branson Scenic Railway is located in the old depot, across from Branson Landing.

 

Whether you are a seasoned adventurer looking for a challenge, or a first-time adventurer wanting to experience the thrills of adventure in an exciting indoor environment, Fritz’s Adventure is the Branson area attraction for you! Our facility is engineered for every age and ability level, and the perfect place for families to adventure together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Conference Center

2546 North Glenstone

Springfield, Missouri 65803

Toll Free | 1.888.532.4338

Local | 417.866.5253

Convention Keys

Pre-Registration $80

On-Site— $85

100% Refund up to Jan. 10

Register by phone & e-mail.

 

Hotel—Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center

12546 North Glenstone

Springfield, Missouri 65803

Toll Free | 888.532.4338.

 

If reservations made by Tues., Jan. 10 Group rates of $88 —single & double, ($179 King Suite & $249 Paradise Suite) are good for Friday, Jan. 20 to Feb. 1

 

For those flying into Springfield, please call the Ramada Oasis Hotel to reserve your free airport shuttle at least 24 hours in advance.

888.532.4338

 

7:30 P.M. Credentials Committee

Tuesday, Jan. 24

8:00 a.m.    Board of Directors Meeting: First Session

Committee Meetings: Bylaws

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration for All Committees

10:00 a.m. Member Registration- Convention

Noon Committee Meetings:  Resolutions

   Election & Tally

   Arrangements/Hospitality

3:00 p.m.   General Session

                  Call to Order – Paul Olson

3:20 p.m.   Preliminary Committee Reports

3:45 p.m.   Leon Schumacher, Univ. of MO, Tech Effects in Farming

4:15 p.m.   Kent Shannon, VRT demo

4:45 p.m.   Karen Funkenbusch Grain Safety

                 National Farmers Social Hour

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Thursday, Jan. 26

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Registration

9:00 a.m.   General Session

9:15 a.m.   Brian O'Shaughnessy Chair, Revere Copper Products

10:15 a.m. Break—

10:30 a.m. Financial Report – Closed Session

11:45 a.m. Lunch on your own

1:15 p.m.  General Session —

                    Legislative Coordinator Gene Paul

                     Resolutions

                     Bylaws

2:15 p.m.  Old and New Business

2:45 p.m.  Paul Riniker, National Farmers Vice President

3:00 p.m.  Break

3:15 p.m.  Dr. Harwood Schaeffer

4:15 p.m.  Additional Business and Adjourn

7:00 p.m. Dessert reception

7:30 p.m. Young Producer Awards

                Procurement Awards

                President’s Award & Address – Paul Olson

8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Registration

9:00 a.m.   General Session

                 Professor Bruce Muirhead, University of Waterloo,

                 Ontario, Canada

                 Dairy Division Presentation

10:30 a.m.  Break

10:45 a.m.  Grain Division Presentation

Noon   Lunch on your own

1:30 p.m.   Livestock Division Presentation

2:45 p.m.   Break

3:00 p.m.   Seating of Directors

                  Institute for Rural America Auction

                  Closing comments Paul Olson

8:00 p.m.   Dance to the Nace Brothers

 

Friday, Jan. 27

Convention Sponsors

 

Sponsoring National Farmers’ annual meeting can open doors for your business, and provide you with valuable sales leads. Especially this year, at Convene ’17, because we’ve expanded our sponsorship program to include benefits offered never before. You’ll receive benefits on-site, and throughout the year with many sponsor packages!

 

Background

Members of National Farmers gather each winter to engage with each other at national convention and hear from speakers offering insights for their ag operations. Of course, our farmers and ranchers address National Farmers business, and hear policy updates from our legislative contacts.

National Farmers Serves

Dairy, livestock and grain producers

Farmers and ranchers in the Midwest, Plains, and the Northeast, primarily

Organic and conventional dairy and grain farmers

Conventional cattle producers, primarily

 

Through our commodity marketing programs, we’re also proud to say our member farms provide a reliable supply to a range of food processing entities. Our producers raise top-quality crops, milk and cattle. We’re privileged to represent them in the agricultural marketplace and assist them with cash marketing, risk management expertise and related services.

 

Convene ’17

This year’s annual meeting will take place in Springfield, Mo., at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center. Our members have many reasons to attend. Take a look at a sample of planned speakers, topics and events!

 

 U.S. Veterinary Feed Directive  FarmStarts Beginning Farmer One-Day Seminar  President’s Dessert Reception & Young Producer Award Night

 The Value-Added Tax and TPP – Brian O'Shaughnessy, Chairman of the Board, Revere Copper Products Inc., N.Y.

 Ag Technology Panel, Moderated by Dr. Leon Schumacher, University of Missouri  Warm Welcomes Breaks in Exhibit Area

 Canada’s Dairy Industry: Why America Should Watch — Bruce Muirhead, Ontario, Canada

 Ag Policy Outlook — Dr. Harwood Schaeffer, University of Tennessee

 

 

 

We also host a Friday evening dance with live entertainment for members, and are encouraging producers to stay the weekend for a family getaway in nearby Branson. We estimate attendance at 250.

 

We invite you to look through our sponsorship package, consider the options and the exposure your company will receive. The benefits we offer give you tangible exposure to our members. Get digital, social, on-site and direct mail benefits! Take advantage of it as 2017 opens, and put our meeting on your radar for 2018!

If you need assistance,

please contact

Helene Bergren

Assistant Convention Planner 515.598.4670 or hbergren@nfo.org.

National Farmers National Convention Sponsorships
National Farmers Annual Meeting and National Convention is Jan. 25-27! The Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center, Springfield, Missouri, hosts the event. Choose from many sponsorship packages and gain valuable exposure to our farmer members! Warm Welcomes & Convention Leader Sponsorship Categories Give You Real Promotional Exposure! Contact Helene Bergren with questions about your Sponsorship Selections! hbergren@nfo.org
Warm Welcomes Sponsorships Prestige Sponsor - Exclusive President’s Address and Producer Awards Reception 78,650 impressions! Just $5,550 20 Benefits! 1. Complimentary Exhibit, Double Width 2. Play Company Video at General Session 3. Three Minutes at the Mic 4. Sponsor Recognition in Pre-Convention Magazine and Post-Convention Magazine 5. Sponsor Recognition in Convention Program - Full Page Ad! 6. Sponsor Recognition for 90 days on nationalfarmers.com 7. Sponsor Recognition on Presentation Screen 8. Two Complimentary Convention Registrations 9. Convention Registration Bag Gift Insert from Your Company 10. Your Company Provides Napkins with Your Logo 11. Your Organization Name/Logo on Signage near Convention Hub 12. Sponsor Recognition in e-newsletter 13. Exterior Hotel Convention Welcome Signage (Provided by Your Company) 14. Producer Check/Sales Confirmation Inserts – Two Sets (Qty-20,000 — Provided to National Farmers, Designed 3UP on 8.5”X11”, Pre-cut) 15. Pre-Convention Sponsor Recognition Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) Posts 16. Pre-Convention Attendee List for One-Time Mailing 17. Signage at Dessert Reception (Provided by Your Company) 18. Sponsor Recognition in Pre-Convention Press Release 19. Distribute Promotional Materials in Registration Bag 20. Dinner with President, Vice President, National Secretary and CFO 21. Pre-convention member mailing labels to make your invitation to meet your representatives at convention Farming Friends Sponsor Food & Beverage Break 57,600 impressions! 18 Benefits! Just $1,750 1. Complimentary Exhibit 2. Play Company Video at General Session 3. Three Minutes at the Mic 4. Sponsor Recognition in Pre-Convention Magazine 5. Sponsor Recognition in Post-Convention Magazine 6. Sponsor Recognition in Convention Program 7. Sponsor Recognition for 90 days on nationalfarmers.com 8. Sponsor Recognition on Presentation Screen 9. Two Complimentary Convention Registrations 10. Convention Registration Bag Gift Insert from Your Company 11. Your Company Provides Napkins with Your Logo 12. Your Organization Name/Logo on Signage near Convention Hub 13. Sponsor Recognition in e-newsletter 14. Pre-Convention Sponsor Recognition Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) Posts 15. Pre-Convention Attendee List for One-Time Mailing 16. Distribute Promotional Materials in Registration Bag 17. Sponsor Recognition in Pre-Convention Press Release 18. Producer Check/Sales Confirmation Inserts (Qty.-6,000 — Provided to National Farmers, Designed 3UP on 8.5”X11”, Pre-cut) Registration Greetings Sponsor 2,850 impressions! $250 + Cost of Registration Bag Gift 1. Convention Registration Bag Gift Insert from Your Company 2. One Complimentary Convention Registration 3. Distribute Promotional Materials in Registration Bag 4. Sponsor Recognition on Presentation Screen 5. Sponsor Recognition in e-newsletter 6. Sponsor Recognition in Convention Program 7. MC Acknowledgement during General Session 8. Your Company Name on Convention Badge Lanyard
Friday Night Dance Sponsor 2,150 impressions! $200 1. Your Company Tabletop Advertising at Dance 2. One Complimentary Convention Registration 3. Your Company Provides Cocktail Napkins with Your Logo 4. Sponsor Recognition on Presentation Screen 5. Sponsor Recognition in e-newsletter 6. Sponsor Recognition in Convention Program
Convention Leader Sponsorships

 

Platinum Sponsor 47,100 impressions 13 Benefits! Just $1,500 1. Complimentary Exhibit 2. Play Company Video at General Session 3. Three Minutes at the Mic 4. Sponsor Recognition in Pre-Convention Magazine and Program 5. Sponsor Recognition for 90 days on nationalfarmers.com 6. Sponsor Recognition on Presentation Screen 7. Two Complimentary Convention Registrations 8. Convention Registration Bag Gift Insert from Your Company 9. Sponsor Recognition in e-newsletter 10. Sponsor Recognition in Pre-Convention Press Release 11. Your Organization Name/Logo on Signage near Convention Hub 12. Distribute Promotional Materials in Registration Bag 13. Pre-Convention Sponsor Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) Posts

 

Gold Sponsor 34,350 impressions! 14 Benefits! Just $1,000 1. Complimentary Exhibit 2. Three Minutes at the Mic 3. Sponsor Recognition in Pre-Convention Magazine 4. Sponsor Recognition in Convention Program 4. Sponsor Recognition for 90 days on nationalfarmers.com 5. Sponsor Recognition on Presentation Screen 6. One Complimentary Convention Registration 7. Sponsor Recognition in Pre-Convention Press Release 8. Your Organization Name/Logo on Signage near Convention Hub 9. Distribute Promotional Materials in Registration Bag 10. Sponsor Recognition in e-newsletter 13. Pre-Convention Sponsor Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) Posts 14. Producer Check/Sales Confirmation Inserts (Qty.-2,000 — Provided to National Farmers, Designed 3UP on 8.5”X11”, Pre-cut)
Silver Sponsor 21,350 impressions 7 Benefits! Just $500 1. Complimentary Exhibit 2. MC Acknowledgement during General Session 3. Sponsor Recognition in Pre-Convention Magazine 4. Sponsor Recognition in Convention Program 5. Sponsor Recognition for 60 days on nationalfarmers.com 6. Sponsor Recognition on Presentation Screen 7. One Complimentary Convention Registration Bronze Sponsor 4,350 impressions 7 Benefits! Just $300 1. Complimentary Exhibit 2. MC Acknowledgement during General Session 3. Sponsor Recognition in Pre-Convention Magazine 4. Sponsor Recognition in Convention Program 5. Sponsor Recognition for 60 days on nationalfarmers.com 6. Sponsor Recognition on Presentation Screen 7. One Complimentary Convention Registration