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
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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!
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.
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,
Assistant Convention Planner 515.598.4670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.