Meeting Schedule

 Luncheon Meetings are 
 from September to May, 
 11 am Networking,
Meal/Speaker 11:50 am -  1:30 pm

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Past Meeting Schedule
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April 9, 2013 Gateway Greening's Next Step - "FarmWorks" Michael Sorth, Gateway Greening Romer Labs
Mar 12, 2013    Ag Social Media Michele Payn-Knoper, CauseMatters Corporation AdFarm
Feb 12, 2013    Ag Update from our State Directors of Ag Robert Flider, Illinois Department of Agriculture
Jon Hagler, Missouri Department of Agriculture   
Producer Members of the Ag Club
Jan 8, 2013 The Big Business of Flowers in St. Louis Glenn Sprich, Baisch & Skinner Wholesale Floral Distributor
Margaret Herget, Baisch & Skinner Wholesale Floral Distributor
Dec 11, 2012 Possible River Shutdown    Paul Rhode, Waterways Council, Inc.
Marty Hettel, AEP Barge Shipper Association
Leonard Hopkins, US Army Corp of Engineers
FCS Financial Missouri
Nov 16, 2012 Ag Commodity Associations - Priorities & Challenges David Drennan, Missouri Dairy Association
Rodney Weinzierl, Illinois Corn Association
Dale Ludwig, Missouri Soybean Association
Don Nikodim, Missour Pork Producers Association
National Corn Growers Association
Sheraton Hotel & Suites - Downtown
Oct 18, 2012 The Danforth Center: Envisioning St. Louis as a World Center for Plant Science          Sam Foirello, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center St. Louis Community College
Sept 11, 2012    Framework for Metrics for Sustainable Agriculture       Marty Matlock, University of Arkansas
Bill Dorsey, FBI St. Louis Division
Novus International, Inc.
May 10, 2012 Eckerts Orchards and AgriTourism Lary Eckert, President, Eckerts Orchards None
April 10, 2012 Congressional Update on Agriculture Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator - Missouri Master Your Card MO, NCGA, Novus, MO Dairy Association, MO Pork Association, MO Cattlemans Association
March 13, 2012 Agricultural Social Media: Transformative or Passing Trend? Tom's PPT    *Ken   *Mark

Ken ColombiniNational Corn Growers Association
Mark Green, Osborn & Barr
Tom Sanders, Charleston Orwig

Charleston Orwig and Gateway NAMA
February 14, 2012    Communicating a Unified Message to Consumers  Becky's PPT    Hugh's PPT Becky Frankenbach, Missouri Corn Growers Association and Hugh Whaley, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance FCS Financial and Farm Credit Services of Illinois
January 24, 2012 Ways to Bridge the Rural, Suburban, and Urban Gap Charlie Brennan, KMOX-AM Radio Host  National Association of Farm Broadcasting
December 13, 2011 Agricultural Markets and Policy in Turbulent Times Patrick Westoff, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI)  Monsanto
November 8, 2011 Plastic Pot Recycling Program - From Pots to Planks  Steven Cline, Missouri Botanical Garden (Retired)  St. Louis Community College
October 11, 2011 Novus International, Inc. Thad Simons, CEO, Novus International, Inc.    Novus International, Inc.
September 23, 2011 The Pet Products Industry...What is its impact on the agricultural industry?  Kasey Bergh, Manager of Community Affairs, Nestle Purina PetCare Company
Wade Neumann, Director of Ingredient Purchasing, Nestle Purina PetCare Company
Bell & Associates, Inc., United Soybean Board, Monsanto, St. Louis Community College, Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education, St. Louis Science Center
May 19, 2011    Welcome from St. Louis Zoo Representative, River Flooding Update Trent Hurley, CEO, Hurley & Associates  Stealth Creative, Gateway NAMA Chapter
April 14, 2011 Challenges Facing Our Inland Waterways  Paul Rohde, Vice President, Waterways Council, Inc.  Seneca Transportation, LLC
March 28, 2011    United States Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture Novus International
February 8, 2011 Field to Market: Connecting the Farmgate with Supply Chain Sustainability Sarah Stokes Alexander, Director of Sustainability and Leadership Programs for The Keystone Center    Monsanto
January 6, 2011 Enhancing Consumer Trust in Today's U.S. Food Production System  Rick Tolman, Chief Executive Officer, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA)
John Becherer, Chief Executive Officer, United Soybean Board (USB)
Drake and Company
December 7, 2010 Partnership with China to Boost Economic Development in Life Sciences, Biotechnology, and AgriScience in the St. Louis Region  Steven Johnson, Senior Vice President for Economic Development at the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association Meds and Food For Kids
November 9, 2010 Ag Sustainability...Observations from the Food Chain Dr. Marty Strauss, Principal Consultant, Kahn, Strauss & Associates Monsanto
October 12, 2010 The Food Morality Movement. . .  Kevin Murphy, Owner and Founder, Food-Chain Communications Novus International
September 13, 2010 Animal Rights and Environmental Movement Debate  David Martosko, Director of Research, Center for Consumer Freedom
Chris Chinn, Chinn Hog Farm 
Osborn & Barr
May 11, 2010 Networking and the Beer Industry (Evening Social Event at Schlafly's)  Dan Kopman, Schlafly's owner, and Tom Flood, Properties and Sustainabilities Manager AdFarm, Drake & Company, Gateway NAMA Chapter, Rabo AgriFinance, Romer Labs
April 13, 2010 Infrastructure of Agriculture - How the Plumbers and Pipefitters Fit In  Pat Kellett, Business Manager, Plumbers' & Pipefitters' Local Union No. 562 Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562
March 9, 2010 Agricultural Equipment: What is Your Color Choice?  Jared Nobbe & Brad Nobbe, Wm. Nobbe & Co. National City, now a part of PNC 
February 9, 2010 Farmers Feed Us - Free Groceries for a Year Charlie Arnot, Agribusiness Consultant with CMA Consulting Farm Credit Services of Illinois, FCS Financial, Rabo Agrifinance, Randolph County Farm Bureau, St. Louis County Farm Bureau
January 8, 2010    Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture  Damian Mason, Humor for the Heart of Agriculture   
December 10, 2009 The Economic Climate:  A Global Transition that will Challenge Agriculture Terry Barr, CoBank CoBank
November 10, 2009

America Needs a New Generation of AgriScience Leaders. . . One look at the statistics tells you we must begin now  (At the new BRDG Park) 
National 4-H Council Presentation
BRDG Park Presentation

Roger Olson, Vice President, Rural and AgriBusiness Development, National 4-H Council St. Louis Community College
October 13, 2009 Diet of Facts - Effectively Telling Agriculture's Story  Mike Adams, Host, AgriTalk - the voice of rural America 
Loren Wassell, Vice President, Standing Partnership - strategic communications firm specializing in reputation, issues and crisis management
September 16, 2009 Congressional Reception   Congressional Reception Sponsors
September 9, 2009 111th Congress:  An Update from MO and IL Farm Bureaus
Illinois Farm Bureau Presentation
Missouri Farm Bureau Presentation
Mark Gebhards, Executive Director of Governmental Affairs and Commodities, Illinois Farm Bureau and Garrett Hawkins, Director of National Legislative Programs, Missouri Farm Bureau Illinois Farm Bureau, Missouri Farm Bureau
June 12, 2009         ALOT Social and BBQ    
May 14, 2009 The Horticulture Industry  Bob Herleth, Executive Vice President Missouri Botanical Garden Osborn & Barr Communications, Agrotain, Hummert International, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Community College 
April 14, 2009 The Equine Industry     Frank Bowman, President Horsemen's Council of Illinois Purina Mills 
March 10, 2009 The Fertilizer Industry. . .Past, Present, and Future Mike Stegmann, President  Lange-Stegmann family of companies and Prsident  AGROTAIN International National Corn Growers Association
February 10, 2009 Is Agriculture Recession Proof?  Michael Whitehead, VP, RaboBank,
Food and Agribusiness Research Group 
Rabo AgriBank
January 13, 2009 Policy Outlook for Ag as the Political Dynamics Begin to Change  Thomas J. Erickson - Vice President, Government Affairs, Bunge North America Rock Hill Mechanical Corporation 
December 9, 2008 Sustainability Agriculture  Michael Doane - Director, Ag Economics & Sustainability   Monsanto Company  Monsanto 
November 11, 2008 Going Green and Going Agri-Green  Fred Weil, President & CEO Image Group of Georgia  CREATRAC 
October 9, 2008 USDA Update  Ed Schafer, US Secretary of Agriculture Monsanto, Bunge North America, CoBank, Missouri Dairy Association
September 18, 2008 Soya and Oilseed Summit at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, MO Dr. Stephanie Hulina, President and Senior Scientist, Geospatial Data Analysis  Dow Agrosciences
May 13th, 2008 Trade with China James Little, Professor of Business  Washington University in St. Louis Bunge
April 15th, 2008 Quality Products Start With Quality Ingredients in the Corporate Theatre of the Anheuser-Busch Headquarters,  St. Louis, MO Steve Malin, Vice President Anheuser-Busch Raw Materials Anheuser-Busch
March 18th, 2008 Illinois and Missouri Ag Update in the Ballroom of the Casino Queen Hotel, East St. Louis, IL Charles Hartke, Director  Illinois Department of Agriculture and Katie Smith, Director  Missouri Department of Agriculture National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
February 12th, 2008 The World Agricultural Forum: Empowering Agriculture to Drive Economic Growth Raymond Cesca, President  World Agricultural Forum Cargill AgHorizons
January 7th, 2008 Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture at the Millenium Hotel in Downtown St. Louis Matt Blunt, Missouri State Governor Missouri Department of Agriculture
December 11th, 2007  Green Industry Program Gwenne Hayes-Stewart, Executive Director  Gateway Greening and Bill Ruppert, Executive Director  Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis and National Nursery Products Gateway NAMA

November 13th, 2007   

Increasing Urban Agriculture and Horticulture Education Glenn Stith, VP Seminis Monsanto and Chair of the National FFA Foundation Sponsor Board Monsanto
October 9th, 2007     Soy2020  John Becherer, CEO  United Soybean Board United Soybean Board
September 11th, 2007 The Relationship Between Corn and Retail Food Prices  Geoff Cooper, National Corn Growers Association  Tessa Sappington, Sappington International Farmer's Market Congressional Reception Sponsors
May 8th, 2007 Outlook of the Agricultural Industry through the Eyes of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) & the American Soybean Association (ASA)

Richard Glass, NCGA & Wendell Knehans, ASA

Novus International
April 10th, 2007 Midwest Waterway Issues, Transportation, and Future Outlook Paul Rohde, Waterways Council, Inc. Carpenters' District Council of Greater St. Louis
March 13th, 2007  An Overview of the Solae Company in St. Louis  Jonathan McIntyre, The Solae Company  
February 20th, 2007 Midwestern Land Values in 2007...A Market in Transition? Doug Hensley, The Loranda Group, Inc. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
January 9th, 2007 Implications for Agribusiness with an Updated Outlook of the U.S. Economy Terry Barr, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Doane Advisory Services & Bunge
December 12th, 2006 Exploring Specialty Markets: The Current "Landscape" of the Horticultural and Turfgrass Industries

Mary Ann Fink, Missouri Botanical GardenTom Keeven, Emerald View Turf Farm

Gateway NAMA
November 21st, 2006 Connecting the Unconnected: AgriBusiness Case Studies in Cause-Related Marketing Steve Drake, Drake & Company Drake & Company
October 10th, 2006  The Changing Voice of Advertising: An AgriBusiness Agency Roundtable Discussion

Joe Osborn, Osborn & Barr CommunicationsScott Kington, WoodruffSweitzer & Bill Shelton, Left Field Creative & Scott McClure, Brighton

Osborn & Barr Communications
September 15th, 2006 25th Anniversary Celebration Mike Johanns, US Secretary of Agriculture Monsanto, Bunge, CoBank, Doane Advisory Services, Gateway National Agri-Marketing Association, Missouri Dairy Association, Seneca Transportation