April 2019

NAADA Connections

From the President

Renee Keese

If you could see what I see!

You can’t believe all that is going on in our NAADA-World.  The Board met late in March and had a very productive meeting in East Lansing, MI.  Yep, we will be going to Michigan in June of 2020!   We are financially very strong due to careful planning and great sponsorship for the conference. All the committees are busy at work – I can’t tell you how thankful I am for these volunteers; each committee goes about its business and to get their jobs done. The conference planners are doing an AMAZING job – as is the Education Committee.  You can look forward to a very inspirational and informative conference, with a lot of fun along the way (there could be surprises at every turn)! Everyone should have seen that conference registration is open – we have people registering so don’t forget to be an ‘early bird’ for the reduced rate.  Amanda Martin (2019 Conference Chair) and her LSU-team are anxious to welcome us to Baton Rouge!   Be on the lookout for announcements about our new website too – hopefully you’ve seen how great our conference registration site is, and that is just a part of what’s coming with the website re-design.  Announcements coming soon on that front too.  When I stand back and look, what I see is a busy bee hive, just buzzing with activity, lots of worker bees doing their jobs, to make NAADA and our upcoming conference great. Bee sure to take advantage of all the opportunities offered, it could be a honey of a deal.  Looking forward to seeing you in Baton Rouge!

Renee Keese
2018-20 NAADA President
BASF Corporation

Pre-Conference Tour – Tour of Zen-Noh Grain and Daytrip to New Orleans: America’s Favorite City

Join the NAADA family as we tour Zen-Noh Grain Corporation and then we embark on a daytrip to The City that Care Forgot, New Orleans.

The pre-conference tour will begin in Convent, Louisiana at the Zen-Noh Grain Elevator. Zen-Noh Grain Corporation (ZGC) was established in New Orleans, LA, in 1979 with the goal of establishing a safe and stable supply of U.S. food grains and soybeans for the production of compound feed by ZEN-NOH’s feed mills in Japan. To accomplish the goal of establishing a safe and stable supply of U.S. corn, milo, soybeans, and other U.S. foodstuffs, ZGC constructed a state-of-the-art export elevator located at mile 164 on the Mississippi River.  The elevator can load or unload, simultaneously, more than 150,000 bushels per hour.  To this day, the Convent elevator is considered to be the fastest export elevator in the world and has undergone further upgrades to improve operational efficiency. You will get a hands-on tour of this facility and get to enjoy some breathtaking views of the Mississippi along the way.

Upon leaving Zen-Noh Grain, the tour will head to New Orleans. Embodying the theme of this conference, the Crescent City has weathered its share of wars, regime changes, catastrophic hurricanes, and floods – yet with every new beginning the city comes back stronger and more resilient than ever. You’ll begin your afternoon with a carriage ride through the French Quarter discovering New Orleans’ past and learning about the heart of The Big Easy. After you’ve acclimated yourself to the layout, you will have free time to take in the sights and sounds of the Quarter. A recommendation list will be provided for you to venture out to enjoy some world famous Creole and Cajun cuisine – Ca c’est bon! Our group will return to Baton Rouge in time to have dinner on your own in the Capitol City.

Space for the pre-conference tour is limited – register to reserve your spot today!

Last Call for PeliCAN Award Nominations!

We all have days that we feel like we can’t and then there is a team member that makes sure we CAN! For the 2019 conference award, we are looking to recognize your resilient “PeliCANs.” In the past year, who were the colleagues that flew above the rest and encouraged your team to keep moving forward? Was there a new project, new transition, or high-stress event that your PeliCAN soared in front of to ensure positive outcomes?  Who on your team always sails in with a positive attitude, sees challenges as inspiration, and motivates others to rise above the challenges?

  • This award is designed to recognize those outstanding colleagues that help us find excitement in our jobs and look at our activities from different angles 
  • Nominate your colleagues that have gone above and beyond this past year 
  • Submissions must relate specific to examples the past calendar year to qualify 
  • Submit a paragraph describing why this colleague deserves to be recognized as a PeliCAN, no more than 200 words 
  • Multiple nominations are encouraged! 


Deadline to submit a nomination: March 1, 2019

Welcome New Members!

Brittany Lawrence, Michigan State University

Kyle Schaberg, Michigan State University

Peyton Gehrs, Southern Illinois University

Shane Bennett, Southern Illinois University

Brandi Farrer, Purdue Ag Alumni Association

Kelly Westfall, UF/IFAS Advancement

Valerie Dailey, UF/IFAS Advancement

Taylor Wood, UF/IFAS Advancement

Rebecca O'Neal, Texas A&M University

Casey Doten, Purdue University College of Agriculture

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