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Agrimarketing : September 2008
CAMA UPDATE MANITOBA NEWS A s summer comes to an end, the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA) has been busy at work planning for our 2008-2009 season. Key amongst the planning topics are: Programming — with a mandate to keep our mem- bership abreast of the latest industry trends and infor- mation, while also allow- ing for the sharing of thoughts and ideas, the Manitoba chapter of CAMAhas tried to main- tain a schedule of monthly “Lunch and Learn” ses- sions. These sessions pro- vide a venue that allows CAMAmembers to hear from high profile industry speakers, who educate and inform on topics relevant to the industry and their profession. Upcoming on September 24, Strong & Stable Full coverage of Western Canada every week 100% paid subscriber base Most preferred publication in Western Canada* Strongest readership in Western Canada** First choice for farm management and purchase information** * Stratus Agri-Marketing Study ** Ipsos Reid Ag Communications Review ALWAYS YOUR FIRST CHOICE 1-800-667-7776 16 AgriMarketing ¦ September 2008 CAMAManitoba has secured speaker Dave Burrows, VP/ Communications and Government Relations from the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). His topic is “Branding Wheat & Barley at the CWB.” In addition, as an ongoing partner- ship with the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists, CAMA Manitoba will be hosting a joint session in October with speaker and subject matter still to be determined. Membership — keeping a strong membership in times of change can be a difficult endeavour.With the ongoing ebb and flow of the indus- try, we tend to see a number of indi- viduals coming and going at any one time. That’s why CAMA Manitoba continues to work hard on trying to attract and keep members. By continuing to offer services that create value for the member- ship, our hopes are that we will con- tinue to attract those individuals who are committed to and interested in Canadian agri-marketing. If you are interested, please feel free to con- tact us at 204/229-1233. In addition to our overall mem- bership, the CAMA Manitoba board will be holding our Annual General Meeting in November where we hope to renew our existing board assignments while adding to our chapter team. Best of CAMA will be held November 6 in Quebec City. For details, go to www.bestofcama.com. Best of CAMA—while we aren’t nearly as busy as our Quebec coun- terparts, the Manitoba chapter is still working hard to ensure that our membership is aware of the new online “Call for Entries,” while also giving thought to potential candi- dates for this year’s Honour Role and “Agri-Marketer of the Year.” Stay tuned. November 6 in Quebec City is the date for the big event. Student Support —CAMAMani- toba has continued its efforts to fur- ther engage and partner with local ag and agribusiness students from the University of Manitoba (U. of M.). U. of M. has successfully participated the last five years in the American Agricultural Economics Association ‘Quiz Bowl.’ The com- petition tests skills of students in economic theory, agribusiness man- agement, and agricultural policy. To assist U. of M. students’ par- ticipation, CAMA Manitoba has proudly donated $1,000 towards the AgriBusiness Students Organiza- tion’s (ABSA) involvement in this year’s event held in Orlando, FL, July 27-29. AM
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