2017 NSA Summer Seminar
Location: Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza, Rapid City, SD
Start Date: Jun 27 2017
End Date: Jun 29 2017
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn
Rapid City, South Dakota

The 35th Annual NSA Summer Seminar will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota. Registration is now closed. 

You can still register at the door; registration at the door will be $400 and golf will be $140.

This meeting is open to all persons without regard to race, color, natural origin, sex, age, religion or disability.  Anyone requesting a special meal or accommodation should notify NSA within a reasonable time frame. NSA will accommodate reasonable requests.
We extend our appreciation to the following sponsors:
Platinum: $1,000 + an event
Blue: $1,000
Cargill, Inc.
Cargill Specialty Seeds and Oils
Northern Sun - ADM Enderlin, Goodland, Benson Quinn - Mpls
Red River Commodities
 Stratas® Foods
Red: $750
Vanderveen Commodities
White: $500
Global Harvest Foods
Nachurs Alpine Solutions™
Proseed, Inc.

Schedule of Events

June 27, 2017
 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. NSA Board of Directors Meeting - Salons G-H
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.   Registration
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn (Pre-convene Area)
6:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Opening Event -  Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn (Salons A-D)
6:15 p.m. – Social Hour
Sponsored by FMC Corporation
7:15 p.m. – Dinner
Sponsored by Giants Sunflower Seeds
8:00 p.m. – Curt Stern Scholarship Fundraiser
A fun and lively annual tradition, the Fundraiser will feature great
prizes and scrumptious desserts.
June 28, 2017
7:00 a.m. – Noon Registration - Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn (Pre-convene Area)
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast Buffet for Registrants - Salons A - D
Sponsored by: DuPont Pioneer
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   Breakfast Buffet for Guests/Children - Salons A - D
Sponsored by: DuPont Pioneer
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 2018 Farm Bill Update - Salons E - H
Dale Thorenson, Gordley Associates
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. FSMA Rules and Compliance Needed - Salons E - H
Travis Maddock, Dakota Global Consulting, LLC
Sponsored by: Nuseed
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
Sponsored by: Seedcare™ Syngenta®
11:00 a.m. - Noon Oilseed Market Outlook - Salons E - H
John C. Baize, President, John C. Baize and Associates
Noon - 1:30 p.m. General Session Luncheon - Salons A - D
Sponsored by: CHS, Inc.
"Honoring Gold Award Recipient Joe Caroline and Leaders of the NSA"
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions 1 (choose one)
  • Taking Downy Mildew Protection to New Heights - Palle Pedersen, Syngenta; Luis Carlos Alonso, Syngenta; Sam Markell, NDSU; Franz Brandl, Syngenta  - Salon E
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions 1 (choose one)
  • Hybrid Sunflower Seed Production in California - Rachel Long, University of California Cooperative Extension/A Decade of the NSA Survey - Tom Gulya, ARS, retired - Salons G - H
2:45 p.m - 3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
Sponsored by: Seedcare™ Syngenta®
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions 2 (choose one)
  • Spanish Market for Confection In-Shell - Lori McGehee, International Marketing Consultant - Salon F
  • Sunflower Harvest Technology - Jeff Kenninger and Brandy Edland, Sheyenne Tooling & Manufacturing - Salons G - H
4:30 - 4:45 p.m. Load Motor Coaches 
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn - Lobby
Sponsored by SunOpta
4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Depart for The Gaslight Restaurant
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Social - The Gaslight Restaurant
Sponsored by Advanced Sunflower/Sunbird, Inc.
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Dinner - The Gaslight Restaurant
Sponsored by Mycogen Seeds
7:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Load Motor Coaches and Depart for Mount Rushmore
Sponsored by SunOpta
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Mount Rushmore National Memorial Lighting Ceremony
9:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Load Motor Coaches and Depart for Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn
Sponsored by SunOpta
June 29, 2017
6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Golfers' Breakfast - The Golf Club at Red Rock
7:30 a.m.  NSA Golf Tournament - The Golf Club at Red Rock, Rapid City, SD

The Gold Club at Red Rock has repeatedly been ranked the #1 public course in South Dakota by GolfWeek, Golf Digest, and travel sites Tripping.com and Wanderbat.com.

Routed through the Black Hills terrain and located within minutes of Rapid City, the Red Rock golf course features lush fairways, surrounded by native grasses and tall ponderosa pine trees. Dramatic elevation changes, links-style bunkers, and USGA specification greens characterize the 7,000-yd, par-72 championship golf course.

Cost: $95 per person (early bird special)
Golf club rental extra. 

Shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. 
The tournament is a fun event for golfers of all skill levels. 
We will use a four-person scramble format.

NOTE:  You MUST be registered for the NSA Summer Seminar in order to participate in the golf tournament. Please include payment for golf fees with the NSA Registration. Fees will not be accepted at the course.
12:30 p.m. Golf Lunch and Awards
  Golfers' breakfast, lunch, beverage cart, and prizes all sponsored by Northern Bag and Box Company
Hotel Information
The Summer Seminar will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City, SD located at 505 North Fifth Street; Rapid City, SD 57701. A block of rooms has been reserved at Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn for June 27-28 under the “National Sunflower Association”. Click here to make your reservation. Enter your check in date and check out date.  You also need to enter SA1 in the group code box. This will bring up our block of rooms and what you can select from.
The Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn offers shuttle service to and from the Rapid City Airport.
Other hotels in the area include:
Days Inn West – 725 Jackson Boulevard, Rapid City – 605-343-6040
Comfort Inn I-90 – 1550 North Lacrosse Street, Rapid City – 605-348-2221
Transportation and Other Information About the Area
Airlines Serving Rapid City Regional Airport: The airlines available at the Rapid City Regional Airport are Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Allegiant. The hotel is approximately 10 miles from the airport.
Car Rentals serving Rapid City Regional Airport: For those of you who are flying into Rapid City and need a rental car, click here for rental car information.
The Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn offers shuttle service to and from the Rapid City Regional Airport.
The Weather: The climate in Rapid City can range from warm and sunny days to cool evenings. Bring a sweater for outdoor activities. Click here for the latest weather information for Rapid City, SD.
Travel Guide: Click here for more information about all the once-in-a-lifetime experiences for you to enjoy in the Rapid City area.
Contact the following for answers to your questions:
  • NSA Summer Seminar  - General Information and Registration
          Tina Mittelsteadt (888) 718-7033 ext 3
  • Golf:   Chuck Weingarten (800) 551-6982

Spouse/Guest Registration
Tuesday Evening Social/Dinner
6:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Spouses and children are welcome to the Tuesday evening social and dinner at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn (Salons A-D) for no cost; however, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
General Session Luncheon
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Registrants to the Summer Seminar may register their spouse or guest to attend the General Session luncheon for a fee of $35
Wednesday Evening Social/Dinner
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Spouses and children are welcome to the Wednesday evening event at The Gaslight Restaurant at no cost; however, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
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