2018 NSA Summer Seminar
Location: Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria, MN
Start Date: Jun 26 2018
End Date: Jun 28 2018
The 36th Annual NSA Summer Seminar takes us to Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, Minnesota.
Pre-Registration is now $350 and golf $120. Registration at the door will be $400 and golf will be $150 so register early!
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 the 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
Northern Sun – ADM Enderlin, Goodland and Benson Quinn – Mpls
Stratas Foods
Red: $750
Vanderveen Commodities
White: $500
Global Harvest Foods
Nachurs Alpine Solutions
RemSun, LLC

Schedule of Events

June 26, 2018
 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. NSA Board of Directors Meeting - Minnewaska Room
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Registration
Arrowwood Resort (Front Lobby Area)
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Opening Event -  Arrowwood Resort Front Lawn Area
6:00 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
Sponsored by FMC Corporation
A fun and lively annual tradition, the Fundraiser will feature great
prizes and scrumptious desserts.
June 27, 2018
7:00 a.m. – Noon Registration - Arrowwood Resort (Lower Conference Lobby)
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast Buffet for Registrants - Itasca/Vermillion
Sponsored by: DuPont Pioneer
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   Breakfast Buffet for Guests/Children - Itasca/Vermillion
Sponsored by: DuPont Pioneer
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Gene Editing: What Does the Future Hold for Sunflower?
Brent Hulke, Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS
Dylan Moxley, Rieseberg Lab, Department of Botany, University of British Columbia 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Key Issues in Agricultural Trade Policy
Jason Hafemeister, Trade Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
Sponsored by: Legend® Seeds and Nuseed®
11:00 a.m. - Noon Attitudes in Determining Success 
Erv Inniger, Former NDSU Bison Men's Basketball Coach
Sponsored by: Red River Commodities
Noon -  1:30 p.m. General Session Luncheon - Itasca/Vermillion
Sponsored by: CHS, Inc.
"Honoring Gold Award Recipient John Swanson and Leaders of the NSA"
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Breakout Session 1:
At Plant Application Innovations

Rick Ekins, FMC Corporation
Miltona Room
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1: 
Supporting Minnesota's Innovation Ecosystem: Food Trends, Sunflower, and AURI

Jason Robinson, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
Michael Sparby, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
Jerry Hasnedl, Board Member, Agricultural Utilitzation Research Institute
Osakis Room
2:45 p.m - 3:15 p.m. Coffee Break
Sponsored by: Legend® Seeds and Nuseed®
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Breakout Session 2:
Washington DC Update

Dale Thorenson, Gordley & Associates
Osakis Room
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Breakout Session 2:
Guide to Online Export/Import Data & Information

Lori McGehee, Millennium Marketing
Miltona Room
5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Load Motor Coaches 
Sponsored by SunOpta
5:15 p.m. Depart for Carlos Creek Winery
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Social - Carlos Creek Winery
Sponsored by Advanced Sunflower/Sunbird, Inc.
6:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Dinner - Carlos Creek Winery
Sponsored by Mycogen Seeds
8:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Load Motor Coaches and Return to Arrowwood Resort
Sponsored by SunOpta
June 28, 2018
6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Golfers' Breakfast - the Lake Café at Arrowwood
8:00 a.m.  NSA Golf Tournament - Atikwa – Alexandria, MN

At the newly renovated Atikwa Championship Golf Course, you’ll experience the natural beauty of Alexandria’s most scenic golf course.
Skillfully designed with wetland preservation in mind, the Atikwa Golf Club focuses on beautiful lake views and unique challenges. Click here to view the course layout (PDF) or take a 360-degree tour of the Arikwa Championship Golf Course.
Cost: $120 per person. 
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 - Arikwa Pro Shop
  Golfers' breakfast, lunch, beverage cart, and prizes all sponsored by Northern Bag and Box Company
Hotel Information
The Summer Seminar will be held Arrowwood Resort and Conference center in Alexandria, MN located at 2100 Arrowwood Lane, Alexandria, MN 56308. A block of rooms has been reserved at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center for June 25-28 under the “National Sunflower Association." To make your reservation click here. Enter your check in date and check out date. The code is already entered for you on this link. This will bring up our block of rooms and what you can select from. Rates start at $139 per room, per night, plus tax. We have a few rooms set aside for USDA and Government Rate. You will need to call the hotel directly for these rooms 866-386-5263. Room block will be released on May 25, 2018.
Please note the resort’s cancellation policy:  If you cancel a room reservation 31 days out, there is a charge of $25, if you cancel a room reservation 30 days out, the charge is $100, if you cancel a room reservation within 7 days out, the charge will be equivalent to the charge of one night stay plus taxes. When a reservation is made, the hotel will automatically charge your credit card $100.
Getting to Alexandria: 
  • Major airlines fly in to the Minneapolis Airport. Rental cars are available at the Minneapolis Airport for travel to Alexandria. Mileage from Minneapolis to Alexandria is approximately 113 miles.
  • Airlines flying into Fargo, ND are Allegiant, Frontier, Delta/NWA and United Express. Mileage from Fargo to Alexandria is approximately 95 miles. Car rental companies at the  Fargo airport are:  Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise and National.
Alternate Directions from Minneapolis Area:
This is a faster route to the resort, as it avoids the town of Alexandria.
  • I-494 West to I-94 West.
  • Follow I-94 to Exit #100, 2 miles past Alexandria exit.
  • Proceed on County Road 45, straight ahead at exit.
  • Follow 45 approximately 3 miles to 82. Right on 82 approximately .5 miles to 22.
  • Turn left at the stoplights onto county road 22 (between Magellan gas tanks).
  • Stay on 22 for 2.3 miles.
  • Turn right onto county road 104. Arrowwood Lane is .4 of a mile.

From Fargo/Moorhead:
  • Take exit #100 off I-94.
  • Take a left onto HWY 27 follow to the junction of county road 45.
  • Take a left onto county road 45 following it to county road 82.
  • Take a right onto county road 82.
  • Take a left at the stoplights onto county road 22 (between the Magellan tanks).
  • Follow 22 for 2.3 miles.
  • Turn right onto county road 104. Arrowwood Lane is .4 mile.

The Weather:   The climate in the Minnesota Lakes can range from warm and sunny days to cool evenings. Bring a sweater for the evening outdoor activities. Click here to get the latest weather for Alexandria. 
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

Golf Tournament Registration
Golf Tournament – Thursday, June 28
Note:  You must be registered for the NSA Summer Seminar in order to participate in the golf tournament.  Golf registration includes 18 holes of golf and single cart fees.  Breakfast, beverage/snacks for cart, lunch and prizes are all sponsored by Northern Bag and Box Co.
6:30 – 7:30 a.m. – Breakfast will be served at the Lakeside Café at Arrowwood Resort.
7:30 a.m. - Shot-gun start at Atikwa Golf Course.  
Spouses/Guest Information
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 on the front lawn at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center 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 $40.
Wednesday Evening Social/Dinner
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Spouses and children are welcome to the Wednesday evening event at Carlos Creek Winery at no cost; however, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Register: Items marked with an * are required.

Registraton Cost: $350
* First Name
* Last Name
* Company Name
* Title
* Address
Address 2
* City
* State
* Zip
* Country
* Phone
* Email
2018 NSA Summer Seminar - $350
Tuesday Evening Social/Dinner - $0
Wednesday Breakfast - $0
General Session Luncheon - $0
Wednesday Evening Dinner - $0
General Session Luncheon - Guest - $40
Golf Tournament - Thursday - $120
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