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2014 NSA Summer Seminar

6/24/2014 - 6/26/2014

The Lodge at Deadwood
Deadwood, SD

Event Details

Registration is now closed. Please register onsite.

The 32nd Annual NSA Summer Seminar takes us to historic Deadwood, South Dakota. A general schedule of events follows.
Registration at the door increases to $375 and golf increases to $150.

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:
Blue $1,000Advanced Sunflower/Sunbird
Cargill, Inc.
CHS, Inc.
DuPont Pioneer
FMC Corporation
Mycogen Seeds
Northern Bag and Box Company
Northern Sun - ADM Enderlin, Goodland, Benson Quinn - Mpls
Nuseed Americas Inc.
Red River Commodities, Inc.
SunOpta Sunflower
Red $750
Stratas® Foods

White $500Legumex Walker
SK Food International
Sunfield Seeds
Vanderveen Commodity Service, Ltd.

JUNE 24, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.NSA Board of Directors Meeting
11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Registration - The Lodge at Deadwood - Convention Center Lobby
6:15 p.m. - 10 p.m.Opening Event: The Lodge at Deadwood

6:15 p.m. - Social hour
Sponsored by FMC Corporation

7:15 p.m. - Dinner
Sponsored by CHS, Inc.

8:00 p.m. - Curt Stern Scholarship Fundraiser
Sponsored by Syngenta
A fun and lively annual tradition, the Fundraiser will feature great prizes and a scrumptious dessert bar.

JUNE 25, 2014
7:00 a.m. - NoonRegistration - The Lodge at Deadwood - Convention Center Lobby
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.Breakfast Buffet for Registrants
Sponsored by DuPont Pioneer
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Breakfast Buffet for Guests/Children
Sponsored by DuPont Pioneer
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.”Weather Trends”
Speaker: Dennis Todey, SDSU Extension State Climatologist
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m."The Impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act on the Sunflower Industry”
Speaker: Sandra Morar, Attorney, McGrath North
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.Coffee Break Sponsored by Nuseed Americas Inc.
11 a.m. - Noon“Hot Topics in the Veg Oil Industry”
Speaker: Erik Heggen, ADM
Noon - 1:30 p.m.General Session Luncheon
"Honoring Leaders of the NSA"
NSA Gold Award Presentation
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.Breakout Session #1 (choose one):
"Farming by the Seed”
Speaker: Troy McKown, Precision Planting
"Environmental Impact on Sunflowers in the Northern Plains"
Speaker: Alison Stone, NDSU
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Coffee/Soda Break Sponsored by Nuseed Americas Inc.
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.Breakout Session #2 (choose one):
”Using Social Media to Promote Sunflowers”
Speaker: Renae Gebhart, Gebhart Consulting
”Assessing Sunflower Pathology Needs”
Speaker: Sam Markell, NDSU
5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.Load Motor Coach - Convention Center Lobby Doors
5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Depart for Deadwood Mountain Grand, downtown Deadwood
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Social on outdoor patio, Deadwood Mountain Grand
Sponsored by Advanced Sunflower/Sunbird
7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Mycogen Seeds
9:00 p.m. Motor Coach returns to the Lodge
(Deadwood Trolley runs until midnight from downtown to the Lodge)
JUNE 26, 2014
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.mGolfers' Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m.Golf Tournament, Spearfish Canyon Country Club
Spearfish Canyon Country Club The Spearfish Canyon Country Club is the premier facility in the Northern Black Hills. Originally named the Spearfish Canyon Holding Company, the country club was established in 1921 and the front nine was opened shortly thereafter, making it one of the oldest golf courses in the great state of South Dakota. In 1988, the Spearfish Canyon Country Club became the only 18-hole golf course in the Northern Black Hills. South of the country club property, legendary Spearfish Canyon presents an unparalleled scenic backdrop which captivates all who play.

Cost: $130 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.Lunch and Golf Awards

The Summer Seminar will be held at The Lodge at Deadwood, SD located at 100 Pine Crest Lane. The Lodge is located about a mile from downtown Deadwood and across the street from Tatanka. For room reservations, call 877-393-5634 or 605-584-4800. A block of rooms is being held for June 24 and 25, 2014 under the “National Sunflower Association” until May 16, 2014.

Other hotels in the area include:

First Gold Hotel 270 Main Street, Deadwood – Tel: 800-274-1876

Mineral Palace Hotel 601 Main Street, Deadwood – Tel: 800-847-2522

Celebrity Hotel 629 Main Street, Deadwood – Tel: 888-399-1886

Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel and Gaming Complex 709 Main Street, Deadwood – Tel: 800-584-7005

SpringHill Suites by Marriott 322 Main Street, Deadwood Tel: 1-855-327-6351


Spouse and Children Activities: For attractions and activities in the Deadwood area, visit

Airlines Serving the Rapid City Regional Airport: - American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Airlines all fly into Rapid City, SD. Deadwood, SD is approximately 52 miles from Rapid City.

Car Rentals serving Rapid City Regional Airport: For those of you who are flying into Rapid City and need a rental car, visit Rapid City Regional Airport Car Rental

The Weather: The climate in Deadwood, SD can range from warm and sunny days to cool evenings. Bring a sweater for evening outdoor activities. To get the latest weather information for Deadwood, visit

Travel Guide: For more information about all the once-in-a-lifetime experiences for you to encounter in South Dakota, visit

Golf Tournament Registration
Golf Tournament - Thursday
Thursday 7:30 a.m.
Registration for golf is now closed. Please register onsite.

Includes golf and single cart fees. Breakfast, beverage cart, and lunch sponsored by Northern Bag and Box Co. NOTE: You must be registered for the Summer Seminar in order to participate in the golf tournament. Click on the 'Register now' button below to continue the full registration process.
Registration Fee: $150
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 Lodge at Deadwood 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 $30.

Registration Fee: $30
Wednesday Social/Dinner
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Spouses and children are welcome to the Wednesday evening event at The Mountain Grand Hotel at no cost; however, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

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