2020 Conference Schedule

To Market We Will Go …

Friday 3/13/19

Friday 3/13/2020

8-9    REGISTRATION – Visit with Vendors and Other Attendees


9:15  Brendon Evans, Assessment of the current aronia market and future outlook

10:00 –  End User Panel 

  • Shari Coulter Ford, CEO, Tohi
  • Wade Gronwold, CEO & Co-Founder, ax-water
  • Bob Howard, Country View Dairy, Yogurt

11:15 – BREAK – Visit with Vendors and Other Attendees

11:45 – Frank and Kim Spillers (Process that got us to where we want to go)

12:30 LUNCH – Visit with Vendors and Other Attendees

1:30 – Insight Marketing Design, Marketing Consultant    

2:15    Dr. John Holleran – Aronia, antioxidants, and medical research   

3:00 Celebrating the MAA  . . Drawings 

3:05   BREAK – Visit with Vendors and Other Attendees

3:30   Regional Break-Outs  (Guide will be provided.)  

4:45   Final announcements 

6:00 – 7:00 Cash Bar and Social

7:00                   BANQUET – (Immediately following the banquet, bring your aronia baked goods,

                           wine, products, etc., for taste testing and sharing with other members)

                           *Keynote speaker:  

Andrew Tickle, Johnsons Farm (Tickleberries), Kent, England

Saturday 3/14/19

Saturday 3/14/2020

8:30     Jill Gifford, Manager of the National Food Entrepreneur Program 

             (Overview of the capabilities of Food Processing Center, University of Nebraska and how the NFPC can assist you in the development of your own products)

9:00     Mike McNeill – Product Development 

10:00  Regional Break Out Reports

10:15   Introduction of Potential New Board Members 

10:30   BREAK – Visit with Vendors and Other Attendees

11:00   10 Year Reunion Celebration  (Founder Recognition / Past Presidents / Annual Attendees) Drawings

11:30     Andrew Tickle – Weed Control

12:00  LUNCH – Visit with Vendors and Other Attendees

1:00     ANNUAL MEETING – 

2:00     New Board Announcement 



3:00 New Board Members / Existing Board Meeting

Conference Registration

Non-Member Links

Annual Conference Single Day Ticket – NonMember

Annual Full Conference Ticket – NonMember

Member Links (must be logged in to use)

Annual Conference Single Day Ticket – Member

Annual Full Conference Ticket – Member

SILENT AUCTION….CALLING ALL MEMBERS: When you join us in March for our annual conference, we would love for you to bring an item along to donate to our Silent Auction. The item can be, but does not have to be, aronia related. Some examples may include: framed pictures, household goods, aronia products, harvesting products, tools, automotive, gift certificates, etc. Think outside the box! When you arrive at conference,  hand your item (s) to the folks at the registration table and they will get it organized for bidding during the conference. All money raised will stay with MAA. We are raising money for the association in order to help continue to improve the benefits that our members receive. Let’s have a little fun with this.

Contact Lynn Jensen at ldj19624646@gmail.com.

Membership Registration