A little known extra curicular program in the Food and Resource Economics Department at University of Florida’s College of Agriculture is giving participating students a boost when it comes to entering the professional job market after graduation, but students involved have to earn it. According to UF Senior V. P. for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Jack Payne (photo left), and “Gator NAMA” team advisor David Barber (photo right), NAMA gives students opportunities to become directly involved in developing real world marketing campaigns for agricultural input products and services. Participation also allows students to meet with and get to know professionals in the field first hand, and even travel to represent Florida in national competitions involving about three dozen other universities throughout the nation. If you’re in agriculture in any way, you should at least spend a couple moments to play this report and hear about some of the great things “Gator NAMA” is doing to give its students a leg up in the job market. For more information, contact Gator NAMA Team Advisor David Barber at the University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payne was featured speaker at the Florida NAMA Chapter luncheon this week during the Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association summer meeting in Naples.