In an era of unexpected change, the Mid-South Farm and Gin show offers a showcase of the latest technology, innovation, expertise, and advice designed to help farmers adapt to the evolving agricultural landscape.
“Our show is the forum farmers can count on for solutions to their most perplexing issues,” says Tim Price, show manager. “I am amazed at the new products and services that will be on display at the 2017 event.”
The 65th anniversary show is scheduled for March 3-4 at the downtown Cook Convention Center in Memphis, sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation, with Delta Farm Press as co-sponsor.
“For these two days in March, farmers can move through three full floors, the lobby area, and the sidewalk in front of the convention center, and see the latest equipment and machinery,” Price says. “They can also talk one-on-one with industry and company representatives of more than 400 exhibitors.
“This show features everything a producer would want to access to help make their 2017 crop year a success. We’re excited to welcome many new exhibitors to the show, and we believe these companies will be welcomed by farmers as well.”
The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show has been a mainstay in Memphis for more than six decades, “a testament to the strength of the industry, throughout multiple changes, and the resiliency of farmers throughout the area, Price says.
“Each year, thousands of decision-makers from all across the U.S. attend this show. In times of change, uncertainty, and anxiety, it’s an event that provides a venue in which farmers can find solutions to new and emerging challenges, as well to connect with others they may see only in this one place. It’s an annual tradition for many, many families.”
50 new exhibitors
Approximately 95 percent of the exhibit space is devoted to agriculture-related products and services, Price says, and some of the exhibiting companies have been in the show for decades. “We’re proud that some have exhibited since the show launched in 1952. But we’re excited to have over 50 new companies at the show, and we’re fortunate to have the space to showcase modern, progressive agriculture. This year, in one specific situation, we have five new companies occupying the space of one company previously exhibiting at the show.”
The show regularly attracts at least 18,000 domestic and international decision-makers. “Those attending the show, on average, grow a diverse mix of products, including cotton, soybeans, corn, wheat, rice, grain sorghum, and peanuts,” Price says. “And many have livestock. Our studies indicate that year-in and year-out over two-thirds of those attending the show have purchased something within six months of the show.”
Ag Update sessions, a special dicamba seminar, a rice marketing seminar, and a new marketing school featuring Brock and Associates, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Details can be found at the Farm and Gin Show website, and on the event’s Facebook page.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 3, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Those planning to attend the show are encouraged to pre-register online at farmandginshow.com and clicking on the “Attendee Registration” button. “Pre-registering will make on-site printing of name badges fast and easy,” Price says.
For additional information about the show, contact Price at 901-947-3104 or visit the show website: farmandginshow.com.