The 66th annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, scheduled for March 2-3, 2018, at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tenn., will feature more than 400 exhibitors, including approximately 50 new companies — all showcasing the latest technology and innovation available.
The event is sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press.
“There are many reasons people attend this indoor farm show,” says Tim Price, show manager. “We have a full program and three floors of exhibits. Commodity outlook updates, grain marketing workshops, and equipment and technology displays that are only seen at this show, are some of the reasons our show attracts thousands of farmers and decision-makers. Ag Launch Start-up, returning for a second year, is an extremely popular event that features new technology and innovations for production agriculture.”
For the past 66 years, Price says, the show has incorporated exhibits and education, giving attendees one place to see and learn. “See the latest technology and innovation, and learn about emerging issues and marketing techniques, all at one location.”
In recent years, he notes, the show has increased the number of educational opportunities, adding specific workshops that provide hands-on grain marketing training, something attendees had requested. “We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the experiences of those attending the show, and the chance for them to see the latest innovations, or learn something that can help them be more profitable. These topics are proving to be valuable additions to the show.”
Ag Update Seminars are scheduled for Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby meeting room. Speakers will include the incoming chairman of the National Cotton Council; Riceland Foods executive Carl Brothers; and cotton marketing specialist Joe Nicosia, of Louis Dreyfus. Richard Brock, of Brock Associates, will headline the Saturday, March 3, Ag Update seminar, providing his unique perspective on grain marketing, as well as a market outlook.
Price encourages pre-registration for the show. “We are now several years into using online registration to ease the process of on-site printing of name badges. To register, visit the Farm and Gin Show website (www.farmandginshow.com), click on the “Attendee Registration” button, complete the form, and print out the confirmation. “Take the confirmation form to the show and staff on-site will help complete the process, so you can quickly get onto the show floor.”
Those who pre-register by Feb. 24 will be eligible for a $1,000 cash prize. The winner will be notified Feb. 27, and must pick up their prize at the onsite registration counter.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 2, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3. More information is available at http://www.farmandginshow.com/.