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Educational opportunities at 2020 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

The 2020 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show offers attendees access to educational exhibits and informational seminars.

The 2020 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show offers attendees access to educational exhibits and informational seminars. Here's what's on tap during the two days of the show.

Friday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m., AgLaunch Start-Up Station, Room 101, Grand Lobby: AgLaunch is bringing its Startup Station back to the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show for a fourth time. The Startup Station will host some of the most innovative ag tech entrepreneurs from across the country to showcase how their ideas will shape the future of food and agriculture.

It serves as the culmination of Phase II of the AgLaunch365 programming, a farm-centric model that supports ag tech companies with real-world solutions addressing on-farm issues by connecting them to farmers. This is "Shark Tank Meets the Farm” — experience firsthand how farmers and entrepreneurs will develop solutions to meet the growing world population.

“This is an opportunity to see how to drive new business creation in agriculture,” said Tim Price, show manager. “All are encouraged to attend this exciting session.”

Friday, Feb. 28, 1:30 p.m., Hemp Industry Update, Room 101, Grand Lobby: This session, hosted by SBX Farms, will provide an informative overview of the potential opportunities and pitfalls presented by the emerging hemp industry.

Producers and industry stakeholders stand to gain insight from policymakers, university researchers and industry leaders on topics such as state and federal program guidelines, agronomics, production practices, genetics and market trends. This forum will feature individual presentations and a panel discussion with Q&A and networking.

“With the change in regulations, many farmers are growing hemp,” Price said. “This session will give farmers valuable information that can help them navigate this new segment of agriculture.”

Saturday, Feb. 29, 1:30 p.m., Special Rice Marketing Seminar, Room 101, Grand Lobby: This special seminar features Milo Hamilton, co-founder and senior agricultural economist with Firstgrain, Inc.

“Marketing rice is different than other commodities and this seminar will help rice farmers understand the dynamics of the market,” Price said. “Milo Hamilton is an expert in this area and this seminar is designed to bring that expertise to the farmers attending the show.”

The seminar has two segments: how to assess global rice conditions and the impact on local price trends, and how to assess what is a high or low price in a specific area at any point in time.

In addition to these seminars, Ag Update Seminars are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, Feb. 29 in the Cannon Center. Hear updates on cotton on Friday from National Cotton Council Chairman Kent D. Fountain, and Joe Nicosia, Louis Dreyfus.

On Saturday, Richard Brock will provide a market outlook in grains, along with his unique perspective on the economy.

Show hours are Friday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees can register online at Register by Feb. 17 and be eligible for a $1,000 cash prize.

Information on these seminars and more will be available on the updated mobile app, which will be available for download soon from both app  stores, Price said. The app features show schedules and updates, speaker biographies, and maps and exhibitor information, all designed to enhance the attendee experience.

Price encouraged people to pre-register for the show. “We are once again encouraging attendees to register online to ease the process of on-site printing of name badges," said Price.

"Go to the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show website ( click on the attendee registration button, complete the form and print out the confirmation form. Bring that form with you to the show and staff on-site will help you complete the process and get your name badge so you can quickly get onto the show floor,” he said.

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