Many farmers are glad to put 2019 in the rearview mirror, and hope this year is better in many respects. “This past year was definitely one for the record books,” said Tim Price, manager of the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show.
“Weather was definitely a key concern in large parts of the U.S. At the same time, new technologies were helping many farmers glean valuable data that can now help them make better decisions on the farm,” Price said.
Price said the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show offers an opportunity to interact with industry experts, exhibitors, and others in agriculture, and learn how to best use all of the information they have available.
“The 2020 show includes exhibitors from a number of agribusinesses with which farmers do business. Their representatives can offer insight into a number of topics, including using data to benefit farm operations,” he said. “We invite attendees to come to the show to seek the information they need.”
The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is scheduled for Feb. 28-29 at the Cook Convention Center, Memphis, Tenn. The two-day event is one of the year’s first farm shows and features machinery, equipment, educational exhibits, and seminars focused on important topics.
“This is the 68th year for this American agriculture exhibit,” Price said. “We’re pleased to offer a combination of opportunities for attendees to walk the trade show space, take in educational seminars, and talk with industry leaders who can showcase technologies that can help impact an attendee’s bottom line,” Price said. “There’s a wealth of information, machinery and equipment — something for everyone.”
Price noted the topics to be discussed at the 2020 show include technology, new products like hemp, cottonseed quality, managing risk, and rice marketing. A popular returning program is Memphis Bioworks, which will feature information on new technologies and how farmers apply data interconnectivity to make decisions. “There is so much available at this year’s show that farmers will not want to miss it,” Price said.
These topics are in addition to the Ag Update sessions scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, Feb. 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m. both days in the Cannon Center of the Convention Center. Friday’s session features Joe Nicosia, who will give attendees his insight into the global cotton market. “Trade has been at the forefront of many discussions, particularly trade with China,” Price said. “Joe will give his insight into the global cotton market, and what farmers can expect in the year ahead.” Saturday’s Ag Update seminar will feature Richard Brock, who will cover all aspects of grain marketing and provide a state of domestic and international agriculture.
Also around the show will be Ag Launch presentations, university and Extension educational exhibits, and the ever-popular Labrador puppy booth. “Puppies are given away each day of the show, at approximately 3 p.m.,” Price said. Attendees can register and must be present to win. Price noted there will be thousands of cash prizes distributed, as well.
Price encouraged attendees to register online at www.farmandginshow.com to make for a smoother registration experience. Click on the attendee registration button and complete the form. Print the form, with the barcode, and take it to the show for easy printing of name badges. Register online by Feb. 7 and be eligible for a $1,000 cash drawing.
The footprint of the trade show will be smaller this year, due to renovations of the Cook Convention Center, Price related. “However, exhibitors will be in and around the Convention Center and in the adjacent Sheraton. And there will be plenty of signage to aid the traffic flow. We are looking forward to a totally remodeled space in 2021. We encourage attendees to make plans to attend both this year and next.”
Show hours are Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Feb. 29, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information about the seminars and show is available at www.farmandginshow.com.
The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is sponsored by Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press. The annual trade show attracts domestic and international attendees.