Farmers and others in the agriculture industry have high expectations for 2020. Following a year of extremes, from weather to international trade, there remain a number of uncertainties heading into the 2020 crop year, says Tim Price, manager of the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show.
“Change and volatility have become mainstays in agriculture. In fact, as we look back over the past decade these words have been constants in farmers’ vocabulary. And, we’re still trying to find new and better ways to address both,” Price said.
Price said both trade and weather continue to be of concern in agriculture, even with the recent Phase 1 of the US-China agreement.
“We see this as positive for agriculture, along with striking a deal on the new USMCA. We don’t know the true outcome of these agreements, as results will become evident in the months and years ahead,” Price said. “Weather is always a variable farmers have to deal with. We have seen severe weather outbreaks throughout the South already this year, and many meteorologists say farmers should plan for more extreme weather events this year and in the future.”
How does all of this fit into farmers’ planning for the 2020 crop year? Price said this uncertainty is the very reason farmers will want to attend the 2020 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, scheduled for Feb. 28-29 at the Memphis Convention Center, Memphis, Tenn.
“Over 300 domestic and international companies will exhibit at this year’s show. Companies understand this is the first big farm show of the season and they want to be in front of farmers as they finalize their plans for the 2020 crop year,” Price said.
Sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press, the South’s largest indoor farm show features the latest innovations in, among other things, machinery, equipment, and crop genetics. Farmers will have face-to-face access to industry experts who can provide valuable information farmers can use to enhance their profitability.
“With ongoing change, on the farm, in the markets, in the global environment, farmers seek interaction with those individuals who have the knowledge about the products and services they need to be productive and profitable,” Price said. “Add to that the invaluable interaction that occurs among farmers and the Mid-South Farm and Gin show becomes the can’t miss event of early 2020.”
Informational Ag Update education seminars will be held Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, Feb. 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m. These sessions will feature outlooks for grain and cotton, and comments from cotton industry officials. Price said the seminars will provide information to address key industry issues.
“USDA recently updated its January Crop Production numbers, which many farmers were anxious to see, given the challenging production year,” Price said. “Industry experts speaking at the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show are expected to cover what 2020 acreage will look like for the major Mid-South crops. Additionally, trade and the impact of other trade-related issues will be key topics on farmers minds at the 2020 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show,” Price said.
Thousands of domestic and international decision-makers are expected at the annual show. Admission is free, but registration is required to visit the show areas.
Online registration is open at www.farmandginshow.com. Click on “attendee registration” and follow the prompts.
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 who preregister by Feb. 17 will be eligible for a $1,000 cash prize.
For additional information, contact Price at (901) 947-3104 or visit the official show website at www.farmandginshow.com.