January 30, 2023
The Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, scheduled for Feb. 24-25, at the Renasant Convention Center, in Memphis, features an international trade forum, designed to inform farmers, agribusinesses, and agricultural leaders about the role of international trade in local agriculture.
“International trade impacts local agriculture production. It also impacts global markets and economies,” said Tim Price, Farm & Gin Show manager. This forum will help attendees understand the global impact as well as increase their awareness of agricultural exporting tools and resources.”
Speakers for the forum are still being finalized; however, state and national commodity leaders are expected to provide context on today’s changing trade landscape. “Geopolitical events have heightened the awareness of how activities in one country can disrupt exports to other countries,” Price said. “The war in Ukraine is a perfect example.”
The International Trade Forum is sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. The session is scheduled for Feb. 24, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Room 115 – Level 1 Lobby at the Renasant Convention Center, Memphis, Tenn.
The forum is one of several educational opportunities available at the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. Price said the trade show has a long history of educational seminars and workshops. “The Mid-South Farm & Gin Show was established in 1951 as an educational exhibit. Attendees can learn about new equipment and machinery, as well as hear industry experts give their perspective on markets and more,” he said.
In addition to the International Trade Forum, Price said USDA Market News will conduct a seminar on USDA reports and demonstrate its updated platform and data access tools. “This seminar is an opportunity to be on the leading edge of what’s new in USDA Market News, and how to access the myriad data USDA collects.”
The Mid-South Farm & Gin Show is sponsored by Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press. Now in its 71st year, the Farm & Gin Show features over 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest technology, machinery, and equipment, as well as products and services for today’s farm operations.
“If you’re thinking about attending the Farm & Gin Show, we encourage you to pre-register for the show,” Price said. Pre-registering will make entry into the show much quicker and easier, Price related. “People who pre-register by February 10 will be eligible for a $1,000 cash prize drawing,” he said. People can pre-register at farmandginshow.com, and click on “attendee registration.”
Cash prizes are awarded daily at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. In addition to the cash prizes, attendees can register to win a Labrador puppy. Drawings for a lab puppy are held each day of the show at 3 p.m. Farm & Gin Show hours are Friday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information is available at farmandginshow.com.
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