In approximately six weeks, large equipment and machinery will be moved into the newly renovated Renasant Convention Center for the 70th annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. Once the large pieces are in place, smaller exhibits will fill all floors of the Convention Center, ready to welcome attendees in person to one of the first ag trade shows of the year.
Tim Price, show manager, and executive vice president of Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation, said the exhibit halls will be full and many who historically have attended past shows are excited for the possibilities for 2022. “The past few years have been tough years in agriculture and for the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. We’re excited to have access to all remodeled space in the Renasant Convention Center this year, and to be able to welcome attendees from across the US and many foreign countries, whether in person or on our virtual platform, to this year’s show,” he said. “
Price added there are many things in place or in the works that are being done that will entice people to attend the show. Those include:
Renovated Renasant Convention Center
The Renasant Convention Center has been under renovation since 2019, with renovations completed in 2021. Today the interior is a state-of-the-art space that exhibitors for the 2022 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show are anxious to use. The renovations also include important safety and sanitary measures, following directives from CDC, Federal, State, County, and City health officials. The Renasant Convention center is accredited through GBAC STAR which is the gold standard for the cleaning industry’s outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation for facilities.
In-person and virtual attendance options. In 2021, the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show was held virtually due to COVID restrictions. This online platform is an ongoing component of the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. While the renovated Convention Center has safety and sanitary measures in place, there is a segment of attendees who cannot travel or choose not to attend in person; the virtual platform allows these individuals to take in the show wherever they may be. Many components of the show will be available after the show closes, which people can access on demand, until February 2023.
Ag Update Seminars, Marketing Workshops, and Seminars
One reason many attend the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show is to hear industry experts share market outlooks and marketing techniques at the Ag Update Seminars or one of the marketing workshops or topic-specific seminars. Joe Nicosia will headline the Friday, Feb. 25, Ag Update Seminar where he will focus on the cotton markets and the year ahead. Richard Brock will offer his unique perspective of grain marketing at the Ag Update Seminar Feb. 26, 2022. Both sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. Other workshop topics include rice marketing, transportation/supply chain, and nutrient supply/demand and pricing. Additional seminars may be added as topics are identified.
Daily cash prizes
There are many reasons to attend the 70th annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, including cash prizes. Cash prizes are awarded daily at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Must be present to win.
Southern Cotton Ginners Association Annual Meeting, Honors Banquet, and the Krackerjacks at the Peabody
Southern Cotton Ginners Association will hold its annual meeting at The Peabody, Thursday, Feb. 24. Speakers will be announced as details are finalized. The Southern Cotton Ginners Association Honors Banquet (ticketed event) recognizes the Ginner of the Year, Memorial Scholarship Recipient, and Vandergriff Pioneer Award, will be held Feb. 24 at the Peabody.
Once the show closes at the convention Center, the Krackerjacks, known as the party band of the south, close out the week at The Peabody Hotel.
The show and its attendees were sorely missed in 2021, Price noted. “The City, Convention & Visitors Bureau, area hotels, restaurants, businesses, and everyone that works within these businesses are working hard to welcome us back to Memphis this year,” Price said. “And we know many exhibitors, attendees, and speakers are thrilled to be back, as well.”
Make plans to attend the 70th Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Feb. 25-26, 2022, at the Renasant Convention Center. Pre-registration is recommended. Visit farmandginshow.com and click on attendee registration. Show registration provides free access to all exhibits and educational seminars, Ag Update seminars, and opportunity to win one of three daily cash prizes.
For more information visit farmandginshow.com or call Tim Price at 901-494-6977.