February 6, 2023
There are many reasons to attend the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Feb. 24-25, 2023, at the Renasant Convention Center in Memphis. Here is the short list:
Exhibitors. More than 300 exhibitors are locked-in to showcase the latest equipment, machinery, technology, and services farmers need to be profitable. Tim Price, show manager, said attendees can expect to interact with all the major agriculture companies. “There are over 75 new companies exhibiting this year,” he said. “All Mid-South crops are represented in the show.”
Educational opportunities. The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show was launched as an educational exhibit and it’s a tradition that continues, Price said. Ag Update seminars on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 will give attendees market outlooks for cotton and grains.
Joe Nicosia, Louis Dreyfus, will address global cotton markets, while Richard Brock, Brock & Associates, will provide expertise on grain marketing, the economy, and the political environment. Additional seminars include: Rice Marketing with Milo Hamilton, First Grain, and an international trade forum, sponsored by University of Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation.
Prizes and giveaways
Cash prizes and other giveaways. Thousands of dollars in cash prizes are awarded daily. Drawings are held at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Additionally, attendees can sign up to win a purebred Labrador. A winner is drawn at 3 p.m. each day of the show. Many exhibitors also have raffles and giveaways, Price said.
4-H food competition. 4-H members from four states will compete in the second annual food competition. The contest, like the Food Network’s Chopped, pits 4-H clubs against each other to develop winning recipes made from ingredients sourced through rural options such as Walgreens, Dollar General, or Dollar Tree.
“There are many rural areas that don’t have a full-scale supermarket, and this competition shows how to put together nutritious meals with items available in these outlets,” Price said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for 4-H members and others to learn about these options.”
Price encourages people to pre-register for the show. Individuals can register at farmandginshow.com and click on “attendee registration.” Once registered, access to the show will be quick and easy, Price said. Individuals registered by Feb. 10 will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 cash prize.
The Mid-South Farm & Gin Show is sponsored by Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press. The show is in its 71st year. More information is available at farmandginshow.com.
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