Preliminary numbers indicate total attendance at 2019 Commodity Classic was the third highest ever in the show’s 23-year history, with 9,100 in attendance, including 4,500 farmers, the second-highest number ever.
“Farmers across the country are using new challenges in the industry as a launchpad for innovation, and that was clear this year at Commodity Classic, where interest in the educational sessions and new technologies was elevated to a new level,” said Wade Cowan, a Texas soybean farmer and co-chair of the 2019 Commodity Classic. “The energy and enthusiasm among farmers and agribusinesses alike made for some deep and engaging conversations and an overall very positive experience.”
“Commodity Classic is where farmers come to gain knowledge and insight—and this year’s educational line-up was focused on helping farmers gain an edge in a time of uncertainty,” said Wesley Spurlock, a Texas corn farmer and co-chair of the 2019 Commodity Classic. “Every educational session is selected by farmers, for farmers—so the topics and speakers are relevant and important to a farmer’s bottom line.”
Additional highlights of the 2019 Commodity Classic included:
- A trade show with 404 exhibiting companies comprising a total of 2,105 booth spaces,
- A keynote address and trade show visit by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue,
- More than 40 educational sessions covering a wide range of topics including soil health, farm policy, trade, yield barriers and farm transition.
- Meetings and policy development sessions involving the presenting commodity associations.
The 2020 Commodity Classic is Feb. 27-29, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas.