Farm Progress

Farmers and others who attend the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show each year expect to be able to kick the tires of the machinery and equipment that line the aisles of the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis.

Hembree Brandon, Editorial director

December 28, 2016

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With 95 percent of the exhibit space dedicated to agricultural exhibits, the likelihood of being able to snap a photo of a child climbing up a combine is pretty high.

“We are known for being the first farm show of the year to display the latest innovations for the farm, whether it’s machinery and equipment, technology, or the products and services farmers need to be successful,” says Tim Price, show manager. “The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show also has a history of providing educational opportunities for farmers through its seminars and workshops.”

 The 2017 show will feature a seminar on integrating dicamba into farm operations and a Marketing School with Brock & Associates.

 “We are excited to be able to provide specific programming that will help farmers address two issues critical to today’s agriculture,” Price says. “They are managing weed pressure, and marketing techniques. Our show venue provides important information to farmers at a time they can integrate it into their operations for 2017.” Seminar details include:

 Xtend Your Dicamba Knowledge Seminar will be held Friday, March 3, at 10:45 a.m., in the Steamboat Room on the mezzanine Level of the Cook Convention Center. Sponsored by Deltapine, the seminar is designed to educate farmers on how to successfully integrate dicamba into weed management programs.

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  • Marketing School with Brock & Associates will be held Friday afternoon, March 3, in the afternoon at the Cook Convention Center. Brock and his team will provide in-depth grain marketing training. Watch the Farm and Gin Show website ( and social media for updated time and location information for the marketing school workshop.

  • What a Rice Farmer Needs to Know to Prosper, a rice marketing seminar will be held Saturday, March 4, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Milo Hamilton, co-founder and senior agricultural economist of Firstgrain, Inc., is the speaker. The formation of the rice price in the Delta is not well understood. Rice futures are an American, not an Asian contract, and a lot of the hype and worry is misdirected. Climate trends, water, and relative value of rice to other commodities will drive the acreage planted in the U.S. and the profitability of growing rice in Brazil or Arkansas.

  • Annual Ag Update Seminars will be held Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4. The Friday session will feature experts providing an industry outlook. Richard Brock will headline the Saturday seminar. Both sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby meeting room of the Cook Convention Center.

Farmers and others interested in attending these sessions should pre-register for the show by visiting the Farm and Gin Show website ( Click on “Attendee Registration,” complete the form, and print out the confirmation. Bring that form to the show and staff on-site will help complete the process and provide a name badge for entry onto the show floor.

Show hours are Friday, March 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information is available at

The show is sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation, with Delta Farm Press as co-sponsor.

About the Author(s)

Hembree Brandon

Editorial director, Farm Press

Hembree Brandon, editorial director, grew up in Mississippi and worked in public relations and edited weekly newspapers before joining Farm Press in 1973. He has served in various editorial positions with the Farm Press publications, in addition to writing about political, legislative, environmental, and regulatory issues.

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