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Educational seminars highlight 2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

Educational seminars highlight 2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

Attendees at the 63rd annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, scheduled for Feb. 27- 28 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, will have an opportunity to attend several educational seminars during the two days.

Over 400 exhibitors from more than 40 states will be on hand, showcasing the latest technology and innovation a in agriculture. The show is sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press.

Ag Update Seminars are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the convention center’s lobby meeting room. Speakers will include Sledge Taylor, incoming chairman of the National Cotton Council; Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods; and Joe Nicosia, of Louis Dreyfus. Richard Brock, of Brock Associates, will headline the Saturday, Ag Update seminar, providing his unique perspective on grain marketing, as well as a market outlook.

Plans are also being finalized for the Mid-South Ag Forum, a seminar focusing on successful technology adoption from research to the farm. Scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday in the convention center mezzanine level meeting room, this seminar will feature researchers and farmers who will explore irrigation innovations and technology adoption on the farm.

A special rice seminar, What the U.S. Rice Farmer Needs to Know to Prosper, is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the mezzanine level meeting room. Milo Hamilton, Co-founder and senior ag economist of First Grain, Inc., is the featured speaker.

All this information, and more, is available on the updated Farm and Gin Show mobile app, which can be downloaded from iTunes or from the Android app store. The app features show schedules and updates, speaker biographies, and maps and exhibitor information, all designed to enhance the showgoing experience. The app has proven to be very popular. Regular updates to information will be made to the app during the two days of the show.

Those planning to attend the show are encouraged to pre-register online, which speeds up the process of on-site printing of name badges. Go to the show website (, click on the “Attendee Registration” button, complete the form and print out the confirmation. Bring that form with you to the show and staff on-site will help you complete the process and get your name badge so you can quickly get onto the show floor.

Anyone who pre-registers for the show by Feb. 16 will be entered into a drawing for $1,000. The winner will be notified Feb. 17, and must collect the prize at the Registration Booth at the show.

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

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