With nearly 8,000 total attendees, the 2015 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, which took place last month in Phoenix, Ariz., shattered previous attendance records.
Total attendance was 7,936 – more than 600 over the previous record set in 2014. Other records broken were the number of growers, at 4,328; the number of first-time attendees, at 1,409. Additionally, the trade show featured an all-time high of 355 participating companies, representing a record 170,500 net square feet of booth space.
Indiana soybean farmer Mike Starkey got more than a great trade show, warm weather and informative meetings he was awarded the American Soybean Association's Northeast Region Conservation Legacy Award.
"In Indiana, we are proud of our outstanding farmers, progressive conservation efforts and proactive partnerships. Mike Starkey exemplifies all three at their best," says Indiana Soybean Alliance President David Lowe. "An enthusiastic advocate of cover crops, no-till and other best management practice, Mike actively serves the Indiana farming community. He not only partners with checkoff conservation programs, but also educates others on the importance of conservation practices and research."
Starkey's award marks the fourth consecutive year that an Indiana farmer has been named a regional winner of the American Soybean Association's Conservation Legacy Awards. Mark and Phyllis Legan of Coatsville, Ind., received the 2014 Northeast Region Conservation Legacy Award. Roger Wenning of Greensburg, Ind., received the 2013 award.
In 2012, Rodney Rulon of Rulon Enterprises in Arcadia, Ind., was not only named the regional winner, but was named the national award winner as well.
The 21st Annual Commodity Classic will take place March 3-5, 2016, in New Orleans.