Walk into the halls or the surrounding pavement of the Memphis Cook Convention Center Feb. 28-29 and you’ll get a first look at the latest technology and innovation available in agriculture. That’s been the case since the first show opened 68 years ago.
“We take pride in knowing that the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is an event where many companies are anxious to exhibit,” said Tim Price, show manager.
“We know the rapid pace of change in agriculture drives many of the new products and services available at the show. Farmers attending the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show will have the opportunity to get a firsthand look at what’s new in the industry — new technology, new products, and other new developments in agriculture.”
Even in this transition year when the Convention Center is in the final year of an extensive remodel, attendees will have plenty to see and many to interact with, as long-standing exhibitors will be on hand.
“We definitely appreciate the commitment our long-standing exhibitors have to the industry and to interacting with the attendees at this show,” Price noted. “It’s going to be a different year, to be sure in terms of the Convention Center renovation. However, we have a good footprint of space for exhibitors and we invite people from across the country to come to Memphis at the end of February and participate in this show.”
Price said the show was designed to incorporate a mixture of exhibits and education, providing attendees one place to see the latest technology and innovation, as well as learn about emerging issues and marketing techniques.
“The same holds true this year,” Price said. “In addition to the exhibits we have seminars focusing on door buster topics including hemp, risk management, and rice marketing. Attendees will also have access to industry experts at Ag Update Seminars.”
Ag Update Seminars are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, Feb. 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Cannon Center. On Friday, attendees can expect to hear from the incoming chairman of the Cotton Council, along with 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.
Additional seminars and special events are planned, including a session of Ag Launch, which connects entrepreneurs with resources to bring innovation to agriculture. FFA chapters from across Tennessee will conduct a meal packaging event on Saturday morning, to support food security efforts across the Mid-South.
All of this information and more will be available on the updated mobile app, which will be available for download from your app store in the first few weeks of 2020. The app features show schedules and updates, speaker biographies, and maps and exhibitor information, all designed to enhance the attendee experience.
Price encourages people to pre-register for the show. “We are once again encouraging attendees to register online to ease the process of on-site printing of name badges. Go to the Farm and Gin Show website (www.farmandginshow.com) click on the attendee registration button, complete the form and print out the confirmation form. 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,” Price says.
Show hours are Friday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information is available at www.farmandginshow.com.