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It’s Show Time

Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Set For Feb. 29-March 1

By Carroll G. Smith
Senior Writer

The Gin Show has evolved into a forum for people to get together and not just look at products and services but to take a hard look at where the agricultural industry is going,” says Tim Price, executive vice president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. “The theme for this year’s Gin Show may be ‘Meeting the Challenges of Tomorrow by Taking Opportunities Today.’

“At the same time, we are showcasing innovative solutions – a showcase of American agriculture – that I think help producers think down the road as they try to plan and change,” he adds.

The popular Ag Updates will be held again this year on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Larry McClendon will discuss cotton issues, and the market updates and outlook on wheat and rice will feature Carl Brothers. Joe Nicosia will present the cotton outlook. On Saturday, popular market analyst Richard Brock will provide his unique perspective on commodity and energy markets and the economy, as well as his perspective on the race for the White House.

A special seminar – Energy: Changing Agriculture and Its Future – will be held Saturday at 1 p.m.

“Energy affects the crops we grow and our future planning as the demand for bio-based energy products continues,” Price says. “This seminar will address both areas and provide farmers crucial information on how to respond.”

In addition to the Ag Updates and Energy Seminar, more than 400 exhibitors from 48 states and five foreign countries will occupy over 200,000 square feet of exhibit space in the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Show attendees will see a greater number of farm equipment manufacturers, specialized services, the latest in seed varieties and new technologies in precision farming software and services.

In the equipment arena, of special interest to cotton producers will be the new cotton harvesters. Case IH and John Deere will have the Case IH Module Express 625 and the John Deere 7760 Self-Propelled Cotton Picker, respectively, displayed on the showroom floor.

Exhibit hours at the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show are Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors who view the exhibit areas are eligible for prizes, which will be awarded each afternoon – $2,000 in attendance prizes awarded daily.

Prior to the Gin Show, the Southern Cotton Ginners Association (SCGA) will holds its annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 1:30 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel. Speakers will be Kater Hake, Tommy Valco and John Lewis.

For more information, contact Tim Price at (901) 947-3104 or visit www.southerncottonginners.org.

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