The program for this year’s Mid-South Farm & Gin Show has received a big boost with the announcement that Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) will speak at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.
Lincoln, a long-time supporter of the U.S. cotton industry, is currently the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and is seeking re-election in November.
She is one of several speakers who are on the program during the two-day event, which begins on Friday, Feb. 26.
Tim Price, show manager and executive vice president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, says Lincoln will receive a special tour of the exhibits before making an address to attendees.
“We have wanted to have her here for a long time, and the schedule worked out well this year,” says Price. “Everyone knows about her commitment to agriculture, and it will be very exciting to have her at our show.”
Ag Update Returns
The show will kick off on Friday at 8:30 a.m. with the annual Ag Update. Slated to speak that morning are Carl Brothers of Riceland Foods, Joe Nicosia of Allenberg Cotton and Eddie Smith, newly-elected chairman of the National Cotton Council.
Headlining the Ag Update on Saturday morning will be Richard Brock of Brock & Associates. He will give his grain update and marketing strategies report.
Also scheduled for Friday afternoon is a special Weed Resistance seminar. Extension specialists from the University of Arkansas and Mississippi State University will present a report on strategies to deal with this serious problem.
Price reports that more than 400 exhibitors from across the country will be at the show this year. International visitors will also be attending as they did last year.
This is the 58th consecutive year for the show, and Price believes that the upbeat mood of the cotton industry will be reflected among exhibitors as well as attendees.
“A lot of new products and services are being introduced this year in agriculture,” he says. “And we’ll see evidence of that at the show.”
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