Make plans now to attend the 66th Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, March 2-3, in Memphis, Tennessee. Hundreds of exhibitors will be on hand to provide the latest information suited to the region’s diversified operations.
Prior to the show, visitors are invited to attend the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation Annual Meetings that will kick off Thursday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel. A panel of cotton specialists will discuss “The State of Cotton in the Mid-South: How to Maintain Momentum.” Members of the panel include Darrin Dodds, Dan Fromme, Andrea Jones, Tyson Raper and Bill Robertson.
Greg Holt, cotton production and processing research, USDA-ARS, Lubbock, Texas, will provide an update and Tom Wedegaertner, Cotton Incorporated, will discuss the promising potential for ultra-low gossypol cotton. The Ag Achievement Award also will be presented during the meeting.
Show manager Tim Price says, “It’s an exciting year for cotton with significant emphasis on cotton products and services at the show. To me, this is a watershed year that represents big changes. The industry seems to be having a moment of revitalization. We are talking about good prices, another increase in acreage and the potential of ultra-low gossypol, which will greatly expand cottonseed’s market.”
Ag Update Meetings
The show officially begins Friday morning with ag update meetings held at the Cook Convention Center. The program commences at 8:30 a.m. Ron Craft, National Cotton Council, will discuss cotton issues; Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods, will present the outlook for rice and wheat; and Joe Nicosia, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, will discuss the outlook for U.S. and world cotton. Show exhibits open at 9 a.m.
An in-depth grain marketing workshop, featuring Brock & Associates, begins at 1:30 p.m. The speakers will provide tips and techniques for making the most from your grain crops. This seminar requires registration, and seating is limited. To pre-register, call 800-558-3431.
The show resumes Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with another important ag update meeting where Richard Brock, Brock Associates, will provide a grain market outlook and his unique insight into grain marketing and the challenges farmers face in 2018.
Friday at 11 a.m., the Ag Market Network will broadcast its March Cotton Teleconference in the Farm Show media room. The panel will be made up of Dr. O.A. Cleveland, professor emeritus Mississippi State University and global cotton market analyst; Jarral Neeper, president of Calcot; Kip Butts, senior cotton analyst Informa Economics; and Pat McClatchy, executive director of the Ag Market Network.
The show will discuss the latest outlook for cotton prices, and the panel will make marketing suggestions as well as answer questions from the audience.
The Exhibit Hall re-opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, and a rice marketing seminar convenes at 1:30 p.m., featuring Milo Hamilton.
Cash prizes will be awarded throughout the show, and the popular puppy giveaway will take place Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m. Show closing times are 5 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, respectively. The weekend festivities are topped off in the Grand Ballroom at the Peabody Hotel with the annual Jamboree, featuring the Krackerjacks, at 9 p.m.
This year’s informative and family friendly show again promises to be an event that you don’t want to miss. Go to midsouthfarmandginshow.com to pre-register. Download the 2018 Farm and Gin Show app for show schedules, exhibitor locations, ag updates and much more.
Please drop by Booth #3005 to say hello to the One Grower Publishing crew. We look forward to seeing you!