The 72nd Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is scheduled for March 1-2, at the Renasant Convention Center, Memphis, Tennessee. Exhibitors from across the United States will display cutting-edge machinery and equipment, technology and new products and services, representing all Mid-South crops.
Tim Price, show manager and executive vice president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association that sponsors the show, said the event gives attendees an opportunity to see what’s new and learn the latest at educational seminars on key issues. “The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show was launched as an educational opportunity, where industry experts provide their perspectives on what the next year may bring. Ag Update seminars feature market outlooks for cotton and grains, and a broader forecast on issues impacting agriculture,” he said.
Price said 2024 could bring more change, which will require more adapting to a new environment. “Farmers are some of the most adaptable, creative and innovative people. New technologies, whether in the equipment we operate or in our phones, require new capabilities. There’s something new every day for farmers to integrate into their operations, and we’re faced with navigating a changing environment for the best outcomes of our operations,” he said.
“The 2024 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show will bring it all together in terms of helping attendees understand the far-reaching impacts of geo-political events, federal regulations, and other issues, as well as provide outlooks for the year ahead.”
Ag Update seminars on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 will provide outlooks for cotton and grains. Joe Nicosia, Louis-Dreyfus, will headline Friday’s seminar, giving attendees direction on planting and marketing their cotton crop. Saturday’s seminar features Richard Brock, Brock Associations, who will deliver an outlook for grains and economic policies that may impact agriculture. Both seminars start at 8:30 a.m. in the Cannon Center.
Other educational opportunities are offered as well:
→ An international trade forum, with AgriCenter International, University of Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and others, will feature speakers and industry experts focusing on international trade issues and their impact on farmers and agriculture.
→ AgLaunch uses a farm-centric innovation platform to bring new ideas to agriculture. It will conduct a workshop where individuals and businesses pitch their ideas to the AgLaunch panel in hopes of winning funding to further develop their idea and take it to market.
→ A special rice marketing seminar featuring Milo Hamilton, will help rice growers understand the dynamics of rice marketing and the opportunities available.
The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is sponsored by Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press. Show hours are Friday, March 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cash prizes are awarded daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
More information is available at farmandginshow.com.