By Carroll Smith
In a few short weeks, it’s time to head to Memphis, Tenn., to attend the 64th Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. Hundreds of exhibitors will be on hand to provide the latest information suited to the region’s diversified operations.
Visitors are invited to attend the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation Annual Meetings that will kick off Thursday, Feb. 25, at 1:30 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel. Featured speakers include Jay Mahaffey, Mark Messura, Dr. Tommy Valco, Larry Falconer and Dr. Bill Robertson.
Show manager Tim Price says, “There are three reasons for optimism in the Mid-South for cotton. As you will see at the trade show, companies are still bringing forth products and services for cotton, yield and quality potential from today’s varieties are amazing and the adoption of cotton technology is at an all time high. Farmers are taking advantage of every ounce of value that cotton provides.”
The show officially begins on Friday morning with the Ag Update Meetings, which are held at the Cook Convention Center. The program commences at 8:30 a.m. Shane Stephens, 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.
A special Mid-South Ag Forum – “Profitability and Stewardship Together – Through Technology” – begins at 1:30 p.m. and features presentations from Dr. Mike Daniels, Dr. Bill Robertson and farmer Steve Stevens. The show resumes Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with another important ag update meeting where Richard Brock, Brock Associates, will talk about grain market outlook/marketing strategies and projections for 2016.
The Exhibit Hall re-opens at 9 a.m Saturday, and Georgia farmer Randy Dowdy will be on hand at 11:30 a.m. to conduct a special seminar on “Southern Corn Production Success – 486 Bushels Per Acre and Counting!” A rice marketing seminar will convene at 1:30 p.m., featuring Milo Hamilton.
Show closing times are 5 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, respectively. This year’s informative and family-friendly show again promises to be an event that you don’t want to miss.
We look forward to seeing you in Memphis!