Showtime In The South

The 70th Annual Mid-South Farm And Gin Show

Located not far from the Mighty Mississippi, the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is a not-for-profit educational opportunity for farmers and other folks involved in agriculture. This year’s event will be held in Memphis, Feb. 25-26 at the Renasant Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. This is the former Cook Convention Center.

Show exhibits open at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday. The annual show provides valuable information and features products and services offered by hundreds of exhibitors. It’s also a welcoming venue for farm families to spend the day and reunite with old friends.

Everyone is invited to attend the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation Annual Meetings, which begin Thursday, Feb. 24, 1:30 p.m., at the Peabody Hotel. Shannon Huff, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative; Ed Barnes, Cotton Incorporated; and Lauren Krogman, National Cotton Council, will discuss ag research and new opportunities.

Tim Price, show manager and Southern Cotton Ginners Association executive vice president, says, “The ag business segment of our industry continues to come forward with new machinery, new innovations and amazing new technology.

“We also try to provide the best assessment possible on topics of interest to those in the business of agriculture.”

Ag Update Seminars

The show officially begins at 8:30 a.m., Friday, with the Ag Update meeting. Congressman David Kustoff (R-TN, 8th district) will provide a special welcome.

Ted Schneider, National Cotton Council chairman, will discuss cotton issues; and Joe Nicosia, trading operations officer and head of the cotton platform, Louis Dreyfus Co., will discuss the outlook for U.S. and world cotton.

On Saturday, the Ag Update meeting features Richard Brock, Brock Associates, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He will provide a grain market outlook, insight into grain marketing and challenges farmers face in the year ahead.

The Ag Update seminars are held each year on Friday and Saturday mornings.

“Nicosia and Richard Brock are mainstays for the Farm and Gin Show,” Price says. “We welcome them each year to provide outlooks for global cotton and grain markets. It’s an opportunity to hear Nicosia’s and Brock’s perspectives in one place.”

Other Educational Opportunities

The National Cotton Council will conduct a Farm Bill seminar led by Reece Langley, vice president, Washington Operations, NCC, Friday, at 11 a.m.

The seminar will provide an overview and outlook on the challenges and opportunities for the next Farm Bill that Congress is expected to develop in 2023. It also will highlight how the cotton industry’s U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol can be a positive influence for farm policy that will benefit U.S. cotton producers and the entire cotton supply chain.

A special rice marketing educational seminar will be held Saturday, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Milo Hamilton, co-founder and senior agricultural economist, Firstgrain Inc., says, “This workshop looks at the rice price as trapped between uncertain input costs and other factors you may never have thought about before. We will be in Memphis to help you sort through your new crop rice price outlook.”

Show closing times are 5 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, respectively. At 9 p.m., Saturday, the popular Jamboree will kick off at the Peabody Hotel Grand Ballroom with music by The Krackerjacks.

See you in Memphis!

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