Getting Ready for New Opportunities
From Cotton Grower Magazine – February 2017
When the doors open for the 65th Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, attendees will be looking for the familiar, as well as new innovations and information to help them adapt and react to the opportunities ahead.
The annual event is scheduled for March 3-4 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN, featuring over 400 exhibitors sharing the latest in agricultural technology, services, and new and future products. The show annually attracts roughly 18,000 attendees over its two-day run.
“To grow and gin cotton in today’s environment requires continual learning, from the agronomics and economics of growing a quantity of quality cotton, to working with the industry’s efforts to recapture market share for cotton fiber and cottonseed products,” says Tim Price, executive director of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and show manager.
“Our show encompasses an incredible gathering in one place of the latest equipment, technology, products and services covering all aspects of cotton production and ginning – along with cotton farmers and industry experts from across the country and internationally.”
The show’s popular Ag Update session on Friday morning will feature market and industry updates from Ronnie Lee, incoming chairman of the National Cotton Council; Carl Weathers of Riceland Foods; and Joe Nicosia of Louis Dreyfus Commodities. Other educational sessions on Friday will focus on proper use of dicamba products in Monsanto’s Xtend Crop system, and a workshop on grain marketing.
Saturday morning, Richard Brock, president of Brock Associates, will provide a grain market outlook and strategies for marketing grain and other commodities in 2017. Other Saturday events include a live broadcast of the Ag Market Network’s monthly cotton teleconference and a special seminar on rice marketing.
The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show opens at 9:00 am each day. Online registration – as well as a show app available for downloading – is available (and encouraged) at Farmandginshow.com.
Prior to the opening of the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, the Southern Cotton Ginners Association will hold its annual meeting at the Peabody Hotel on March 2. During the meeting – which is open to all cotton growers and ginners – a panel of cotton specialists will discuss the current state of cotton in the Mid-South, Gary Adams of the National Cotton Council will review key industry challenges and opportunities, and Kim Kitchings of Cotton Incorporated will share strategies to help recapture cotton’s market share.