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Mid-South Farm Show Still Growing After 60 Years

By Tommy Horton
Editor
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No matter what happens in the world of agriculture, you can count on the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, Tenn., to be at the center of all conversations and discussions.

That’s the way it has been for 60 years, and the environment isn’t likely to change anytime soon. If you’re a farmer or ginner and want to stay updated on the latest trends, this is where you need to be on March 2-3.

The Cook Convention Center will be the gathering place for farmers, ginners and agri-business leaders. More than 400 exhibitors will also be on hand to greet visitors to the event.

Manager Tim Price says the event tries to strike a balance between informative exhibitions and ag seminars. He also believes the show offers an atmosphere conducive for exhibitors to conduct business with customers.

“It is really hard to believe this event has been around for 60 years, but we have a proud tradition here,” says Price. “We pride ourselves on providing a place where there is an open exchange of ideas between people. If you want to know where the industry is headed, this is where you find answers to your questions.”

International Scope At Show

Even though there is a Mid-South atmosphere at the show, it has expanded and become national and international in its scope. Attendees will travel from all regions of the country as well as from overseas.

The highlights on Friday, March 2, will feature the traditional addresses from the incoming chairman of the National Cotton Council (Georgia producer/ginner Chuck Coley), merchant Joe Nicosia of Allenberg Cotton and Carl Brothers of Riceland Foods.

On Saturday, March 3, market analyst Richard Brock will offer his yearly comments on the current agricultural market environment.

Regardless of how specialized or complex the topic, it will be discussed at the show. Whether it’s the Farm Bill, elections, weed resistance or specialized farm equipment, you’ll find someone talking about it at a special seminar or in one of the booths at the Exhibit Hall.

Looking To The Future

Price also likes to talk about how the Mid-South Gin Show is often where a visitor will find a “snapshot of ag’s future.” On more than one occasion, a new agricultural technology can be viewed at this event several years before it is commercially released. For example, several years before the on-board moduling equipment was available to farmers, prototypes were being showcased at the show in Memphis.

Price also points out that many companies attend the event to showcase specialized equipment and products that are in response to specific Mid-South issues. Meanwhile, small companies that produce specialty herbicides, fungicides and seed also can be found in the Exhibit Hall.

Timely Topics

Even for a topic such as weed resistance, the show has consistently presented seminars in the past two years that dealt with this crucial problem.

“With so many issues in front of us, I think you can safely say that farm management is making a comeback,” says Price.

“It’s been said that you can’t solve some problems with just the chemical in a can. You need a smart approach. And that’s what you can find at our show.”

Contact Tommy Horton at (901) 767-4020 or thorton@onegrower.com. Call (901) 947-3104 for show information.


Mid-South Farm And Gin Show Information

• March 2-3 at Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn.

• Ag Updates at 8:30 a.m. both days.

• Exhibits open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

• For more information, contact Tim Price or Andrea Steadman at (901) 947-3104.

• Attendees are encouraged to pre-register at www.farmandginshow.com.

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