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Mid-South Farm/Gin Show – The Place To Be
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California Farmers To Study Food Safety Rules
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Mid-South Farm/Gin Show – The Place To Be

By Tommy Horton
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The best way to describe the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is that it resembles “one-stop shopping for agriculture.” Whatever sector of the industry you’re connected to today, you’ll find some useful information on March 1-2 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn.

To the outsider, that might seem impossible. But to those who regularly attend this event, it’s a different story. This show – now in its 61st year – is the largest indoor ag event of its kind in the country. It has something for everybody, and that is just part of
its attraction.

When 400 exhibitors gather for two days at this annual show, it is a certainty that a visitor can benefit from the experience.

And don’t forget about the special seminars and non-stop opportunities to interact with farmers, ginners and ag business representatives from across the country. Even though a lot of information can be gained today by going on-line to numerous Web sites, nothing can compare to face-to-face contact with another person at a trade show.

Show Becomes Focal Point

“This is an event where we try to bring it all together,” says show manager Tim Price. “We’ve done a pretty good job of predicting important trends in agriculture through the years. But now we’re seeing year-to-year adjustments in agriculture, and our show reflects that.”

Despite cotton acreage reductions, competition from grain prices and uncertainty about the Farm Bill, the cotton industry continues to move forward. In this case, according to Price, it’s continued investment in research to protect ag’s infrastructure.

“I think we’ve learned that the world is changing,” he says. “But our farmers are adjusting to the market and doing whatever it takes to be as efficient as possible.”

Price takes particular pride in recalling some of those aforementioned trends and key issues each year in agriculture. For example, when the industry began adopting new technology in module-picker harvesters, several early prototypes were on display each year at the show.

Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Information

Seed companies also began to showcase information on new varieties that included traits that help improve yields and quality in cotton. In keeping with this proven formula for success, this year’s show will have a special seminar on irrigation technology, which continues to be an important issue in parts of the Belt.

Eliminating Contamination

Another key issue for farmers and ginners is the necessity of producing cotton that is free of contamination. Price believes the industry is already being proactive on this issue.

It’s a small wonder that any visitor to the show can get around to more than 400 booths, attend special seminars and network with huge crowds on both days. But that is the challenge of the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. If a visitor can do all of the above in two days, he has learned the importance of time management.

“We know that every spring, farmers have to plant a crop,” says Price. “We also know that those same farmers have to be dynamic and deal with these constant changes. That’s how our show can be a big help.”

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