Rice Farming

 - SPECIAL REPORT -

It’s Show Time!

Mid-South Farm & Gin Show –
informative, family friendly

2009 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show
When:
     Feb. 27-28, 2009
Where:
     Memphis Cook Convention
     Center; Memphis, Tenn.
Exhibit hours:
     Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
    Saturday, 9 am – 4:30 pm
Ag Update Seminars:
     Friday & Saturday, 8:30 am

For many years, the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show was typically considered a “cotton” event. However, as more farmers in the region diversified their operations, the trade show followed suit. Today, cotton production and the ginning industry are still a major part of the Gin Show, but information and products related to other Mid-South crops, including rice, are well represented, too.

For example, on Friday morning during the Ag Update Seminar, Carl Brothers with Riceland Foods will discuss the market outlook for rice. Also, many of the exhibitors will be showcasing equipment, crop protection products and other inputs specifically targeting rice.

See old friends, gather new information
In the midst of uncertainty – about the economy, the changing Mid-South agricultural landscape and input prices – the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show remains a friendly, familiar gathering spot for thousands throughout the southern United States. And, the show is a place where people come to make crucial decisions at a critical time, according to Timothy L. Price, show manager.

“This show provides an opportunity for people to come together, interact with others they have met in previous years to make future plans while still addressing the pressing decisions of the day,” Price says. “The show really invigorates people. It offers a first look at new technology, and a first-listen to respected analysts with information on market potential and marketing techniques.”

In addition, the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show “is a familiar place where people can bring family, meet long-standing friends and new acquaintances and talk about current issues and events, all while seeing new and innovative technology that helps address specific farming issues,” he adds.

The 2009 Farm & Gin Show will embody the familiar and the cutting edge as companies unveil new technologies in seed and crop inputs as well as equipment updates and new equipment that will make farming easier and potentially more profitable. More than 20,000 domestic and international decision-makers are expected to attend the event that includes over 400 domestic and international exhibitors.

Ag Update Seminars feature respected analysts
Participants can attend the ever-popular Ag Update Seminars on Friday and Saturday. Joe Nicosia, Allenberg Cotton; Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods; and Jon Hardwick, incoming chairman of the National Cotton Council, will provide market outlook and insight on Friday, while Richard Brock will return to headline the Saturday Ag Update session.

Visitors who view the exhibit areas are eligible for prizes, which will be awarded each afternoon, including $2,000 in attendance prizes awarded daily.

For additional information, contact Price at (901) 947-3104 or visit the Web site: www.farmandginshow.com.