Mid-South Farm & Gin Show offers educational sessions, exhibits across commodities

By Carroll Smith

FarmandGinShowLogoIn a few short weeks, it will be time to head to Memphis, Tenn., to attend the 64th Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. Hundreds of exhibitors will be on hand to provide the latest information suited to the region’s diversified operations.

The show officially begins on Friday morning, Feb. 26, with the Ag Update Meetings at the Cook Convention Center.

The program commences at 8:30 a.m. Shane Stephens, National Cotton Council, will discuss cotton issues; Carl Brothers, senior vide president and chief operating officer of Riceland Foods in Stuttgart, Ark., will present the outlook for rice and wheat; and Joe Nicosia, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, will discuss the outlook for U.S. and world cotton.

Show exhibits open at 9 a.m.

A special Mid-South Ag Forum — “Profitability and Stewardship Together — Through Technology” — begins at 1:30 p.m. and features presentations from Dr. Mike Daniels, Dr. Bill Robertson and farmer Steve Stevens.

The show resumes on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with another important ag update meeting where Richard Brock, Brock Associates, will talk about grain market outlook/marketing strategies and projections for 2016.

The Exhibit Hall re-opens at 9 a.m., Saturday, and Georgia farmer Randy Dowdy will be on hand at 11:30 a.m. to conduct a special seminar on “Southern Corn Production Success — 486 Bushels Per Acre and Counting!”

At 1:30 p.m., Milo Hamilton, co-founder and senior agricultural economist with Austin, Texas-based Firstgrain Inc., will address “What a Rice Farmer Needs to Know to Prosper.”

Among the subjects he’ll cover are rice futures, contracts, weather and worldwide production trends.
Show closing times are 5  p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, respectively.

This year’s informative and family-friendly show again promises to be an event that you don’t want to miss.

For more information, visit https://www.farmandginshow.com.