The 64th annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show will be held this Friday/Saturday, Feb. 26-27, at the downtown Cook Convention Center in Memphis. Over the course of those two days, more than 400 exhibitors from over 40 states will be on hand, showcasing the latest technologies and innovations for agriculture.
“The show is a must-attend event,” says Tim Price, manager of the event that is sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press. “Volatility and the rapid pace of change in agriculture continues to drive many of the new products and services that will be on display at the show.
“Companies listen to the decision-makers who attend this show each year, and they develop the products and services farmers and agribusinesses need to continue to do what they do best — produce crops. Farmers attending the sow will have the opportunity to get a firsthand look at what’s new in the industry — new technologies, new products, and other new developments in agriculture.”
While some of the more than 400 exhibitors at the show return annually — some going back to the show’s beginning 64 years ago — a host of new exhibitors will be part of the show for the first time.
“We definitely appreciate the commitment our long-standing exhibitors have to the industry and to interacting with the attendees at the show,” Price says. “We look forward to seeing them each year. At the same time, we are thrilled that so many new and diverse companies want to be part of the show.”
In addition to the three full floors of exhibits, there will also be educational opportunities in the form of Ag Update sessions and special seminars.
Price says the show was designed to incorporate exhibits and education, providing attendees one place to see the latest technologies and innovations, as well as to learn about emerging issues and marketing techniques.
Ag Update sessions are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Lobby Meeting Room of the convention center. Speakers will include Shane Stephens, incoming chairman of the National Cotton Council; Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods CEO;, and Joe Nicosia, Allenberg Cotton.
Richard Brock, Brock Associates will headline the Saturday Ag Update session, providing his unique perspective on grain marketing, as well as the market outlook.
Other special seminars are still in development.
All of this information — and more — is available via the Farm and Gin Show mobile app, which can be downloaded from iTunes or from the Android app store. The app features show schedules and updates, speaker biographies, and maps and exhibitor information, all designed to enhance the showgoing experience. Regular updates to information will be made to the app during the two-day show. Scan this QR code to download the app. And keep up with show happenings via Facebook and Twitter.
Price encourages everyone to pre-register for the show. “We’re again using online registration to ease the process of on-site printing of name badges. Just go to our website (www.farmandginshow.com), click on the ‘Attendee Registration’ button, complete the information, and print out the confirmation form. Bring that form with you to the show and staff on-site will help you complete the process and get your name badge so you can quickly get onto the show floor.”
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. More information is available at www.farmandginshow.com