The 2015 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is set for Feb. 27-28 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis. Those attending the annual agricultural showcase will see new equipment and machinery, as well as the latest innovative products and services designed to improve farmers’ bottom line.
They will also see the many faces that make up the agriculture industry in the Mid-South and beyond, says Tim Price, show manager and executive director of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation, which sponsors the show in conjunction with Delta Farm Press.
“The fact that the show reaches beyond the Mid-South — across the Midwest and around the world — is something that isn’t lost on those who attend and exhibit at the South’s largest indoor farm show,” he says.
"This is an international show; we just happen to hold it each year in the heart of the Mid-South. We do business in a global environment: our cotton is exported to China, and our grains are exported around the world. The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is an avenue to connect with our international counterparts and learn how we can better those relationships.”
Highlights of the 2015 show will include:
• An opportunity to interact with farmers from around the globe. The show regularly attracts attendees from China, South America, and many other countries, wanting to get a “first look” of what’s available for the coming year.
• An opportunity to interact with companies that have products and services for the myriad crops grown by farmers attending the show.
“Diversification continues on American farms,” Price says, “as farmers expand their mix of crops to include soybeans, corn, and wheat, in addition to cotton and rice, which have historically been key Mid-South crops. The Farm and Gin Show is the place for farmers to learn about the latest innovations in technology and production to help them be successful and meet market demands. We will have more than 400 exhibitors from over 40 states filling three floors of the convention center.”
• An opportunity to interact with industry experts. Declining commodity prices, a new farm bill, and potential regulation of nutrient resources are all topics to be covered in educational Ag Update seminars, Price notes.
Sessions are set for Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Lobby Meeting Room. Specialists in cotton, rice, and grains, will provide perspectives on marketing, regulation, and legislation affecting agriculture. Health care reform, federal budgets, environmental regulations, crop insurance, and international trade will also likely be top of mind for many attending the show.
“More than 20,000 domestic and international decision-makers are expected at the show,” Price says. Admission is free, but registration is required to visit the show areas.
Online registration is available and anyone planning to attend is encouraged to go online at www.farmandginshow.com to register. Just click on the “Attendee Registration” link on the left navigation bar. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.