• Register online for the 2018 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, set for March 2-3 at the downtown Memphis Cook Convention Center. Registration is now open for the 66th annual show at http://www.farmandginshow.com/. Just click on the Attendee Registration button and follow the instructions for completing the form and printing your confirmation. By pre-registering online, you can check in at the pre-registration kiosk and print your name badge. Go online and complete/print the form today. All registrations made by March 1 will be entered into a drawing for $1,000 cash.
• Download the 2018 Show App. The Farm and Gin was one of the first shows to introduce a mobile app for attendees. This year’s app allows you to find exhibitors, learn about speakers and seminars, and see the schedule of events. Thousands of attendees have taken advantage of the app since it was first introduced in 2013. Join those and others this year when you download the new version, which will be available through iOS and Android app stores. In addition to schedules of educational seminars and other show events and activities, there’s a map of the convention center, with exhibitor booth information, and information on local restaurants and activities. Sign up for alerts to stay connected with the latest information. Watch for notices of when the app will be available and download it at http://www.farmandginshow.com/, by scanning the QR code on the posters at the show, or from iOS and the Android app stores.
• Commodity outlooks will be on center stage at the Ag Update sessions. It seems every year is a recovery year from the previous, and 2017 was no different. Yet, many parts of the U.S. experienced record-breaking yields. Make sure to attend the seminars to get the latest information on what to expect in the 2018 crop year. There will be updates on all Mid-South crops at the Ag Update seminars Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3. On Friday, Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods, will provide the outlook for rice and wheat, and Joe Nicosia, Louis-Dreyfus, will give the cotton market outlook. Richard Brock, Brock Associates, will cover grains and politics in his session March 3. Make plans to attend both sessions, as 2018 promises to be another challenging year in agriculture.
• More technology, all the time: It’s a digital world, and hand-held devices continue to change the way farmers do business. Auto-steer equipment frees them to communicate with those who help solve critical issues, helping them to work smarter and improve their bottom line. Drones and other un-manned equipment gather data that farmers can use for valuable insights to drive productivity and profitability. Attend the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show to see the latest apps and other technological innovations that can transform your farm operation.
• Join in the celebration of American agriculture. It’s the South’s 66th annual “premier farm show.” Every year, the show gets bigger and better than ever. Farmers attend the show to connect with other farmers they see only at this show. Take a moment to connect with someone you see here in Memphis each year, and celebrate American agriculture. It all comes together at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show!
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 http://www.farmandginshow.com/ or by calling (901) 947-3104. The show is sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation with Delta Farm Press as co-sponsor.