Mid-South Farm and Gin Show Press Release

Darrin Dodds, Extension Cotton Specialist
By Darrin Dodds, Extension Cotton Specialist February 20, 2016 10:22

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Mid-South Farm and Gin Show convenes in Memphis February 26

If you didn’t get a new tractor, combine or other piece of machinery for Christmas, the perfect opportunity to see the latest models is right around the corner. The 64th annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is scheduled for February 26-27, 2016 at the Cook Convention Center, Memphis.

For these two days in February, farmers can move through three full floors, as well as the sidewalk in front of the Cook Convention Center, of the latest equipment and machinery. They can also talk one-on-one with industry and company representatives of more than 400 exhibitors. “This show features everything a producer would want access to help make their 2016 crop year a success,” says Tim Price, show manager.

The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show has been a mainstay in Memphis, for more than 60 years, a testament to the strength of the industry, Price says, and the resiliency of farmers throughout the area. “Each year thousands of decision-makers from all across the US attend this show,” Price says. “In times of uncertainty and anxiety, the show provides is a comforting event, a place to connect with others they may see only in this one place. It’s an annual tradition for many, many families.” He says.

With 95 percent of the exhibit space devoted to agriculture-related products and services, Price says the show features many small and mid-sized companies with a long history of exhibiting at the show. “Some of our exhibitors have been in the show for decades. Some have exhibited since the show launched in 1952. We also have companies that are just getting started, displaying their products and services. We’re fortunate to have the space to showcase modern, progressive agriculture.”

The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is sponsored by Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press, and regularly attracts 20,000 domestic and international decision-makers. “Those attending the show, on average grow cotton, soybeans, corn, wheat, rice, and raise livestock,” Price says. “We know, year-in and year-out that over two-thirds of those attending this show have purchased something within six months of the show.”

In addition to the exhibits, Ag Update seminars are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The sessions feature commodity outlooks and marketing information for grains and cotton, as well as comments from industry officials. Featured speakers for the Friday Ag Update session include Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods, and Joe Nicosia, Louis-Dreyfus.  Saturday’s session features Richard Brock, Brock and Associates, who will give his in-depth insight and expertise on grain marketing.

Show hours are Friday, February 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals planning on attending the 2016 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show are encouraged to pre-register online by clicking on the “attendee registration” button on the show website: www.farmandginshow.com.  Pre-registering for the show will make on-site printing of name badges fast and easy, Price says.

For additional information about the show, contact Price at 901-947-3104 or visit the show website: www.farmandginshow.com

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Darrin Dodds, Extension Cotton Specialist
By Darrin Dodds, Extension Cotton Specialist February 20, 2016 10:22
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