Some 5,000 farmers representing corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum are meeting in Nashville for Commodity Classic, the annual convention and trade show that provides a forum for the major commodity associations to meet and discuss policy and showcases new products and what’s coming in the agricultural pipeline.
The convention started yesterday with board meetings and open forum discussions, and gets fully underway today with seminars, speeches, forums and the trade show. The Classic’s web site provides a “schedule at a glance” that outlines the major activities planned. Headline events include a panel of the four commodity association presidents discussing issues of importance to agriculture, the National Association of Corn Growers and American Soybean Association awards banquets, and a special presentation by the Grand Ole Opry.
Farmers also have a wide array of educational sessions to attend, from increasing yields and precision agriculture to environmental issues and growing exports.
In addition to our trade show booth, Monsanto has two significant activities planned – the announcement of the new Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System and the kickoff of the new Farm Mom of the Year contest. (All the details on the Farm Mom contest can be found on Monsanto.com.)
Farm Industry News has a good summary of major announcements planned by other agricultural suppliers. The National Corn Growers Association has a report on the conference as well; the association has also posted an interview with NCGA President Garry Niemeyer of Illinois about Commodity Classic.
Nashville is a great host city, and a considerable amount of important work will be accomplished by the commodity associations and their boards. We are pleased to be a small part of this classic event.
Photograph courtesy of Commodity Classic.