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(Posted Thu. Mar 6th, 2014)

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With more than 7,300 total attendees, the 2014 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, which took place last week in San Antonio, Texas, shattered previous records for the landmark event.   “We knew it was the biggest event ever, but the numbers really surprised us as we saw them rolling in over the course of the event,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Rob Elliott. “San Antonio was such a perfect venue…

(Posted Wed. Feb 12th, 2014)

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Farmers and other Commodity Classic attendees will once again have the opportunity to welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the annual convention and trade show for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. For the fifth year in a row, the secretary will deliver a keynote address to an expected crowd of more than 6,000 during the event’s General Session, scheduled on Friday, Feb. 28, in San Antonio, Texas.…

(Posted Fri. Jan 17th, 2014)

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Jan. 17: With less than two months until Commodity Classic convenes in San Antonio, Texas, growers are encouraged to take advantage of the lowest rate by registering before the early discount deadline of midnight Monday, Jan. 20. Registering early will save attendees up to $50. Hotels are currently available, but are booking up fast. For complete details and to take advantage of the early registration discount, register now and reserve…

(Posted Thu. Jan 9th, 2014)

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Jan. 9: Agriculture’s newest, most innovative products and services will be showcased at the What’s New sessions at the 2014 Commodity Classic.   “If you’re coming to Commodity Classic hoping to learn and gain some new ideas to take back to your farm, you’ll want to mark your calendar for the What’s New sessions,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chairman Wyatt Whitford. “These sessions offer a sneak peek at the new technology…

(Posted Tue. Dec 24th, 2013)

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Dec. 24: From soil health, succession planning and weed management—to the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard and transportation infrastructure—experts will cover these and several other agriculture topics during educational sessions at the 19th Annual Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.   Learning Center sessions are offered at Commodity Classic from Feb. 27-March 1, 2014. The 19 sessions offer in-depth discussions of current issues and topics that have a direct…

(Posted Mon. Dec 9th, 2013)

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Dec. 9: Risk management, shifting market conditions and participation in a national television program are on this year’s menu for early risers at Commodity Classic. Always a popular and eye-opening start to the day, the Early Riser sessions begin at 7:00 a.m. with complimentary coffee, breakfast pastries and energy-packed presentations.   Thursday, February 27 from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., DTN/The Progressive Farmer Senior Analyst Darin Newsom will discuss a changing…

(Posted Mon. Nov 18th, 2013)

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Nov. 18: Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations open online at 9 a.m. CST on Tuesday morning, November 19, 2013. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible.   The 19th annual farmer focused-farmer led event is scheduled for Feb. 27-March 1, 2014, along the banks of the famous River Walk at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Tex.…

(Posted Thu. Mar 7th, 2013)

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Mar. 7: Attendance records continue to be broken at Commodity Classic. This year, record attendance totaled 6,214, including a record number of 3,324 corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. There were also 1,078 first-time non-exhibitor attendees, another record set. “By the growth of attendance at Commodity Classic, it's clear that farmers are seeing the advantage of coming to this great show,” said Classic Co-Chair Bob Worth. “The quality of the…

(Posted Thu. Feb 28th, 2013)

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Feb. 28: The National Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with cosponsor BASF, honored five college students with scholarships this week at Commodity Classic 2013 in Kissimmee, Fla. This year, the scholarships, created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future, provided five winners with $1,000 for use in pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. This year, the scholarship has been renamed the NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in…

(Posted Thu. Feb 28th, 2013)

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Feb. 28: Today, the Commodity Classic Trade Show opened, showcasing the latest farming products and innovations. With opening remarks by National Corn Growers Association Joint Venture Committee 2013 Co-Chair Mark Schwiebert closing the ribbon cutting ceremony along with his American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers counterparts and Jessica Simmons, the Corporate Communications Lead for Monsanto, the show flung open its doors and welcomed farm…

(Posted Mon. Feb 25th, 2013)

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Feb. 25: With Commodity Classic 2013 only days away, farmers and industry are preparing to enjoy the wide array of learning opportunities and exciting entertainment that this year’s show will offer. Officially kicking off this Thursday in Kissimmee, Fla., Commodity Classic will feature a record-breaking trade show, a General Session address from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, learning sessions, an Evening of Entertainment with the World Classic Rockers and much…

(Posted Thu. Feb 21st, 2013)

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Feb. 21: For the fourth straight year, farmers and other attendees to Commodity Classic will have the opportunity to welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the annual convention and trade show for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. The secretary will deliver a keynote address to an expected crowd of more than 6,000 during the event’s General Session, to be held March 1 in Kissimmee, Fla. “Secretary Vilsack…

(Posted Thu. Feb 14th, 2013)

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Feb. 14: Today, Commodity Classic launched its mobile application allowing attendees to access information, receive messages and engage in social media from their smart phones and tablets. The Commodity Classic convention and trade show mobile application gives show-goers the ability to make their own schedules, take notes on activities, lookup session and event times, navigate with maps and much more. Visit www.commodityclassic.com/app.In less than two weeks, soybean, corn,…

(Posted Mon. Jan 28th, 2013)

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Jan. 28: Growers who attend Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. this year will return home armed, not just with memories to last a lifetime, but also with the latest profit-producing information available to farming. Today, farmers are now just one month away from the opening of what’s sure to be one of the biggest and best Commodity Classics ever, featuring the largest trade show in the convention’s 18-year history. Each…

(Posted Wed. Jan 9th, 2013)

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Jan. 9: Commodity Classic is less than two months away, and growers are encouraged to take advantage of the lowest rate by registering before the early discount deadline of midnight, January 20. Registering early will save attendees up to $50. Hotels are currently available, but are booking up fast. Free shuttle service is available to and from all Commodity Classic housing hotels. To take advantage of the early registration discount,…

(Posted Fri. Dec 7th, 2012)

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Dec. 7: You can’t control the weather, but you can learn more about how your peers are successfully tackling the challenges they face. One way growers are learning more so they can manage risk and succeed as farmers is by annually attending Commodity Classic, the only national agricultural convention and trade show put on by farmers for farmers.   This next year, farmers will meet in Kissimmee, Fla., to learn “what’s…

(Posted Wed. Mar 7th, 2012)

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Mar. 7: The 2012 Commodity Classic surpassed all previous turnout records with a total of 6,014 attendees. This represents a 25 percent increase from last year’s record of 4,826 attendees. Once again, farm families represented over half of the participants, with 3,505 growers, spouses and children attending.  “We broke records in every category,” said Commodity Classic Co-chair Martin Barbre. “However, the most exciting number was beating last year’s record of…

NCGA Recognizes Recruiting Excellence

(Posted Tue. Mar 6th, 2012)

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Mar. 6: Each year, the National Corn Growers Association recognizes the hard work of grower members who recruit colleagues into the association. At a time when many associations have seen membership decline, NCGA continues to enjoy record membership, in large part because of the excellent job recruiters do in helping farmers understand the work done on their behalf. Another strong effort helped NCGA set a new membership record of 37,160…

(Posted Fri. Mar 2nd, 2012)

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Mar. 2: At the Commodity Classic General Session this morning, a packed house of Commodity Classic grower families and others took in informative presentations from sponsor Dow AgroSciences, commodity organization leaders and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.  The event provided insight into the broader political climate affecting farmers as well as inspirational messages to take into the upcoming planting season.  Repeat MC Mark Mayfield opened the presidents’ roundtable conducting…

(Posted Fri. Mar 2nd, 2012)

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Mar. 2: The National Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with sponsor BASF, honored recipients of the Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship this week at Commodity Classic 2012 in Nashville, Tenn.  This year, the scholarships, created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future, provided five winners with $1,000 for use in pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field.  "This is the fifth year we've recognized students who are in a…

(Posted Thu. Mar 1st, 2012)

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Mar. 1:  The following statement on the 2012 farm bill was released today by National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer, a corn grower from Auburn, Ill.; National Association of Wheat Growers President Wayne Hurst, a wheat producer from Burley, Idaho; American Soybean Association President Steve Wellman, soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb.; and National Sorghum Producers Chairman Terry Swanson, a sorghum grower from Walsh, Colo.  “Commodity Classic provides our organizations…

(Posted Thu. Mar 1st, 2012)

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Mar. 1:  The Commodity Classic Trade Show opened today, showcasing a record 250-plus displays of the latest farming products and innovations to a record audience of more than 5,800 attendees. With opening remarks by National Corn Growers Association Joint Venture Committee 2012 Co-Chair Martin Barbre launching the ribbon cutting ceremony along with his American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers Association counterparts and Jason Hoag,…

(Posted Tue. Feb 28th, 2012)

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Feb. 28:  Commodity Classic isn’t just the largest grower-run convention and trade show, it’s a busy week for members of the National Corn Growers Association, who have a wide variety of association business to tend to, from Wednesday to Saturday afternoon, in addition to numerous learning sessions and other entertainment and networking opportunities.  “Commodity Classic is a great time for us to get together and mix business with pleasure,” said…

(Posted Thu. Feb 23rd, 2012)

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Feb. 23: With Commodity Classic 2012 only days away, Off the Cob caught up with National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member and Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee Co-Chair Martin Barbre to discuss what awaits attendees at this year’s event.  Noting this year the event will break both trade show and attendance records, Barbre explained that of-the-moment learning opportunities, world-class entertainment will take the stage in Nashville next week.  “Attendees…