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COMMODITY CLASSIC

(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 for our growers, and Commodity Classic had so much to offer this year. We’re thrilled with the numbers and the great feedback we had from our growers.”   Total attendance was 7,325, representing an 18 percent increase over last year's record-breaking number of 6,214. Other records broken were the number of growers, at 3,874, a 16.5 percent increase over 2013’s record-breaking number of 3,324; and the number of first-time attendees, at 1,261.  Additionally, the trade show featured an all-time high of 301 participating companies, representing a record 126,200 net square feet of...

(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.   “We are honored to welcome Secretary Vilsack—someone who has been a strong advocate and voice for agriculture-to a conference that is both focused on and led by farmers," said American Soybean Association President Ray Gaesser. “As we face many challenges in this industry throughout this next year— trade agreements and access, conservation and water quality, moving the RFS forward and access to innovative technology—we  are excited to hear the secretary speak on these issues and other important topics that impact farmers who grow the nation’s...

(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 rooms at www.CommodityClassic.com.   “We’ve once again broken all previous records in exhibitor attendance,” said Commodity Classic Co-chair Rob Elliott. “Grower registrations continue to increase, which proves farmers are truly on board for profits in 2014.”   Soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum growers attending Commodity Classic Feb. 27 - March 1 will benefit from a wide variety of educational sessions, networking opportunities and a sold out trade show with 1,278 booths representing 297 companies displaying the newest technology, equipment,...

(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 and products out on the trade show floor and an opportunity to ask the experts questions.”   Topics for the What’s New sessions include: the latest tractor and combine header technologies, soil fertility trends, new developments in seeds to help manage pests, the latest technology tools for the farm and tools to optimize seed selection for each field.   The sessions—scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1—provide the ideal opportunity for attendees to hear about what is new from the presenting companies so they can stop by the trade show booth to...

(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 impact on a grower’s bottom line, with speakers from around the country.   “Commodity Classic Learning Centers are the place to experience a first-hand look at the latest in new agriculture technology and information” said Commodity Classic Co-Chairman ­­­­­Rob Elliott. “It’s a chance to hear from others in the ag industry from around the U.S. and share ideas and best practices.”   Commodity Classic features a line-up of world-class speakers from all around the U.S. to discuss timely, relevant topics....

(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 market structure at a time when agriculture appears to be most vulnerable. He will highlight how supply and demand is evolving and investment is moving elsewhere, raising the question, “What will become of our industry in the future?”  Newsom’s presentation, Agriculture's Shifting Sands, is sponsored by DTN/The Progressive Farmer.   Friday, February 28, from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m., Farm Journal Media will be producing its national television program U.S. Farm Report on-site with participation from Commodity Classic’s early...

(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. The convention center will house the registration desk and all Commodity Classic specific events, including the Opening Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.   “We’re excited to be gearing up for this one-of-a-kind, world-class trade show presented by growers, for growers, in this beautiful, historic city,” said ASA Commodity Classic Co-Chair Wyatt Whitford, “Guests can expect a big show with a variety of opportunities for education and up-close experience with new innovative...

(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 trade show and all of the educational opportunities makes attendees happy to come back year after year, and invite their neighbors and friends.” This year’s show also experienced the highest number of exhibitors. The 1,010-booth trade show was sold out with a waiting list of interested parties ready to take advantage of cancelations. Before a standing-room-only house, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made his fourth straight appearance before General Session attendees. As sequester became a reality in Washington, Vilsack...

(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 Agriculture Scholarship Program, in memory of Ohio corn grower and NCGA colleague Bill Berg. A long-standing member of the NCGA Grower Services Action Team and true believer in the scholarship program, Bill unexpectedly passed away last year. “Anyone who ever met Bill knew he had a passion for agriculture; this seemed like a fitting way to honor his memory and support the future of the industry he loved so much,” said NCGA Pam Johnson. The program will continue its mission of recognizing academic excellence to foster the...

(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 families, their friends and industry allies to agriculture’s premier showcase. “The Commodity Classic Trade Show is always a popular event, and this year is no exception with a sold out event that offers attendees a chance to see the most cutting edge technology while interacting with industry leaders,” said Schwiebert. “Those searching for new ideas and a better picture of what is now and soon will be available to farmers will find the most extensive, comprehensive offering to date...

(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 more. “Attendees should expect a very exciting program this year,” said NCGA Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee Co-Chair Mark Schwiebert. “We have been working hard to make this event even better with a variety of learning sessions on topics from production to estate planning to social media and marketing. Through WIN sessions, we will offer in-depth looks at some of the newest, most innovative products hitting the market. The trade show is completely full of interesting exhibitors with 234 companies...

(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 has been a steadfast supporter of agriculture, and it is an honor to welcome him once again to Commodity Classic as he begins his second term,” National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson said. “Agriculture will be facing many important topics over the next year including a new farm bill, expanded trade and the federal budget. We look forward to hearing the secretary’s remarks on these and other issues.” “As we gather in Florida next week to explore ways to optimize farmers’ sustainability, profitability and impact in the larger American...

(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, wheat and sorghum growers from around the country will gather at the 18 th Annual Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. for an experience that will educate, enlighten and entertain. From new product rollouts to thoughtful discussion of important agricultural issues – education is a key element of Commodity Classic.“The innovation you’ll witness and information you’ll gather at Commodity Classic will absolutely change the way you farm,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Bob Worth. “Agriculture faces new...

(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 day at Commodity Classic offers Learning Center Sessions on increasing yields for your corn, soybean, wheat or sorghum crop, protecting the resources that sustain your operation and transitioning your farm to the next generation. What’s New and Mini What’s New Sessions provide the latest innovations in products and services to cover everything farmers need to know about technology, traits, farm management and disease control. ”Farming is all about improvements,” said 2013 Commodity Classic Co-Chair Mark Schwiebert. “Whether you’re looking for incremental...

(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, register now and reserve rooms at www.CommodityClassic.com. Soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum growers attending Commodity Classic February 28-March 2 in Kissimmee, Fla., will benefit from a wide variety of educational sessions, networking opportunities and a trade show with more than 1,000 booths displaying the newest technology, equipment, ideas and innovations in agriculture. “If you want to know what’s next in agriculture, this is the place to be,” said Commodity Classic co-chair Bob Worth. “The sky’s the limit in 2013 for growers who attend...

(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 next” directly from the agricultural leaders who are making it happen. You can hear from those who have been there what they got out of the Commodity Classic experience in two new recently released videos. The Commodity Classic “Man on the Street” video gives viewers an overall perspective on what to expect when you get there. For those who haven’t been to Commodity Classic yet, you can see what those attending the show for the first time discovered in a second video that provides the perspective of first-timers.  “Today’s political, social, and financial...

(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 first-time attendees by 48 percent. It’s very gratifying to see that Commodity Classic’s appeal continues to grow.”  This year’s show also experienced the highest number of exhibitor and media attendees. The 963-booth trade show was sold out with a waiting list of interested parties ready to take advantage of cancelations.   The only national agricultural convention and trade show put on by farmers for farmers, Commodity Classic is presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean...

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 in August.  “NCGA’s continued growth clearly demonstrates the value that members see in the organization,” said Brandon Hunnicutt, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “Through our efforts in the industry, in government and with the public, NCGA works tirelessly to defend corn farmers and create new opportunities for them to flourish.  Programs such as Leadership at Its Best, the National Corn Yield Contest and scholarship opportunities allow growers to benefit from membership in a personal way while growers across the country benefit...

(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 brief interviews with each participant.  Speaking with National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer, Mayfield asked why so many farmers play an active role in the greater industry and involve their families in doing so.  “Looking out at this audience, you can see that it is all about families for farmers,” said Niemeyer, a farmer from Auburn, Ill. “At NCGA, we are working constantly to ensure that our children have the freedom to continue our farming tradition. Right now,...

(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 position to make a real impact in agriculture," said Brandon Hunnicutt, NCGA's Grower Services Action Team Chair. "The support provided by BASF allows us to ease the financial burden on these students, allowing them to focus on their education."  Recipients of the NCGA scholarship include:  Andrew Perry of Columbia, Missouri - Perry is a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Columbia, studying agricultural economics and plant science. Andy Chamra of Rose Hill, Iowa - Chamra is a junior at Iowa State University pursuing...

(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 an opportunity to come together to discuss important policy issues facing our industry.  As Congress continues work on the next farm bill, our organizations agree that an affordable crop insurance program is our No. 1 priority.  We also stand ready to work with House and Senate Ag Committee leaders to create farm programs that provide risk-management tools to growers when they are facing a loss beyond their control.   “We urge Congress to pass a new farm bill this year to provide the level...

(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, the Marketing Lead for Monsanto brand DEKALB, the show flung open its doors and welcomed farm families, their friends and industry allies to agriculture’s premier showcase.  “The Commodity Classic trade show is always a popular event, but its growth even further improves its worth to exhibitors and attendees alike,” said Barbre.  “Those searching for new ideas and a better picture of what is now and soon will be available to farmers will find the most extensive, comprehensive offering to date...

(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 NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, who drove down to Nashville Monday from his farm in Auburn, Ill. “Every day is packed with meetings, and every walkway is packed with people you want to spend time with. It’s not often we can get so many leaders and other members together to learn from them and provide them with information about what their organization is doing. As a grassroots organization, this is vital.”  On Wednesday, an issues briefing and open forum updates growers on issues such as corn production, the farm bill and ethanol...

(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 should expect a very exciting program this year,” said Barbre.  “We have been working hard to make this event even better with a variety of learning sessions on topics from production to estate planning to social media and marketing.  Through WIN sessions, we will offer in-depth looks at some of the newest, most innovative products hitting the market.  The trade show, which will be the largest that we have ever had, is completely full of interesting exhibitors.  It really is going to be an awesome experience in...