(Posted Thu. Feb 23rd, 2012)

Commodity Classic LogoFeb. 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 2012.”


This year, the show has broken many records, with 251 companies participating in the trade show, up from the previous record of 236.


Farmers understand the importance of the event and will come together to explore and celebrate their industry in unprecedented numbers.  As of the end of last week, Commodity Classic 2012 had already broken the previous attendance record of 4,826 set in 2011 with 5,234 registered for the 2012 show already.  Many who have worked with the show for years expect that this number will rise again next week as some choose to register onsite.


“Everything is right on track,” Barbre summarized.  “The many growers looking for new opportunities and ways to improve their operations will not be disappointed at this year’s Commodity Classic.”


To listen to the full interview and learn more about what Commodity Classic 2012 will offer, click here.