MARCH 2012


(Posted Thu. Mar 1st, 2012)

Opening the Trade ShowMar. 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 while exhibitors reach a larger audience than ever.  As the demand for food, feed and fuel continues to grow, we look forward to helping our members and growers across America find ways to do it through this event.”


The NCGA booth drew significant attention from participants interested in the timeline of the history of corn, which is also featured in the 2012 edition of NCGA’s World of Corn, running down the center of the booth.  Once there, they found that the space offered so much more.  From the opportunity to contact legislators and regulators on a variety of pressing farm-related issues to in-depth explanations of the benefits of NCGA membership, staff and NCGA leadership alike spoke one-on-one with visitors to provide information and gain insight.


Those unable to attend the show are urged to join in efforts to express support for the Renewable Fuel Standard 2 and for passing a farm bill in 2012 through NCGA’s online legislative action center by clicking here.


An explanation of membership benefits is also available online by clicking here.


Now in its 17th year, Commodity Classic will run through Saturday at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.  To learn more, visit the website at