MARCH 2012


(Posted Wed. Mar 28th, 2012)

Mar. 28: Mark your calendar today for Commodity Classic 2013! Building upon record-breaking numbers in 2012, next year’s event, scheduled for February 28 through March 2 in sunny Kissimmee, Florida, promises to be a winner.


“There is already a great buzz building for next year’s trade show,” said 2013 Commodity Classic Co-Chair Mark Schwiebert.  “Last week, our committee traveled to Kissimmee to tour the facilities, which I can guarantee are top-notch.  With another broad offering of learning opportunities, a continually evolving tradeshow and the incredible Florida weather, we are on track for another year of helping farmers find the technologies, acquire the knowledge and build the relationships that will kick off another successful year.”


The 2012 Commodity Classic surpassed all previous turnout records with a total of 6,014 attendees, representing a 25 percent increase from last year’s record of 4,826 attendees. Once again, farm families comprised more than half of the participants, with 3,505 growers, spouses and children attending.


“We broke records in every category,” said immediate past 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 was very gratifying to see that Commodity Classic’s appeal continues to grow, and I look forward to seeing it continue this tradition of excellence in Kissimmee next year.”


This year, the show also experienced the highest number of exhibitors 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 Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Sorghum Producers.


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