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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...