It was a beehive of activity as scores of youngsters from tri-state FFA chapters joined forces Saturday morning at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show to package more than 40,000 meals for the needy, which were delivered to the Memphis Food Bank for distribution to rural and urban counties in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Also pitching in were a number of farmers, ginners, and other show attendees who volunteered for the effort.
The Farm Show Feeds project was started at the 2013 show, and the FFA volunteers packaged 10,000 meals that year. It was done with such efficiency and speed that the goal for the next year’s show was doubled — and easily met by the energetic youngsters. Last year, they more than tripled that first year’s effort, and this year they racked up another 5,000-plus.
Members participating in the project were from Brighton FFA, Brighton, Tenn.; Covington FFA, Covington, Tenn.; Dyersburg FFA, Dyersburg, Tenn.; Halls FFA, Halls, Tenn.; Munford FFA, Munford, Tenn.; Collierville FFA, Collierville, Tenn.; Lafayette FFA, Oxford, Miss.; and Dyer County FFA, Newbern, Tenn.
Contributors of funds for purchasing the food ingredients this year were: Regions Bank, Vandergriff American/Sowega Mfg, Dow AgroSciences, Memphis Rotary Club, AgXplore, and AgWatch Network, The Cotton Museum, Pleasant Field Farms, S&T Farms, James E. Moody, First Citizens National Bank, Jimmy & Pat Hargett -Hargett Farms, Jeff & Karen Hill - Hill Planting Company, Steve & Patricia Parks, Donald Allen and .
Other donations: Tom & Rosalyn Smith - Rosalyn Smith Designs provided cotton key chains for the students, Monty Bain - The Cotton Board provided cotton decals and chapstick for the students.
State Farm Bureau presidents and Commissioner/Secretary of Agriculture from Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee will hold “Meet and Greet” sessions at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show February 26 and 27, 2016. Sessions are scheduled as follows:
Arkansas Farm Bureau President, Randy Veach and Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture, Wes Ward will be at the Farm Bureau booth from 10 to 12 on Friday, February 26.
Mississippi Farm Bureau President, Mike McCormick and Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture, Cindy Hyde-Smith will be there from 12 to 2 on Friday, February 26.
Tennessee Farm Bureau President, Jeff Aiken and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, Julius Johnson will be there from 10 to 12 on Saturday, February 27.
The sessions will provide an opportunity for farmers and others to have an opportunity to speak to ag officials, according to Tim Price, Mid-South Farm and Gin Show manager. “It’s important for farmers and others to have access to these individuals and to be able to express their concerns or raise important issues. The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is a place where farmers can see the latest in equipment and technology, learn from industry experts, participate in educational seminars, and have access to these high-level officials.”
The sessions are in addition to the various educational seminars and Ag Update sessions scheduled in conjunction with the 64th annual show. Farmers and others interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register for the show by visiting www.farmandginshow.com and clicking on “attendee registration.” Complete the registration form, print out the confirmation, and bring it to the show, where staff will assist those pre-registered with printing name badges.
Individuals attending the show are eligible to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes, as well as other prizes from exhibitors. Show hours are Friday, February 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information is available at www.farmandginshow.com
If you didn’t get a new tractor, combine or other piece of machinery for Christmas, the perfect opportunity to see the latest models is right around the corner. The 64th annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is scheduled for February 26-27, 2016 at the Cook Convention Center, Memphis.
For these two days in February, farmers can move through three full floors, as well as the sidewalk in front of the Cook Convention Center, of the latest equipment and machinery. They can also talk one-on-one with industry and company representatives of more than 400 exhibitors. “This show features everything a producer would want access to help make their 2016 crop year a success,” says Tim Price, show manager.
The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show has been a mainstay in Memphis, for more than 60 years, a testament to the strength of the industry, Price says, and the resiliency of farmers throughout the area. “Each year thousands of decision-makers from all across the US attend this show,” Price says. “In times of uncertainty and anxiety, the show provides is a comforting event, a place to connect with others they may see only in this one place. It’s an annual tradition for many, many families.” He says.
With 95 percent of the exhibit space devoted to agriculture-related products and services, Price says the show features many small and mid-sized companies with a long history of exhibiting at the show. “Some of our exhibitors have been in the show for decades. Some have exhibited since the show launched in 1952. We also have companies that are just getting started, displaying their products and services. We’re fortunate to have the space to showcase modern, progressive agriculture.”
The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is sponsored by Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press, and regularly attracts 20,000 domestic and international decision-makers. “Those attending the show, on average grow cotton, soybeans, corn, wheat, rice, and raise livestock,” Price says. “We know, year-in and year-out that over two-thirds of those attending this show have purchased something within six months of the show.”
In addition to the exhibits, Ag Update seminars are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The sessions feature commodity outlooks and marketing information for grains and cotton, as well as comments from industry officials. Featured speakers for the Friday Ag Update session include Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods, and Joe Nicosia, Louis-Dreyfus. Saturday’s session features Richard Brock, Brock and Associates, who will give his in-depth insight and expertise on grain marketing.
Show hours are Friday, February 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals planning on attending the 2016 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show are encouraged to pre-register online by clicking on the “attendee registration” button on the show website: www.farmandginshow.com. Pre-registering for the show will make on-site printing of name badges fast and easy, Price says.
For additional information about the show, contact Price at 901-947-3104 or visit the show website: www.farmandginshow.com
The venue is the Cook Convention Center, Memphis. All available footage is taken, every inch of the Convention Center, as well as the sidewalk outside the Center on Main Street in Memphis, is filled with exhibits, machinery, equipment, and products and services needed in today’s agriculture.
Many attractions, something for everyone
Exhibitors: More than 400 exhibitors from nearly every state in the US and some international countries. While the long standing exhibitors will be evident at the 64th annual Show there are 50 companies who are new to this year’s show. Make sure to visit each exhibit for a unique experience of the products and services today’s farmers need to be profitable.
Cash prizes awarded daily. Attendees at the 64th annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show are eligible to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes awarded daily. Also, attendees who pre-register are eligible to win cash pries if they pre-register by specific dates. Information is available at farmandginshow.com. Pre-register to be eligible to win a $1,000 cash prize. More information is available at www.farmandginshow.com
Many exhibitors will also have prize drawings. Visit the exhibits and sign up to win!
Informational and educational seminars are also scheduled for both days of the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show. Ag Update seminars will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday of the show. On Friday, attendees at the Ag Update Seminar will hear:
Saturday attendees will hear:
Special seminars include:
MID-SOUTH AG FORUM: PROFITABILITY AND STEWARDSHIP TOGETHER — THROUGH TECHNOLOGY, Mezzanine Level, Cook Convention Center
Dr. Mike Daniels, Environmental Management Specialist, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service; Dr. Bill Robertson, Professor, Cotton Extension Agronomist, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Newport, Ark.; Steve Stevens, Farmer, Desha County, Ark.
11:30 a.m. Saturday -- SOUTHERN CORN PRODUCTION SUCCESS — 486 BUSHELS AND COUNTING! Capturing the Genetic Potential of Today’s Hybrids — Randy Dowdy, Valdosta, GA Randy Dowdy’s production strategies focus on maximizing corn yields by minimizing stress that plants experience throughout the growing season. This seminar will cover Understanding Plant Physiology and Components of Yield; Capturing Genetic Yield Potential; Alleviating Inevitable Stress a Plant May Face; Nutrient Uptake; Understanding Timing vs. Availability; and
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone.
1:30 p.m. Saturday -- RICE MARKETING EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR, What a Rice Farmer Needs to Know to Prosper — Milo Hamilton, co-founder and senior agricultural economist of Firstgrain, Inc., is the speaker.
Show hours are Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information is available at www.farmandginshow.com, where attendees can pre-register for the show and be eligible to win one of two $1,000 cash prizes.
Ninety-five (95) percent of the exhibit space at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is dedicated to agricultural exhibits, a reality that draws thousands of visitors to the show each year. Another attractant is the opportunity to attend educational seminars, according to Tim Price, show manager and executive director of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, a sponsor of the show along with Delta Farm Press.
“Educational opportunities abound at this show,” Price says. “Each year we develop two to three special seminars farmers can attend that will help them be more profitable in some way. This year is no different.” This year’s educational seminars include:
The Mid-South Ag Forum: Profitability and Stewardship Together – Through Technology will be held Friday, February 26 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Featured speakers include Dr. Mike Daniels, Environmental Management Specialist, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service; Dr. Bill Robertson, Professor, Cotton Extension Agronomist, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Newport, AR; and Steve Stevens, Farmer, Desha County, AR. Learn about production techniques that enhance profitability while protecting and enhancing natural resources from Extension specialists and farmers who are seeing results.
SOUTHERN CORN PRODUCTION SUCCESS – 486 bushels per acre and counting! Will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 27, and features 2015 NCGA Corn Yield Contest winner Randy Dowdy, Valdosta, GA. Dowdy’s production strategies focus on maximizing corn yields by minimizing stress plants experience throughout the growing season. The Valdosta, Georgia farmer’s forward thinking approach to corn production challenges traditional accepted practices and focuses on extracting as much yield from each seed planted as possible. This seminar will cover: Understanding Plant Physiology & Components of Yield; Capturing Genetic Yield Potential; Alleviating inevitable stress that a plant may face; Nutrient uptake: Understanding Timing vs. Availability; and Stepping outside your comfort zone.
A special rice marketing seminar -- What a rice farmer needs to know to prosper – will be held Saturday, February 27, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Milo Hamilton, Co-founder and senior agricultural economist of Firstgrain, Inc., is the speaker. The formation of the rice price in the Delta is not well understood. Rice futures are an Americas, not an Asian contract, and a lot of the hype and worry is misdirected. Climate trends, water and relative value of rice to other things will drive the acreage planted in the US and the profitability of growing rice in Brazil or Arkansas.
All special seminars will be held on the Mezzanine Level of the Cook Convention Center.
Farmers interested in attending these sessions should pre-register for the show by visiting the Farm and Gin Show website (www.farmandginshow.com), click on “attendee registration,” complete the form and print out the confirmation form. Bring that form to the show and staff on-site will help complete the process, providing a name badge for entry onto the show floor. Anyone who pre-registers for the show by February 16 will be entered into a drawing for $1,000.
Show hours are Friday, February 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information is available at www.farmandginshow.com