Orlando is the site this week for Commodity Classic. The event begins with a welcome reception Wednesday evening and runs through Saturday, wrapping up with an evening of entertainment with the Charlie Daniels Band.
National Corn Board Member and Howard County farmer Denny Maple is excited for the event.
“You’ll see all the top-notch farmers there, innovators, the guys that want to learn and be better. The big trade show. The trade show is about 20 percent bigger than last year I’m told. There’s about 20 percent more people registered this year than last year.”
Maple told me that the networking he’s able to do at this event is probably the most beneficial for him. He’s also looking forward to the NCGA Corn Congress sessions and the awards banquet Friday evening.
“We’re introduced to the new candidates for the Corn Board for the summer election, so that will be interesting to see who’s running this year. I really appreciate the National Corn Awards Banquet where they do that national yields and they give different awards to different folks. BASF has sponsored a scholarship contest that our Emerging Members team that I’m involved with on the national level will facilitate and I’ll get to help present that award.”
Maple recommended that newcomers to Classic and veterans alike should download the Commodity Classic 2019 app from iTunes or Google Play. It gives the full schedule of events and allows you to save them to a separate schedule just for you and the events you want to attend. It also provides a map of the tradeshow floor.
Hoosier Ag Today will be in Orlando to bring you the latest news from Commodity Classic throughout the week.