The 20th annual Commodity Classic registration window opens at 10 Eastern Time Tuesday, and record attendance each year suggests you would be well advised to secure your spot and hotel quickly. The event will be at the end of February at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona, and American Soybean Association President Ray Gaesser expects another great turnout.
“We’re looking for another record I think. We had a huge record in 2014 in San Antonio and we’re looking for that continuing on in Phoenix, and also in 2016 we’ll be partnering with the equipment manufacturers to make it an even bigger and better show in New Orleans. So, we’re very excited about that.”
Gaesser added, “It’s a really good educational opportunity. It’s a really good opportunity for farmers to network and meet new friends.”
While farmers who attend do tout the networking opportunities, they may be most impressed with the educational sessions offered at each Commodity Classic.
“I was just talking with Michelle, one of our staff people, about some of the educational opportunities at the Classic for next year,” he told HAT. “We’re talking about cover crops. We’re talking about data and current financial conditions, all those things that keep us as soybean farmers and farmers in the United States competitive.”
Commodity Classic is a farmer-focused and farmer-led event scheduled for Feb. 26-28, 2015. Hotels are within easy walking distance or provide complimentary shuttle services to and from the convention center. Full Commodity Classic registration includes:
Trade Show access, including lunch on Thursday and Friday and a mid-morning snack on Saturday
Educational Sessions, including Learning Centers, What’s New Sessions, Mini What’s New Sessions and Early Risers
ASA or NCGA banquet (based on space availability, and not guaranteed)
Evening of Entertainment
If you are a grower, grower-family member, media or state staff, full registration also includes the Opening Reception
“We’re looking forward to a great show as we celebrate the 20th Commodity Classic in the city where it all started,” said NCGA Commodity Classic Co-Chair Bart Schott. “This is going to be a terrific event where growers can blaze a trail to success with numerous opportunities for networking, education and up-close experience with innovative technology.”
Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. Starting in 2016, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers joins as the newest affiliate of Commodity Classic.