Commodity Classic has become one of the largest farmer/producer trade shows and conventions in the country. As one of the four host commodity groups at Classic, National Sorghum Producers and the National Sorghum Checkoff have a large presence at the convention in Nashville, getting underway today. Lindsay Kennedy, External Affairs Director for National Sorghum Producers:
“It’s kind of a farmer invasion in Nashville right now, the Opryland is filling up, registration this year is over 5,000 for the first time, so we’re looking at a record crowd for this year’s Classic.”
One of the main attractions of Commodity Classic is the trade show. Kennedy explains that not only will National Sorghum Producers have a presence at the show, but the National Sorghum Checkoff will as well:
“Well the National Sorghum Producers, will have a booth at the trade show, of course they’re part of the host commodity groups that puts on the Classic, and then United Sorghum Checkoff Program also has a booth, it’s actually right next door to the national Sorghum Producers booth. So, we’ve got some neat products that we’ve got on display, especially on the Checkoff side, a kind of a marketing distribution map, that allows producers to log in, put their zip code in there, and find the best marketing options that are next to them. We’ve got online mobile apps now, for our production guide, then we’ve got a couple of other things that we’re going to show off this year. Just looking forward to producers stopping by and visiting with us.”
In addition to the trade show, all the host commodities will be having meetings. Kennedy explains what’s in store for sorghum:
“We’ve got the sorghum general session which starts today at 9:30 am, got a neat speaker line-up, the 2011 Miss America, Theresa Scanlon, who is scheduled to speak as our keynote speaker this year, she’s been a great advocate for agriculture. We’ve got Tom Sell, of Combest, Sell & Associates, he’s going to come give a farm policy environment overview, farm bill, a lot of things going on in Washington right now.
Another thing that we are doing this year for the first time, is a yield contest winners panel. Every year National Sorghum producers hosts a yield contest, which allows the best producers kind of show off what they’ve done this year, and we’re going to have three of those growers will just talk about their production practices and their yield success secrets, looking forward to having them on the program.”
The Commodity Classic continues through Saturday at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.