Action Packed Joint Commodities Conference Next Week

This year’s host of the 25th Annual Joint Commodities Conference coming up next week in Durham is the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina President Jay Sullivan:

“Wednesday is the pre-opening Reception in the Imperial Ballroom at 5 pm. All of the commodity groups will meet during the day on Wednesday and we will hear research projects that are proposed and we will determine how we can fund the various researchers that are looking to carry on with projects here in NC. We hope that they will benefit all of the various commodity groups here in NC.”

Sullivan explains that the trade show associated with the Joint Commodities Conference has grown exponentially in the last few years:

“Most of the people on the various commodity boards as well as the farmers are not a single crop producer. We all have more than one that we depend upon.”

Sullivan outlines the packed agenda starting Thursday morning:

“We officially start at 9am on Thursday. We will get an update on the US Grains Council and World Markets. Then we will have Dave Fogal talk about a change in markets. Then we have a commodity merchandising panel.”

Thursday afternoon will be the production meetings. Sullivan explains that all four are once again together:

“At 2 pm we have the commodity production seminars. In the past we have tried to have separation of soybeans, corn, small grains and cotton and have representatives speak to the various ones. We have scheduled it to where each speaker will rotate in every commodity so each person can hear all of the speakers.”

A reception is planned for 5:00 pm followed by the awards banquet.

Friday will also feature valuable information for producers says Sullivan:

“We have an early riser’s session with the various commodity association presidents. At 8am we have a customer service panel with people from DuPont, Syngenta etc. They will have information on new technology coming out. At 9am we have the Association Annual Business Meeting.”

With the exception of the Thursday night banquet, the Conference is free of charge. To register or learn more, www.visitncgrainsconference.org .

Jay Sullivan, President of the Corn Growers of North Carolina.


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.

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