The Southern Farm Show offers so much more than taking in exhibits by manufacturers and other vendors. David Zimmerman, President of Southern Shows and producer of the Southern Farm Show:
“There’s a lot happening besides the 500 manufacturers who will be there, a lot of the groups out there have found out over the years that with the farmers coming to the show anyway, it’s a great time to have meetings and get together and do presentations, lots of that going on again this year.”
And things get started bright and early on Wednesday morning, February 1st:
“The show’s going to kick off on Wednesday morning with the Wake County Agribusiness breakfast, they’ll be hosting State Senator David Rouzer, who’s going to be talking about keeping agriculture viable for future generations before the show on Wednesday morning.”
And of course, things don’t stop there, Zimmerman says that on Thursday Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler’s Ag Development Forum is scheduled:
“Thursday there’s the Ag Development Forum, there’s lots going on there, and that’s going to be starting at 9:30 Thursday.”
According to Zimmerman, there’s also several other meetings and events scheduled to take place during the Southern Farm Show:
“We’ve got the Tobacco Growers Association back again on Friday, they have their annual meeting at the show and have done that for many years, and that takes place at the Holshouser Building and they’re expecting another big crowd.
We work with the FFA, and they have their truck and tractor driving competition down at the Hunt Horse Complex, they do that on Thursday.
The North Carolina Soybean Producers will be a the show again this year, they are going to have speaker Dan Smith from the Top Third Ag Marketing, that will be in the Martin Building, down the midway, if you know the State Fair Grounds, that will be happening on Friday.
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association will have a presentation at the show, and it’s actually a presentation about organic production involving pest management and that’s going to be in Scott Building on opening day, Wednesday.”
With the meetings and other ag-related events during the Southern Farm Show Zimmerman says that the focus is truly on agriculture in the Carolinas:
“There’s a lot to see at the show, and that’s one reason we’ve always kept this show as focused on agriculture as possible, we’ve got a lot of non-ag companies that want to be a part of the show, and we say ‘thanks, but no thanks’, because when the farmers come to the show they can spend a full day there, but they’ve got to keep moving, and we just want them looking at equipment and talking to the experts and getting advice, and getting ready for spring, which is why they come.”
The Southern Farm Show runs from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 1st through the 3rd at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.