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2013 Commodity Classic Underway

What’s become the largest agricultural gathering in the country got underway yesterday in Kissimmee, Florida, the Commodity Classic. National wheat, corn, soybean and sorghum associations put on the convention and trade show each year in various locations around the country. CEO of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, Charles Hall:

“We started on Thursday discussing some of the policy resolutions that will guide our soybean industry as we work with congress and the administration in Washington. We spent Thursday morning on resolutions and we will keep on working though Saturday till we get them all finalized.”

The largest trade show ever at Classic was in Nashville last year, and was generally considered unbeatable, but Hall says, he thinks it’s been done:

“Standing here in the trade show right now after it just opened, all of the farmers and their families are here enjoying the show. It’s a mix of entertainment and information with all of the major vendors, including some great staff with contests and give-a-ways. There is also a lot of big equipment here from the major manufactures. I think it’s the most vendors who have ever been at this show.”

And Nashville’s record attendance registration has likely been surpassed as well:

“We will be at least as big, there are about 5600 farmers registered and they are expecting even more than that to show up, so around 6000 total.”

Hall says the Carolinas are well represented once again at this year’s Classic:

“The North Carolina board members are here and there is a really good NC delegation for soybeans, corn, wheat and small grains. All have a really strong showing and those farmers are usually very engaged with their national associations. It makes a really good impression for NC here at this national event.”

Charles Hall, CEO of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.