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Register Early for NC Soybean Producers Forum

For the third year, the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association will hold a forum at the State Fair Grounds during the Southern Farm Show. CEO of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, Charles Hall:

“The forum is on Friday, February the 3rd, it is at the state fair grounds during the Southern Farm Show, it’s going to be in the Martin Building.”

Which is on the Trinity Road side of the Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This year’s speaker lineup will discuss marketing strategies for grain:

“We’ve got Dan Smith from TopThird Marketing out of Chicago. Dan works with Martinole, who’s familiar to a lot of farmers in North Carolina, they are experts in marketing grain, and Dan is going to come down and talk about strategies farmers can use to market soybeans and other grains, and to hedge and mange your risk. And from that I think you’ll get a pretty good overview of where Dan Smith and Martinole think that the market is going to go, and what decisions and strategies farmers need to be thinking about for the upcoming couple of years.”

As we mentioned earlier, this is the third year for NC Soy Producers to hold their forum during the Southern Farm Show, and last year’s crowd in the Martin Building was standing room only to hear the famous soybean producer. Hall says the turn out this year may decide whether they’ll continue this format:

“I think this year will be a benchmark for that, with Kip Cullers it was a huge attendance. This year, we’ve already got a lot of RSVPs coming in and we’re still two weeks out. So, I think it’s going to be another packed room. I think we could get a lot more people in if we had a bigger venue to go in.”

Hall says that pre-registration for the free event would be appreciated:

“That’s pretty important because space is limited. So, we take RSVPs at our 1- 800 number, which is 1-800-839-5775. We’ll have to cap it at about 180 people, probably. I think last year we had to turn some people away, which we hated to do, but we just couldn’t legally get them in the room.”

Hall says he hopes all interested producers will join the Soybean Producers forum:

“No, just hope farmers will take the opportunity to attend that, and again, it’s on the Friday of the farm show, and soybean farmers that are attending on Friday we welcome them to come down there and eat lunch with us, and it still leaves them plenty of time to see all the exhibits at the show.” 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.