Southern Farm Show Featuring Meetings and Seminars

It’s one of the highlights of the winter show season, and one of the largest farm shows in the Southeast, the Southern Farm Show. David Zimmerman, president of Southern Shows, producer of the Southern Farm Show:

“We’ve got another great show, we’ve filled up all the buildings again at the NC State Fairgrounds, and have I think, more outdoor exhibits than we’ve had in a long time, so another great show in the works.”

According to Zimmerman there are always several special events that take place at the fairgrounds in conjunction with the Southern Farm Show:

“They continue to add to the events and special features happening at the show. You know we kick of with an agribusiness breakfast, we’ve got the big Agriculture Development Forum on Thursday, hosted by the Department of Agriculture. The FFA is going to be back with their tractor and truck driving competitions, we’ve got the Tobacco Growers Association annual meeting on Friday, back again… Lots going on.”

Zimmerman explains that several state associations hold meetings at the fairgrounds during the show:

“The North Carolina Pork Council will be at the show for their annual meeting, that started a couple of years ago, and a great association with them. The Soybean Producers have a meeting at the show, some other groups like the Carolina Stewardship Association participate in the show with some programs. We try to work with as many agricultural folks around the state and try to get them involved, and I think, if anything, we’re just limited on how much space we have to use.”

Last year there was a popular addition to the meetings taking place at the Southern Farm Show, and Zimmerman says they’re back again this year:

“One thing we’re doing again this year, which was a big hit last year, is we are offering continuing education for pesticide certification at the show, that will be the first day of the show…the first morning. TJAT is producing one, and we have another session at 10:30, so 9:30 and 10:30, continuing ed, you can get your credits you need to continue with your license.”

In addition to the old favorites that are at the Southern Farm Show every year, we always look forward to new exhibitors. Zimmerman says there’s about 50 new companies this year:

“I think this year we have about 50 new companies who were not there last year, and they range from companies like the Landau Corporation, you know, who make the tillage and seeding equipment, to small seed companies, and small companies who are just breaking in to the ag area.”

The 2012 Southern Farm Show gets underway on Wednesday, February 1st with a kick off breakfast at the Hunt Horse Complex at 7:00 am and runs through Friday, February 3rd at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. For more information go to 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.