2017 Feature Story
2017 Commodity Classic: Get Ready to “Farmer Up”!
Commodity Classic is where America’s best farmers go to become even better! So get ready to “Farmer Up” at the nation’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show when Commodity Classic returns to San Antonio, Texas, March 2-4, 2017. Top-notch education. A huge trade show. Thought-provoking speakers. And the chance to meet innovative farmers from across the country—just like you!
“These are challenging times for agriculture farmers, so it’s critically important that we all become as efficient and educated as possible,” said Ed Erickson, Jr., a soybean farmer from Milnor, ND, and 2017 Commodity Classic co-chair. “Commodity Classic is where all of us can ‘farmer up’ and discover the new technology, ideas and innovations that will help us not only survive tough time, but thrive in them.”
Education is a hallmark of Commodity Classic, with a full slate of learning sessions, speakers and “What’s New” presentations provide insight on everything from soil health to marketing, from nutrient management to precision technology, from new equipment to genetics.
The AG CONNECT Main Stage on the trade show floor, presented by Commodity Classic and Successful Farming® offers a full slate of sessions as well including presentations by industry leaders, panel discussions and well-known agricultural speakers. “The fact that Commodity Classic is farmer-led makes a difference when it comes to the educational sessions,” Erickson added. “Actual farmers are selecting the topics and presenters, so you can be assured that the sessions will be relevant, current and meaningful to your operation.”
The huge trade show at Commodity Classic is one of the main attractions. “Agribusiness companies large and small know that America’s best farmers are walking the aisles at the trade show, so they bring out their best in terms of equipment, technology and people to make sure farmers get the information they need to make good decisions,” said Kevin Ross, an Iowa farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic. “If it’s new it’s at Commodity Classic. If you need to know about it, you’ll learn it at Commodity Classic.”
Attendees consistently remark that that opportunity to network with other farmers is a major benefit of Commodity Classic. “I know from experience that I learn a great deal just by talking with other top-notch farmers from across the nation,” Ross added. “There is such a positive atmosphere at Commodity Classic that you’re sure to go home even more passionate and committed—and you’ll be ready to ‘farmer up’ and take on the challenges that lie ahead.”
The Commodity Classic experience includes an evening of entertainment, tours of area attractions and other activities that add some fun to your “business trip”. Commodity Classic also serves as a business meeting for the presenting commodity membership associations. “You don’t have to be a member of a commodity association to attend Commodity Classic. All farmers are welcome regardless of what they grow or their membership in an association,” Erickson said.
Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is presented by the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Sorghum Producers, National Association of Wheat Growers and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
It doesn’t matter what you raise, when you attend Commodity Classic you’re sure to raise your expectations for your farm! Register today at www.commodityclassic.com.