Commodity Classic 2016 sets records

Commodity Classic 2016 sets records

Record number of growers attended, trade show featured all-time high number of participating companies and exhibitors filled record amount of booth space.

With nearly a quarter more attendees compared to last year, the 2016 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, which took place last week in New Orleans, shattered many previous records for the landmark event.

“We had a great show in New Orleans, with terrific weather and a fantastic location,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Wesley Spurlock. “As it was the first time in that venue, and with a new affiliate – the Association of Equipment Manufacturers – we were expecting a great event and got what we expected. A lot of smiling faces and growers who left town more informed, engaged and energized as we head into planting season.”

Commodity Classic 2016 sets records

The convention, by the numbers:

Several records were set at Commodity Classic 2016. (Photo: Digital Vision/Thinkstock)

-Total attendance was 9,770, compared to 7,936 in 2015.

-A record number of growers, 4,596, attended. 

-The trade show featured an all-time high of 433 participating companies, including 128 first-time exhibitors.

-The exhibitors filled a record 253,300 net square feet of booth space, 49% more space 2015’s trade show.

The 22nd annual Commodity Classic will take place March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

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