As 2013 winds down, it's time to look ahead to the big winter meetings ahead. A key meeting for many crop producers is the Commodity Classic where corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum producers gather to learn new technology, share ideas and set policy agendas for the coming season.
A key part of the event is Learning Center Sessions where hot topics abound. Rob Elliott, Commodity Classic co-chairman, notes: "Commodity Classic Learning Centers are the place to experience a first-hand look at the latest in new agriculture technology and information. It's a chance to hear from others in the ag industry from around the U.S. and share ideas and best practices."
Here's a sampling of some learning center topics:
- a grower panel talking about ways they increased their yield.
- Ed Usset, University of Minnesota, marketing specialist, exploring a different approach to marketing.
- a panel of transportation specialists exploring the U.S. infrastructure
- high performance planting
- new options for weed management
That's just a sampling, and the Learning Centers will wrap up with Jolene Brown, Iowa grain farmer and professional speaker, who will discuss leadership, family businesses and overcoming challenges.
You can check out a complete schedule of learning centers, and register for the event, by visiting the Commodity Classic website.
The 19th annual Commodity Classic is Feb. 27 - March 1, 2014, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Tex. The event is presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show.