Thousands of farmers from across the country including 12 from South Dakota Corn will be meeting in Tampa Bay, Florida as Commodity Classic 2011 kicks off. Commodity Classic is the premier trade show of the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat and National Sorghum Producers.
Producers meet every year at Commodity Classic to discuss agriculture issues, shape future policy, network with farmers from other states and learn about new products.
Sharing and discussing agriculture issues is a big part of Commodity Classic as farmers embrace new challenges such as rising input costs, weed control and adapting to new technologies.
During Commodity Classic, the National Corn Growers Association hosts Corn Congress, giving corn growers from across the nation a chance to gather and shape future NCGA policy determining what positions the organization will take on certain issues including the 2012 Farm Bill, ethanol development, EPA regulations and many more.
“Commodity Classic is an excellent opportunity for growers from our state to express the needs and concerns for our fellow producers on a national level,” said South Dakota Corn Growers Association President, Gary Duffy, a farmer and rancher from Oldham, SD.
You can follow Commodity Classic events live from Tampa via Twitter by searching for #Classic11.