(Posted Thu. Feb 28th, 2013)

Feb. 28: Today, the Commodity Classic Trade Show opened, showcasing the latest farming products and innovations. With opening remarks by National Corn Growers Association Joint Venture Committee 2013 Co-Chair Mark Schwiebert closing the ribbon cutting ceremony along with his American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers counterparts and Jessica Simmons, the Corporate Communications Lead for Monsanto, the show flung open its doors and welcomed farm families, their friends and industry allies to agriculture’s premier showcase.

“The Commodity Classic Trade Show is always a popular event, and this year is no exception with a sold out event that offers attendees a chance to see the most cutting edge technology while interacting with industry leaders,” said Schwiebert. “Those searching for new ideas and a better picture of what is now and soon will be available to farmers will find the most extensive, comprehensive offering to date while exhibitors reach a larger audience than ever. As the demand for food, feed and fuel continues to grow, we look forward to helping our members and growers across America find ways to do it through this event.”

The NCGA booth, drew significant attention from participants looking to take action on pressing political issues that will impact farmers for years to come. Featuring the opportunity to contact legislators and regulators on the need for a farm bill and the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard, attendees passing by also saw video highlighting the important work NCGA has done on their behalf over the past year.

Those unable to attend the show are urged to join in efforts to express support for the Renewable Fuel Standard and for passing a farm bill in 2013 through NCGA’s online legislative action center by clicking here.

NCGA President Pam Johnson took time to speak with Off the Cob and urge farmers and their allies to take advantage of the online legislative action center.

“While it isn’t possible for the majority of growers to attend Classic, it is vital that they join in efforts to make our voices heard on Capitol Hill,” she said. “Our representatives and regulators in Washington need to understand the importance of a farm bill and the Renewable Fuel Standard not only to farmers but to all of rural America. A strong, secure agricultural sector is essential to our economic strength as a nation and to our national security. We need every voice available to act now if we are to get our message through the current clutter.”

To listen to the full interview with Johnson, click here.

NCGA’s booth also features information on the vast array of benefits available to members. From information on how the association’s programs and activities benefit growers to a full explanation of the special deals and savings to which NCGA members are entitled, farmers had a chance to explore how valuable membership can truly be. An explanation of membership benefits is also available online by clicking here.

Now in its eighteenth year, Commodity Classic will run through Saturday, March 2 in Kissimmee, Fla. To learn more, visit the website at