(Posted Thu. Feb 25th, 2016)

The educational experience at Commodity Classic will be even bigger and better in 2016, thanks to the addition of a new presentation area located right on the trade show floor.


The AG CONNECT Main Stage, which will be located near Aisle 100 on the trade show floor, is presented by Commodity Classic and Successful Farming.   The stage will feature a series of seminars, panel discussions and demonstrations that are sure to attract large audiences.


The 2016 Commodity Classic will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 3-5.  Registrations for Commodity Classic are on pace for another record-breaking attendance.   This year’s event will also feature the largest trade show in the two-decade history of Commodity Classic, which should ensure large crowds at the AG CONNECT Main Stage.


The line-up for the AG CONNECT Main Stage is as follows:




•        “What’s New Session Previews” which will provide short 3-minute sneak peeks of the 40-minute “What’s New” sessions scheduled for Friday and Saturday

•        “Stop the Fighting on the Way to the Funeral Home™” presented by Jolene Brown will put a humorous spin on managing family issues related to farming and transitions between generations.

•        “What is the Next American Agricultural Dream?” In which futurist Brian David Johnson provides his outlook for the future of American agriculture

•        “Ag Showcase: Tools of the Future” will include key areas of innovation such as robotics and sensors.




•        “Farmer Panel Discussion:  Data-Driven Decision Agriculture” in which innovative farmers will share information on how they use and apply data in their operations.

•        “Agribusiness Executive Panel Discussion:  Innovation in Spite of a Tough Market” will highlight how leading agribusiness companies are investing in innovation.

•        “Ag Showcase:  Winning the War on Weeds” will help growers decipher what herbicide sites and modes of action can mean in weed control strategy.

•        “Ag Showcase:  Big Data ROI” in which Tyler McClendon, Dr. John Fulton and Doug Hackney will discuss how to find buried value in data and how different data streams can improve productivity and profitability.




•        “Cooking Demonstration” will feature a well-known chef sharing Creole recipes featuring eggs and poultry.

•        “More Profit in 2016 Through Better Agronomy” will feature Brian and Darren Hefty of Ag PhD talking about key decision points in a farming operation.

•        “Who’s Hiding the Humor?™” during which Jolene Brown will share how a positive sense of humor extends to better health and other benefits.


The AG CONNECT Main Stage provides a new venue for grower education in addition to the Learning Center Sessions, What’s New Sessions and Mini What’s New Sessions that are offered at Commodity Classic.


“Education is a hallmark of Commodity Classic and the addition of the AG CONNECT Main Stage takes it to a new level,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Sam Butler, an Alabama soybean farmer.  “There’s a dynamite line-up of diverse and powerful presentations designed to inspire, inform and entertain.  We’re very excited about the value this new opportunity adds to the Commodity Classic experience.”


Attendees are encouraged to download the Commodity Classic mobile app to build their own schedule, receive alerts and keep up on event details.   Information on downloading the mobile app is available at


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.


For more information on registration, housing and the schedule of activities, visit