The 2021 Special Edition of Commodity Classic concluded Friday afternoon with a keynote address from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack’s comments put the final touches on three-and-one-half days of outstanding education, presentations from top agricultural experts and personalities, and networking between farmers and the companies with which they do business.
The online event took place March 2-5 and attracted nearly 6,000 attendees from 49 states and 24 countries, with more than 4,000 farms represented. Commodity Classic, which celebrated its 25thanniversary in 2021, pivoted to a digital event this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“This Special Edition of Commodity Classic was truly special,” said Brad Doyle, an Arkansas soybean farmer and co-chair of the 2021 Commodity Classic. “We had more educational sessions and presentations than ever before. It was great seeing the enthusiasm and engagement of thousands of farmers from across the nation and around the world.”
“This year’s successful digital event was the result of an outstanding team effort,” said Anthony Bush, an Ohio corn farmer and co-chair of the 2021 Commodity Classic. “The cooperation, collaboration and dedication among our sponsors, our associations, our farmer-leaders and the Commodity Classic staff proved just how important this event is to everyone involved. Everyone was committed to its success—and it showed.”
The 2022 Commodity Classic is scheduled for March 10-12, 2022, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Premier Sponsors of the 2021 Special Edition of Commodity Classic were AGCO, Bayer, Case IH, Corteva Agriscience, John Deere and United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff.
Champion Sponsors were BASF and Syngenta. Key Sponsors were Kubota/Great Plains, New Holland, Pioneer, Precision Planting and Valent.
Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is presented annually by the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
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