Commodity Classic Scores A Big Hit in the Big Easy

March 17, 2022

Commodity Classic Scores A Big Hit in the Big Easy

Mar 17, 2022

Author: Kris Martinez

Nearly 8,000 Attendees in New Orleans for Farming’s Must-Attend Event


Nearly 8,000 attendees – farmers as well as exhibitors, industry stakeholders and members of the media – gathered for the 2022 Commodity Classic, as the popular annual event returned to an in-person format March 10-12 in New Orleans. 


“We were so excited to be live and in-person in New Orleans after a digital event last year,” said Gerry Hayden, 2022 Commodity Classic co-chair and soybean and corn farmer from Kentucky. “The energy of seeing everyone together after being separated for two years by the pandemic was amazing. What a great start to 2022.”


Gary Porter, a Missouri corn and soybean farmer and co-chair of the 2022 Commodity Classic, said, “There’s nothing like connecting in person and seeing the best agriculture has to offer. I can’t wait to see everyone again at the 2023 Commodity Classic in Orlando.” 


The 2022 Commodity Classic featured more than 50 educational sessions, a sold-out trade show with nearly 400 exhibitors, a keynote address by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and policy meetings of the sponsoring commodity associations.  Attendees enjoyed a wide variety of presentations from top farmers and well-known industry leaders along with tours of popular New Orleans attractions. Guests were also treated to the Saturday night Evening of Entertainment with country music entertainer Sara Evans. 


The 2023 Commodity Classic will be held March 9-11, 2023, in Orlando. For information, visit