The 61st Mid-South Farm and Gin Show gets under way tomorrow (Friday, March 1) at the downtown Cook Convention Center in Memphis, offering more than 400 exhibits of the latest equipment, products, and services for the 2013 farming season.

If you’ve not done so, you can still pre-register online at farmandginshow.com, making it easier to obtain your badge and move quickly into the show. Simply click on the “Attendee Registration” button on the website, complete the information, print out the bar code and bring it with you to the show to get your name badge printed. Show staff will also be on hand to assist with on-site registration.

There is no admission for the show, but a badge is required to enter the exhibit areas. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The show is sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation, with Delta Farm Press as co-sponsor.

In addition to a convention center packed full of exhibits, there will be the usual Ag Update sessions Friday and Saturday, focusing on marketing, legislation, and other issues, and both days will feature special seminars on topics of interest to growers.

“There are many issues farmers face each year, from production and marketing, to legislation,” says Tim Price, show manager and executive vice president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, which sponsors the event. “The show gives us the opportunity to bring together experts in these areas and provide farmers critical information about the challenges they will face.”

The Ag Update seminars Friday and Saturday will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby meeting room. Friday’s session will feature industry updates, supply/demand outlooks for rice, wheat, and cotton, and market outlooks for all major Mid-South crops. The new president of the National Cotton Council, James F. “Jimmy” Dodson of Robstown, Texas, will provide an update on cotton issues; Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods, Stuttgart, Ark., will give the market outlook for rice; and Joe Nicosia, Allenberg Cotton, Memphis, Tenn., will present the cotton outlook.