For the Saturday morning Ag Update seminar, Richard Brock, Brock Associates, Milwaukee, Wisc., will provide his unique insight and analysis of grain markets and offer marketing recommendations for the coming year, along with insight into the political environment and the farm bill and its impact on agriculture.

Once again, show attendees will also be able to download a mobile app to their smart phone or other electronic device to enhance their show experience. The app features show schedules and updates, as well as maps and exhibitor information — all designed to enhance the showgoing experience.

The 2011 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show featured one of the first mobile apps available for farm shows, and was very popular, Price says. “We’ve continued to improve the app and make it even more useful and functional.

SCGA events Thursday

Member associations of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association will be holding several events in conjunction with the show.

The annual meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Feb. 28) in the Venetian Room at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. The meeting is open to anyone who has an interest in the topics presented.

Program participants include Richard Kelley, Tennessee grower/ginner and president of the National Cotton Ginners Association; Richard Byler, USDA Cotton Ginning Laboratory, and Tommy Valco, USDA/ARS cotton technology transfer and education coordinator, both at Stoneville, Miss.; and Mike Watson, Cotton Incorporated. They will provide updates on ginning research and on maintaining U.S. cotton’s fiber quality for customers worldwide.

At 6:30 this evening, in the Forest Room at the Peabody Hotel, the association will hold its honors reception and banquet (tickets are required).

Harry Flowers, Mattson Gin, Mattson, Miss., will be honored as the association’s Ginner of the Year. The SCGA Memorial Scholarship, honoring the late Melio Sandroni, Shaw, Miss., ginner, will be presented. There will also be a memorial salute to an industry pioneer, the late A. L. Vandergriff, for his service to the cotton industry.

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