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Networking with Other Farmers Added Benefit of Attending Commodity Classic

(Posted February 9th 2017 @ 10:30 AM by: Beth Musgrove)

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Networking with Other Farmers Added Benefit of Attending Commodity Classic

 

ATTENTION NEWS DIRECTORS:  Two audio cuts are included with this release.  Suggested intros and transcripts of each are included at the end of this news release.

 

 

ST. LOUIS (February 9, 2017)—Conversations in the hallways and over lunch are an integral part of the educational experience at Commodity Classic as farmers share their knowledge, passion and insight with their colleagues from across the nation.

 

The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held March 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas.  Attendees can register for all three days or register for one day only. 

 

Attendee surveys indicate that networking with other farmers is a highly rated experience at Commodity Classic.  “Commodity Classic attracts thousands of America’s best farmers from across the nation—and they all share a passion for agriculture and a thirst for knowledge,” said Ed Erickson, Jr., a North Dakota farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic.  “We share with each other how we can make our farms more profitable; and, if I can tweak anything that comes from Texas or the East coast to make my farm even better, that really adds to the value of attending Commodity Classic.

 

Kevin Ross, an Iowa farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic, said that striking up a conversation with other farmers is easy to do. “All you’ve got to do is reach out and shake somebody’s hand, and all of a sudden you’re going to be talking shop to them.  Just having that handshake and meeting somebody new can really benefit your own farm.  Over the years, that networking has become very valuable to our operation, and there’s not a better place to do it than Commodity Classic,” he said.

 

The 2017 Commodity Classic includes an impressive line-up of educational sessions, inspiring speakers, a huge trade show, entertainment and a wide array of technology, innovation and agronomic information.  Discover more and register online at www.commodityclassic.com.  Hotel reservations should also be made through that website.

 

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 Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

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INTRO/CUT #1:  Erickson_Sharing (:20)

Ed Erickson, Jr., a North Dakota farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic, said that learning from other farmers from across the nation adds value to the Commodity Classic experience:

 

“We share with each other what makes each other more profitable or how we can make our farms more profitable; and, if I can tweak anything that comes from Texas or the east coast or, you know, the middle of the country…that’s what we really talk about is what each other does to make each other profitable.”

 

INTRO/CUT #2: Ross-Handshake (:28)

Kevin Ross, an Iowa farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic, said that starting conversations with other farmers at the event is easy to do:

 

“All you’ve got to do is reach out and shake somebody’s hand, and all of a sudden you’re going to be talking shop to them—about what’s going on in your place, and I’ll guarantee you’ll learn some stuff just by talking to folks and hearing what kind of issues they may be dealing with and how they deal with them.  Just having that handshake and meeting somebody new can really benefit your own farm.  I’ve found that over the years that networking is just a really, really valuable piece to our own operation, and there’s not a better place to do it than Commodity Classic, I can tell you that…”