Commodity Classic 2003 is headed to Charlotte, N.C., and anyone interested in the corn or soybean industry is invited to attend.

Nearly 4,000 of the most progressive farmers, industry representatives and media in America plan to attend the eighth annual Commodity Classic, the combined convention and trade show of the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Feb. 27 - March 1, 2003.

Both organizations plan separate policy-making sessions and will share an extensive array of seminars and workshops on new technology and management. There is also an exciting General Session and a Trade Show with 152 exhibitors in 668 booths.

NASCAR team owner, former football coach and businessman Joe Gibbs will highlight Friday's General Session. Also during the General Session, a panel of growers and agricultural industry experts will talk about the importance of “defending agriculture.”

The major business and policy issues that affect the nation's corn and soybean farmers as well as changes in both associations should provide plenty of timely story ideas. NCGA President, Fred Yoder and ASA President, Dwain Ford will open Commodity Classic events with back-to-back news conferences at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27

Also, there are our popular What is New (WIN) sessions, which offer an opportunity for selected industry representatives to discuss new production technologies, products or services recently placed on the market.

Learning Center sessions offer tips on how to implement production practices to increase corn and soybean yields, reduce costs and improve efficiency.