The Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, to be held in Memphis Feb. 29-March 1, will give growers and ginners a firsthand look at a broad array of new ag products and technologies.

It will be the 56th year for the event that draws thousands to the downtown Cook Convention Center to see the industry's latest offerings.

Also featured will be Ag Update seminars that will focus on the outlook for the major Mid-South crops, as well as key farm issues, legislation, and special sessions on marketing for profit in today's volatile environment.

As usual, the 2008 show is expected to be a sellout, says Tim Price, executive vice-president for the Southern Cotton Ginners and the SCGA Foundation, sponsors for the event.

“We've had a tremendous amount of interest by exhibitors and all our showrooms will be filled with companies offering a wide range of products and services. We have exhibitors from almost every state and eight foreign countries.”

Coming off a year of “major acreage changes in Mid-South and Sunbelt cropping patterns and the challenges of weather and volatile markets,” it's increasingly important for farmers to be able to get the latest information as they begin to firm up plans for the new season, Price says.

“Probably no other area in the country has shown as much adaptability to the changing crop and market conditions we've seen in the past year, and that experience will be valuable as agriculture moves into the 2008 crop year.

“There are many exciting developments in terms of technology, biotechnology, and other new products,” Price notes, “and since our show comes just before the start of the new season, it offers growers an opportunity to get their first look at the latest products and services designed for today's progressive farm and agribusiness operations, and to talk one-on-one with company representatives.

“Within the convention center's show halls will be a huge reservoir of intelligence resident in the company officials and experts available to discuss not only their products, but the trends they see in the industry.”

This year's show, which is co-sponsored by Delta Farm Press, is expected to have more than 400 exhibits, Price says, running the gamut from the latest equipment, to seed, chemicals, and services.

“We will have many new exhibitors, bringing a new array of products,” Price says, “and a lot of our every-year exhibitors are increasing their space, so it's going to be a very diverse show spanning all the major Mid-South crops.”

Increasingly, in recent years, the show has attracted foreign visitors who come to get a firsthand look at the latest developments in agriculture, he says.

“While we're proud of the cotton and ginning heritage of the show, it has evolved over the years into a stage for exhibitors representing all of our crops. We believe it is the premier indoor farm show in the South.”

“Memphis is a fun place for the entire family to spend a weekend,” Price says, “and we hope everyone will mark their calendars and plan to come and be a part of this year's big show Feb. 29 and March 1.”

Coinciding with the show is the annual meeting of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and its member associations from Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas-Missouri, and a number of ginner events are held during the week of the show.