North Carolina’s agriculture community will meet in Durham on Jan. 17-18 for the annual All Commodities Conference, featuring the latest information on cotton, corn, small grain and soybean production in the state.

This year’s conference will be hosted by the North Carolina Soybean Growers Association. Charles Hall, executive director of the association says planners have tweaked the meeting a bit this year to make it easier for growers to see all the professional presentations.

Keynote speaker for the conference will be Dennis Gartman, editor of the Gartman Letter, a Suffolk, Va.-based publication that features in-depth information on grain buying and selling.

“With all the uncertainty over pricing for grain crops and cotton this year, we felt like Gartman’s comments would be timely and, hopefully, helpful to growers who are having a tough time figuring out what to plant next year,” Hall says.

The keynote address will be followed by another timely presentation by University of Nebraska Economist Ron Hanson. A highly regarded expert on farm estate planning, Hanson’s topic is, “Keeping your farm in the family for the next generation.”

A part of the tweaking of the conference scheduling that Hall mentions involves splitting up the traditional corn, cotton, soybean, small grain research and Extension updates presented each year by specialists in each crop at North Carolina State University.

Jim Dunphy, long-time soybean specialist at North Carolina State will provide his insights on last year’s crop and provide research updates on his work, designed to help soybean growers reach optimum production.

With prices expected to remain high, soybeans, especially planted in a double-crop situation with wheat, will likely be a top choice for North Carolina growers next spring and summer.

Ron Heiniger, corn specialist and weather guru at North Carolina State, will give growers an update on high yield tests and other research findings. Corn, like soybeans, is expected to be a popular crop of choice for North Carolina growers.

For those who missed Hanson’s first presentation, he will provide an encore, but slightly different presentation aptly entitled, “What if the “what if” actually happens in our family.”