From global positioning systems to computerized yield monitors to specialized biotech seed traits, modern technology has revolutionized farming.

Corn and soybean farmers from across the country will have an exciting opportunity to see the newest cutting-edge advances in technology at Commodity Classic, Feb. 24-26 in Austin, Texas.

Commodity Classic is the annual convention and trade show presented by the American Soybean Association (ASA) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).

This year's trade show features more than 700 booths highlighting a wide variety of new equipment, products and services that are important to farmers.

“The trade show is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best ever,” said NCGA President Leon Corzine. “Growers will see top-notch exhibits featuring the best corn and soybean industry businesses, as well as forward-looking companies from sectors outside of agriculture. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the latest and greatest technology and talk to representatives from some of the most progressive companies in the world.”

ASA President Neal Bredehoeft reminded growers that Commodity Classic is about more than the newest technology. Farmers will also have the opportunity to participate in seminars about production marketing, management and today's hottest agricultural issues.

Bredehoeft said, “This year's Commodity Classic provides an outstanding combination of education sessions, issues updates and industry interaction, all designed to help growers expand their opportunities for growth and profitability.”

Noted ag commentator John Phipps, an audience favorite, will once again moderate the Commodity Classic General Session panel, which includes Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore; agriculture biotechnology expert Sano Shimoda; and Lynn Jensen, U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural development director for South Dakota.

The panel will discuss, “Growing America's Future.”

To complete the General Session, motivational speaker and Olympic skier Vince Poscente will provide an energetic keynote address that includes a series of proven performance strategies that growers can incorporate into their own operation.

Another highlight of Commodity Classic will be the “Evening of Entertainment” featuring the well-known and award-winning country music group Restless Heart.

Individuals can still register for Commodity Classic through Feb. 10 and receive a discount of $25. Online registration is available at www.commodityclassic.com.

For more information about Commodity Classic and to find out about hotel accommodations, visit www.commodityclassic.com or call 1-636-928-3700.