For the fourth straight year, farmers and other attendees to Commodity Classic will have the opportunity to welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the annual convention and trade show for soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum growers.
The secretary will deliver a keynote address to an expected crowd of more than 6,000 during the event's General Session on March 1 in Kissimmee, Fla.
"As we gather in Florida next week to explore ways to optimize farmers' sustainability, profitability and impact in the larger American marketplace, we are excited to hear the secretary's thoughts on how our farmers can better convey our relevancy to their urban and suburban counterparts," said ASA President Danny Murphy. "Secretary Vilsack has been a wonderful voice for farmers, and we're proud to have him again at this year's Classic."
The 2013 Commodity Classic takes place Feb. 28-March 2 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center and the Orlando World Center Marriott in Kissimmee.
In addition to social opportunities, the event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship-as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation.