U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas will deliver keynote addresses to an expected crowd of more than 4,500 farmers during General Session at the 16th Annual Commodity Classic, March 4 in Tampa, Fla.

“We are honored to welcome two of the most respected and influential men in Washington on agriculture issues to Commodity Classic,” National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott said. “With a new farm bill and election year looming, our growers will value their attendance and appreciate hearing about their positions on future farm policy.”

“It will be a pleasure to have both the Secretary and the new House Ag Chairman join us in Tampa,” said American Soybean Association President Alan Kemper. “I am looking forward to hearing how the Administration and Congress are going to work together to support the President’s National Export Initiative (NEI) goal of doubling exports in the next five years.”

Commodity Classic is the premier convention and trade show of the U.S. corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum industries. This year’s trade show will host nearly 900 booths showcasing the latest agricultural equipment, technology, products and services. In addition to walking the trade show floor, participants will also have numerous opportunities to take part in policy discussions, view demonstrations and attend learning sessions.

For more information, please visit Commodity Classic’s website: http://www.commodityclassic.com/.