Kentucky corn farmers joined with other farmer members from soybean, wheat and sorghum for the 2016 annual Commodity Classic held in New Orleans, LA. KY Corn leaders spent their week in New Orleans exploring the one-of-a-kind trade show and attending convention break out sessions. Attendees leave the week with fresh ideas and enthusiasm to work toward improving net farm incomes for our nations' grain farmers.
When leaders weren't walking the trade show, they were taking part in the National Corn Growers Association's (NCGA) Corn Congress. Farmer delegates discussed and voted on resolutions related to biotechnology, communication strategy, ethanol, membership programs and climate change . KyCorn president Richard Strode and KyCorn Vice President Mark Roberts served as Kentucky's voting delegates during the proceedings.
During the general session of Commodity Classic, NCGA President, Chip Bowling addressed the audience. "Commodity Classic gives us the opportunity not just to celebrate great work, meet with friends and learn about new products and services, it allows growers to get together in one place to shape policy for our organization." Chip continued, "this year, all eyes and ears will be focused on the importance of protecting the farm safety net and building profitable demand for our farmers when corn production is high and corn prices are low."
Total attendance was 9,770 with a record number of growers attending. Additionally, the trade show featured an all-time high of 433 participating companies, including 128 first-time exhibitors.