A sellout of exhibit space for the 2010 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show “is an indication of the industry’s optimism for agriculture’s strength and vitality,” says Tim Price, show manager.

“All our space in the traditional showroom areas is filled, and we’re working to try and open up additional exhibit areas,” he says of the 58th annual show scheduled for Friday/Saturday, Feb. 26-27 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis.

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the event, sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, with Delta Farm Press as co-sponsor.

“After all the problems producers faced during the 2009 season, more than ever before they’re looking for answers and new ideas for better coping with adversities,” Price says.

“Our show continues to be the pre-season place for producers to get the latest information on production and management, see the newest equipment and products, and interact one-on-one with hundreds of experts in dozens of agricultural disciplines.

“In the seven years I’ve been associated with the show, I don’t think we’ve ever had as many applications for space to exhibit new products and services — yet another indication of how this industry rises to challenges by developing solutions for farmers’ needs.”

A topic of major interest at this year’s show will be a seminar on weed resistance, to be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.

“This is clearly an issue that has far-reaching implications for our growers, agronomically, economically, and from a conservation tillage standpoint,” Price says. “We’ll have specialists from the Mid-South states on hand to present the latest information, and we are going to compile a list of exhibitors offering products and services related to weed resistance, so farmers can have an opportunity to talk with them further while at the show.”

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will lead a discussion of political and legislative issues.

“It’s an honor for us to have the senator join us,” Price says, “and we urge everyone to plan on attending this session.”

Admission is free, but registration is required for admittance to the show areas.

Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The informational Ag Update seminars to be held Friday and Saturday will include outlook sessions for cotton and grains, along with comments from industry officials.

Headliner speakers for the 8:30 a.m. Friday seminar will be Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods, and Joe Nicosia, Allenberg Cotton Co.

At the Saturday 8:30 a.m. session, Richard Brock, Brock and Associates, will present his in-depth seminar on grain marketing.

The member associations of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association will be holding their annual meeting during the week of the show, with informational sessions and other events, including the annual banquet honoring the Ginner of the Year.

For more information about the show, contact the Southern Cotton Ginners Association at (901) 947-3104 or visit its Web site, farmandginshow.com