Farm & Gin Show program coming Your next Delta Farm Press, dated Feb. 16, will include a copy of the official program for the 2001 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show.

The 76-page book, which is produced by Delta Farm Press, will be mailed to all subscribers of the publication, giving them a two-week advance look at what's on tap for this year's big show March 2-3 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis.

The show, which draws thousands of visitors each year, is sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Assn. and Delta Farm Press.

"The program includes a list of the more than 400 exhibits at the show, along with a floor diagram showing where each exhibit is located," says Lee Todd, association executive vice president and manager of the show. "It also has information about events at the show and for the annual meeting of the ginners association, which will be going on at the same time."

And there are numerous articles about Mid-South crops, ginning, and other agriculture-related topics.

From the latest in equipment, to seed, chemicals, and services, and other products, growers will find it in the diverse exhibits that make up the largest indoor farm show in the South and the largest cotton equipment trade show in the nation.

This year's show will offer a broad array of information, from crop price outlooks to a chance to see firsthand the latest agricultural equipment, products, and services, Todd says.

"With our show taking place just before the new season gets under way, growers have a unique opportunity to obtain the latest information about everything that's important to them as they make decisions for the 2001 crop year that's just around the corner," Todd says.

"This marks our 49th year for the show," Todd says. "From its beginning, it has attracted leading farmers, ginners, and agribusiness companies for a simple reason: It's one of the best agricultural exhibits in the U.S."

Also a big draw for attendees are the Ag Update Seminars, held Friday and Saturday mornings. These always result in a packed house, and this year is expected to be no different, as an outstanding panel discusses topics at the top of growers' hot lists. Here's the lineup for this year's sessions:

Friday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. - John Maguire, legislative director for the National Cotton Council, Washington, D.C., will discuss the outlook for agriculture under the new administration and new Congress.

- Richard E. Bell, president and chief executive officer of Riceland Foods, Stuttgart, Ark., who will present his analysis of rice, soybean, and wheat markets.

- William "Billy" Dunavant, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Dunavant Enterprises, Memphis, will conclude the program with his annual assessment of what's happening in the cotton market in the U.S. and worldwide and what he sees in the cards for 2001 and beyond.

Saturday, March 3, 8:30 a.m. - Arkansas Representative Marion Berry will discuss the outlook for agricultural legislation and other issues of importance to farmers.

- Kenneth Hood, Mississippi producer/businessman, will discuss the economics and practical applications of precision farming technologies.

The doors for the big show open at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday and close at 5 p.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Be on the lookout for the official show program that will be included in your Feb. 14 Delta Farm Press.

Free shuttle bus service will operate between the Convention Center and the Peabody Hotel. Since parking can sometimes be tight in the Convention Center area, a suggested alternate is to use one of the several parking garages and lots near the Peabody and catch the shuttle from the hotel. Buses will leave frequently during show hours from the Union Avenue entrance to the Peabody. Or you can park in one of the lots near the Peabody and walk a couple of blocks to the trolley line.