Paulsen Attends Commodity Classic

March 9, 2016

The largest Commodity Classic ever was held in New Orleans, March 3-5, with over 9,800 growers and exhibitors attending. Paulsen representatives Sara Steever, president, and Greg Guse, EVP, industry analyst, participated in the three-day event.

“With over 400 exhibitors, the event was very impressive,” said Steever. “The Commodity Classic has grown rapidly over the past five years to become one of the premier indoor expositions in agriculture.”

The Commodity Classic brings together the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Sorghum Producers and, for the first time, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

Each of these organizations held member meetings during the convention to address various issues they face. For example, promoting voluntary nutrient management programs (NMPs), increasing ethanol use and improving consumer attitudes about technology in production agriculture were the top priorities of the National Corn Growers Association.

Given the current ag economy and depressed corn prices, the priority goals of the Corn Growers are to increase demand, boost the amount of ethanol used by 2020 to 4 billion gallons and increase exports of corn and corn products.

Similarly, the American Soybean Association addressed a number of issues with its members, including the debate on GMO labeling and opposition to the idea of splitting farm and nutrition provisions in future farm bills.

The wheat industry is fighting a decline in acres, including a projected decrease of 6.7 percent in this year’s planting intentions. One of the suggestions to come from this association was to sponsor a national yield contest, similar to those run by the Corn Growers and the Soybean Association, as a way to reverse the trend.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers is putting their efforts behind a push for nationwide wi-fi coverage, citing the importance of collecting and managing data in today’s farming operations.

Paulsen clients Raven and Kubota Tractor Corporation were among those companies exhibiting at the event.

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