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Leading trade shows collaborate

Jordan Anderson 10/23/2013 @ 11:46am Digital Content Editor for Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the National Corn Growers Association, and the American Soybean Association announced on Tuesday that they will be collaborating for the AG CONNECT Expo & Summit and Commodity Classic in the future.  

This means there will be no AG CONNECT in 2015.  The first collaborative exposition will take place in March 2016 in New Orleans and will continue as an annual event. However, the 2014 and 2015 Commodity Classic will carry on as planned.

Commodity Classic is the annual convention and trade show owned by the National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association, with the National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers as affiliates. 

The AG CONNECT Expo & Summit is owned and operated by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the North American-based international trade group for the off-road equipment manufacturing industry including agriculture, construction, forestry, mining, and utility.

Charlie O’Brien, AEM senior vice president, said, “We have great respect for the professional approach the Commodity Classic has brought to the industry and feel it is consistent with the vision AEM members have designed into the AG CONNECT experience.  Great things can happen in the industry when leaders work together, have a long-term vision, and stay focused.”

“Commodity Classic and the AG CONNECT experience are two outstanding events for our audiences,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, an Illinois corn grower. “We recognize how our programs can complement and extend the value for our members, exhibitors, and attendees.”

“We both value the power of education and of top-quality interaction among attendees and exhibitors on the show floor,” said ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean grower in Mississippi.

“Commodity Classic will remain a farmer-led and farmer-focused event as it moves forward with our new partner. The timing is now right, and our new event will deliver even more value to all show participants.”

To read the full press release, click here.

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