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Farmer Up! at the 2017 Commodity Classic

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn about the latest developments in agriculture by attending the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. On March 2-4, you can hear about the newest innovations and ideas from industry experts. 

The 22nd Annual Commodity Classic is the largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show in the nation. Last year, nearly 10,000 people attended this show produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.  

This year, the AG CONNECT Main Stage, sponsored by Successful Farming magazine, will feature industry icons such as consultant Jolene Brown; radio and TV hosts, the Hefty Brothers; and Marji Guyler-Alaniz, the founder of FarmHer. The Main Stage is open to all and will host sessions starting in the afternoon on Thursday, March 2, through noon on Saturday, March 4. (See schedule below.) 

Always a popular draw, Brown, a farmer, author, professional speaker, and champion for people in agriculture, will share about blazing a trail through agriculture’s “jungle.” “Opportunities abound for agriculture once we realize the pace, the people, the process and the products have all changed. It’s time we discover today’s top influencers on our customers,” says Brown.

Successful Farming magazine editors will host multiple sessions, where you’ll get to hear the latest from Dave Mowitz, executive machinery and technology editor; Laurie Bedord, advanced technology editor; and Jessie Scott, digital content editor; and others. 

Scott will share stories of three farmer veterans, including the Grand Prize Winner of the magazine’s Fighter to Farmer Contest, sponsored by Successful Farming® and Grasshopper Mowers. The contest received more than 120 entries from farmer veterans who served in almost every war and conflict since World War II. In this session, you will also learn about the ways the Farmer Veteran Coalition supports farmer veterans. 

Ray Bohacz, the SF Engine Man, will be a speaker on the AG CONNECT Main Stage, too. He’ll cover what you need to know about diesel fuel and why you should make fluid analysis part of your program. “It is time that we paid as much attention to the machinery as we do other parts of our operation,” says Bohacz. 

Covering two sessions at the AG CONNECT Main Stage is Al Kluis, Successful Farming marketing columnist. Kluis will provide price targets and critical change-of-trend weeks for 2017. Kluis has been a commodity adviser and broker since 1976, and he serves as the president and managing partner of Kluis Commodities in Minnesota. 

Surround yourself with an engaging environment at the convention and trade show. 

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