Growers Head to Tampa for Action-Packed 2011 Classic

February 25, 2011 Bookmark and Share

Wheat growers from around the country are packing their bags for sunny Tampa, Fla., the site of the 2011 Commodity Classic.

Activities for the convention, which is also NAWG’s annual meeting, begin Wednesday and continue through Saturday evening. Some highlights are expected to include:

NAWG Meetings
NAWG will hold a full complement of policy committee meetings at Classic beginning Wednesday. Full details are available online at

The NAWG Foundation and NAWG Boards will meet Saturday, at which time new officers will be elected and installed for both organizations.

Attendees who are not officially affiliated with NAWG should note that some meetings could be closed at the discretion of the panels’ chairmen. NAWG’s media access policy is at

NAWG will provide audio updates online at from all meetings as soon as practicable after they conclude.

Ag Leaders at Classic
Commodity Classic planners announced late last week that both House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack are scheduled to speak at the Classic general session Friday morning. Commodity group leaders are expected to also meet privately with both men.

Trade Show
The Wheat Industry Booth at the 2011 Classic trade show will feature representatives and information from NAWG, U.S. Wheat Associates and the Wheat Foods Council. Activities will include a prize wheel and an educational display about the six classes of wheat. The full show will feature exhibits from more than 220 companies in 870 booths.

NAWGF-Sponsored Learning Sessions
The NAWG Foundation is sponsoring two learning center sessions at the 2011 Commodity Classic.

A Friday session – “New pesticide permits: are you sure you know what you need to know?” – will feature Larry Elworth, agriculture counselor to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, while a Saturday session – “Failing to communicate: it’s not an image problem, it’s a trust problem” – will feature Center for Food Integrity Executive Director Terry Fleck.

Times and locations will be available in the Classic show program.

Media Information
On Monday, NAWG will send out a media advisory to the Association’s press list and media members who have registered for Classic. Others interested in this information can get it by e-mailing Melissa Kessler, mkessler (at)

More Online
Much more information about Commodity Classic is available online at

This page, which is also accessible from the Classic icon on the NAWG home page, will be updated throughout the convention with the latest news, audio updates and more.

Those at home can also follow NAWG events at Classic through Twitter and Facebook at and