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From Commodity Classic (Tampa, Fla.) – Wheat growers from around the United States arrived in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday to begin the policy meetings and networking events that will highlight the 2011 Commodity Classic.
Commodity Classic is the premier convention and trade show for wheat, corn, soybean and sorghum growers. It is also the annual meeting for the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), which joined the event for the first time four years ago.
Though dozens of major agriculture events happen each year, Classic offers a unique opportunity for crop growers to meet with their colleagues representing different organizations, supply chain contacts, political leaders and members of the media.
“NAWG joined Classic because it is the place to be to network with our fellow growers and work on policies that benefit all of us,” said NAWG Chief Executive Officer Dana Peterson. “We expect a productive 2011 Classic that strengthens our relationships with corn, beans and sorghum growers, while having a bit of fun, too.”
Commodity Classic is an enjoyable mix of policy work, networking, education and entertainment.
NAWG policy committees are scheduled to meet Wednesday, and NAWG’s Board of Directors is scheduled to meet Saturday.
NAWG is the principal sponsor of a large Wheat Industry trade show booth that will meld education and fun, offering visitors the chance to win an entry into an exciting raffle by answering wheat trivia questions.
For the second year in a row, the NAWG Foundation is pleased to be able to sponsor two learning center sessions specifically on topics of importance to wheat growers – pending pesticide permitting requirements and communicating with the public.
NAWG will also host a reception for its incoming and outgoing presidents and a dinner and auction fundraiser.
Much more about Classic is available at www.wheatworld.org/2011Classic, a site that will be updated daily throughout the show.
Contact: Melissa Kessler, NAWG, mkessler (at) wheatworld.org