This Week’s Headlines
Commodity Classic marks 18th year for Md. growers
CENTREVILLE, Md. (July 5, 2016) — Farmers are invited to the Maryland Commodity Classic on Thursday, July 28, at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park.
Hosted by the Maryland Grain Producers Association, Maryland Soybean Board, Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, and Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association, the 18th annual meeting is one of the premier events for grain farmers in the region.
“This year’s classic offers farmers an even greater opportunity to get the latest on farm research and current topics, particularly at the national level,” said Dr. Robert Kratochvil, Maryland Commodity Classic chairperson and a researcher at the University of Maryland. “Mid-Atlantic growers are in an uniquely advantageous situation. Five national farm organization leaders call Maryland and Delaware home, and all will be on the program to answer questions at the Classic.”
Amidst controversial headlines on food production, there is an increased need for consumer understanding of what farmers do.
A session on how to talk about sustainability to the public begins the Classic. Conducted by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, the Sustainability Communications Training at 9:30 a.m. will help farmers discover how to utilize today’s crucial, consumer-engaging language to relate to their farm production. Participants are encouraged to call MGPA to ensure a seat.
At 10:30 a.m., a research session at the 4-H Park will update farmers on checkoff-funded projects designed to make their operations more productive and profitable.
Exhibits and informational displays will open at 10 a.m. The afternoon program begins at 1 p.m., with the business meeting followed by a panel of national leaders.
Rounding out the program is keynote speaker Charlie Arnot, the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Food Integrity, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to building consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system.
The Classic concludes with the famed Crab Feast, Pork and Chicken Barbecue. Entry prior to 2:30 p.m. is $10, and after 2:30 p.m. the entry fee is $20; there is no entry after 3:30 p.m. Maryland Grain Producers Association members receive a free ticket.