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Commodity Classic, Ag PhD announce partnership

ST. LOUIS, MO -- Two of agriculture’s leading brands have joined forces to amplify the grower education experience at the nation’s leading farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show.  Ag PhD and Commodity Classic have announced a new partnership designed to attract more farmers to Commodity Classic and provide even more opportunities for farmers at the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans, March 3-5.

Through the partnership, Ag PhD will promote Commodity Classic at its farmer workshops and through its various communications and outreach platforms.   Darren and Brian Hefty of Ag PhD will also be featured on the AG CONNECT Main Stage on the Commodity Classic trade show floor.  Their presentation, scheduled for Saturday morning, will focus on ways that farmers can improve their return on investment through cost control, precision farming and other strategies.

“Ag PhD is all about education and Commodity Classic is one of the best educational events of the year for farmers,” said Darren Hefty.  “When it comes to meeting other top-end producers from across the country who are doing a great job or simply learning about new technologies and management practices, Commodity Classic is one of the best places for farmers to be.”

Darren and his brother Brian have attended Commodity Classic for years.  “We go every year because we always learn a lot.  Commodity Classic is helping our farm get better.  It’s helping our farm make more money,” he added.

“We’re very excited to partner with Ag PhD for the 2016 Commodity Classic,” said Fred Stemme, vice president of marketing and operations for the National Corn Growers Association.  “The Hefty brothers have earned a great reputation across the country for their insight, innovation and ability to communicate with growers.  Commodity Classic is focused on providing farmers a wide range of opportunities to improve their operations, their profitability and themselves.  This partnership with Ag PhD is a great thing for our event and everyone who attends.”

Registrations for the 2016 Commodity Classic are running well ahead of last year’s record attendance.   Additionally, the trade show will be the largest in Commodity Classic’s 20-year history.

“The 2016 Commodity Classic is going to be the biggest and best ever—and it comes at a critical time for agriculture,” Hefty said.  “You can bury your head in the sand, or you can work to gain new information and more knowledge to improve your return on investment.   Commodity Classic is the can’t-miss event for farmers who want to succeed in these challenging times. We’re thrilled to play an even bigger role at this high-quality event.”

Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade 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.

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