2015 Commodity Classic breaks previous attendance records

2015 Commodity Classic breaks previous attendance records

About 8,000 attend the 2015 Commodity Classic held last month in Phoenix, Ariz.

Nearly 8,000 people attended last month's 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz., besting previous attendance records.

Total attendance was 7,936, more than 600 over the previous record, 7,325, set in 2014.

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"Our farmers were actively engaged in everything the landmark event had to offer, with many arriving early for policy sessions and coming to association meetings," Commodity Classic Co-Chair Sam Butler said.

The trade show featured an all-time high of 355 participating companies, representing a record 170,500 net square feet of booth space. In 2014, 301 exhibitors used 126,200 net square feet.

About 8,000 attend the 2015 Commodity Classic held last month in Phoenix, Ariz. (Commodity Classic file photo)

Other records broken were the number of growers, at 4,328 (compared to 3,874 in 2014); and the number of first-time attendees, at 1,409 (compared to 1,261 in 2014).

"The number of first-time attendees we saw at this year's Classic was important to us," Commodity Classic Co-Chair Bart Schott said. "It shows that growers are spreading the word about the value of the Commodity Classic experience."

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The 21st annual Commodity Classic will take place March 3-5, 2016, in New Orleans.

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 and National Sorghum Producers.

Starting in 2016, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and many of its members will be joining the event.

Source: Commodity Classic

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