Mark Gold's market outlook presentation was so popular with attendees at last year's Joint Conference of the N.C. Corn, Small Grain and Soybean Association that he's been asked back for the 18th Annual Meeting, Jan 18-19, 2007, at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.
Gold will address some emerging opportunities for corn, soybeans and small grain producers in both morning and afternoon sessions on Thursday, Jan. 18. During his first morning presentation he will discuss the market outlook for the three commodities and follow that up at 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon with a discussion of marketing and risk management.
This will be the first meeting Charles Hall has attended the meeting in his new role as chief executive officer of the N.C. Soybean Producers Association and he is interested to hear Gold's presentations. "Gold is managing director of Top Third Ag Marketing from Chicago and he's a very well known marketing analyst and consultant," Hall explains. "I guess you could say he's a "prognosticator" of the market."
Hall notes all three commodity associations hold their business meetings on Thursday morning during which they elect officers. "In our case the soybean producers will also approve their research recommendations for the projects we fund for the upcoming year," he adds.
N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler will follow Gold's Thursday afternoon session with an update from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Among others, some of the speakers to be featured during the two days are Ken McCauley, president of the National Corn Growers Association and Mark Stowers, vice president of research and development for Broin Companies, headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This year's conference theme is "New Solutions – Creating Your Future."
Farmer production and efficiency awards are given out at the conference on Thursday afternoon. On Thursday evening there will be a banquet and special awards. Glen Ward, known for "wholesome entertainment with a timely message," is on the card to provide entertainment.
Crop production seminars will be held on Friday morning, featuring N.C. State University crop scientists Ron Heiniger, Jim Dunphy and Randy Weisz, addressing corn, soybeans and small grains, respectively.
Arthur Weissinger from NCSU's Department of Crop Science will talk about plant transformation technology.
NCSU agricultural engineer Grant Ellington will discuss strategies for a safe workplace.
For more information on the conference, or to register, call (919) 877-9392.