Hundreds of farmers attended the Maryland Commodity Classic on
Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park.
Hosted by the Maryland Grain Producers Association (MGPA),
Maryland Soybean Board, Maryland Grain Producers Utilization
Board, and Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association, the annual meeting is the premier event for grain farmers in the
“This year’s classic offered farmers an even greater opportunity to get the latest on farm research and current topics, particularly at the national level,” states 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 four were able to 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 was included. Conducted by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, the Sustainability Communications Training helped farmers discover how to utilize today’s crucial, consumer-engaging language to relate to their farm production.
Research presentations updated farmers on checkoff-funded projects designed to make their operations more productive and profitable. Exhibits and informational displays opened at 10 a.m. The afternoon program included awarding college scholarships and the National Leaders Panel. Rounding out the program was 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 concluded with the famed Crab Feast, Pork and Chicken Barbecue. Maryland Grain Producers Association members received a free ticket - join today!