Two major agriculture shows will collaborate on a single event beginning in 2016. The AG CONNECT Expo & Summit will join forces with Commodity Classic to launch the new event in March 2016 in New Orleans.
The biennial AG CONNECT, owned by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), took place in late January in Kansas City. The tradeshow that focuses on agricultural equipment had more than 220,000 net square feet, nearly 400 exhibitors and 11,000 attendees.
The annual Commodity Classic, which focuses on agricultural products, is a joint venture of the National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association (ASA) with affiliate relationships with the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Sorghum Producers.
It drew about 6,200 attendees, primarily farmers, in late February to Kissimmee, Fla.
AG CONNECT began an odd-year rotation in 2011 (after a 2010 launch) to complement Messe Hannover’s Agritechnica, held in even-numbered years in Hannover, Germany.
However, following the announcement about the joint agreement with Commodity Classic, AG CONNECT will not be held in 2014. Meanwhile, Commodity Classic will be held as usual: in San Antonio in 2014 and in Phoenix in 2015.
The new show, to be called Commodity Classic, will take place annually.
“We both value the power of education and of top-quality interaction among attendees and exhibitors,” says ASA President Danny Murphy in a statement.
Along with AG CONNECT, AEM produces some of the largest manufacturing-related tradeshows in the world, including CONEXPO-CON/AGG, World of Asphalt and IFPE.