Farmers look to Southern Farm Show to improve profits

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Farmers looking towards the 2016 growing season are understandably nervous.  Since the long run of high commodity prices has ended, many are rethinking their operations, from crop selection to equipment purchases. Some are looking for answers, while others have decided the best road forward for them, and are seeking the right strategy to implement their plan.


One thing farmers throughout the Carolinas do know is that the annual Southern Farm Show, Feb. 3-5 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, is a valuable resource to help make those important decisions. Another certainly is that this year’s show, which continues to grow to accommodate more companies wanting to participate, will indeed be worth the trip to Raleigh.

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Show Director David Zimmerman confirmed that the 2016 show will be the largest yet, with over 400 manufacturers and service providers represented. A fourth large exhibit tent has been added to the show that already fills the four major exhibit halls and acres of outdoor exhibits at the fairgrounds. The show also utilizes three other fair buildings for meetings, workshops and special events.


“As farmers diversify and adjust, the show diversifies and adjusts along with them.” says Zimmerman, noting that a good selection of new equipment and services will be found among over 50 first-time exhibitors, as well as from the traditional companies who annually modify and change their offerings to match farmers’ needs.


The show indeed serves as an annual gathering place for agriculture.  Organizations including the N.C. Pork Council, the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina, and the N.C. Soybean Producers Association hold meetings at the show.  Other concurrent events include the N.C. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Development Forum, the N.C. Department of Labor annual Gold Star Growers Workshop, and a show kick-off breakfast organized by the Wake County Agribusiness Council.  Farmers can also earn pesticide continuing education credits at the show.


The Southern Farm Show runs Feb. 3-5. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Southern Shows Inc. at 800-849-0248 or visit


-Submitted by Show Media Dept.