FARGO, N.D. – Reserve Tuesday, Feb. 12 on your calendar for the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo, which will again be held at the FargoDome in Fargo. This is the second year the corn and soybean organizations have combined their program into an action packed one-day event.

“We were very pleased with the results we had with joining the corn and the soybeans together into one day,” said Stephanie Sinner, executive director of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association. “We realize our farmers farm multiple crops and so it works better for everybody, when time is a limited resource, to join our efforts for one really great day together.”

The trade show will be down on the arena floor this year, which will allow for better traffic flow. In addition, part of the arena floor will be offered as the Research Pavilion.

“Both corn and soybean will have some of the research specialists from NDSU on site and it will be an area of booth space dedicated to specific research aspects for both crops,” Sinner said. “This will be open during the time the trade show is open.”

Two keynote speakers will highlight the day’s activities. The first speaker of the day will be author and humorist Mark Mayfield. He will go on stage at 8:30 a.m. in rooms 201-204 in the upper level of the FargoDome.

Mayfield will take a hard look at the morphing of agriculture with his presentation, “The Changing Face of Agriculture.” Technology, communication and change are the only way ag traditionalists can prevail in tomorrow’s economy. His program will be high in content, but also high in hilarity because he believes, “say it with humor and people will take the message home.”

Closing out the day, Chip Flory will discuss, “Global Market Trends.” His presentation will start at 3:30 p.m., in the same area. Author and radio host Flory will address global and domestic trends from the supply and demand tables for corn and soybeans. He will also cover any on-going trade issues between the U.S. and global trading partners as well as the overall health of the ag economy.

Between these two keynotes sessions, growers have the opportunity to attend the tradeshow and take in some breakout sessions. Following is a schedule of events for the day:

7:30 a.m.     Lobby area – Buffet Breakfast Arena Floor – Trade Show and Research Pavilion

8:15 a.m.     Rooms 201-204 – Welcome Remarks

8:30 a.m.     Rooms 201-204 – Mark Mayfield – “The Changing Face of Agriculture”

9:45 a.m.     Arena Floor – Visit the trade show

10:00 a.m.   Arena Floor – AgriTalk live broadcast

10:15 a.m.   Breakout Sessions – I

Main Stage – International Trade Update with Jim Sutter of U.S. Soybean Export Council and Lesly McNitt, National Corn Growers Association

Theater Room – N.D. Corn Growers Association annual meeting

Room 101-102 – DTN Weather with Bryce Anderson

Rom 104 – Palmer amaranth panel with Kirk Howatt, Tom Peters, Joseph Ikley and Richard Weisz

11:15 a.m.   Rooms 201-204 – Hot Top Panel: International Trade and What it Means to Your Operation

     Moderator: Michelle Rook and Panelists: Jim Sutter, Lesly McNutt and Bill Wilson, NDSU

Noon Arena Floor – Lunch and Visit the trade show

1:00 p.m.    Breakout Sessions – II

          Main Stage – Insect & Disease Panel moderated by Abbey Wick

          Theater Room – ND Soybean Growers Association annual meeting

          Room 101-102 – Water Management and Wetland Regulation with Kale Van Bruggen

          Room 104 – Managing Stress with Dr. Sean Brotherson and Meg Moynihan

It is free to attend the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo, but registration is required to ensure you will receive a meal. Registration can be completed online at www.northerncornsoyexpo.com. You are asked to fill out the information completely. Please pick up your Producer Badge upon arrival at the FargoDome. Parking will be free at the FargoDome.