Commodity Classic is coming soon

Many corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum farmers from around the country are already gearing up for their annual trip to the Commodity Classic. The 2013 Commodity Classic, taking place Feb. 28 to March 2 in Kissimmee, Fla.

Commodity Classic is the nation’s largest farmer led and farmer focused conference and trade show that is presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. The event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship — as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation.

Registration and housing reservations for the 2013 Commodity Classic has opened online and hotel rooms expected to book fast. The 2013 Commodity Classic will make use of two first-class venues, each within a free, five-minute shuttle ride of each other. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center will be the site for the General Session, trade show and educational sessions. Additional educational sessions also will take place at the Orlando World Center Marriott, as will Commodity Classic’s Evening of Entertainment, sponsored by Monsanto.

The sprawling trade show features just about everything that could interest a row crop farmer from big equipment to the massive technology contained in one very small seed. The line-up of nationally recognized speakers and leaders is also a highlight for many attendees. In addition, there are important policy discussion that set the stage for the following year in terms of the course of the four national organizations represented at the event. The hallway conversations and countless dinner meetings that accompany the Commodity Classic never fail to offer insights into agriculture from every corner of the county.

Then what a better way to conclude Commodity Classic than with some classic rock? The Monsanto Evening of Entertainment at the 2013 Commodity Classic will feature World Classic Rockers, a group of standout performers from legendary rock bands.

“After three days of attending thought-provoking presentations, encountering impressive innovations at the trade show and connecting with new and old friends, it’s always great to kick back before heading home,” said Mark Schwiebert, Commodity Classic co-chair. “Thanks to Monsanto’s sponsorship, attendees get to top-off their Classic experience with some high-energy fun.”

World Classic Rockers bring together some great names in Rock music from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Nick St. Nicholas started on the road to rock and roll history when he drove his band The Sparrow from Toronto to the Sunset Strip in search of a record deal. Once in Hollywood, the Sparrow changed their name to Steppenwolf and recorded the biker anthem “Born To Be Wild” for the film Easy Rider.

Decades later, Nick set out to form the ultimate classic rock band. The result is the World Classic Rockers.

Former Steppenwolf lead guitarist Michael Monarch brings WCR the same driving guitar licks that he performed for Steppenwolf hits such as “Magic Carpet Ride.” Randall Hall toured seven years with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s comeback band and now furnishes the band with guitar and vocals. Drums are manned by Aynsley Dunbar, whose beats were recorded on mega-hits “Wheel in the Sky” by Journey, “Jane” by Jefferson Starship and “Is This Love” by Whitesnake. Songwriter and vocalist Greg Walker provides a soulful sound that he perfected with the band Santana and is heard on their recordings of “She’s Not There” and “Stormy.”

WCR’s vocals are rounded out by Boston’s former lead singer Fran Cosmo who recorded band hits “I Need Your Love” and “Higher Power.” Rounding out the band’s roster of musicians is lead guitarist David Coyle and Mark Hoyt on keyboards.

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