Thousands of U.S. corn and soybean growers will converge on San Antonio, TX, for the premier agricultural event of the year--2001 Commodity Classic, Feb. 25 to 27.

Located on San Antonio's famous Riverwalk, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will host the combined convention and trade show of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the American Soybean Association (ASA).

"Commodity Classic organizers once again have put together a first-class event bringing together the nation's top corn and soybean growers, says NCGA President Lee Klein. "This is a true opportunity for growers to improve their profitability."

Commodity Classic is the premier venue for growers to learn and network with leading innovators in crop production and agri-business industry representatives to improve their efficiency and profitability. The agenda includes a diverse range of production, education, new product seminars and top entertainment events.

"Commodity Classic helps keep producers on the cutting edge of new technology," says ASA President Tony Anderson. "It is an event that every grower can learn and benefit from by putting the information to practical and profitable use."

Heading this 2001 Commodity Classic evening of entertainment is the award-winning Oak Ridge Boys, one of America's best-known country acts. For decades, the Oak Ridge Boys have entertained millions, with their recordings, television and personal appearances. Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of the Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits and a No. 1 pop smash, which has earned them numerous awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring 15 years of hits and 50 years of tradition to a stage show that is widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. Some of their top hits include: "Elvira," "Beautiful You," "American Made" and "I'm Setting Fancy Free." Commodity Classic's entertainment finale is a Monsanto-sponsored concert.

Seminars and events at a glance includes:

--Learning Center Educational Session topics include: Variable Rate Application With remote Sensing, Sprayer Nozzle Research and Grower Spraying Accuracy, Zone Tillage and Residue Management Equipment, Environmental Regulations That will Make Growers Change Practices, Future of the Farm Bill, Grain Utilization and Export Outlook, Making a Family Farm a Family Business and Marketing Grain on Your Own or Farming the LDP. Learning Center sessions are sponsored by Aventis.

--"What Is New" (WIN) product seminars and a huge trade show featuring more than 600 exhibit booths. A one-stop-shop to learn about new products coming to the marketplace.

--Idea sharing and networking with 3,500 or more growers and industry leaders.

--Optional San Antonio tours and sightseeing.

NCGA and ASA members will receive a registration packet in the mail. Complete registration and reservation information will be available after Nov. 15 by calling 636-928-3700. Watch for the official Commodity Classic web site: www.commodityclassic.com.

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