By Clint Thompson
One day down, one to go at the annual Citrus and Specialty Crop Expo. This year’s two-day event commenced on Wednesday in Tampa, Florida.
As expected, the first day of the show attracted hundreds to the Florida State Fairgrounds, which is the first time the event has been held at the venue. Those in attendance were able to meet Florida Ag Commissioner Wilton Simpson and hear from him during the general session.
His presence at this year’s Expo is a big reason preregistration numbers were up for the event, believes Josh McGill, show director for AgNet Media.
“We’re super excited to see how great the first day turned out. Commissioner Simpson was here, and it was great to have him. I think the crowd was real excited about that. I think him coming really pushed our preregistration numbers this year,” McGill said. “We were up which is great to see especially with everything going on in the industry. We had a great turnout with on-site registration. The show is still going on (Thursday) until 2 p.m. If anyone still wants to come out, we’d love for them to come by and see the show.”
Thursday’s trade show will start at 8 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. Separate seminar sessions for citrus and specialty crops will be held Thursday morning as well.