I am city boy. My paternal Grandfather was a farmer, but we only got to go to the farm for a few days a year on vacation. When I think about the Mississippi Delta, I think about Blues, characters, food, and cotton in that order. My friend Tim Price of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association seems intent on having me learn more about agriculture, so I got an invite to the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show at the Cook Convention Center, February 25-26.
Agriculture is a BIG deal
In case you don’t know it, cotton, and agriculture in general, is a big deal. I certainly didn’t anticipate the size of the show, the number of people attending, or the number of exhibitors. I was like a fish out of water or a tourist to another planet, gawking at the huge pieces of equipment, asking some pretty stupid questions to the salespeople, while contemplating the process of turning those white, late-summer Delta feilds into Levis and Oxford dress shirts, and trying to imagine what those gadgets, both mechanical and electronic, do. Continue reading