Commodity Classic: New Orleans Lifts Mask Mandate


The host city for Commodity Classic 2022 lifted its mask mandate this week for indoor gatherings. The mask mandate in New Orleans, reimposed in January during the omicron surge, ended Thursday morning. Curt Blades from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, one of the host organizations of Commodity Classic, says ending the mandate is welcome news.

“Recently as of yesterday, we’ve been alerted that New Orleans has lifted their mask mandates, so the farmers that are attending Commodity Classic, will be able to see their bright shiny faces and have normal conversations with the exhibitors as they walk through the booth. So, we encourage all farmers  to attend Commodity Classic and really get back together, as an industry.”

He says farmers attending Commodity Classic will see the latest technology in agriculture.

“We’re excited to have the annual gathering of agriculture and the best and brightest technology along with some of the most progressive farmers in North America, all gathering in one spot to discuss the issues of the day, learn a little bit more about how to make their operations more efficient, and really see some of this advanced technology on the crop protection side as well as the precision ag and machinery side. Really excited about that taking place in New Orleans.”

Commodity Classic begins Thursday March 10 and ends Saturday March 12. The event is partnering with SafeAccess to follow all state, local, and venue guidelines related to COVID-19, including verification of a COVID-19 vaccine or negative COVID-19 test. However, organizers say “This is a rapidly-changing situation.” Visit for the latest information.