“In Harmony — Research, Resources, Results” is the theme of the 2003 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Jan. 6-10, in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, formerly the Opryland Hotel Nashville.

The National Cotton Council is the primary coordinator of the forum, which seeks to strengthen U.S. cotton's competitive position in domestic and world markets and to increase industry members' profitability. The objective for reaching that goal is to speed the transfer of pioneering technology to U.S. cotton producers and other industry members via that forum.

The 48th annual Beltwide Cotton Production Conference is set for Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Wednesday, Jan. 8. Some of the program topics being considered are the new farm program, secondary pest management, biotechnology traits in the pipeline, financial planning and marketplace insights. The program also will feature producers who will share innovative and successful farming practices.

The conferences will again feature special workshops and seminars, The Cotton Foundation Technical Exhibit and the cotton technical conferences. For further information, contact the NCC's Debbie Richter, P.O. 820285, Memphis, TN. 38182 (901) 274-9030 fax (901) 725-0510 or e-mail drichter@cotton.org.