Updates on the bugs and diseases pressuring the cotton crop, new technology and marketing are the featured topics at the 2005 Southeast Cotton Conference.

The annual conference is a mid-winter forum for cotton producers in the Upper Southeast scheduled Jan. 25 at the Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, N.C. This year, the conference will also feature an update on the Asian soybean rust situation.

The cost of the conference is $20 at the door, $10 in advance.

John Deere Company is the sponsor of the lunch. Bayer CropScience is sponsoring the breakfast. Stoneville, an Emergent Genetics company, is sponsoring the break.

Hartsville, S.C., cotton producer Gill Rogers is the featured on-farm speaker. Rogers will talk about his experiences with 15-inch cotton this season and his plans for the future.

Noted cotton marketing expert Ed Jernigan will be on a panel of experts talking about “Cotton in a New Era.” Jernigan is president and CEO of Globecot and the Jernigan Group.

The conference also features Extension experts from North Carolina State University, Clemson University and Virginia Tech.

Speakers include Jack Bacheler, Keith Edmisten, John vanDuyn and Steve Koenning of North Carolina State; Ames Herbert and Joel Faircloth of Virginia Tech; and John Mueller and Mike Jones of Clemson University.

Cotton Incorporated's Mike Watson, Carolinas Cotton Growers Cooperative president Mike Quinn, and North Carolina State's Blake Brown will speak at the annual conference.

Representatives from Bayer CropScience, Monsanto, Syngenta and Dow AgroSciences are on tap to speak at the conference.

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