Feb. 25-27 in San Antonio Thousands of corn and soybean growers from across the United States will soon converge on San Antonio, Texas, for the premier agricultural event of the year - the 2001 Commodity Classic, Feb. 25-27.

Located on San Antonio's famous Riverwalk, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will host the combined convention and trade show of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the American Soybean Association (ASA).

"Commodity Classic organizers have once again put together a first-class event bringing together the nation's top corn and soybean growers," says NCGA President Lee Klein. "This is a true opportunity for growers to improve their profitability."

Commodity Classic is the premier venue for growers to learn and network with leading innovators in crop production and agribusiness industry representatives to improve their efficiency and profitability. The 2001 Classic agenda includes a diverse range of production, education, new product seminars and top entertainment events.

"Commodity Classic helps keep producers on the cutting edge of new technology," says ASA President Tony Anderson. "It is an event that every grower can learn and benefit from by putting the information to practical and profitable use."

Here is a listing of some of the seminars and events that will take place:

- Learning Center Education Session topics include: Variable Rate Application With Remote Sensing, Sprayer Nozzle Research and Grower Spraying Accuracy, Zone Tillage and Residue Management equipment, Environmental Regulations That Will Make Growers Change Practices, Future of the Farm Bill, Grain Utilization and Export Outlook, Making a Family Farm a Family Business and Marketing Grain on Your Own or Farming the LDP. Learning Center sessions are sponsored by Aventis.

- "What is New" (WIN) product seminars and a huge trade show featuring more than 600 exhibit booths. A one-stop-shop to learn about new products coming to the marketplace.

- Idea sharing and networking with 3,500 or more growers and industry leaders.

- Optional San Antonio tours and sightseeing.

Headlining this 2001 Commodity Classic evening of entertainment is the award-winning Oak ridge Boys, one of America's best-known country acts.

What new value-added traits for cotton varieties are in the pipeline? Find out at the 2001 Beltwide Cotton Production Conference, Jan 10-11 in Anaheim, Calif.

In the first of the Beltwide's four panels, "Cotton Variety Improvement," Lake Providence, La., producer Donna Winters will lead a discussion of how the U.S. cotton industry can work more efficiently to address grower needs regarding cotton varieties.

Panelists include Jack Hamilton, producer, Lake Providence; Stephen Oakley, breeder, California Planting Cottonseed Distributors, Shafter, Calif.; geneticists Roy Cantrell, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, and Fred Perlak, Monsanto, St. Louis; and seed company representatives Thomas F. `Bud' Hughes, Stoneville Pedigreed Seed, Memphis; Jane Dever, Aventis, Collierville, Tenn.; and Tom Kerby, Delta & Pine Land, Scott, Miss.

The panel will discuss how growers can work with the research community to enhance progress on bringing new varieties to the marketplace and will identify resources needed to make that happen. Conferees will hear what new value-added traits are in the transgenic cotton pipeline such as early maturing, improved fiber quality and insect, pathogen or nematode resistant, including latest Bt cottons.

For more information about Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Jan. 9-13, visit www.cotton.org/beltwide or call NCC's Debbie Richter, (901) 274-9030.