A Cotton Fiber Quality Seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, March 16, at the Rural Develop Center in Tifton, Ga. The goal of the seminar is to discuss issues facing Georgia and Southeastern producers and to develop ideas about how to improve fiber quality, demand and profit.

The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. with an introduction and welcome. Topics and speakers include the following: Cotton Fiber Development — Phil Jost, University of Georgia agronomist; Historical Fiber Quality Data/National, Regional and State — Steve Brown, University of Georgia agronomist; Fiber Quality Concerns, Farm Income Losses, and Market Challenges — Don Shurley, University of Georgia agricultural economist; Textile Industry Perspective and Comments — South Bryan, Avondale Mills; Effects of Fiber Quality on Yarn and Fabric — Mike Watson, vice president for Fiber Quality Research, Cotton Incorporated; Grower, Ginner and Merchant Comments; On-Going Research and Investigations — Craig Bednarz, Stanley Culpepper, Lloyd May, Phillip Roberts, Jimmy Webb, Helen Epps and others; The Micro Gin Project — Craig Bednarz, Bill Mayfield and David Bridges.

A tour of the Micro Gin will be held at 12:15 and lunch will be provided for those who RSVP. Contact Ann Goodwin by phone at 229-386-7497 or via e-mail at anngood@uga.edu.