Rooms are still available, but nearing a sellout, for the National Cotton Council-coordinated 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences set for Jan. 3-6 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

Instructions for housing/registration and other conference information, including the final program, are available at www.cotton.org/beltwide. The final program also will be distributed at the conferences.

The Cotton Production Conference’s general session will feature 1) what went right and wrong in the 2011 growing season, 2) producing cotton with a changing arsenal of plant protection products, 3) proven marketing strategies and 4) an update on new farm policy development and other legislative issues.

The Production Conference's workshops will foster interaction between speakers and attendees on timely topics ranging from “Conventional Cotton: Back to the Future” to “Thrips and Nematode Management: Making the Right Decisions on Early-Season Pest Control.”

As in the past, the New Developments from Industry workshop will feature allied industry representatives talking about new and emerging technology and products such as plant varieties, chemistries, equipment and software.

The 5thannual Cotton Consultants Conference will offer insights gained from the 2011 growing season and a discussion on weed resistance management, particularly ways to enhance pigweed control, in 2012.

The Beltwide Cotton Conferences also include the Cotton Foundation Technical Exhibits and 13 cotton technical conferences.