The National Cotton Council is the conferences’ primary coordinator. The conferences’ goal is 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 new technology to U.S. cotton producers and other industry members via that forum.

The 47th annual Beltwide Cotton Production Conference is set for Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 10. The conference’s general session will feature reports and panel discussions on such topics as biotechnology, cotton improvement, cultural practices for least-cost production, fiber quality, global competition, marketing and new technologies.

Afternoon hands-on workshops will focus on electronic tools, nematodes and precision agriculture. Seminars and panels will cover agricultural chemical consolidation, E-trading, insurance and new developments from industry.

The cotton technical conferences, including joint sessions and poster sessions, will run Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12. The Cotton Foundation Technical Exhibit will be open Jan. 9-10.

A conferences’ information booklet will be mailed Sept. 10 to previous attendees, and the information will be posted on the NCC’s web site, www.cotton.org/beltwide. For further information, contact the NCC’s Debbie Richter, P.O. 820285, Memphis, TN 38182 (901) 274-9030 FX (901) 725-0510 or email drichter@cotton.org.

In addition to cotton producers, ginners and other industry members, the Beltwide Cotton Conferences brings together those with a stake in a healthy U.S. cotton production sector, including university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel, consultants and allied product and service providers.

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