The 13th annual National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference, Southern Corn and Soybean Conference, and the Southern Precision Agriculture Conference will be held at Harrah’s Convention Center, Tunica, Miss., Jan. 12-14, 2010.

The event is sponsored by Cotton Incorporated and US Rice Producers Association and is a production of MidAmerica Farm Publications, with Farm Press Publications as a media co-sponsor.

The newly founded Southern Field Crop Alliance will hold its first meeting and conference Jan. 13-14, immediately following the NCSCRC.

Further information relating to SFCA can be found at http://www.mafg.net.

Attendees are invited to attend all the conferences; one registration fee will cover all events scheduled for Jan. 12-14.

Registration information can be obtained at http://www.mafg.net, by mail, or by phoning (573) 547-2244.

“The main emphasis of the conference is reducing production costs and increasing yields in cotton, rice, soybeans and corn through precision agriculture in its many forms,” says John LaRose, publisher of MidAmerica Farm Publications and NCSCRC organizer.

“We’ve put together 95 different speakers, who are scheduled to present their information at two different times. Some speakers will have three sessions. This will allow attendees multiple opportunities to check out a wide range of sessions.”

The NCSCRC features 31 unique cotton sessions presented by 18 researchers and 15 farmers.

Rice production experts from five states will conduct 32 unique rice sessions — 16 researchers and 16 farmers.

The 11 unique corn sessions will feature six researchers and six farmers representing four states.

The soybean sessions will feature 12 unique sessions presented by six researchers and six farmers from four states.

Precision ag sessions will feature nine unique presentations presented by five researchers and four farmers from four states.

The NCSCRC trade show is popular with attendees and exhibitors. According to LaRose, “Our tradeshow is sold out. Exhibitors jumped on the opportunity to display their products this year.” The trade show will be Jan. 12-14.

“Tunica is a perfect setting for the conference, providing a relaxing atmosphere where farmers and re¬searchers can visit; compare notes; ask questions and get answers,” says LaRose.

The SFCA conference will cover all southern crops — cotton, soybeans, corn, rice, wheat, sorghum, peanuts, sugarcane, tobacco and sweet potatoes. Over 65 researcher presentations will cover all professional disciplines from Texas to Virginia.