Ed Jernigan, president and CEO of Globecot and the Jernigan Group, will headline a group of speakers on the topic, “Cotton in a New Era” at the Southeast Cotton Conference Jan. 25, 2005, in Rocky Mount, N.C.

A noted cotton marketing expert, Jernigan calls the new era “The China Century,” pointing to China's growing influence in world cotton markets.

The annual Southeast Cotton Conference will be held at the Nash Community College. The conference provides a mid-winter break for farmers to discuss the coming season and reflect on the past season.

Sponsored by Southeast Farm Press, the conference is a forum for upper Southeast growers to discuss issues related to cotton marketing and production. The cost of the conference is $20 at the door, $10 in advance.

John Deere Company is the sponsor of the lunch. Bayer CropScience is sponsoring the breakfast. Stoneville, an Emergent Genetics company, is sponsoring the break.

Application has been made for Certified Crop Advisor CEUs and pesticide credits with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

The spacious facilities of the Business and Industry Center on the campus of Nash Community College in Rocky Mount provide an ideal location for the conference. Growers have a chance to interact with both exhibitors and speakers during the conference.

This year's conference features “Cotton in a New Era;” discussion about new cotton technology that's arrived or on the horizon; and updates from experts with the Extension services at North Carolina State University, Clemson University and Virginia Tech.

Growers will also share production experiences at the conference.

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