Monday, Dec. 11 Keynote Addresses: "BioTechnologies for Agriculture: Promises and Progress" Arnold Foudin, Special Assistant, USDA

"Issues and Ethics of Genetically Modified Organisms" Charles Opperman, North Carolina State University

"Precision Agricultural Technologies: Opportunities and Obstacles" John Havlin, North Carolina State University

"How We Use Precision Agriculture Technologies on Our Farm" Kenneth Hood, Chad McLawhorn, others

Tuesday, Dec. 12 AGTECH 2000 Expo Three concurrent sessions including 20 topics related to variable nutrient, animal waste, pest, and irrigation management.

Geographic information systems and remote sensing.

Biotechnology/genomics in agronomic, vegetable, and fruit crops.

Economics of biotechnologies and precision agriculture.

Implementing precision agriculture at the farm and at the dealership.

Implementing identity preserved crops.

Yield monitoring and data quality.

Vegetable & Fruit Expo Production management of sweet potato, tomato, pepper, watermelon, small fruit, cucumbers, greenhouse crops, potato and brambles.

Quality assurance and marketing in vegetable and fruit production.

Alternative vegetable crops.

Farm market workshops.

Irrigation and sustainable production systems.

Wednesday, Dec. 13 Industry specific workshops and agricultural product demonstrations.

Core values open for interpretation

(But we can't tell you yet who they are...) From all across the Cotton Belt, nominations have come in for the Farm Press / Cotton Foundation High Cotton Award.

The judges had a tough job, because the outstanding growers represented, and the many things they're doing to produce a high quality, profitable cotton crop - while carrying out environmentally-sound practices - were most impressive.

But, the four High Cotton honorees for 2001 have been chosen - one from each major region: Southeast, Mid-South, Southwest, and Far West.

They will each receive expense-paid trips for two to the 2001 Beltwide Cotton Conferences at Anaheim, Calif., where they will be recognized and presented their High Cotton awards.

They will also be featured in special issues of the Farm Press publications during January.

Farm Press, publishers of Delta Farm Press, Southeast Farm Press, Southwest Farm Press, and Western Farm Press, is honored to co-sponsor the High Cotton awards with the Cotton Foundation, and to help recognize the outstanding work America's cotton growers are doing in the area of environmental stewardship.

To all who submitted nominations, we say a very sincere "thank you." The response reflects the keen interest in creating a greater awareness of what cotton growers are doing to advance the cause of environmental stewardship.

For information on the 2002 awards program, please contact: Sandy Perry, High Cotton Coordinator 662/624-8503