The National Cotton Council-coordinated 2009 Beltwide Cotton Conference (BWCC) is set for Jan. 5-8 at the Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk hotels in San Antonio, Texas. The forum will be held under a theme of “Improving Our Farm, Future and World.”

General information can be found by clicking on the ‘09 BWCC icon on the NCC's home page, http://www.cotton.org.

Bill Robertson, the NCC's manager, agronomy, soils and physiology, said among topics being considered for the Beltwide Cotton Production Conference are: 1) energy management, 2) insect/weed management and resistance, 3) a farm law update with an emphasis on the conservation program component, 4) what's in the technology pipeline, including seed varieties, and 5) a cotton economic outlook.

“With the high cost of fuel, energy management has become a major factor in several production practices and is affecting overall profitability,” Robertson said. “Innovative energy conservation practices and alternative energy sources should be of interest.”

Robertson said efforts will be made to make all workshops more hands-on and geared toward producers. The Cotton Consultants Conference that was initiated at the 2008 BWCC in Nashville will be continued.

Programming information, instructions for meeting registration/housing reservations and other information will be posted later at http://www.cotton.org/beltwide.