From “Cotton in a New Era,” to an update on 15-inch cotton to reports from cotton experts in three states, the Southeast Cotton Conference on Jan. 25 at the Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, N.C., offers cutting-edge information designed to help farmers with their operations.

The conference gets under way at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.

The cost of the conference is $20 at the door, $10 in advance. Breakfast and lunch are included in the cost.

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 Certified Crop Advisor CEUs and pesticide credits with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

The conference is again being held at the Nash Community College Business and Industry Center. The annual conference sponsored by the Southeast Farm Press is a forum for upper Southeast growers to discuss issues related to cotton marketing and production.

Fifteen-inch cotton has been a hot topic this year as growers and others in the industry have followed the progress of the crop at Rogers Brothers Farms in Hartsville, S.C.

Gill Rogers will be on hand at the conference to share what he's learned from this year's crop. Rogers, who farms with his brother, John, grew 220 acres of 15-inch cotton this year. It was a project of John Deere Company, Monsanto Company, and Delta and Pine Land.

This year's conference features “Cotton in a New Era.”

Ed Jernigan, president and CEO, leads a distinguished group of speakers discussing the changes in the cotton industry.

Representatives with Monsanto Company, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences and Bayer CropScience will present information on new cotton technology.

Extension experts from North Carolina State University, Clemson University and Virginia Tech will give updates on research and production topics.

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