Contact: Harvey L. Buehring, (361) 767-5223
Writer: Jorge A. Ramirez, (210) 208-9311, firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI — Approximately 200 cotton producers, researchers and cotton industry experts will converge on Corpus Christi Nov. 7-8 for the Texas Gulf Coast Cotton Conference, “Improving Yield, Quality, Marketing.”
The event will be held at the Holiday Inn – Airport, 5549 Leopard Street. Registration is $40 per person.
Conference sponsors are Texas Cooperative Extension, the South Texas Cotton and Grain Association, and the Cotton and Grain Producers of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
According to Julie Bartos, a representative of the National Cotton Council, the event will focus on issues relevant to the future of the cotton industry with a wide variety of topics to be addressed by industry experts.
“The event will touch on all aspects of the cotton industry, including production, marketing, ginning, seed technology, plant physiology and textile marketing,” she said.
Bartos added that with the unstable economic climate in the cotton industry and agriculture in general, the conference is aimed at giving producers tools to help them through challenging times.
Reports on the status of the cotton industry will highlight the opening session. Representatives from the National Cotton Council, U.S. Textile Trade Association and Cotton Inc. will share their perspectives on the domestic and global cotton industries.
Another session will address fiber quality and varieties, with a focus on recent improvements and future needs. A panel will discuss characteristics of future cotton varieties for south Texas.
Featured luncheon speaker the opening day will be William Dunavant Jr., a world-wide cotton merchant headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., who will share his perspective on the global cotton market and factors influencing price trends for cotton in the year ahead.
Marketing strategies to enhance grower returns will be discussed in a panel of leading cotton merchandisers and marketing pool managers.
Several special issues on the program include regulatory agencies, aflatoxin control and changing production practices, including genetically engineered cotton, trends in insecticide use and conservation tillage. Boll weevil eradication and its impact on insect management and upcoming quarantine regulations will also be discussed.
Conference brochures and registration information are available from Texas Cooperative Extension offices in the Coastal Bend or by calling (361) 265-9203 and requesting a program and registration form.