U.S. cotton producers can tune in to practices that can turn over profits during the 2003 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Jan. 6 to 10, in Nashville, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

The National Cotton Council is the primary coordinator of the forum, which is recognized as the global champion for cotton technology transfer. The theme of the 2003 forum is "In Harmony--Research, Resources, Results."

The 48th annual Beltwide Cotton Production Conference, set for Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Wednesday, Jan. 8, will lead off with NCC Chairman Kenneth Hood discussing the U.S. cotton industry's health.

The program also will focus on new farm law implementation, conservation title benefits, pest management trends-strategies, fiber quality updates, innovative farming practices and marketplace insights.

Memphis cotton merchant W.D. "Billy" Dunavant Jr., will share his marketplace insights.

The production conference's afternoon sessions will offer producers an opportunity to get in-depth information on conference topics. Seminars will be conducted on: new products and developments, pest management, efficient nitrogen management, Quicken on the farm and options/hedging. Workshops will focus on the conservation program and seedling diseases.

The Cotton Foundation Technical Exhibit will open a day earlier and run longer than in the past: Jan. 6, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Jan. 7 and 8, 12 noon to 5 p.m. The cotton technical conferences will convene Jan. 9 and 10.

For further information, visit the NCC's Website, at www.cotton.org/beltwide, or contact the NCC's Debbie Richter, 901-274-9030.

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