Writer: D'Lyn Ford
RUIDOSO - Cotton growers can learn more about the new farm bill and the future of New Mexico's cotton industry during the seventh annual New Mexico Cotton Conference here Jan. 29. The conference is sponsored by the New Mexico Cotton Growers Association and New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.
"Cotton growers are impacted tremendously by what's in that farm bill, so it's very important for them to know about it," said Bill Gomez, NMSU Extension economist.
Gomez said participants will also hear presentations on boll weevil and pink bollworm control programs and the drought forecast for the state. "We also have some interesting results from variety trials conducted by NMSU researchers in the Mesilla Valley this past year," he said.
One of the highlights of the conference, Gomez said, is a presentation by Charles Stichler of Texas A & M University. "He's one of the premier agronomists in the country and his talk is called 'Thinking Like a Cotton Plant'," Gomez said.
The conference will be held at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Conference preregistration is $15 through Jan 23. Attendees also can register at the door for $20. Special rates are available at the Hawthorne Suites for conference participants by calling (505) 258-5500.
For more information on the conference or to preregister, contact Gomez at (505) 646-4543. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the conference, please contact Gomez in advance.
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