Although 2011’s bull run of cotton prices appears to be over for now, prices are still at historically high levels and could spike higher depending on fundamentals and outside market forces. To learn how to take advantage of these pricing opportunities with options and futures, be sure to attend Cotton Incorporated’s free seminar in Memphis, on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The information-rich workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Ave. There is no attendance fee and lunch will be provided.

“The seminar will cover the basics, as well as some of the more intermediate information related to cotton futures and options, specific hedging strategies involving the use of cotton options contracts and real world applications,” says Jeanne Reeves, Cotton Incorporated’s director of agricultural research and Ag Division staff economist. “Knowledge of these market-based strategies is critical for increasing the bottom-line of producers, and we encourage them to attend this seminar at no cost.”

Speakers at the conference will include Carl Anderson and John Robinson from Texas A&M University who will discuss when and how to use a variety of option strategies including: fences, 3-ways and calendar back spreads. O.A. Cleveland, a cotton marketing specialist, will give a cotton market outlook. Cotton specialist Mike Stevens will lead the discussion.

The event is sponsored by Cotton Incorporated and Delta Farm Press.

To learn more, contact Jeanne Reeves, Cotton Incorporated, 919-678-2370, jreeves@cottoninc.com or Kay Wriedt at 919-678-2271 – kwriedt@cottoninc.com.