The seventh annual Southwest Crops Production Conference, scheduled Feb. 8, 2005, at the Lubbock Civic Center, will feature a revamped format and expanded enterprise coverage.

“We’re switching to a concurrent sessions format to provide a more varied educational program,” says Ron Smith, editor of Southwest Farm Press, a co-sponsor of the event. “One of our big dilemmas the last few years in devising a program has been editing the possible presentations to a small enough number to fit in a one-day session. The split sessions will allow us to provide two tracks of material.”

The daylong event, which also features a trade show, will offer two general sessions. A morning session will include market outlooks, legislative updates and risk management information. An afternoon program features a grower panel and a laws and regulations session. “We anticipate awarding up to five continuing education units regardless of which track a grower chooses,” Smith says.

One concurrent track will focus on cotton and peanut production; the other will feature grains, forages and livestock. “Interest in forage production has increased over the past few years in the High Plains as dairies have moved into the area,” Smith says. “And we’ll offer management tips for livestock producers.”

In addition to Southwest Farm Press, conference co-sponsors include: Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Tech University, The Texas Cooperative Extension Service, The Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, USDA Agricultural Research Service, The Texas Corn Producers Board, The Texas Grain Sorghum Producers and The Texas Peanut Producers Board.

For more information, contact Farm Press Publications at (662) 624-8503 or check the Crops Production Conference micro site at www.southwestfarmpress.com