Third annual Southwest Crops and Production Conference SOUTHWEST FARMERS will have an opportunity to get up-to-date market and production information for major commodities Feb. 13 at the third annual Southwest Crops and Production Conference slated for the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

Speakers will provide in-depth looks at market opportunities as well as production tips for cotton, corn, wheat, grain sorghum and soybeans.

"We scheduled this meeting just before planting time to provide Southwest farmers an opportunity to get the latest information on technology and vital supply/demand information for marketing," says Mike Gonitzke, President and Publisher of Southwest Farm Press, one of the conference sponsors.

A conference highlight will be a farmer panel discussion on strategies to survive in an increasingly difficult agricultural business environment. Panelists will be named later.

"Our first two conference were resounding successes, based on participant response, and we expect the 2001 conference to be better," Gonitzke says.

In addition to Southwest Farm Press, sponsors include: Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Lubbock; College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University; The Texas Agricultural Experiment Station; the Texas Agricultural Extension Service; and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service.

Farmers and private pesticide applicators will receive continuing education units (CEUs).

In addition to the seminars, participants will see the latest in equipment and production technology at the agricultural Expo.

Registration for the Conference and Expo is free. Lunch will be available for a nominal fee.

Conference registration begins at 8 a.m. and seminars begin promptly at 9 a.m. The Conference and Expo will close at 5 p.m.