“In Harmony — Research, Resources, Results” is the theme of the 2003 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Jan. 6-10, in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, formerly the Opryland Hotel Nashville.

The National Cotton Council is the primary coordinator of the forum, which seeks to strengthen U.S. cotton's competitive position in domestic and world markets and to increase industry members' profitability.

The objective for reaching that goal is to speed the transfer of pioneering technology to U.S. cotton producers and other industry members via that forum.

The 48th annual Beltwide Cotton Production Conference is set for Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Wednesday, Jan. 8. Some of the program topics being considered are the new farm program, secondary pest management, biotechnology traits in the pipeline, financial planning and marketplace insights.

The program also will feature producers who will share innovative and successful farming practices.

The conferences will again feature special workshops and seminars, the Cotton Foundation Technical Exhibit and the cotton technical conferences. A conferences' information booklet will be mailed in mid-September to previous attendees, and the information will be posted on the NCC's web site, www.cotton.org/beltwide.

For further information, contact NCC's Debbie Richter, P.O. 820285, Memphis, TN 38182, 901-274-9030, fax 901-725-0510 or e-mail drichter@cotton.org.

The Beltwide Cotton Conferences brings together those with a stake in a healthy U.S. cotton production sector, including industry members, university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel, consultants and allied product and service providers.