With the cotton market poised to begin a long, wild ride toward higher prices over the months ahead, being an informed marketer could pay off handsomely. Cotton producers can learn specific market-based strategies for how to manage price risk at the Cotton Price Management and Pricing Strategies Seminar, Wednesday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Towers, 801 Avenue Q, Lubbock, Texas.

Experts will discuss why options on cotton futures are critical to your business and outline hedging strategies based on various price scenarios. Instruction includes basic and intermediate workshops on using options on futures to manage price risk. Instructors Carl Anderson, Texas A&M University and Mike Stevens, Swiss Financial Services, will discuss when and how to use a variety of option strategies including fences, 3-ways and calendar back spreads.

The seminar will include a production cost outlook by John Robinson, Texas A&M University economist; a market outlook by cotton marketing specialist O.A. Cleveland; and information on hedging countercyclical payments by Kelli Merritt, CropMark, Inc., Lamesa, Texas.

To register, contact Kay Wriedt at 919-678-2271 or kwriedt@cottoninc.com. There is no attendance fee and lunch will be provided. The event is sponsored by Cotton Incorporated in cooperation with Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.