AMARILLO – Three "Developing This Year's Marketing Plan for Cotton" meetings will take place in February in the Panhandle, said a Texas Cooperative Extension specialist.

The meetings, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, will be:

– Feb. 7 at the Carson County Gin at White Deer;

– Feb. 8 at the Moore County Gin near Etter; and

– Feb. 9 at the Hereford Community Center in Hereford.

Dr. John Robinson, Texas Cooperative Extension specialist/cotton marketing in College Station, and Mike Stevens, cotton specialist for the commodity division of Swiss Financial Services and hedging advisor, will teach the sessions.

Stevens, who is from Mandeville, La., is considered one of the leading cotton marketing experts in the nation, said. Dr. Steve Amosson, Extension economist in Amarillo.

Producers can learn about fundamentals, technicals and seasonal trends in cash, basis and contracts, Amosson said. They also will learn to evaluate pre- and post-harvest marketing strategies and cash marketing tools.

Participants can expect to leave with a written marketing plan for their operations for the upcoming year, he said.

The short course is a part of the Advanced Topic Series hosted by Extension's Master Marketer Educational System, Robinson said.

Advanced registration is required by Feb. 2. A fee of $75 will cover instruction, materials and lunch. Couples can attend for the same individual cost.

To register, contact Amosson at 806-677-5600.

For more information on the Advanced Topic Series, visit the Master Marketer Web site at http://mastermarketer.tamu.edu .