With topics ranging from boll weevils to bio-terrorism, the fourth annual Southwest Crops Production Conference and Expo offers farmers and ag industry leaders an opportunity to bone up on the latest in technology and legislation, right before planting season.

The conference and expo will be held Feb. 5 at the Lubbock Civic Center.

Speakers from the National Cotton Council, the Texas A&M Extension Service and Experiment Station, the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Noble Foundation, and cotton marketing associations are scheduled to participate in this year's conference.

Also, a panel of growers will explore opportunities for crop diversification, emphasizing cotton, peanuts, grains and cattle.

Forrest Laws, executive editor of South-west Farm Press, a co-sponsor of the event, says the conference has become a basic event for farmers in the Southern Plains.

“Feedback from growers indicates that the Southwest Crops Production Conference provides them an opportunity to get last-minute information on new technology before spring planting,” Laws says. “We're pleased that we can help get useful information to our readers.”

In addition to the production seminar, the trade show will feature the area's top suppliers of agricultural products and technology. Other sponsors for the Southwest Crops Production Conference and Expo include: Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., The Texas Cooperative Extension Service, The Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas Tech University, and USDA-ARS, in Lubbock.

Sponsors encourage early registration to help estimate lunch needs. Participants who pre-register will be eligible for door prizes.

For more information on attendance or to reserve booth space, contact Southwest Farm Press at 662-624-8503.