Southern High Plains farmers will have an opportunity to determine how pending farm legislation will affect their operations at the fourth annual Southwest Crops Production Conference and Expo in Lubbock Feb. 5.

“We hope to see a new farm bill in place by early February and will have folks on hand to explain how changes will influence growers' decisions,” says Mike Gonitzke, Publisher of Southwest Farm Press, a co-sponsor of the event.

Other sponsors are Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., the Texas Cooperative Extension Service, the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas Tech University, and USDA-ARS in Lubbock.

In addition to legislative issues, speakers will update farmers and industry leaders on new regulations, prevention of bio-terrorism, and marketing strategies.

A farmer panel will discuss the value of diversification in a shaky agricultural economy. And Texas A&M crop production specialists will provide the latest information on production systems, new products and technology for the 2002 growing season.

An agricultural expo will feature leading industry manufacturers, suppliers and service providers displaying the latest equipment and products.

Participants who pre-register will be eligible for door prizes. There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided for a minimal charge.

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