AUSTIN, Texas — Former U.S. Rep. Charles Stenholm will address the 94th Annual Convention of The Texas Cotton Association scheduled here April 27- 29.

Stenholm will discuss "The Politics of Cotton" during the general session, said TCA President Edward J. Hanslik, Texas Cotton Marketing Corp., Dallas, Texas.

The convention will be held in the Omni.

"Charlie fathered strong cotton policy that provided great hope for all segments of our trade from the farm to the textile mill," Hanslik said. "As a cotton visionary and scholar, he has joined the law and lobbying firm of Olsson, Frank and Weeda, in Washington, D.C., and will serve as a senior government affairs adviser."

A special open session will be held on Thursday morning, April 28, 2005, featuring Bill Gillon, an attorney who has worked extensively on the appeal of the WTO ruling in the Brazil cotton case. Gillon will present an update on Brazil and the WTO, WTO Doha Round agricultural negotiations and CAFTA (Central American Foreign Trade Agreement).

Pre-convention activities start Wednesday, April 27. For more information, log on to www.tca-cotton.org and click on Convention 2005. On-line pre-registration can also be done at the Web site.

Anyone unable to attend the special activities or food and beverage functions but would like catch the educational presentations, these sessions are free. Please advise this office by sending an email to convention@tca-cotton.org, so a seat can be reserved.