Producers can fine-tine their farming operations with information to be presented at the eighth annual National Conservation Tillage Cotton and Rice Conference to be held at Houston, Texas, Jan. 13-14.

“Everyone who wants to learn more about how to achieve higher production at less cost will want to attend,” says John LaRose, publisher of Mid-America Farm Publications, which sponsors the program, along with partners Cotton Incorporated and the US Rice Producers Association.

“There will be more than 80 specific topic choices over the two-day program,” he notes. “Each session will be led by a university researcher and a producer who is using the system on his farm. They will be able to offer sound, practical answers to questions about a wide variety of conservation tillage practices. All the discussions are information and questions or comments from the audience are always welcome, and often add a new twist to the discussions.”

The conference, to be held at the Park Plaza Reliant Center, is returning to Texas for the fourth time since it first opened in Little Rock, Ark. It alternates yearly between Texas and the Mid-South. Last year’s conference at Tunica, Miss., drew a record attendance.

“No one leaves without learning something they can use to achieve greater efficiency and improve yields,” says LaRose. The Park Plaza Reliant Center is “a perfect location” for the conference, he says, being both a full service hotel and a historic Texas landmark; it offers nearly 3000 rooms and suites and a 55,000 square-foot conference center. “Our special $89 per rate will make this a very economical conference to attend,” he says.

The main emphasis of the conference is to provide farmers information on ways to cut production costs and boost yields in cotton, rice, corn, and soybeans. It will also include sessions on precision agriculture technology and techniques.

“Producers have found this conference to be a must-attend event for honing their production methods,” LaRose says. “The importance of conserving soil moisture and reducing fuel, labor, and other input costs through conservation tillage methods has been a key to economic survival for many farmers.”

Growers from Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee will be able to earn state pesticide recertification credits by attending, and certified crop consultants will earn CEUs.

To register, or for more information about the conference, please contact Robin Moll at 573/547-7212.