Foster to discuss future of cotton at USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum


LSU AgCenter’s cotton, corn and grain sorghum specialist Matt Foster will be a featured speaker at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Outlook Forum on Feb. 23-24 in Washington, D.C.

Foster will provide an overview of cotton research and production in Louisiana, and focus on advances in biotechnology, which are enhancing cotton production.

“Cotton farmers face a lot of challenges, and I want people to understand how biotechnology can respond to these challenges and address issues such as rising input costs, volatile weather and pest management,” Foster said.

The forum includes more than 30 sessions and 100 agriculture leaders and subject matter experts. Sessions are offered live and virtually and will cover an array of topics, including commodity and food price outlooks, U.S. and global agricultural trade developments, supply chain disruptions and innovations to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

There is no cost to attend virtually, and participants can register on the registration page.

Tobie Blanchard is Director of Communications and Public Relations with LSU AgCenter. She may be reached at

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