Wednesday, February 21, 2024

2024 Consultants Conference Kicks Off Beltwide In January

The 2024 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC) will be held at the Omni Fort Worth Jan. 3-5 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Once again, the BWCC Consultants Conference will kick off the meeting beginning noon Jan. 3 and running through noon Jan. 4.

Hank Jones, chair for the Consultants Conference, operates RSJ Ag Services in Winnsboro, Louisiana.

“We realize more than just consultants come to our Consultants Conference, so we want it to be beneficial to all who attend,” Jones said.

Sneak Peek

Following is a sampling of some of the topics that will be covered at the meeting:

  • Representatives from several cottonseed companies will discuss new varieties and how to best manage them.
  • New technology: How to integrate digital data into farming operations and what role do consultants play.
  • New technology: A representative from John Deere will talk about the new See and Spray precision ag.
  • New product update.
  • Discussion of ThryvOn cotton and where it fits best in a management scheme led by a panel of university personnel and consultants.
  • A regulatory update highlighting the EPA and the Endangered Species Act.
  • Dr. Brian Arnall, Oklahoma State University, will address some new things taking place in fertilizers, particularly biological additives.
  • National Agricultural Aviation Association will talk about ag aviation challenges.
  • Dr. John Robinson, Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics, will discuss return on investments regarding crop inputs. He also will address the loss of farmland to solar farms and other alternative uses.
  • John Campbell with the Southern Crop Production Association will address how consultants can be involved in the Southern Crop Production Association.
  • Dr. Tristen Watson, LSU AgCenter, will speak about nematodes in cotton.

“We have a great program lined up and expect a good crowd to come from around the country to participate and learn,” Jones said.

Take Advantage Of Discounts

Cotton producers, independent crop consultants and students who register before Dec. 18 for the 2024 Beltwide can take advantage of reduced registration fees of $80. After that date, the rate will increase to $100.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to register by clicking on the registration tab at the BWCC home page, www.cotton.org/beltwide/.

The home page also includes links to housing reservations (cutoff for BWCC room rate is on or before Dec. 12, 5 pm CST). After Dec. 12, call 1-800-THE-ONMI (843-6664) for assistance.

The final program and other useful information are also on the home page.

Make your plans to attend now!

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