20th Annual NCSCRC Deemed A Success

MidAmerica Farmer Grower

   The 20th Annual National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference, a production of MidAmerica Farm Publications and sponsored by Cotton Incorporated and US Rice Producers Association (USRPA), was another success. The event was held Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Baton Rouge, La., and included the Southern Corn & Soybean Conference, Southern Precision Ag Conference and Delta States     Irrigation Conference.
   Tommy Valco, cotton technical transfer coordinator for USDA-ARS in Stoneville, Miss., served as moderator and opened the program. He introduced John LaRose, publisher of MidAmerica Farm Publications who produced the program.
   “I’m proud to sponsor this conference,” LaRose said, then thanked Kater Hake of Cotton Inc. and Dwight Roberts of USRPA, as well as the corporate co-sponsors, which are BASF Corporation, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Crop Protection/Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Helena Chemical Co., HorizonAg LLC, Monsanto and RiceTec, Inc. He also recognized the ag-media co-sponsor: Farm Press Publications.
   He also lauded the academic partners, Auburn University, Alabama, LSU AgCenter, University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas, Mississippi State University, Texas A&M University and University of Missouri; as well as the technical partners, USDA-ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory, Oxford, Miss., USDA-ARS Jamie Whitten Delta States Research Center, Stoneville, Miss., and USDA-ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, Auburn, Al.
   Attendees included 287 farmer/producers, 118 consultant, 113 researcher/education/government officials, 122 Industrial representatives and five media.
   Acres farmed by producers attending averaged 5,489 acres each for a total of 11,575,343 acres represented, which included cotton, rice, corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum.
   Next year’s conference is set for Jan. 10-12, 2018. at the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn. ∆
   BETTY VALLE GEGG-NAEGER: Senior Staff Writer, MidAmerica Farmer Grower
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