"The Tri-State Soybean Forum has served as the premier meeting for soybean producers in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi for the past 30 years," said LSU AgCenter soybean specialist David Lanclos. "This year, we are covering a broad range of topics regarding the soybean industry."

The meeting begins with registration at 8 a.m. at the Tallulah Country Club in Tallulah. LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson and Vice Chancellor Paul Coreil will open the meeting at 8:20 a.m.

Alan Blaine, extension soybean specialist for Mississippi State University, will talk about variety selection at 8:30 a.m., followed by a discussion on "Bt Soybeans: A Potential New Tool for Insect Pest Management in Soybeans" by David Boethel, associate vice chancellor for the LSU AgCenter.

At 9:30 a.m., Lanclos will be joined by Don Poston of the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Miss., and Larry Purcell of the University of Arkansas for the "2002 Group III Soybean Research and Production" discussion.

Other discussions for the forum include "Stink Bugs and Their Influence on Green Bean Syndrome" by Jack Baldwin of the LSU AgCenter and "Disease Ratings of Soybean Varieties" by Cliff Coker of the University of Arkansas pathology department.

John Baize, former Washington representative for the American Soybean Association and a guest speaker sponsored by the United Soybean Board, will speak on "Global Competition and Future Soybean Trends" at 11:30 a.m.

Lanclos will close the forum at 12:15 p.m. with a discussion on how to get information on soybeans from the Internet.

For more information, call Lanclos at (318) 473-6530 or LSU AgCenter county agent Richard Letlow, who also is helping to coordinate the meeting, at (318) 281-5741.

e-mail: dlanclos@agcenter.lsu.edu