We’re halfway home with the 2004 cotton crop, time for an annual update from the experts. The fifth annual Cotton Roundtable will be held July 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) at the New York Board of Trade in New York.

A distinguished panel of cotton market experts will discuss crop conditions, acreage and price forecast. The meeting will be broadcast live on the NYBOT Web site and by teleconference to the Ag Market Network listening audience. Questions for the meeting will be accepted from the listening audience.

Panelists are: O.A. Cleveland, professor emeritus, Mississippi State University; Carl Anderson, Extension economist, Texas A&M University; and Mike Stevens, Swiss Financial Services. The panelists will provide updates on crop conditions in the West, Southwest, Mid-South and Southeast, and discuss pricing strategies for the coming year.

The broadcast will also be available for listening after the event on the NYBOT Web site.

Other speakers include Patrick McClatchy, executive director, Ag Market Network and special guest speaker Ed Jernigan, The Jernigan Group/Globecot, Inc.

In addition on July 15, NYBOT will conduct a simulated trading session from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This gives those attending the opportunity to “get in the pit” and learn how cotton prices are established on a daily basis.

Afterwards, a shuttle will take those attending to the world famous Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park. The reception dinner will be sponsored by Certified FiberMax and Cotton Incorporated. A reception will start at 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending any of the events in New York should call McClatchy at 888-795-8071. Sponsors of the event are the Ag Market Network, Certified FiberMax, Cotton Incorporated and Farm Press Publications.

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