Ways to increase agricultural production while lowering costs will highlight the topics presented at the 9th annual National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference in Tunica, Miss., Feb. 1-2. The conference, sponsored by Cotton Incorporated and the US Rice Producers Association, is a production of MidAmerica Farm Publications.

More and more farmers must find ways to trim inputs while boosting yields, so this conference is a must-attend event for honing production methods. In recent years, farmers and their landlords have found that, beyond tillage, there are many other farming resources that can be conserved through a properly designed conservation systems program. The importance of conserving soil moisture and reducing fuel, labor, seed, chemical and other input costs has been a key to economic survival for many producers.

“The main emphasis of the conference is reducing production costs and increasing yields in cotton, rice, corn and soybeans through precision agriculture in its many forms,” said John LaRose, publisher of MidAmerica Farm Publications.

There will be nine rooms where 50 to 75 people can gather for the breakout sessions, a large banquet hall is available for the general opening session and trade show. The conference is producer friendly, with presentations given in a paired format, with each presentation given twice and often three times during the conference.

Along with researchers who will discuss the large-scale trials that address a variety of conservation system problems, there will be producer/farmers who will share their “how I made it work” experiences.

While topics will span the latest findings in cotton and rice production, they will also key into problems faced by corn and soybean production, while centering also on precision agriculture.

Farmers from Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee will be able to receive their state pesticide recertification credits, and certified crop consultants will earn CEUs during the two-day conference.

To register, or for more information about the conference, visit the Web site www.nctd.net, or call Robin Moll at 573-547-7212.