“It was surprising to learn of the scope of invasive plant species in the Mid-South,” Price says. “Kudzu may be the most-recognized, but others are equally damaging, as farmers can attest. How growers can deal with these plant problems as they plan their 2011 production activities will be covered in the session.

The educational seminar will be held beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 26, on the mezzanine level of the Cook Convention Center. The final agenda, including featured speakers, is being developed, but additional details will be available on the show website (www.farmandginshow.org).

“By attending the show, growers will not only be able to see an incredibly diverse array of exhibits under one roof, but they will also be able to participate in seminars that offer up-to-the-minute information on topics of value to their operation,” Price says.

The Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, sponsored by Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press, is in its 59th year. It has become a “must attend” event for producers in the Mid-South states and beyond, as it is held at a key decision-making time when farmers are making plans for the new crop year.

“With over 400 exhibitors from more than 40 states and several foreign countries, farmers attending the show have direct access to the latest technology, whether it’s seed genetics or farm equipment and machinery, as well as industry experts with the knowledge farmers need to make decisions for the 2011 crop year,” Price says.

In addition to the special educational seminar on weed resistance and invasive species, show attendees can attend Ag Update seminars, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, beginning at 8:30. Sessions include outlooks for grains and cotton, as well as updates from cotton industry representatives.

Each year, more than 20,000 decision-makers attend the show. Admission is free but registration is required for access to show areas. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.

For more information about the show, contact the Southern Cotton Ginners Association at 901-947-3104, or visit the website www.farmandginshow.com.