The National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference will return to Tunica, Miss., Feb. 1-2, with a lineup of 80-plus specialists and farmer presenters focusing on ways to increase production while reducing costs.

Sponsored by MidAmerica Farm Publications, Cotton Incorporated, and the US Rice Producers Association, the event will be held at the Grand Casino Convention Center. Farm Press is a media co-sponsor.

“Producers can fine-tune their farming operations with information that will be made available at this conference,” says John LaRose, president of Mid-America Farm Publications. “The conference comes to this area only every other year, and we hope everyone in the Mid-South will take advantage of the opportunity to search for new ideas and get questions answered by experts.”

As in past conferences, he says, breakout sessions will offer more than 80 specific topic choices, each led by a university researcher and a producer who is practicing the system and can offer sound, practical advice.

“The discussions are informal and questions or comments from the audience are always welcome,” Larose says.

“The Grand Convention Center is an ideal setting for this conference, providing a relaxing environment where farmers can visit with each other and researchers.”

The conference, which began in Little Rock in 1997, alternates between Texas and Mississippi. Last year’s event in Texas drew a record attendance.

“It’s a great learning opportunity,” LaRose says, “offering farmers insight into ways to create more stability in their operation and increase their bottom line.”

For further information on the conference or to register, visit the Web site at www.nctd.net, or telephone Robin Moll at 573-547-7212.