Producers who attend the seventh annual National Conservation Tillage Cotton and Rice Conference will be presented with an extensive array of information to enable them to fine-tune their operations.

The event, sponsored by Mid-America Farm Publications, with Farm Press Publications as media co-sponsor, will be held Jan. 15-16 at the Grand Casino Convention Center at Tunica, Miss.

“Breakout sessions will offer approximately 80 specific topic choices over the two-day period,” says John LaRose, president of Mid-America Farm Publications. “Several of these are sure to focus on topics most important to each producer.”

Each session will be led by a university research and a producer who is practicing the system, with each offering sound, practical answers to help both beginners and veteran con-till farmers.

“We'll have 70-plus producers and researchers making presentations during the breakout sessions,” LaRose says. “Discussions are informal and questions or comments from the audience are always welcomed, and often offer a new twist on the topic.

“No one leaves without learning something new and useful, and everyone finds they can rework some facet of their operation in order to create more stability and increase profits.”

The conference also offers opportunities for cotton and rice producers to meet and share knowledge and experiences, he says.

The conference alternates yearly between Texas and Mississippi. This will be the fourth year it has been held in the Mid-South.

“Last year's conference in Houston, Texas, drew a record attendance,” LaRose says. “The Tunica location is very popular and we expect to set another record in 2004.”

In addition to offering an excellent facility for the conference, he notes that the Grand Casino complex offers a number of entertainment-recreational choices for after hours.

“We hope area producers will make plans to attend and get the latest information on conservation tillage systems and research,” LaRose says.

Cotton Incorporated and the U.S. Rice Producers Association are partners in the production of the conference, and there are a number of academic, technical, and corporate co-sponsors.

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