If the movement of cotton prices over the last few years has taught us anything, it’s not to blink. If you do, you could miss something important, such as the opportunity to price cotton at profitable levels using futures and options.

To learn more about these marketing tools, as well as advice on integrating insurance and farm policy, be sure to attend Cotton Incorporated’s free seminar in Memphis,  Tenn., Tuesday, Feb. 11. The information-rich workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Ave. There is no attendance fee and lunch will be provided.

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“The seminar will cover the basics, as well as some of the more intermediate information related to cotton futures and options, specific hedging strategies involving the use of cotton options contracts and real world applications,” says Jeanne Reeves, Cotton Incorporated’s director of agricultural research and Ag Division staff economist. “Knowledge of these market-based strategies is critical for increasing the bottom-line of producers, and we encourage them to attend this seminar at no cost.”

Speakers at the conference will include Carl Anderson and John Robinson from Texas A&M University, who will discuss when and how to use a variety of option strategies including puts, calls and spreads. Joe O’Neill, former president of the New York Cotton Exchange, will lead the discussion.

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The event is sponsored by Cotton Incorporated and Delta Farm Press. Space is limited, so please reserve your seat by contacting Lynda Keys, 919-678-2269, or lkeys@cottoninc.com.

The Cotton Board administers and oversees the Cotton Research & Promotion Program conducted by Cotton Incorporated and funded by America’s cotton producers and importers. The Program works to increase the demand for and improve the market position of cotton. For more information about the Cotton Board, visit www.cottonboard.org.