“TECHNOLOGY — THE Common Thread” is the theme of the 2002 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Jan. 8-12, at the Marriott Marquis and Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Ga.

The National Cotton Council is the conferences' primary coordinator. The conferences' goal is to strengthen U.S. cotton's competitive position in domestic and world markets and to increase industry members' profitability. The objective for reaching that goal is to speed the transfer of new technology to U.S. cotton producers and other industry members via that forum.

The 47th annual Beltwide Cotton Production Conference is set for Wednesday, Jan. 9, and Thursday, Jan. 10.

The conference's general session will feature reports and panel discussions on such topics as biotechnology, cotton improvement, cultural practices for least-cost production, fiber quality, global competition, marketing and new technologies.

Afternoon hands-on workshops will focus on electronic tools, nematodes and precision agriculture. Seminars and panels will cover agricultural chemical consolidation, e-trading, insurance and new developments from industry.

A conferences' information booklet will be mailed Sept. 10 to previous attendees, and the information will be posted on the NCC Website, www.cotton.org/beltwide.