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Cotton conference aims to bring awareness to those in all aspects of its production

RUIDOSO, N.M. - The production of cotton has declined in the last year and officials are hoping that an upcoming cotton conference will help generate ideas on how to increase cotton producers' profit margin.

The conference will be held Jan. 28 in Ruidoso.

"This meeting is kind of a way to reorganize the thinking and communication between all aspects of cotton production," said Tracey Carrillo, director of seed certification for the Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University.

The conference, Carrillo said, is an opportunity to create awareness for people in all aspects of cotton production, from growers and researchers to extension specialists and those in the industry. It is a way for them to gather and get up-to-date information on cotton production now and the direction it is headed in the future.

At a time with the economy at the forefront of everyone's mind, the price of cotton per pound has dropped, causing concern for producers.

One new highlight of the event is a growers' panel discussion where growers will hopefully be able to generate some ideas on how to reverse the drop-off in price, Carrillo said.

Other talks at the conference include water conservation and its outlook, and new developments in cotton insect pest management.

Because of the close proximity to Texas, interested persons in the cotton industry have been invited from that state to speak at the conference.

Carrillo said that last year, about 70 people attended the conference. This year, he is hoping to have more than 100 attend.

The conference is funded by the New Mexico Cotton Growers Association, as well as other sponsors.

The conference fee is $20 per person. No pre-registration is required.

The conference will be held Jan. 28, starting at 9 a.m., at the Ruidoso Convention Center, at 111 Sierra Blanca Drive. For questions, call Carrillo at (575) 646-4125 or Mary Curtis at (575) 646-1715.