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NMSU Extension Plant Sciences hosts cotton growers conference in Ruidoso

Local farmers will have the chance to learn about new opportunities for cotton growing during the 2011 New Mexico Cotton Growers Association Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Ruidoso Convention Center.



Local farmers will have the chance to learn about new opportunities for cotton growing during the 2011 New Mexico Cotton Growers Association Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. (Submitted photo)

"The conference is important because it provides an opportunity for cotton growers to learn about new technologies and the market," said John Idowu, Extension specialist for NMSU's Extension Plant Sciences, "Particularly because the cotton market is really doing great right now."

Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about cotton marketing and economics, cotton prospects in New Mexico for the future, official variety trials reports, pest and disease management, Acala glandless cotton trial, the Roundup Flex Pima Stewardship program and cotton ginning for domestic and international markets.

Idowu encouraged local farmers and anyone else interested in the cotton industry to attend the conference.

"There used to be a lot more cotton in New Mexico, and because of the current prices it might have a chance to come back in a very serious way," he said. "If there ever was a right time to grow cotton, this is that time."

The Ruidoso Convention Center is located at 111 Sierra Blanca Drive in Ruidoso, N.M.

A registration form for the conference is available at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/ifcpm/cotton-production.html.

The conference is hosted by New Mexico State University's Extension Plant Sciences, the Cooperative Extension Service and the New Mexico Cotton Growers Association.

For more information, contact Idowu at 575-646-2571 or jidowu@nmsu.edu.