|98-047IH Project Manager: J. M. Reeves|
CONSERVATION TILLAGE CONFERENCE
Jeanne M. Reeves, Cotton Incorporated
The objective of this project was to develop an educational program for cotton farmers and crop consultants on the advantages and implementation of conservation tillage production systems for cotton. Cotton producers must prevent soil erosion to be in compliance with the provisions of the farm programs and maintain or improve farm productivity and profitability. This will become increasingly important for the Farm Bill of 2008, which remains in effect until 2012. Also, the agronomic benefits of conservation tillage are well-known. In some areas, what remains to be proven, are the economic benefits. Economic presentations are now part of this seminar. The 15th Annual National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference was held in Tunica, Mississippi, January 31-February 1, 2012.
Total attendance this year was 734 of which 57% were farmers/producers; 13% consultants; 19% industry representatives; 10% researchers/educators; and 1% media. Twenty-two states were represented. Total acres farmed by producers were 1,752,156, which was an average of 4,284 acres.
The format was an excellent mix of researchers and producers with an easy and inviting format of asking questions about specific practices as it relates to on-farm application of conservation tillage. The attendance in 2012 reached an all-time high of 734. This is at a time when other conferences are experiencing a decrease. A copy of the proceedings appears on Cotton Incorporated's Web site at www.cottoninc.com.
|Project Year: 2012|
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