Event includes informative presentations and networking opportunities


Cotton from the UT AgResearch and Education Center in Milan
UT Institute of Agriculture specialists host the annual Cotton Focus meeting on Thursday, February 13 at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image.

JACKSON, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host the annual Cotton Focus meeting on Thursday, February 13, at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson.

Geared toward producers and agriculture industry professionals, Cotton Focus is packed with useful information for the upcoming cropping season, in a succinct, half-day format. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and concludes with a complimentary lunch at noon. There is no cost to attend.

Cotton Focus will offer presentations on an array of topics including variety performance, weed and pest control, irrigation and much more. Program speakers include:

Bob Hayes, director, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center
Scott Stewart, entomology specialist, UT Extension
Dave Verbree, crop physiologist, UTIA
Heather Kelly, plant pathologist, UTIA
Lori Duncan, crop sustainability specialist, UT Extension
Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist, Mississippi State University
Larry Steckel, weed scientist, UTIA
Matthew Wiggins, Ph.D. candidate, UT Plant Sciences
Jim Brumley, executive director, Southeastern Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation

“We share our research findings in a variety of ways,” says Dr. Scott Stewart, Integrated Pest Management coordinator for UT Extension, “but being able to hear, learn and interact with researchers and fellow producers in person is a unique opportunity to gain information.”
A complete program agenda can be viewed at http://www.utcrops.com/upcomingevents.html, or call 731-425-4718 for more details.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisors.

Cotton Focus will be immediately followed by the Tennessee Boll Weevil Eradication Committee annual meeting.

The West Tennessee AgResearch Center is located at 605 Airways Boulevard in Jackson, Tennessee.

UT Extension operates in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties as the off-campus division of the UT Institute of Agriculture.  An educational outreach organization, funded by federal, state and local governments, UT Extension, in cooperation with Tennessee State University, brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and resource development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work.



Dr. Scott Stewart, UT Extension IPM Coordinator, 731-425-4709, sstewar4@utk.edu

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768,