​Meeting for Producers, Industry in Jackson

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The 2020 Cotton Focus will be held Thursday, February 13, at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. Cottton variety selection, pest management and economic outlook will be among the topics addressed. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image.

JACKSON, Tenn. – Cotton producers and agricultural industry professionals can learn about the latest cotton research at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s annual Cotton Focus on Thursday, February 13.

The event will be held at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, located at 605 Airways Boulevard, Jackson, Tennessee. Registration begins at 8 a.m. There is no cost to attend.

University of Tennessee Extension specialists will cover hot topics in pest control including bollworm resistance, control of grass weed species, and identification and management of cotton leafroll dwarf virus, a disease that was just officially confirmed in Tennessee in 2019.

A 2020 economic outlook will be provided by Aaron Smith and Andrew Muhammad from the UT Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Muhammad currently holds the Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy at the UT Institute of Agriculture.

Information will also be presented on the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a National Cotton Council program designed to increase awareness of the sustainability of U.S. cotton production, along with associated marketing opportunities.

Pesticide re-certification and CCA points will be available. Lunch will be provided.

More program details will be posted at
news.utcrops.com. You may also call 731-425-4707 for more information.

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.



Tyson Raper, UT Extension Cotton Specialist, 731-425-4707,

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