Ron Smith 1, Senior Content Director

January 12, 2016

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Cotton farmers, ginners, university scientists and industry representatives met recently in New Orleans to gather information on latest trends, new products, market movements and regulations that will affect cotton interests.

The three-day Beltwide Cotton Conferences included key reports on the increasingly difficult problem of controlling herbicide resistant weeds, updates on drone and smart phone technology, disease and insect control, new varieties, new products and emerging market trends.

Beltwide attendees also took the opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues from across the U. S. Cotton Belt as well as from a number of foreign countries. New Orleans hospitality was also sampled.

Attendance at the 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conferences was 1,037, according to sponsor the National Cotton Council. The 2017 Beltwide will be at Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, Texas. January 4-6 (Wed - Fri).

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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