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Conservation conference highlights innovations

Images from the recent National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference.

Ron Smith

February 7, 2020

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Some 725 registrants at the recent National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference heard the latest updates on sustainable production practices currently employed and soon to be adopted on farms across the Sunbelt.

More than 100 speakers, including farmers, consultants, university scientists and industry representatives, discussed sustainable production practices from cover crops to irrigation systems to innovative ways to control weeds and pests.

"We've charted new territory for agriculture," said John LaRose, conference chairman, in his welcoming remarks to the 23rd annual conference in Memphis, Tenn.

He praised speakers, for working "in a united effort," to develop more sustainable production systems through "innovation and state-of-the-art research."

Here are a few images by Farm Press staff from the 2020 conference.

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith

Editor, Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 30 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. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Denton, Texas. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and two grandsons, Aaron and Hunter.

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