Cotton Inc. Schedules Cotton Competitiveness Conference

USDA’s tri-annual Universal Standards Cotton Conference will be early this summer in Raleigh, and Cotton Inc. is tying into that conference with a Cotton Competitiveness Conference as well. Mike Watson, VP of Fiber Competition for Cotton Inc explains:

“We are wanting to look at the entire cotton supply chain and determine what are the competitive challenges that face the folks in this chain that will enable cotton to move forward as a fiber in global markets.”

Watson describes who would benefit from this conference:

“We want to attract a broad portion of the industry . Cotton is a very complex product and we want people form the agricultural side, producers and researchers to the people who work with consumer and moving the product on retail shelves.”

Watson outlines some of the topics that will be of particular interest to cotton growers:

“Certainly the growers are going to be interested in the sessions devoted to the new genetics being developed for cotton, what are the new varieties that may be available and what kind of fiber and growing characteristics will be incorporated in them. In addition, we will be looking at the production issues, what kind of chemistries will be available and what about the resources like water becoming increasingly scarce.”

The conference is a one-day event says Watson:

“The main conference will be held on Tuesday June 18th and it will be at the Marriot Crabtree hotel in Raleigh from 8am till 5pm.”

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