The hotel reservation cutoff date — as well as the deadline to register to win one of three great prizes — for the 2007 Central Coast Cotton Conference is Nov. 1. The meeting will be held Nov. 27-29, 2007 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif. Conference organizers say anyone planning to attend to the conference needs to make their hotel reservations by the cutoff date to ensure they stay at the conference hotel and receive the discounted room rates.
“Registration for the conference will remain open until the day of the conference,” said conference organizer Becky Zelinski. “However, the discounted hotel rate is only guaranteed through Nov. 1, and the discounted conference preregistration deadline is Nov. 12. Additionally, anyone who registers by Nov. 1 has a chance to win some really great prizes.”
According to Zelinski, this year's meeting will be held at one of California's nicest hotels, making the meeting a great educational and networking opportunity, as well as a wonderful opportunity for a mini-vacation at the end of a hectic season.
The Monterey Peninsula is one of California's top destinations and the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is known for its impeccable service and amenities. The discounted conference is $156 per night for a deluxe, non-ocean view room (almost 40% off the regular room rate), and ocean view rooms are $260 per night based upon availability.
The conference preregistration rate is $209 for attendees and includes admittance to all sessions, the trade show and meals served during the meeting. There are discounted registration rates available for students and anyone who brings a first-time attendee to the conference. There will also be a benefit golf tournament on Nov. 28 at the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel. The golf tournament is $150 per person and includes lunch, beverages, cart, green fees and prizes. The proceeds will provide funds for a college scholarship for the winner of the 2007 high school FFA cotton judging contest.
Anyone who submits their conference registration by Nov. 1, 2007 will be entered into a drawing to win one of three great prizes courtesy of Western Farm Press and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Western Farm Press is giving away a free trip to the meeting, which includes two nights accommodations (garden or Cannery Row-view room) at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa and one conference registration.
Toyota is giving away two free rides to the meeting, which includes the use of a brand new, full-size 2007 Toyota Tundra for seven days. The trucks will be delivered to the winners on Monday, Nov. 26, and picked up the following Monday.
Toyota's 2007 Tundra bears very little resemblance to previous Tundra models. This Tundra is a true full-size pickup available in 31 model configurations and a choice between 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains. It has a towing capacity of up to 10,800 pounds depending on the model and drivetrain.
It comes with a punch to back it up. It has an available new 381-horsepower 5.7-liter iForce V8 engine teamed to a new six-speed automatic transmission. The 2007 Tundra is built on a new frame that is optimized for vigorous work duty, impact safety and ride quality. Compared to the previous Tundra, the new model features more reinforced areas, increased high strength steel, increased steel gauge and higher-rigidity suspension mounts.
“It's definitely a nice ride,” says Becky Zelinski who tested the truck on-road and off-road for a few days. “Whoever is lucky enough to win a ride to the conference will most certainly enjoy the experience.”
The Central Coast Cotton Conference is a continuing education course for pest control advisors, certified agronomists, educators and researchers working in the West Coast cotton industry. It includes three half-day sessions and a benefit golf tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel, Calif. The theme for 2007 is: “The Perfect Season: Managing for maximum yield and quality” and will feature more than 20 speakers on topics that will help growers and PCAs manage their crops to achieve maximum results.
The meeting is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and is sponsored by Dupont, Bayer CropScience, Western Farm Press, Precision Ag Inc., Dunavant of California, CASE IH, Arysta LifeScience, Dow AgroSciences/Phytogen, the California Cotton Growers Association, UPI and others.
For complete details about the conference, contest rules or to register, visit www.cottonconference.com  or call (805) 239-8200.