Continuing education credits at Central Coast Cotton Conference

The Central Coast Cotton Conference Nov. 27-29 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey will provide eight continuing education credits for pest control advisors and 12 hours for certified agronomists.

Meeting topics range from soil fertility to advances in genetic engineering in cotton. There will be three half-day sessions featuring more than 20 speakers including growers, pest control advisors, researchers, and industry representatives from around the United States. Sessions include Production and Agronomy, Technology and Techniques, and Updates and Outlook.

Featured speakers include: Kater Hake, Cotton Inc. vice president of agricultural research for Cotton Inc.; John Pucheu, National Cotton Council chairman of the board; Jane Dever, Bayer CropScience product development manager; Paul Dugger, CASE IH cotton specialist; Jamie Flood, John Deere district manager; Craig Stevens, Dunavant of California; Marc Lewkowitz, Supima executive vice president; Brock Taylor, Brock Taylor Consulting; Hal Moser, Bayer CropScience cotton breeder; Philip Bowles, Bowles Farming Company Inc. farm manager; Tom Ruehr, Cal Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo soils professor; and Lowell Zelinski, Precision Ag Inc. president. Featured speakers from the University of California Cooperative Extension include Dan Munk, Pete Goodell and Robert Hutmacher. Pest control advisors for the Mite-Fax Live panel are Chris Morgner, Dale DeShane and Nick Groenenberg.

The conference also includes a benefit golf tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at noon at the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel, Calif. The tournament will raise funds for a college scholarship for the winner of the California high school FFA cotton judging contest.

For complete details, to register for the meeting or golf tournament, or signup to sponsor the golf tournament, visit or call (805) 239-8200.

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