Lowell J. Zelinski, a specialist who has worked in the cotton production industry for more than 25 years, is hosting the first annual Central Coast Cotton Conference, Nov. 20-21 at the Cliff's Resort in Pismo Beach, Calif.

The conference is being sponsored by Bayer CropScience, Monsanto, Gustafson, BASF, Calcot and Syngenta.

The two-day conference will focus strictly on cotton production issues and management techniques unique to the California cotton growing region, and more specifically, the San Joaquin Valley.

“Most agricultural conferences focus on results of current research and don't integrate the results of the research into production practices,” Zelinski said. “This conference will be unique in that it will synthesize a large body of past research and apply it to actual production practices that farmers, PCAs and agronomists can use in their cotton production decision-making.

“This conference is aimed at experienced cotton professionals who wish to further their knowledge and understanding of the field,” he said.

Conference highlights include a welcome reception hosted by Monsanto held on the resort balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It will be followed by a dinner hosted by Bayer CropScience with special guest speaker, Martina Newell-McGloughlin, an internationally recognized authority on biotechnology, the science and its social implications. Newell-McGloughlin is a professor at the University of California, Davis plant pathology department. She directs the UC Systemwide Biotechnology Research and Education Program and co-directs one of only three NIH Training Grants in Biomolecular Technology.

BASF is hosting a breakfast Friday morning and the meeting will conclude with a lunch hosted by Gustafson on Friday. Calcot and Syngenta are also helping sponsor the conference.

Wide topic range

Conference topics will include everything from pre-plant management decisions to post-harvest practices. There will be four sessions offered beginning at 1 p.m. Nov. 20 and concluding at noon on Nov. 21. The sessions will be conducted by Zelinski.

Zelinski has a master's degree in ag science from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and a doctorate in soil science from the University of California, Davis. He has worked as a farm advisor for the U.C. Cooperative Extension Service, directed the agronomic services department for Delta & Pine Land Co. in Scott, Miss., and served as vice president of production and operations for California Planting Cotton Seed Distributors in Shafter, Calif.

Zelinski also worked as a private agricultural consultant in Fresno County from 1987-1995 and currently works as a private consultant for his own company, Precision Ag Consulting in Kern County. He also is a member of the California Ag Leadership program.

The two-day conference registration fee is $125 per person and $25 for spouses and guests. Reservations are due Nov. 1 and space is limited. To register, contact Zelinski at (661) 664-6941 or (661) 809-7160. Applicants can also register online at www.zelinskiag.com. Discounted hotel accommodations are available by contacting the Cliff's Resort at (800) 826-7827 or by visiting www.cliffsresort.com. Be sure to ask for the discounted conference rate.