Cotton growers and pest control advisors in Arizona and adjacent low desert regions of California are encouraged to participate in the 2006 Cotton Insect Losses Working Group Workshop. The University of Arizona (UA) sponsored workshop is designed to develop cotton insect losses, control costs, and related insect control information for the state of Arizona.

The workshops will be held:

Dec. 12 at the Maricopa Agricultural Center in Maricopa, Ariz. – contact Pat Clay at (602) 470-8086 or pclay@ag.arizona.edu;

Dec. 13 at the Yuma County Cooperative Extension, Yuma, Ariz. – contact Kurt Nolte, (928) 726-3904 or knolte@ag.arizona.edu; and

Dec. 20 at the Cooperative Extension office in Blythe, Calif. - contact Mike Rethwisch, (760) 921-7884 or mdrethwisch@ucdavis.edu.

Reservations are required. All meetings will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.

The UA is seeking “real world data” that is valuable to researchers, regulatory personnel, policy makers, and the cotton industry. In the past, the data has been used in the defense of chemistry that has been threatened by regulatory action, in support of new regulatory initiatives (e.g., Section 18 and 24c applications), and in the support of research and public policy with respect to insecticides and biotechnology.

In addition, the data has been used to assess the impact of new technologies on the cotton industry (like Bt cotton) with Arizona providing some of the strongest data in support of this biotechnological innovation. The quality of the data, on which so many important decisions are based, is dependent upon input.

Attendees can receive two Arizona continuing education units (CEUs), three California CEUs, and three pest management CEUs.

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