Dr. Patrick Moore, a founding member of Greenpeace who has since left the organization to form his own environmental policy and communication consultancy, will be the keynote speaker a the California Cotton Growers Association's annual meeting March 9 at the Visalia Convention Center, Visalia, Calif.

Registration begins at 7:30 with a continental breakfast and the first general session will be at 9 a.m. There will also be a trade show for industry suppliers.

For more than 30 years, Moore has been an international leader in environmental activism. He was a leader of in many Greenpeace activities in the early days of the organization. He has since left the group because a change in its direction. He will discuss that at the March 9 meeting where the UC Cooperative Extension also will conduct its annual winter cotton production meeting.

In 1991 Moore founded Greenspirit, a consultancy focusing on environmental policy and communications in natural resources, biodiversity, energy and climate change.

“Dr. Moore is a fascinating individual who will offer rare insight into today's environmentalist movements and their motivations,” said Earl Williams, California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations president.

Along with Dr. Moore's presentation, there also will be reports on cotton growers association's activities, including legislative and regulatory affairs updates.

UC farm advisors and Extension specialists will offer a 2003 season overview and key production and management recommendations for the coming season.

Application has been made for continuing education hours.

Reservations can be made through the cotton growers association office: (559) 252-0684; fax (559) 252-0551 or on line at www.ccgga.org.