National Cotton Council staff will review key provisions of the new Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 in 45 informational meetings across the Cotton Belt during the weeks of June 16 and June 23. The meetings are being sponsored by the NCC and area interest organizations.

Being conducted as a service to NCC members, the presentations are aimed at providing the best available information on the new farm bill and will conclude with a question and answer period.

"All NCC members should try to attend one of these meetings,” NCC Chairman Larry McClendon said. "I believe others involved in the cotton industry and agriculture also can benefit from attending these informational sessions."

The schedule of meetings, with all times local:

Mid-South:

June 17 – Portageville, Mo., Delta Center, 10 am;

Jackson, Tenn., University of Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station, 10:30 am;

Keiser, Ark., Northeast Research & Extension Center, 2 pm;

June 18 – Memphis, Tenn., Agricenter, 10 am;

Clarksdale, Miss., Clarksdale City Auditorium, 3 pm;

Alexandria, La., LSUA, 3 pm;

June 19 – Rayville, La., Civic Center, 10 am;

Yazoo City, Miss., Rick’s Memorial Library, 3 pm;

June 20 – Indianola, Miss., Charles W. Capps, Jr. Technology Center, 10 am;

Dumas, Ark., Dumas Community Center, 3 pm.

Southeast:

June 17 – Franklin, Va., Paul Dee Camp Community College, 9 am;

Jackson, N.C., JW Faison Bldg, 2 pm;

June 18 – Washington, N.C., Beaufort Co Ext Office, 9 am;

Bennettsville, S.C., McColl Gin, 4 pm;

June 19 – Santee, S.C., Holiday Inn, 9 am;

Statesboro, Ga., Bulloch County Ag Center, 3 pm;

June 20 - Perry, Ga., GA National Fair Grounds & Ag Center, 9 am;

Tifton, Ga., Rural Development Center; 2 pm;

June 23 – Belle Mina, Ala., Tennessee Valley Research & Extension Substation, 9 am;

Prattville, Ala., Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 3 pm.

June 24 – Atmore, Ala., Creek Family Restaurant, 10 am;

June 25 – Donalsonville, Ga., Lions Hall, 10 am.

Southwest:

June 23 – Wellington, Kan., Raymond Frye Complex, 8 am;

Weslaco, Texas, TAMU Citrus Center, 9 am;

Robstown, Texas, Nueces County Fair Grounds, 3 pm;

Hugoton, Kan., Memorial Hall, 4 pm;

June 24 – El Campo, Texas, Civic Center, 9 am;

Dumas, Texas, Moore County Community Bldg., 10 am;

Seagraves, Texas, Community Bldg.; 10 am;

Victoria, Texas, Howard Johnson Hotel, 3 pm;

Plainview, Texas, Ollie Liner Center, 3 pm;

Midland, Texas; Midland County Horseshoe, 3 pm;

June 25 – Uvalde, Texas, Uvalde Quality Inn, 10 am;

Lubbock, Texas, Plains Cotton Cooperative Assn., 10 am;

San Angelo, Texas, Texas Agri-Life Research & Extension Center, 10 am;

Lamesa, Texas, Dawson County Community Center, 2 pm;

Abilene, Texas, Abilene Christian University, 3 pm;

June 26 – El Paso, Texas, Wyndham Hotel, 10 am;

Altus, Okla., Oklahoma Cotton Cooperative Assn., 10 am.

Far West:

June 23 – Dos Palos, Calif., DES Hall, 10 am;

Coalinga, Calif., Harris Ranch, 2:30 pm;

June 24 – Bakersfield, Calif., Kern Ag Pavillion, 10 am;

Yuma, Ariz., Booth Equipment, 3 pm;

June 25 – Maricopa, Ariz., Maricopa Ag Center, 10 am;

Safford, Ariz., Eastern Arizona College, 3 pm.

As the unifying force of the U.S. cotton industry, the Memphis-based National Cotton Council brings together industry representatives from the 17 cotton-producing states to establish policies reflecting the common interests and promoting mutual benefits for its broad membership and ancillary industries. The U.S. cotton industry provides employment for some 235,000 Americans and generates more than $100 billion in annual economic activity.

The NCC’s mission is ensuring the ability of all industry segments to compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseed and U.S.-manufactured product markets at home and abroad.