What new value-added traits for cotton varieties are in the pipeline? Find out at the 2001 Beltwide Cotton Production Conference, Jan 10-11 in Anaheim, Calif.

In the first of the Beltwide's four panels, "Cotton Variety Improvement," Lake Providence, La., producer Donna Winters will lead a discussion of how the U.S. cotton industry can work more efficiently to address grower needs regarding cotton varieties.

Panelists include Jack Hamilton, producer, Lake Providence; Stephen Oakley, breeder, California Planting Cottonseed Distributors, Shafter, Calif.; geneticists Roy Cantrell, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, and Fred Perlak, Monsanto, St. Louis; and seed company representatives Thomas F. `Bud' Hughes, Stoneville Pedigreed Seed, Memphis; Jane Dever, Aventis, Collierville, Tenn.; and Tom Kerby, Delta & Pine Land, Scott, Miss.

Panel will discuss how growers can work with research community to enhance progress on bringing new varieties to marketplace and will identify resources needed to make that happen. Conferees will hear what new value-added traits are in transgenic cotton pipeline such as early maturing, improved fiber quality and insect, pathogen or nematode resistant, including latest Bt cottons.