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2010 Beltwide Cotton Conferences to be held in New Orleans
Dec '09
The newsroom for writers/broadcasters covering the 2010 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will be in the Preservation Hall, Studio 7-8 on the second floor of the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. Hours are: 10-5 p.m. on Jan. 4; from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 5-6 and from 8 a.m. – noon on Jan. 7. The newsroom operation, which is supported by a Monsanto Company grant to The Cotton Foundation, will be equipped with phones, fax machine, copier and computers/printers, including Internet access. Refreshments will be provided, including breakfast and lunch.

The newsroom is for assisting writers and broadcasters in gathering information, filing stories and doing interviews. For any other activities/meetings, please contact Cotton Nelson or Marjory Walker and a room can be provided for that purpose. If you have not registered online at the Beltwide website, please do so before the December 23 deadline.

You may pick up your conferences' registration packet (including name badge) in the newsroom beginning at 10 am Monday, Jan. 4. See Marjory Walker upon your arrival. Also, if you have not made your room reservations, you are urged to do so immediately at the Sheraton New Orleans as the Marriott is no longer accepting reservations.

You are encouraged to visit the Beltwide site above and click on Final Program. Included is updated program information, including the Technical Conferences, that was posted today. A printed version of that program also will be available in the newsroom. You may want to take advantage of the BWCC Personal Scheduler, also found at the BWCC home page above. You may view presentations' title/descriptions and browse/search using key words.

It also allows you to add notes and activities not in the program. You will need to type in your email address and establish a password in order to use this tool. Please note that Production Conference recordings will be available on the BWCC website 10-14 days after the conferences. Recordings of Technical Conference reports will be available about 30 days after the conferences.

The National Cotton Council also cordially invites news media to the following BWCC events:

• The Cotton Consultants Conference in the Marriott's Mardi Gras Salons E-H (3rd floor) at 1 pm on January 4. You are invited to their noon luncheon in Mardi Gras Salon D. Please RSVP for the lunch.

• A welcome reception on Monday, Jan. 4 from 5:15 -6:30 pm in the Marriott's St. Charles Suite (41st floor). No RSVP is required.

• A breakfast and briefing on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 6:30 - 8 a.m. in the Marriott's Preservation Hall Studio 10 (2nd floor). The subject: a progress report on the “Vision 21” project, a collaboration between the NCC, Cotton Council International and Cotton Incorporated that has been critically assessing cotton textiles' fastest growing consumer markets, conducting important life-cycle studies to strengthen U.S. cotton's sustainability message, and analyzing cotton handling/transportation logistics with a focus on improving flow/shipping. No RSVP required.

• A Cotton Research & Promotion Program news briefing in the Marriott's Balcony N Room (4th floor) on Wednesday, January 6 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm.

National Cotton Council of America

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