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Brown, Faircloth Join PhytoGen Team

Dow AgroSciences is pleased to announce that prominent university researchers Steve Brown and Joel Faircloth have joined PhytoGen as cotton development specialists.

They will lead sales and marketing efforts for PhytoGen cottonseed and WideStrike Insect Protection in the lower Southeast and upper Mid-South regions, respectively. Brown and Faircloth are the latest additions to a group of cotton experts at PhytoGen who specialize in cotton production and pest management.

Brown joins the PhytoGen team after working as a professor for the Crop and Soil Sciences department at the University of Georgia for the past 21 years. His past responsibilities have included providing leadership for the University of Georgia cotton team as well as serving as a liaison to outside groups on cotton issues.

Over the years, Brown has authored or contributed to more than 900 articles. At last count he has conducted more than 900 county producer meetings and nearly 250 statewide and industry technical meetings.

Faircloth joins the PhytoGen team after serving as the cotton specialist and assistant professor with weed science and agronomy responsibilities at Virginia Tech for the past four years.

Noted as a top researcher, Faircloth has given presentations at numerous field days and conferences and has authored many newsletter and journal articles. He previously has worked as an assistant professor in the agronomy department at Louisiana State University.

Case IH Rolls Out New Puma Tractors

For producers who want it all – productivity, versatility, performance and power – Case IH is extending its Puma line of tractors with four new models.

“These new models are built on a shorter wheelbase, making them the perfect multi-purpose workhorse,” says Ron Morishita, Case IH marketing manager for Puma tractors. “From handling livestock and hay chores to fieldwork and spraying for row crops, this machine offers all-around utility. It’s like having a new, hard working hired man that can do most any job – and do it quickly – while saving you money.”

Four new, short wheelbase models will join the current Puma lineup:

• Puma 115 with 95 PTO HP
• Puma 125 with 105 PTO HP
• Puma 140 with 120 PTO HP
• Puma 155 with 135 PTO HP

All models come equipped with a proven Case IH 6.75L (411 cu. in.) Tier 3-compliant engine that offers plenty of power, growing 30 or more horsepower for tough pulling applications.

An optional 19x6 EconoGear Full PowerShift transmission with creeper gears will save fuel when transporting long distances, running at a lower engine rpm at the same top speed of 25 mph. The 19x6 Full PowerShift transmission provides a 19th High-Speed Gear option, allowing the operator to run up to 31 mph, saving time when transporting long distances.

For more information, visit the company Web site at: www.caseih.com.

Monsanto Moves Closer To Triple Stack Traits

Monsanto has announced that it is working with glufosinate-tolerant traits in its cotton technology programs. The company’s work with glufosinate-tolerant traits paves the way for the development of the industry’s first three-way stack of herbicide-tolerant technologies across its cotton business, including Roundup Ready Flex, dicamba-tolerance and glufosinate tolerance.

The glufosinate trait is under license from Bayer CropScience and reflects the company’s multi-partner stacking strategy.

Cotton producers have found herbicide-tolerant varieties work well on their farms. In fact, USDA estimates that more than 80 percent of the cotton acres planted in 2007 included the Roundup Ready or Roundup Ready Flex traits. A limited number of glufosinate-tolerant varieties are marketed under the LibertyLink trade name.

Kevin Eblen, Delta and Pine Land business lead, says the combination of D&PL’s elite genetics with the traits offers cotton producers even greater benefits.

“The Deltapine legacy has been built on market leading genetics and service,” Eblen says. “And our technology and breeding programs have proven records.”

For more information, go to www.monsanto.com.

Memphis To Host NCC’s Annual Meeting

The National Cotton Council will conduct its annual meeting and related events on Feb. 7-11 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

NCC Chairman John Pucheu will give a report at the Feb. 11 general session. That session also will feature Gloria Borger, senior political analyst for CNN and a political columnist for U.S. News and World Report. Among other important convention sessions will be the Feb. 8 American Cotton Producers meeting where the NCC’s planting intentions (‘08) survey results will be announced.

On Feb. 9, the delegates will hear the NCC’s Economic Outlook and a report from Cotton Incorporated’s J. Berrye Worsham prior to the NCC’s six program committees convening.

For more information, visit the NCC Web site at www.cotton.org.

USDA Appoints Cotton Board Members

Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner has announced the appointment of 17 members and 17 alternate members to the Cotton Board. In 2008, the Cotton Board will consist of 37 representatives of cotton producers and importers, their alternates and one consumer advisor.

Those members and alternates named to a full term will serve a three-year term, ending Dec. 31, 2010.

The re-appointed members are: Larkin Martin, Courtland, Ala.; Van Murphy, Quitman, Ga.; Jimmie G. Johnson, Vanduser, Mo.; Robert D. Robbins, Altus, Okla.; Arthur W. “Whit” James Jr., Sumter, S.C.; Willie German, Somerville, Tenn.; Craig Shook, Corpus Christi, Texas; Kenneth W. Dierschke, San Angelo, Texas; A. Mark Neuman, Champaign, Ill.; Peter McGrath, Plano, Texas; Werner Bieri, Maysville, Ga.; John Clark, Los Angeles, Calif.; Nancy A. Marino, Upper Brookville, N.Y.

The re-appointed alternate members are: Watler Corcoran Jr., Eufaula, Ala.; Richard Moss, Doerun, Ga.; Edward E. Dement, Sikeston, Mo.; Robert H. Miller, Wellington, Kan.; Dale W. Player, Bishopville, S.C.; Larry Rice, Covington, Tenn.; Debra R. Barrett, Edroy, Texas; Jeffery Posey, Roby, Texas; Linda Tipton, Bella Vista, Ark. and Arlene Eastwood, N.J.

The newly appointed board members are: Dwight Menefee, Lake Arthur, N.M.; and Gary Eugene Ross, Yardley, Pa.; Jackie Burris, Wellman, Texas; and Yvonne Anderson, Minneapolis, Minn.

For more information about the Cotton Board, call (901) 683-2500 or visit www.cottonboard.org.

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