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In This Issue
Looking Ahead
New Textile Mill Up & Running
Optimism Abounds Prior To TCGA Meeting
Precision Ag Shows It Can Work In Southeast
CF Web Site Has A New Look
Texas Producer Stays Faithful To Cotton
Townsend Honored As CCOY
Arizona Research Agronomist Feaster Receives Genetics Award
Sen. Lincoln To Visit Memphis
Cotton Finds A New Use In Wall Covering
Editor's Note: Larry McClendon’s Memorable Journey
Cotton's Agenda: Rules Should Reflect The Law
Specialists Speaking
Industry News
Industry Comments
Web Poll: Reader Says, ‘SURE In A Mess’
My Turn: Reality Check

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Louisiana Farmer Receives Unusual Holiday Gift

It might be difficult to gift wrap, but a Louisiana farmer, Frank Burnside of Newellton, doesn’t mind. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) gave Burnside the keys to a Roush propane-fueled Ford F-150 pickup as the winner of its Tank Tales Truck Giveaway contest held last year and gained some valuable market intelligence in the process.

From June through October, agricultural producers from around the country, submitted their Tank Tales about how they use propane in their operations. For sharing their stories, each was sent a pair of propane-branded work gloves and entered into a random drawing for the truck. The farmers enjoyed detailing their experiences, and PERC gained valuable insight into propane use in agriculture.

Propane figures prominently in the 5,000-acre operation of Franklin Plantation, the 100-year-old family farm where Burnside grows corn, soybeans, wheat, and, most of all, cotton.

Valley Irrigation Products Earn Special Recognition

GPS Guidance and BaseStation2-SM from Valley Irrigation were recently recognized with AE50 awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

To be recognized by the ASABE with an AE50 award, a product must have been introduced to the marketplace during the previous calendar year.  Entries are judged by a panel of experts representing all facets of the agricultural, food, biological and related systems engineering professions.

Judges expect recognized products to save producers time, costs and labor, while improving user safety.

ACSA’s Cotton Institute Accepting Applications

The American Cotton Shippers Association’s International Cotton Institute is now accepting applications for the 2010 session scheduled for June 2-July 20.

This is the 16th year for the Institute, which has seen more than 650 students from 60 different countries participate in the most comprehensive residential program of its kind anywhere in the world.

Many of the graduates of this Institute have gone on to become instrumental employees and leaders in their companies, local industries and government agencies after completion of the eight-week study program.  

International companies that plan to send students to the Institute are urged to start the process of registration as soon as possible after identifying the participants.

The process of obtaining the correct visa for this program, which is detailed fully on the Institute’s Web site, can be a time-consuming procedure. It is  important that the process begin as soon as acceptance has been confirmed.

For more information, contact the ACSA office in Memphis or the program director at or

Delta State Student Selected For Congressional Program

Darrell Keith Dixon Jr., of Clarks-dale, Miss., has been selected to participate in the Congressional Fellowship Program of Delta State University in Washington, D.C.

The program is sponsored by Delta State University in collaboration with Delta Council and is endowed by Staplcotn. It offers a unique educational opportunity for an outstanding student in the Mississippi Delta.

Fellows gain direct knowledge of the Congressional system and track legislation while developing knowledge of public policy issues that directly affect the Delta Region by working in the office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

Dixon is a senior Political Science major with a 4.0 GPA.

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