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August 8, 2013

The P.I.E. Is Twenty-Five

After this season, the Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program, sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, will have exposed more than 1,050 U.S. cotton producers to innovative
production in regions different than their own. For 25 years now, P.I.E. participants have gained new perspectives in such practices as land preparation, variety selection, planting, tillage, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting ­ to help them improve their on-farm efficiency.

The 2013 tours had Mid-South producers seeing Georgia operations on June 24-28. Southeast producers traveleing to Louisiana and Mississippi on July 7-12, Southwest producers visited California on July 21-25; and Far
West producers toured Texas on August 4-9.



The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of The Cotton Market
(Farm Press) The cotton market is entering a third season of "disequilibrium" caused by China's stocks-building program, says Joe Nicosia, global cotton platform head, Louis Dreyfus.

Year's First Bale Of U.S. Cotton Set For Auction Thursday In Harlingen
(Valley Morning Star) HARLINGEN, TX ‹ The Harlingen Chamber of Commerce Cotton Committee will auction the nation's first official bale of cotton Thursday at the 60th First Bale Auction and Scholarship Fundraiser.


FDA Again Extends Food Safety Comment Period
(AgriPulse) WASHINGTON - FDA has again extended the comment period for two provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that were proposed in January. FDA originally said the comment period would close
in May, but a first extension took that deadline into July. Now, producers will have until mid-November to comment on the rules.

Budget Experts Outline Post-Recess Challenges For Congress
(AgriPulse) WASHINGTON - While a "grand bargain" on tax and entitlement reform seems out of reach by the end of the fiscal year, focus will soon shift to the pressing deadlines for appropriations levels and the debt ceiling, noted top budget and policy experts at a meeting for agricultural economists.

Shuster Tells Governors To Expect Water Resources Bill In Coming Months
(AgriPulse) MILWAUKEE - House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., recently told the nation's governors that the committee plans to consider the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) next month with the goal of having it hit the House floor in October.

FSA seeks comments on Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
(AgriPulse) WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) is asking for input on the updates it made for producers applying for coverage under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).


Cotton Harvest In India May Rebound To Record On Higher Planting
(Bloomberg) Cotton production in India, the world's second-biggest exporter, will climb to a record as above-average monsoon rainfall increased planting, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said.


Ag Secretary Cutting Off Payments From WTO Case On Cotton

NAPA, Calif. (DTN) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has told Brazilian officials that USDA is running out of money and authority to make payments in the WTO cotton subsidies agreement, but urged them to buy U.S. wheat, beef and pork exports and find ways to cooperate with the United States on biotechnology and biofuels policy.


Indian Govt Raises FY'14 Textiles Export Target To $43bn
(fibre2fashion) The Government of India has raised the textiles, including apparel, export target for the ongoing fiscal year 2013-14 to US$ 43 billion, from the earlier US$ 36 billion, Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament.

Augustine Tantillo Named President Of NCTO
(Textile World) WASHINGTON, D.C. ‹ The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) today announced the appointment of former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Augustine "Auggie" Tantillo as the NCTO's new president.


In Wake Of Appeals Court's Hours-Of-Service Ruling, It Could Be Time For
Industry To Head On Down The Road
(DC Velocity) It's doubtful that Justices Janice Rogers Brown, Thomas B. Griffith, and A. Raymond Randolph have anything in common with rock musician Tom Petty.

Stockings Patriots Marking Seventh Year Of Sewing For Troops Ahead Of Christmas
(Avalanche-Journal) LUBBOCK -- A patriotic organization named Stockings Patriots has cut out more than 3,000 stockings from denim donated by Plains Cotton Cooperative Association and will sew them for use by United States service men and women at an overseas air base during the Christmas season.

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