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Industry News – Nov. 2015

photo courtesy Clemson UniversityClemson Assists With Flood Recovery, Damage Assessment
Scott Miller, writer/editor with Clemson University recently reported that Clemson Extension agents across the state continue to help communities recover from the historic flood and are scouting fields to assess losses to the state’s $41.7 billion agriculture and forestry industry. Many crops have already been lost to the flood. Others may be lost in the coming weeks due to disease caused by wet conditions. Planting for the fall season will be disrupted. Crops that can be salvaged will be hard to reach given field flooding and road closures, says Brian Callahan, associate director of Clemson Extension. Extension plans to estimate economic losses caused by flooding, but this will take considerable time to calculate. Agents continue to help with cleanup efforts at public buildings and assist in the removal of debris from roadways. Many Extension offices remain closed and may remain closed for an extended period of time. Visit www.clemson.edu/public/ disaster_response/october_2015_ flood.html for Extension office closings and flooding news, including flood disaster resources. Email Extension personnel at www.clemson. edu/extension/.

2015 Hall Of Fame Class Named
Cotton Incorporated recently announced the 2015 class of the Cotton Research and Promotion Hall of Fame. The program, now in its second year, recognizes U.S. cotton industry leaders that have made significant contributions to the program or to the cotton industry in general. The five honorees for the 2015 Cotton Research and Promotion Hall of Fame include: Dr. Fred Bourland (Arkansas); David Burns (North Carolina); Jim Hansen (California); Dr. Preston Sasser (North Carolina); and Hugh Summerville (Alabama). The 2015 honorees were chosen from nominations made by Certified Producer and Importer Organizations and voted upon by the Chairman’s Committee of the Cotton Incorporated Board of Directors. The honorees will be formally inducted at the joint Cotton Incorporated/Cotton Board annual meeting in December.

Contamination Prevention
The National Cotton Council (NCC) and the National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) have produced multiple educational pieces to assist producers and ginners in meeting the U.S. cotton industry’s goal of zero contamination in seed cotton and lint. NCC’s website contains a number of educational pieces related to contamination and quality preservation: www.cotton.org/tech/quality/index.cfm. NCGA educational videos are available as DVDs and can be ordered at www.cotton.org/ncga/request-ncga-media.cfm.