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Govt. Support Crucial For Ag Research - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded more than $18 million in grants to small businesses for high quality, advanced research and development that will lead to technological innovations and solutions for American agriculture. NIFA awarded 100 grants through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. "Small businesses are adept at finding solutions that can advance agriculture, create new jobs and grow our economy," says USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "These grants will provide resources so small businesses can innovate and create new breakthroughs. The SBIR program has provided hundreds of small businesses with the ability to explore new ideas that have led to cutting- edge solutions to pressing challenges and helped keep American agriculture innovative and strong." The SBIR program exists to stimulate technological innovations in the private sector and to...
Use Care When Washing Denim - The chief executive officer of Levis Strauss, Chip Bergh, recently made headlines by sharing some unusual advice for those of us who wear denim jeans. What is his advice? Don’t wash your jeans, ever. He says keeping jeans out of the washing machine will make them last longer and also added that less washing equals ...
Apparel Industry Needs More Transparency - BY LAWRENCE ROMAN DIRECTOR OF MARKETING APPAREL PRODUCTION, INC. NEW YORK, N.Y. Substandard Conditions? As I write this article about quality cotton, I’m thinking of this past week. While Pitti Uomo showed menswear in Florence, Italy, the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show sure made a splash with the latest in technology. It makes me think ...
Texan Bob Glodt Honored As 2013 CCOY - Bob Glodt of Plainview, Texas, Cotton Consultant of the Year (CCOY) for 2013, was recently honored at a special reception and dinner at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans. A crowd of more than 150 was on hand at the Marriott Hotel for the event, including Glodt’s wife Barbara and sons Tyler and Travis. ...
Agricenter’s Goal? Helping Producers - BY BRUCE KIRKSEY MEMPHIS, TENN. We are very blessed to be part of American agriculture. Maybe it’s be-cause of the Thanksgiv-ing and Christmas seasons, but I am truly proud to be a part of agriculture. I am very proud of the fact that Agricenter gets to work with a lot of good companies. We hope ...
From Aquatic Weeds To Cotton Weeds - A 2011 tour of Mid-South cotton fields was organized by the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) to acquaint federal agencies with the emerging problem of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth. One tour participant thought fluridone (trade name Brake), originally discovered nearly 35 years ago, should be reevaluated. As an experimental compound, it showed excellent promise as ...
Producers Need Data On New Varieties - The central focus of the Agricultural and Environmental Research department at Cotton Incorporated is identifying and addressing issues cotton producers see having an impact on their farms. One issue they recently identified, through an electronic “Producer Priority Survey,” was the lack of objective data and evaluations on new varieties. Producers indicated having timely access to ...
Water, Irrigation – What’s Ahead? - Water, or the lack of it, obviously can have a serious impact on a cotton farmer’s bottom line. “If you don’t have water, you definitely will not maximize the yield potential of your chosen varieties,” says Dr. Ed Barnes, Senior Director for Agricultural and Environmental Research at Cotton Incorporated. Water stress is one culprit that ...
SPECIAL REPORT: Need An App For Insecticide Spray? - Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have released two mobile phone applications, or “apps,” to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment. The apps were developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Bradley Fritz and Wesley “Clint” Hoffmann at the agency’s Areawide Pest Management Research Unit in College ...
BWCC In San Antonio Offers Research, Technology Updates - The 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio will once again feature updates on research and technology at the annual Ginning Conference. Some technologies are becoming more and more economical and can easily be integrated into the gin operation. One of the most advanced technologies is the automated bale bagging system. There are several automatic ...
Researchers’ Objective: Control Lygus Problem - By Brent Murphreee Maricopa, Ariz. The Third International Lygus Symposium was held in Scottsdale, Ariz., in October and brought together the most important players in lygus research, with an impressive showing by Western cotton pest researchers. The objectives of the previous symposiums were to enhance collaboration, exchange current research, find solutions to research issues and ...
Spinners Need Fiber Analysis To Ensure Quality - By Andrew Macdonald Cotton/Textile Consultant ITMF Board Member Meeting Customer Demands What do customers want? The fast evolution of the textile industry is moving toward a more demanding customer. It places product performance initially on the basic raw material, but performance also is being expressed in the form of fashion that is comfortable, protective and ...