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  • The Boll Weevil War

    The Boll Weevil War

    Farmers And Scientists Save Cotton In The South. • By Dominic Reisig, North Carolina State University • The boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) is not much to look at — just a grayish, little beetle with an impressively long snout. But this particular beetle, and its hunger for cotton, was powerful enough to forge an unprecedented partnership among farmers, legislators and scientists. ... Read More »
  • Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Offers Water-Saving Incentives

    Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Offers Water-Saving Incentives

    The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission is offering financial incentives in the form of tax credits to state farmers and landowners who make land improvements that help conserve water. Among the projects that may qualify are building surface water reservoirs, land leveling, converting from groundwater to surface water, and installing certain irrigation water measuring and control devices. Read More »
  • ‘Better Bet Than Tomatoes’

    ‘Better Bet Than Tomatoes’

    California Farmers Discuss Reasons For Switching To Cotton. • By Lisa Lieberman •  As Central Valley producers face ongoing low water allocations and stagnant processing tomato prices, farmers say they are considering allocating fewer acres to tomatoes and devoting more land to Pima cotton. Pima cotton — the primary variety grown in the Central Valley — requires less water, has lower ... Read More »
  • Georgia Cotton Farmers Hope To Rebound From 2017

    Georgia Cotton Farmers Hope To Rebound From 2017

    • By Julie Jernigan, University of Georgia • Researchers project that Georgia’s cotton farmers will plant more than 1.45 million acres this year. This is an increase from 1.28 million acres in 2017, says Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist. Farmers planted cotton in May, and prices have increased due to increased demand and strong U.S. exports. The ... Read More »
  • Tackling Cotton’s Priorities

    Tackling Cotton’s Priorities

    The National Cotton Council identified multiple priorities it must address to continue effectively representing the U.S. cotton industry on legislative and regulatory issues. What are some key priorities? • A major concern is ensuring an effective safety net for cotton producers is contained in the next farm law. As this column was being submitted, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of ... Read More »
  • Department Of Labor Wage And Hour Inspects Gins Two Years In A Row

    Department Of Labor Wage And Hour Inspects Gins Two Years In A Row

    Twelve West Texas gins were inspected by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor during the 2016/2017 ginning season. The Wage and Hour folks came right back this year, inspecting eight more gins. I don’t know whether we will see them again next year, but the Wage and Hour folks certainly know what a cotton gin is. ... Read More »