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  • 2017 Cotton Consultant of the Year is Paul Pilsner

    2017 Cotton Consultant of the Year is Paul Pilsner

    “My ancestors were early settlers of south-central Texas so ag is part of my DNA,” says Texas cotton consultant Paul Pilsner. “As a child, I remember watching my grandparents hand pick cotton on their small DeWitt County farm. “My dad was blessed with a position at Union Carbide, which allowed our family to live an iconic 1960s’ lifestyle in Victoria. My brother and I were told we could be anything we wanted to be. My mother was a gardener so I enjoyed growing things. “During college, I started a lawn maintenance/landscaping firm, which took me to the Rio Grande Valley ... Read More »
  • The Top 10 Power  Transformers Of 2018

    The Top 10 Power Transformers Of 2018

    Whether you receive surface water from the Central Arizona Project or groundwater from wells, the energy it takes to lift and move water plays a significant role in the total cost of irrigation. Given the water-power-agriculture nexus, this article provides an update on the significant changes affecting the power industry. Ed Gerak, Arizona Power Authority executive director and Arizona Farm Bureau member, highlights 10 things he sees transforming the electric industry in 2018. 1. Transformer Oil — Fracking: In the quest for more petroleum or to increase the longevity of existing wells using new technology, hydraulic fracking has created a ... Read More »
  • Clemson’s Know-How Helping  With Wild Hog Problem

    Clemson’s Know-How Helping With Wild Hog Problem

    By Steven Bradley Clemson University With feral hogs destroying property, threatening endangered species and hindering conservation efforts on a massive military installation in Texas, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center-Environmental Laboratory sought the expertise of Clemson University scientists to collaborate on an ongoing research effort. Greg Yarrow, professor and chair of Clemson’s department of forestry and environmental conservation, studied feral hogs’ diets in Texas as a graduate student and was approached about collaborating on the research at Fort Hood. “One of the intermediate steps before you can really get into an effective animal control program is understanding what ... Read More »
  • Words Matter When Drafting A Will: A Cautionary Tale

    Words Matter When Drafting A Will: A Cautionary Tale

    A recent decision from the Ft. Worth Court of Appeals, In the Estate of Larry Ronald Neal, Deceased, offers a good reminder about how important is to carefully word a will to ensure that one’s intent is carried out after death. Read the full article by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet below.   Read More »
  • Eligibility Restored

    Eligibility Restored

    U.S. cotton producers’ safety net was bolstered with Congress’ recent passage of “seed cotton” farm policy — an action the National Cotton Council has diligently sought for more than two years. What was the basic action taken? Congress recently enacted the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that contained policy changes making “seed cotton” (upland cotton lint and cottonseed combined) eligible for Agriculture Risk Coverage/Price Loss Coverage (ARC/PLC) policies in Title I of the 2014 farm law beginning with the 2018 crop year. What key decisions must be made? To begin with, farm owners and cotton producers must elect coverage for ... Read More »
  • Cotton Ginning Marketplace

    Cotton Ginning Marketplace

    National Cotton Ginners Association Presents Awards, Elects New Officers Dwayne Alford, former manager and vice president of YUCO Gin, and who provided several years of dedicated service to the U.S. cotton industry, is the 2017 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. The annual National Cotton Ginners Association’s award is presented to a ginner in recognition of: 1) able, efficient and faithful service to the ginning industry and 2) continuing those principles exemplified and practiced by Horace Hayden, a former NCGA executive secretary. Alford, who received the award at NCGA’s recent 2018 annual meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, grew ... Read More »
  • Five New Bayer Varieties Focus On High Yields

    Five New Bayer Varieties Focus On High Yields

    Yield rules the day and gin turnout adds to the power of five new Bayer varieties that will be available in limited quantities for 2018 planting. “Choosing the right variety for the right field to harvest the right yield is paramount to successfully managing a cotton crop,” says Jason Wistehuff, Bayer product manager for FiberMax and Stoneville cotton. “We set growers up for success by giving them the options they need to choose the right variety for each field. These new varieties combine with our existing variety lineup to ground the season in sound science. Growers apply their management skills ... Read More »