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Educating Global Cotton Leaders

Tommy Horton

I can remember when the International Cotton Institute opened its doors 20 years ago, and the optimism was high as the American Cotton Shippers Association ventured into a new arena for educating young cotton leaders. There have been different cotton schools through the years that attempted to give instruction to students on how to succeed in the volatile world of cotton trading. But this new school would be different. First, it wouldn’t be a school that lasted a week or two that gave only an elementary view of what goes on... Read More »

Future Looks Bright For Young Ag Leaders

Every time I have a chance to meet the younger generation of ag leaders in this country, it gives me a good feeling. That’s how I felt recently when I met a small group representing this year’s National Cotton Council Emerging Leaders Program. The program, sponsored by a grant to The Cotton Foundation from Monsanto, is an excellent way for ... Read More »

Long Overdue Rain In High Plains

When I looked at the weather map recently and saw that a large area of the Texas High Plains was receiving significant rainfall, I thought I was dreaming. The months have turned into years as this region has awaited any kind of precipitation. I can only imagine how farmers must have felt when they saw this weather forecast. We were ... Read More »

Earl Williams: A Giant In California Ag

A few months ago, a significant event occurred in the U.S. cotton industry, and some of us are a bit late in acknowledging just how important it was. Earl Williams, the long-time executive vice president of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association, retired after serving that organization for 20 years. No matter what kind of turbulence might have occurred ... Read More »

Thanking Farmers On National Ag Day

There was a time when I was younger that National Agriculture Day didn’t resonate with me the way it does now. I was a city kid growing up in the suburbs of northeast Memphis. I just didn’t have an appreciation for where food and fiber came from. I remember that my mother always looked for sales and clipped coupons before ... Read More »

Thanking Famers On National Ag Day

There was a time when I was younger that National Agriculture Day didn’t resonate with me the way it does now. I was a city kid growing up in the suburbs of northeast Memphis. I just didn’t have an appreciation for where food and fiber came from. I remember that my mother always looked for sales and clipped coupons before ... Read More »

Another Busy Mid-South Farm/Gin Show

For many years, you’ve heard me talk about the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis, Tenn., as one of the most informative and entertaining ag events of the year. Last week’s show continued that tradition in many ways. It’s hard to believe so much can be packed into two days at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis. But ... Read More »