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New paraquat handling, training requirements take effect

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 • By Jason Bond and Ben Lawrence • The Environmental Protection Agency mandated manufacturers to update their paraquat labels by Nov. 14 with new safety, handling and training requirements. Key Points to Remember: • Purchasers, applicators, mixers, loaders, or tank cleaners of herbicide products containing paraquat must be certified applicators. • Purchasers, applicators, mixers, loaders, or tank cleaners must complete ... Read More »

Texas’ Cotton Belt experienced tough 2019

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Producers in Texas’ Cotton Belt reported lower than expected yields as a result of a tough beginning, middle and end to the 2019 growing season, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo, said the 2019 season started “rough” for cotton producers in the Panhandle. Extended rain and wet conditions delayed plantings, and ... Read More »

Some Alabama producers may qualify for irrigation tax credit

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Some Alabama farmers could see a break on their taxes thanks to a new tax credit. This credit allows farmer to count certain costs associated with irrigation, including fuel conversions, equipment and reservoirs, on their income taxes. Qualification Only qualified irrigations systems or reservoirs are eligible for the tax credit. Producers must have filled out an annual information report with ... Read More »

J.R. Simplot Co. to acquire Pinnacle Ag

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The J.R. Simplot Co., a privately held food and agribusiness company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, has agreed to acquire all of the interests in Pinnacle Agriculture Enterprises LLC and its subsidiaries. The acquisition will bring together two distributors of agricultural crop inputs and related services. The target acquisition close date is in early 2020. “By combining our geographic footprint and ... Read More »

Cotton consultant earns Field to Market sustainability award

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Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture recently honored recipients of the 2019 Sustainability Leadership Awards on the eve of the fifth annual Sustainable Agriculture Summit. The awards are given to farmers, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership through efforts to advance continuous improvement in the sustainability of U.S. commodity crop production. For the first time, the ... Read More »

Georgia Cotton Commission recognizes 2 UGA Extensionists

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The Georgia Cotton Commission recently recognized two University of Georgia Cooperative Extension professionals for their work in the cotton industry. Stephanie Hollifield, Brooks County Extension coordinator, was presented this year’s Senior King Cotton Award. Ty Torrance, Grady County agricultural and natural resources agent, was presented the Allen B. Fulford Award. Both were recognized at the Georgia Association of County Agricultural ... Read More »