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‘Life Is More Fun With Skin In The Game’

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At the end of January as the Super Bowl approached, I noticed a gambling site commercial running regularly on TV. “Life is more fun with skin in the game,” it said. I don’t bet big bucks on football, but I have been known to put up a penny a point in a competitive bridge game. Or a nickel a point ... Read More »

A New Year’s Toast To Those Who Keep The Wheels Turning

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Without a doubt, every segment of the cotton industry is important. Each one is intertwined with the others and has a role to play as we all strive for success. The traditional New Year’s toast to celebrate a new beginning has been around a long time and practiced by many. Today, I would like to raise a glass to our ... Read More »

Hope For The Future

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As we prepare to close the book on a year that has challenged every fiber of our being, we look forward to starting a new chapter full of hope. Perusing the pages of this issue of Cotton Farming will confirm there really is hope for the future. In the cover story on page 12, researchers at Texas Tech and Texas ... Read More »

The Bright Side Of 2020?

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In a year that has been described as the “devil’s scourge” by so many if not literally than figuratively, I believe it’s therapeutic to push aside the negative aspects and concentrate on the positives. As I wrapped up this issue of Cotton Farming, it occurred to me that every article in the magazine shines the proverbial “light at the end ... Read More »

‘They Gone About As Fer As They Can Go’?

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In the 1943 musical Oklahoma!, cowboy Will Parker makes a trip to Kansas City in 1906 and is awed by the progress the city has made. He describes his experience in a song that includes the lyrics, “Everything’s up to date in Kansas City. They gone about as fer as they can go.” In the cover article on page 8, ... Read More »

The Beat Goes On….

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In the past six months during the coronavirus pandemic, the resilience of the human spirit has been tested beyond what many have ever experienced. The question that looms, whether spoken or unspoken, is “Will we make it through?” Sadly, some didn’t, but many have. I, for one, am optimistic about our future. In general, the agriculture sector has physically fared ... Read More »

Family Ties Run Deep

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We all are experiencing a time in our society when anxiety and fear have crept in and challenged our ability to maintain a sense of normalcy. Those who are fortunate enough to be surrounded by family are connecting with one another for the support needed to make it through. Extended family not necessarily related by blood plays an important role ... Read More »