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Mississippi Cotton Farmer Wins $20,000 Transform My Community Grand Prize For Delta Streets Academy By Carroll Smith Editor T.Mac Howard grew up in Rankin County, Mississippi, and attended Mississippi State University. Fueled by his strong faith, Howard made his way to New Orleans after his sophomore year to participate in a summer internship with Desire Street Ministries. Mo Leverett was ... Read More »

Succession Planning

An Experienced Attorney With Knowledge Of Agricultural Scenarios Can Help The Transition Process Go Smoothly By Terry Greenberg “Succession means many things and may include transitioning ownership of property after the owner’s death or during the farmer’s lifetime, should the owner decide to quit farming,” says John Shanklin, of the McCleskey Law Firm in Lubbock, Texas, which is surrounded by the ... Read More »

Independent Crop Consultants Provide Service, Value To Growers

By Patrick R. Shepard Contributing Writer In 1983, Billy Bryant was so excited about starting his profession as an independent crop consultant that the day he graduated from Mississippi State University, before he left the campus, he took his test and got his consultant license. By that time, he had racked up eight years’ scouting experience. He had worked during ... Read More »

USDA And University Researchers Work To Prevent U.S. Cotton Contamination

By Derek Whitelock USDA-ARS U.S. cotton is considered to have some of the lowest levels of contamination in the world. However, that reputation is in jeopardy as complaints of contamination from domestic and foreign mills are on the rise. Of particular concern for the United States is plastic trash that collects in cotton fields, black plastic film used as mulch, ... Read More »

2018 Seed Variety Guide

Yield, Quality And Traits The menu of cotton varieties from which to choose in 2018 includes a host of high-yielding, good quality selections. To help you get started, seed companies from across the Cotton Belt provided information about their headliners on pages 10, 11, 12, 13 and 16 in the annual Seed Variety Guide published by Cotton Farming. Discuss priorities ... Read More »

California Cotton Fungal Disease Moves Into Texas

Western report Fusarium Race 4 (FOV-4), a serious soil and seedborne cotton fungal disease, has found its way to Texas and threatens upland cotton production with potentially significant yield losses. Cotton breeder Dr. Jim Olvey and others are determined to ensure its impact on U.S. upland cotton will be minimized. With the help of farmers early in the 2016 season, ... Read More »

Water In The West And Our Future

Special Report By Julie Murphree Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director I recently connected with the Sheely family of California and Arizona to talk about water in the west and some of the unique issues we face out here where the sagebrush and saguaro stand tall. Ted Sheely is a lettuce, cotton, tomato, onions, wheat, wine grape, garlic and pistachio farmer ... Read More »