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Texan Enjoys Cotton School

By Tommy Horton Editor Cotton SchoolIt might have seemed unlikely that a Texas warehouseman could benefit from attending the Inter-national Cotton Institute this summer at the University of Memphis, but that is exactly what happened for Atticus Miller. The young president of Delta Logistics in Greenville, Texas, had heard that the experience would “broaden my knowledge of the cotton industry.” ... Read More »

PGRs Crucial In A Late Crop

By Andrea Jones Associate Extension Cotton Specialist University of Missouri This year cotton planting in Missouri got started around May 10; therefore, we have a late crop. Hopefully, by now we’re managing our crop for earliness and have planned for a timely harvest for our late planted crop. Plant growth regulators (PGR) are a good management tool for earliness. Field ... Read More »

USDA Aims For Rural Growth

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the selection of organizations in 11 states for loans and grants to support job creation efforts and business development, and to strengthen economic growth in rural communities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. The annou-ncement is one part of the ... Read More »

Cotton Strives To Stay Competitive

By Tommy Horton Editor Even though cotton acreage has decreased across the United States, the industry is taking an aggressive approach in how to reverse this trend. That was the familiar theme heard at Cotton Incorporated’s “Cotton Competitiveness Conference” recently conducted in Raleigh, N.C. Organizers of the event offered a program that presented timely updates from planting to consumer trends ... Read More »

China, U.S. Cotton – A Special Relationship

By Tommy Horton Editor No matter what challenges might exist between the U.S. cotton industry and China, one fact remains clear. Each side needs the other in this crucial economic relationship. That was made obvious last month when textile mill executives from China and Hong Kong participated in a week-long tour of the U.S. Cotton Belt. Represented in the group ... Read More »

USDA Keeps Eye On Climate Change

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that the Federal government must increase collaboration with producers, researchers and industry to develop the next generation of solutions that will help agriculture mitigate and adapt to modern climate challenges. “Our farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are the most innovative on earth, and they’re up to the task of meeting environmental challenges that lay ahead,” ... Read More »

California Farmers Need Easier Access To Water

By Kate Campbell Calif. Farm Bureau In a dry year such as this one, connecting willing sellers of surplus water with possible buyers can be an important source for farmers facing water shortages. But water managers who have initiated water transfers say the process requires them to negotiate a bureaucratic maze, with no guarantees a drop will ever reach a ... Read More »