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NCC Launches Program To Help Identify Industry’s Emerging Leaders The National Cotton Council has launched the Emerging Leaders Program, an effort aimed at ensuring the U.S. cotton industry benefits from a continuity of sound leadership. The project, sponsored by a grant to The Cotton Foundation from Mon-santo, not only will provide participants with an in-depth look at the U.S. cotton ... Read More »

USDA Plans Regional Drought Meetings

Recognizing that recovery from the drought that affected much of the farm belt will be a lengthy process, Agri-culture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the scheduling of four regional meetings that will outline available resources to assist with local, regional and state recovery efforts. USDA will coordinate with state and local partners, working closely with the Department of Commerce, the ... Read More »

USDA Offers Help To 22 States

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $11.8 million in additional financial and technical assistance to help crop and livestock producers in 22 states apply conservation practices that reduce the impacts of drought and improve soil health and productivity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides this important assistance through its Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) and ... Read More »

Western Ginners Try To Protect Fiber Quality

By Brent Murphree Maricopa, Ariz. Cotton ginners have a slightly different take on cotton harvest than the producers who bring their crops to the gin. While producers focus on yields, micronaire and how quickly they can get their crops ginned, ginners are looking more intensely at things like module moisture, leaf content and plastic contamination – all of which can ... Read More »

Industry News

Texas Ginning Leader Cliff Granberry Had Historic Impact On Cotton Industry Cliff Granberry, a native of Celeste, Texas, and the owner and founder of the ginning equipment company that bears his name, passed away in July at the age of 96. Granberry started his career in 1939 when he began working in the warehouse for Lummus Cotton where he prepared ... Read More »

Cottonseed Oil Has The ‘Right Taste’

Supporting two cotton sustainability projects currently implemented at New Mexico State University (NMSU), Tom Wede-gaertner, Director of Cottonseed Research and Marketing for Cotton Incorporated, has worked with the Oregon State University Food Inno-vation Center to create six flavor-infused culinary cottonseed oils. “I wanted a food product made from the cotton plant that would not only strengthen the tie between cotton ... Read More »

Learning Experience: Producers Make Memorable Trip To North Dakota

By Tommy Horton Editor No matter how much know-ledge a farmer may have about his chosen profession, there is always room to learn more. And that is exactly what 13 Southern producers did last month when they visited North Dakota. The group was participating in the National Cotton Council’s Multi-Commodity Education Program (MCEP), which brings together producers from the Sunbelt ... Read More »