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Pre-Registration Begins For Mid-South Farm/Gin Show
Companies or interested parties planning to attend the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show on Feb. 27-28 at the Cook Convention Center may register online by going to or calling (901) 947-3104. The show, which is the largest indoor farm show in the country, features more than 400 exhibitors, Mid- South crop information, equipment technology, industry experts and a two-day Ag Update seminar. Representatives from all regions of the country will be in attendance, as well as several from overseas. Thousands of dollars in products and cash prizes will also be awarded daily. Some of the major highlights of the Ag Update include a presentation from the new president of the National Cotton Council, as well as marketing updates from Memphis merchant Joe Nicosia and grain specialist Richard Brock. Other special seminars will be conducted on both days of the show. The exhibits will feature the latest in planting and harvest equipment and are always a highlight of the two-day event located in downtown Memphis.

Webcasts To Focus On Viruses And Whiteflies
Whiteflies and the viruses they carry have been a large, complex and economically significant problem for cotton producers throughout the world. The most recent “Focus on Cotton” webcasts, sponsored by Cotton Incorporated’s Plant Management Network, deals with the cause of cotton leaf curl virus – a key component of the troublesome cotton leaf curl disease complex. More than 30 “Focus on Cotton” webcasts are presently available at

BASF Makes Donation To ‘Feeding America’
BASF is donating $75,000 to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, to help feed struggling families and individuals throughout the United States. The donation will support Feeding America’s National Produce Program, an initiative that helps with planning, transportation and logistics to ensure fresh produce deliveries to the 200-member food banks located throughout the country. The commitment from BASF will help Feeding America provide 675,000 pounds of produce to families and individuals in need. The donation includes $5,000 in contributions from BASF producer-customers who chose to be part of this donation. For more information about this campaign, interested parties can contact Pat Morrow at BASF via email at

USDA Announces Speakers For Ag Outlook Conference
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced its lineup of speakers for the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum to be conducted on Feb. 19-20 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. The forum’s speakers will take a global, modern look at different aspects of today’s changing agriculture industry. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and European Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan will engage in a roundtable discussion event. Other speakers include Deputy Ag Secretary Krysta Harden, U.S. Trade Ambassador Darci Vetter, Robert Fraley of Monsanto, Mary Kay Thatcher of American Farm Bureau, Robert Sutor of IBM and Cory Reed representing John Deere. Speaking at the 25 breakout sessions and five topical luncheons will be more than 100 distinguished experts. The Ag Outlook Forum first began in 1923 and provides farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses with sound agriculture information for their future planning.

Syngenta Appoints Sands To Washington Position
Jeff Sands has joined Syngenta as manager of federal government relations and industry relations for corn. He will be based in Washington. In his role, he will support the company’s strategic government initiatives and primarily focus on industry business with corn.

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