Thursday, September 23, 2021

Industry News For August 2021

Rhino Medical Supply Tapped As Exclusive Distributor For Cotton Medical Scrubs

Field to Closet’s vision of providing 100% Deltapine cotton medical scrubs crafted with cotton grown in Georgia and created in an end-to-end U.S. supply chain took a giant step forward recently with the announcement Rhino Medical Supply is joining as the exclusive distributor.

“We are thrilled to announce an alliance with Rhino Medical Supply as the distributor of our cotton scrubs,” says Ed Jernigan, founder and CEO of Field to Closet. “Rhino Medical’s focus on sustainable, environmentally friendly, and biodegradable products, along with their emphasis on philanthropy and diversity initiatives, pairs perfectly with our scrubs program. It is truly a perfect union of businesses with similar visions.”

Field to Closet’s Cotton Project uses Georgia-grown cotton from Deltapine seed to reshore American manufacturing by revitalizing an end-to-end U.S. supply chain. The initiative establishes a Farmer GiveBack program to address a fundamental issue in the garment industry, which typically sees the brand or end seller with the most significant profit.

The GiveBack program recognizes the rebirth of a robust cotton garment industry isn’t possible without the grower; therefore, this initiative is designed to ensure the grower is included financially by sharing in the profit of the goods sold.

“Rhino Medical Supply seeks companies and products that align with our corporate citizenship commitments, including giving back to others, using renewable resources, and encouraging inclusion,” says Lance Brown, CEO. “Our organization is proud to work with Field to Closet and America Knits to distribute these 100% Deltapine cotton medical scrubs.”

The Field to Closet 100% Cotton medical scrub is treated with the latest technology, PROTX2 AV, which is a metal free, medical grade antiviral, antibacteria, and anti-odor treatment that kills viruses or bacteria within 10 minutes (or less) of contact. This is the first surgical scrub made from 100% cotton that has been treated with this technology.

Lance Brown of Rhino Medical calls the technology a “game changer” for the U.S. medical industry in its fight to prevent another pandemic outbreak.

PROTX2 AV has been proven to deactivate 99.9% of SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in 10 minutes as well as hospital-associated infections, both viruses and bacteria, according to the press release. The scrub is made in the United States with a transparent supply chain that assures the safety and quality of the product. U.S. companies benefit by avoiding the cost and delays being experienced with global shipping.

“Partnering with Rhino Medical Supply means our scrubs will be available to hospitals and other health care facilities from coast to coast,” says Steve Hawkins, president of America Knits.

To wrap up the initiative’s kick off, 15 rural Georgia hospitals will receive medical cotton scrubs at no cost this summer.

To order the scrubs in bulk, go to Rhino Medical Supply https://www.rhinomedsupply.com/.

Californians Urged To Watch For The Cotton Seed Bug

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Cotton seed bug

According to the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association’s July newsletter, a cotton seed bug was found and identified in Los Angeles in 2019. At the time, it was a single find and no other specimens were located in the vicinity.

In 2020, the cotton seed bug was found and identified in five more locations across three counties, including Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. While the locations are more than 100 miles from the nearest cotton fields, the association is concerned with the potential spread of the devastating pest to California cotton fields.

As its name suggests, the pest attacks the cotton seed but damages the lint on its way into the seed. More importantly, if the pest were to be found in cotton, it could end the shipment of cotton planting seed out of California as a quarantine area would more than likely be established.

CCGGA is currently working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to find a way to trap the pest and possibly keep it in the Los Angeles Basin and maybe even eradicate it.

In the meantime, the association is asking growers and pest control advisors to be on the lookout for the invasive pest. Should you see one of these bugs, please contact your local county ag commissioner or the local CDFA field office.

MS’s Largest-Ever Outdoor Show To Be Held At Trade Mart

The inaugural Mississippi Ag & Outdoor Expo, the largest outdoor show to ever be held in Mississippi, will be held Aug. 6-8 at the new Mississippi Trade Mart at the state fairgrounds in Jackson, Mississippi.

The show will be hosted by The Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks and presented by Southern AgCredit.

“We are thrilled to bring a brand-new show in a new venue to Mississippi,” says Don Brazil, CEO of the foundation. “This show will highlight the incredible hunting, fishing, agricultural and outdoor spirit of our great state.”

Here are the show hours:

• Noon-7 p.m. — Friday.

• 9 a.m.-7 p.m. — Saturday.

• 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Sunday.

Tickets are $12 for adults 13 years and older, $6 for kids 6-12 years old, and free for kids 5 years and under. A concert featuring three musical acts will take place Saturday evening, Aug. 7.

For more information, contact Don Brazil at don@foundationmwfp.com or 769-243-7291. For expo and concert sales, contact Jack Fisher at jack@greatsouthernexpos.com or 601-345-1560.

Texas A&M AgriLife Offers Practical Tips On Legal Issues

Many state and federal laws regarding land ownership can be complicated, but a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service course helps make the content more accessible to landowners.

“Owning Your Piece of Texas: Key Laws Texas Landowners Need to Know” is an online course and handbook that covers key laws that may affect rural landowners and agricultural operations.

The online course combines practical tips and examples to help better explain important legal concepts that are included in the handbook authored by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet.

Topics include landowner liability, special use tax valuation, water law, fence law, eminent domain, agricultural leases, renewable energy leases, the Texas Right-to-Farm statue and more.

“Whether you have owned land for generations or are looking to purchase your first acre, this course is designed to provide practical and helpful information to make your experience in land ownership more enjoyable,” says Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo.

The self-paced course takes about 8.5 hours to complete. It is available on AgriLife Learn. Participants can decide to take the entire course for a total cost of $150 or pay $20 for individual, shorter courses.

AgriLife Extension noted those who register online will have access to the course for two years.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course was taught at various locations across the state each year. The in-person workshops are expected to resume this year. Those interested in finding a future in-person or online event to attend can visit Lashmet’s Upcoming Presentations webpage.

The handbook can be downloaded as a PDF, and a hard copy can be purchased by emailing lacrecia.garza@ag.tamu.edu.

For more information on landowner resources and information, visit Texas Farm Bureau’s Farm and Ranch Resources webpage at https://texasfarmbureau.org/advocacy/small-farm-ranch/.

NC State Extension Adds Additional Bollworm Threshold

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Cotton bollworm damage

Currently, North Carolina State University Extension has two thresholds for bollworm, depending on the type of cotton planted. Now, they are adding an additional threshold for Bollgard 3, TwinLink Plus and WideStrike 3 of 4% damaged bolls.

NCSU Extension entomologist Dominic Reisig explains why:

“Recent research in North Carolina found that yield losses were more closely aligned with damaged squares and bolls than number of live larvae,” he says. “This difference in feeding behavior is an important consideration for Bollgard 3, TwinLink Plus and WideStrike 3 cotton in North Carolina.

“A similar damaged boll threshold for bollworm is used throughout much of the Cotton Belt, however, at a higher level (6% damaged bolls). One difference for this damage threshold difference could result from our shorter season compared to the Mid-South (less time to compensate due to shorter growing season).

“In our research, yield response was variable, with results ranging from 2% to 6% damaged bolls as the economic injury level (economic thresholds are set below this point). An economic threshold of 4% captures the variability in this research and is a good point for growers to determine if a spray is needed in Bollgard 3, TwinLink Plus and WideStrike 3 varieties.

“We don’t want to jettison the live second-stage live bollworm threshold at this point. Our research also verified the utility of these thresholds, but found that percent damaged bolls was a more consistent threshold connected to yield. At this time, we can use these two thresholds in tandem.”

Read more at https://bit.ly/3kE1TDr.

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