Industry News For December 2017

Cotton Farmer High Yielders Deserve A Ton Of Credit
Big yields deserve big recognition. Now in its 13th year, the FiberMax One Ton Club has recognized more than 1,000 elite cotton growers, and signups are now open. Qualified growers who attend the annual banquet in Lubbock, Texas, also can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a two-year lease on a Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch truck.

To qualify for the FiberMax One Ton Club, growers must produce an average of 2,000 pounds per acre on 20 or more acres planted to FiberMax varieties. Growers must plant 100 percent FiberMax cotton seed on qualifying acres from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2017.

“Growers need an advanced skill-set and elite germplasm to produce excellent yields,” says Kerry Grossweiler, Bayer campaign manager. “The FiberMax One Ton Club allows us to celebrate a grower’s knowledge and accomplishments and applaud them for a job remarkably well done.”

If you’re a grower in any of the 17 cotton-producing states who meets the 4-bale yield requirement, learn how to sign up for the One Ton Club by visiting with your sales rep or Bayer Agronomic Services Team member. Gin recap sheets are required for verification.

Qualifiers will be recognized at the One Ton Club grower awards banquet in Lubbock, Texas, on April 5, 2018, where they will have the opportunity to enter to win the truck lease. Growers must be present to enter and win the sweepstakes. Learn more at

Tyson Adds Another $1 Million To Furnish U of A Laboratories
Alongside Garland Avenue, on the highest point overlooking the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center, the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences promises to be the new standard for agricultural research and education in Arkansas.

Construction of the new building was stimulated by a $5 million gift from Tyson Foods and the Tyson family to the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

During a dedication ceremony held Nov. 16 for the new 54,000-square-foot building, John Tyson, Don Tyson’s son and chairman of Tyson Foods, pledged an additional $1 million toward the expense of furnishing new laboratories in the center.

Tyson says he learned during conversations just before the dedication there was still a need to equip some of the labs in the research wing of the building.

He pledged the $1 million from the Tyson family and says he hopes other donors will join him in contributing toward the important work that will be done there.

“This is an unexpected addition to their generosity,” says Mark Cochran, vice president of agriculture for the University of Arkansas System. “We’ve got about 40 percent of our lab space that still needs to be finished. This will help us fill out those laboratories, so we can get more scientists and more graduate students into that research wing.”

Alltech Supports Texas Farmers And Ranchers After Hurricane
As Hurricane Harvey’s winds died down, yet while the waters were still rising, Alltech launched Hope After Harvey to raise support for Texas farmers and ranchers, who lead the U.S. in cattle, cotton, hay, sheep and goat production.
Alltech committed to match donations made to its 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Alltech ACE Foundation. As a result of Hope After Harvey, Alltech representatives presented Texas Farm Bureau’s Agriculture Research and Education Foundation with a $42,607.12 check.

The funds will be used to provide support and relief to those in agriculture who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“We’re very grateful for Alltech’s donation and others like it from across the state and country,” says TFB President Russell Boening, a South Texas dairyman, farmer and rancher.

“Every dime contributed to our Hurricane Harvey relief fund will go directly to the men and women who grow our food and fiber, who suffered losses when Harvey hit. Rebuilding won’t be easy. But with the generosity of companies like Alltech, Texas agriculture is sure to recover.”

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