Industry News for January 2014

Red River Crops Conference To Address Variety Of Topics

Producers in the Red River area of Oklahoma and Texas will have a chance to hear an update on several important ag production topics on Jan. 28-29 at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus, Okla.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. each morning, and the program concludes at 4 p.m. On the first day, attendees will hear an update from the National Cotton Council followed by a market outlook from Dr. John Robinson (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension) and a Variety Discussion from Oklahoma Extension cotton specialist Randy Boman.

Other presentations on the first day include Herbicide Options and Outlook from Shane Osborne of Oklahoma Extension as well as reports from Jason Woodward (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension plant pathologist) and Paul DeLaune (Texas A&M AgriLife Environmental Soil Science specialist).

The first day will conclude with an industry panel discussion on New Developments in Technology.

The highlight of the second day will be a market outlook from Stan Bevers (Texas AgriLife Extension economist) and a report from Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

A registration fee of $25 covers both days. To register, print the form at or call Stan Bevers at (940) 552-9941.

ICA Signs Agreement With China Cotton Exchange

The International Cotton Assocation (ICA) and the China National Cotton Exchange (CNCE) have signed and exchanged a memorandum of understanding to acknowledge the cooperation between the two industry associations.

Former ICA President Ahmed Elbosaty and CNCE Vice President Baofu Yang signed the agreement during the ICA’s recent trade event in Liverpool, England, where CNCE was a major sponsor.

“This is another milestone for the ICA and one that I am proud to have been part of,” says Ahmed. “Mutual understanding and cooperation are crucial to strengthening international ties. It is a very positive and significant step forward for both associations and our members.”

The agreement will focus on three specific areas of cooperation:

• Applying ICA By-laws in CNCE’s Electronic Trading Platform.
• Sharing technical information.
• Delivering cotton trade and quality testing training.

ICA was established in 1841 and is the world’s leading international cotton trade association and arbitration body. CNCE was founded in 1999, and is the only platform to buy and sell national reserve cotton in China.

For more information, contact Nickey Simon at the Liverpool Cotton Association at

UC-Davis Names Dillard As New Dean Of Ag School

Helene Dillard, a plant disease expert, associate dean and head of Cooperative Extension at Cornell University, has been named the new dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis.

Dillard, a native Californian and UC Davis alumna, will assume her new duties on Jan. 27. In her new position, Dillard will be the chief academic and administrative leader for UC Davis’ founding college, home to 15 departments focusing on the agricultural, environmental and human sciences.

The college includes 330 faculty members, 800 staff, 5,800 undergraduate students in 29 majors and 1,000 graduate students in 45 graduate groups and programs.

Bayer Launches Young Farmer Program

Bayer CropScience has launched its fourth annual Young Farmer Sustain-ability Award. This award recognizes a farmer 40 years or under who has demonstrated sustainability on his or her farm.

The 2014 award will be selected by a group of industry experts and Bayer leaders, and will be awarded in February at the 2014 Ag Issues Forum conducted in conjunction with the Commodity Classic event in San Antonio, Texas.

The application deadline is Jan. 17.

The 2011, 2012 and 2013 winners were Ryan Kirby of Belcher, La., John Shepard of Blackstone, Va., and Jeremy Jack of Belzoni, Miss. For more details, contact Casey Dudding at

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