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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 »

Striving For Zero Tolerance

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO The National Cotton Council is urging producers, ginners, warehousers and their employees to be proactive in preventing lint contamination this harvest season. Why the heightened concern? The most recent International Textile Manufacturers Federation survey of worldwide cotton contamination found more contamination in 2011 compared with the last survey year of 2009. Some U.S. spinners say ... Read More »

WEB POLL: 2008 Farm Bill Extension Anticipated

As the expiration deadline quickly approaches for the current Farm Bill, all eyes are on the Hill, and the clock is ticking. In a report dated Aug. 15, Kurt Guidry, with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusi-ness at the LSU AgCenter provided a Farm Bill update. Following is an excerpt from his commentary. “While there were efforts made in ... Read More »

Cotton School Creates Career Opportunities

By Tommy Horton Editor Need to find an important contact in the U.S. cotton industry that might lead to a career opportunity? One of the best places to find such an environment is the International Cotton Institute conducted each year at the University of Memphis. Regardless of what part of the cotton world a student has an interest, he (or ... Read More »

The Right Plan

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO The National Cotton Council is reminding farm and gin owners/operators to determine if they must implement a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan. Why is compliance necessary? EPA says the SPCC rule is to help farms and facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines as well as control a ... Read More »

Many Factors Affect Cotton Demand

By Keith Flurry London, England • Based in Rabobank’s London office. • Specializes in soft commodity market forecasting. • Concentrates on coffee, sugar, cocoa and cotton. • Undergraduate degree from Univ. of Calif-Davis. • Masters degrees from Univ. of Hohenheim in Germany and Univ. of Wageningen in the Netherlands. • Previously worked for consultancy in Germany and also was with ... Read More »