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Is Washington Listening?

By Ronnie Hopper Petersburg, Texas For the past decade, our goal has been to apply no-till farming practices to our land located in the Pan-handle region of the South Plains of Texas. Overall, no-till has worked in our operation, but it also has inherent challenges which vary with each new year. No-till works for us because we now have the ... Read More »

USDA Plans Regional Drought Meetings

Recognizing that recovery from the drought that affected much of the farm belt will be a lengthy process, Agri-culture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the scheduling of four regional meetings that will outline available resources to assist with local, regional and state recovery efforts. USDA will coordinate with state and local partners, working closely with the Department of Commerce, the ... Read More »

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 »