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May 5 webinar follows up on cotton industry plastics contamination

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Plastic contamination is one of the greatest problems for cotton producers, affecting every segment of the cotton industry. To help educate cotton producers, ginners and others involved in the cotton industry on this topic, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer the free follow-up Plastics in Cotton Seminar II webinar May 5. The webinar, which will be from 8:30 ... Read More »

Clean Cotton

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Mississippi State University researcher tackles plastic in cotton. Cotton is one of Mississippi’s top agricultural commodities. With 780 farms and 1,600,000 bales produced in 2019, it is clear why Mississippi ranks third in the nation for cotton production. Cotton’s role extends well beyond the state line, however, as it is found in clothing, fabrics, and even cosmetics across the globe. ... Read More »

VIPR — Battling Contamination With Technology

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• By Ross Rutherford • Contamination in seed cotton and lint cotton has been a critical issue facing the cotton industry for decades. This has become even more urgent in recent years with the broad acceptance/usage of cotton harvesting equipment with on-board module-making capability (round modules) wrapped in plastic. For many reasons, whether from the module wrap or from plastic ... Read More »

Redoubling The Effort

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Industry Focuses On Prevention To Reduce Growing Plastic Contamination Issue • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • Plastic contamination has long been the bane of the U.S. cotton industry, which prides itself on producing a clean, quality product. Efforts to reduce the problem have redoubled in the past few years as plastic contamination continues to grow, partly due to new ... Read More »

2020 Bale Packaging Specifications Approved

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William Beam, U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy administrator for farm programs, notified the National Cotton Council that the Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee 2020 specification recommendations for cotton bale packaging materials are approved for Commodity Credit Corp. loan program purposes. The 2020 specifications are identical to the specifications for the previous year’s crop except for the following revisions: • ... Read More »

Texas A&M to host plastic contamination webinar, May 6

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Nueces and San Patricio counties will be hosting a free webinar from 8:30 a.m. to noon, May 6, to discuss practices both growers and ginners can implement to help the industry address plastic contamination in cotton. “Plastic contamination is one of the greatest problems for cotton producers,” said Jason Ott, AgriLife Extension agent, ... Read More »

Weaker global demand reinforces need to create new opportunities

cotton contamination

• By Seshadri Ramkumar • Finding new markets and applications is vital for the global cotton sector. With the commencement of harvest in the High Plains of Texas, stakeholders of this important sector gathered Oct. 18 at the Lubbock, Texas-based Plains Cotton Growers Inc. The yield may not be a bumper as expected due to the hot July and August ... Read More »