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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

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• 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 »

Global mills favor quality and contamination-free cotton

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• By Seshadri Ramkumar • Consistency in quality and contamination-free cotton are much sought after by global cotton mills. Free of plastic contamination, objective quality evaluation and consistency are the characteristics that provide a premium for cotton, according to global experts who are touring the United States as part of Cotton Council International-sponsored program. About 40 people representing 16 countries, ... Read More »

A Reputation At Stake

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The National Cotton Council’s Board of Directors has taken a timely position regarding reclass procedures for bales contaminated with plastics. Is this a real concern? ■ Yes. To maintain U.S. cotton’s reputation, the industry remains steadfast in eliminating plastic contamination from lint. However, the frequency of 71/72 plastic calls in U.S. cotton bales by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture ... Read More »