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Robert Royal : SCGA’s President Wants Cotton Stability

EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert Royal is a farmer-ginner in Midnight, Miss., and is currently serving as president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. In this in-depth interview with Cotton Farming magazine, he discusses a wide range of issues confronting the Mid-South ginning industry as well as the entire Cotton Belt. Can cotton achieve some kind of stability in the next few ... Read More »

Don’t Bet Against Cotton

BY MIKE LAMENSDORF ROLLING FORK, MISS The 2012 crop was probably one of the easiest and least stressful crops I have made in my 30-plus years of farming. The growing season was great, and the weather at harvest for all crops was ideal. With new pickers, we eliminated three boll buggies, four module builders and all the seasonal labor we ... Read More »

Cotton’s Tradition Creates Optimism

BY LIA GUTHRIE PUBLISHER As most of you may know, I usually try starting my yearly Publisher’s Note with some profound quote. This year, there is a couple that come to mind. The first one is, “to everything there is a season.” Some of us may initially think the verse is from the hit song of the mid-60s; but it ... Read More »

U.S.-EU Talks Could Open Doors For Trade

JOSH ROLPH CALIF. FARM BUREAU I have heard it said many times the last few years that agriculture has been the bright spot in California’s lagging economy. All data suggest that fair and open trade with foreign markets plays a significant role. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced – in its words – “an astonishing trend” for ... Read More »

Farmers Affected By ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Unless Congress acts before the end of the year, come Jan. 1, the U.S. economy will fall off a “fiscal cliff.” That’s when a number of tax breaks and government program spending will be cut in order to try to get the nation’s budget back on track. Because the Joint Select Committee for Deficit Reduction failed to come up with ... Read More »