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Congress Urged To Move Fast On Crucial Issues

By Christine Souza Calif. Farm Bureau Federation While Congress reconvenes for a post-election, “lame-duck” session, farmers and ranchers are urging their representatives to work together to address pressing issues facing agriculture. Rayne Pegg, manager of the California Farm Bureau Federation Federal Policy Division, says it is vital for Congress to resolve issues such as the Farm Bill and the combination ... Read More »

Respondents React To Election Results

The November elections have come and gone; a president has been chosen; and the roster on Capitol Hill is in place. Cotton producers now have to assess the political environment in Washington, D.C., to try to determine what effect it will have on cotton. Ninety-two percent of the respondents in the November Web Poll expect to see some type of ... Read More »

Ag Secretary Wants Support For Farm Exports

By Rob Hotokainen McClatchy Newspapers Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that U.S. farm exports are on pace to set a record high in 2013 but that sales will suffer if Congress does not resurrect a $200 million-a-year foreign marketing program that expired on Oct. 1. “We now are no longer in the business of being able to promote trade,” he ... 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 »

Southern Ginners Adjust To New Environment

By Tommy Horton Editor Even with uncertainty about the Farm Bill and major acreage changes looming, Southern Cotton Ginners Association (SCGA) members are doing their best to adjust to a new environment in the Mid-South. That was the theme at the organization’s summer meeting in New Orleans heading into the fall harvest and ginning season. Nobody has to tell Mid-South ... Read More »

High Hopes For TCGA: Cotton Acreage Should Remain Stable For Texas

By Tommy Horton Editor Even as record heat and drought continue in parts of Texas, the attitude of Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association (TCGA) members remains hopeful as the crop season moves into August. That was the major sentiment expressed by attendees at the organization’s summer meeting in June at the Omni La Mansion Del Rio Hotel in San Antonio. Tony ... Read More »