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Govt. Support Crucial For Ag Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded more than $18 million in grants to small businesses for high quality, advanced research and development that will lead to technological innovations and solutions for American agriculture. NIFA awarded 100 grants through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. "Small businesses are adept at finding solutions that can advance agriculture, create new jobs and grow our economy," says USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "These grants will provide resources so small businesses can innovate and create new breakthroughs. The SBIR program has provided hundreds of small businesses with the ability to explore new ideas that have led to cutting- edge solutions to pressing challenges and helped keep American agriculture innovative and strong." The SBIR program exists to stimulate technological innovations in the private sector and to... Read More »

Use Care When Washing Denim

The chief executive officer of Levis Strauss, Chip Bergh, recently made headlines by sharing some unusual advice for those of us who wear denim jeans. What is his advice? Don’t wash your jeans, ever. He says keeping jeans out of the washing machine will make them last longer and also added that less washing equals greater environmental sustainability. But what ... Read More »

Apparel Industry Needs More Transparency

BY LAWRENCE ROMAN DIRECTOR OF MARKETING APPAREL PRODUCTION, INC. NEW YORK, N.Y. Substandard Conditions? As I write this article about quality cotton, I’m thinking of this past week. While Pitti Uomo showed menswear in Florence, Italy, the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show sure made a splash with the latest in technology. It makes me think of the constant and rapid ... Read More »

Texan Bob Glodt Honored As 2013 CCOY

Bob Glodt of Plainview, Texas, Cotton Consultant of the Year (CCOY) for 2013, was recently honored at a special reception and dinner at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans. A crowd of more than 150 was on hand at the Marriott Hotel for the event, including Glodt’s wife Barbara and sons Tyler and Travis. The award is co-sponsored by ... Read More »

Agricenter’s Goal? Helping Producers

BY BRUCE KIRKSEY MEMPHIS, TENN. We are very blessed to be part of American agriculture. Maybe it’s be-cause of the Thanksgiv-ing and Christmas seasons, but I am truly proud to be a part of agriculture. I am very proud of the fact that Agricenter gets to work with a lot of good companies. We hope that the work that we ... Read More »

From Aquatic Weeds To Cotton Weeds

A 2011 tour of Mid-South cotton fields was organized by the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) to acquaint federal agencies with the emerging problem of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth. One tour participant thought fluridone (trade name Brake), originally discovered nearly 35 years ago, should be reevaluated. As an experimental compound, it showed excellent promise as a pre-emergence cotton herbicide but ... Read More »

Producers Need Data On New Varieties

The central focus of the Agricultural and Environmental Research department at Cotton Incorporated is identifying and addressing issues cotton producers see having an impact on their farms. One issue they recently identified, through an electronic “Producer Priority Survey,” was the lack of objective data and evaluations on new varieties. Producers indicated having timely access to objective information about new cotton ... Read More »