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Farmers, Researchers Interact In The Lone Star State

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Cotton Incorporated’s Agricultural and Environmental Research Department invests in regional research programs across the Cotton Belt. The AERD team regularly visits growers in the field and attends regional meetings to identify specific research needs within a production area. Cotton Incorporated often partners with public sector programs, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, state Extension programs and university ... Read More »

Showtime!

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• By Carroll Smith, Editor • It’s time to pack up and head to one of the largest indoor farm shows in the Southern region. The 67th Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show is scheduled For March 1-2 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Visitors are invited to attend the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation Annual Meetings that ... Read More »

Cotton And Tariffs Create Trade Tensions Between U.S. And China

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• By Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University • Continued trade tension between the United States and China is affecting the global cotton and textile sectors. “Back and forth on tariff discussions is problematic, and it results in the slowdown of global cotton demand,” says Dr. Gary Adams, president and CEO of Memphis, Tennessee-based National Cotton Council. On Jan. 16, Adams spoke ... Read More »

In Memoriam — The Passing Of A Legend: Loyd Colbert

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This Stalwart Of The Cotton Ginning Industry Made Significant Contributions During His Long Career. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Loyd E. Colbert, retired ginning legend from Modern Ginning in Blythe, California. Loyd passed away peacefully on Nov. 3 surrounded by his family. Loyd, an Arkansas native, began his long career and distinguished service to ... Read More »

Water-Use Efficiency Supports Sustainability

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• By Brent Murphree, Memphis, Tennessee • Throughout the Mid-South, Cotton Incorporated-funded water research is making huge impacts on how cotton farmers manage their irrigated crop. Over the past 30 years, producers have improved irrigation efficiency in cotton 82 percent, according to Field to Market, an alliance of stakeholders that emphasizes sustainable resources across the agricultural supply chain. The Cotton Sustainability ... Read More »

Pink Bollworm No Longer An Economic Threat

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The National Cotton Council issued a news release in which it welcomed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that “U.S. cotton is free — after more than 100 years — of the devastating pink bollworm.” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who made the announcement at a ceremony in Washington, DC, says the pink bollworm has cost U.S. producers tens of millions ... Read More »