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Jan 18, 2012
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2011 was a tough year for Southwest, 2012 could be more promising

2011 was a difficult year for many cotton producers, particularly those who endured months of drought in the Southwest. High prices for peanuts and, to a lesser extent, for corn and soybeans could mean cotton farmers have a tough choice to make in the next few months. Florida’s David Wright discussed 2011 and the prospects for 2012 in a speech at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in Orlando....More
Jan 18, 2012
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Under Armour decides cotton ‘is not the enemy’

There was a time when Under Armour was one of the companies cotton producers loved to hate because of its “Cotton is the Enemy” marketing campaign. That changed when Under Armor decided to work with cotton instead of against it, resulting in the sale of more than a million units of new cotton-based sports apparel. Mark Messura talked about how that came about in an interview at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences....More
Jan 12, 2012
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GDP growth could be key to cotton mill use in 2012

National Cotton Council's Gary Adams says global GDP growth could point to mill use in 2012....More
Jan 12, 2012
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Some rain falls on High Plains, more needed to produce normal crop

Study shows cotton farmers need to be able to pump at least three gallons of water per minute on High Plains to produce adequate crop....More
Jan 5, 2012
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Government debt could be limiting factor for cotton prices

The world’s governments are expected to have to roll over $8 trillion in sovereign debt in the coming year. How the financial markets handle those obligations could play a role in cotton prices along with other factors such as drought in Argentina. J. Michael Quinn discussed those issues during a presentation on Cotton’s 2012 Market Outlook at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in Orlando....More
Jan 5, 2012
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Deficit Reduction Committee failure leaves farm groups scrambling

The Congressional Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction could have saved farm groups a lot of time and effort had it adopted the House and Senate Ag Committee’s recommendations for reducing farm spending. That didn’t happen and farm groups are scrambling to have an impact on the 2012 or 2013 farm bills. The National Cotton Council’s John Maguire discussed those efforts at the Beltwide Cotton Conference in Orlando....More
Jan 5, 2012
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Cotton’s carbon footprint getting close analysis

The amount of energy cotton farmers use to grow their crops has drawn increasing scrutiny as more attention is paid to energy usage and the carbon footprint. Research in the Vision 21 project is showing that cotton production energy use sometimes pales in comparison with the amount of energy used by consumers in cleaning those products. Cotton Incorporated’s Berrye Worsham talked about some of the latest findings from the project at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences....More
Jan 4, 2012
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Consultants hear the grim details on Texas drought

Everyone has heard about the drought in Texas in 2011. But crop consultants got to hear some of the grim details at the opening session of the Beltwide Cotton Conferences yesterday. Bob Glodt, a crop consultant from Plainview, said more than 85 percent of Texas’ dryland cotton acres were failed due to the drought. Here’s more on the drought and a new type of thrips from Glodt’s presentation in Orlando....More
Dec 30, 2011
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Delta Farm Press

Current strength in agriculture ‘not a flash in the pan,’ USDA analyst says

Some farmers have been pinching themselves because of the high commodity prices they’ve experienced this year. Are those prices a one-time thing or part of a long-term trend? USDA’s Michael Dwyer says the current prosperity could be here to stay unless it gets derailed by a recession in Europe. Dwyer spoke at the USA Rice Federation’s annual Outlook Conference in Austin, Texas....More
Dec 28, 2011
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Delta Farm Press

Louisiana rice growers may lose 30,000 to 40,000 acres to salt water contamination

Two hurricanes and other natural disasters have created a situation where rice farmers in South Louisiana face the loss of 30,000 to 40,000 acres because of saltwater contamination....More
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