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Winners Named in PhytoGen Best Yielder Club Sweepstakes

July 31, 2015

A Texas cotton grower is the grand prize winner of the 2015 PhytoGen Best Yielder Club sweepstakes.


Mark Pryor Named Chairman/CEO of The Seam

July 23, 2015

Mark Pryor has been named Chairman and CEO of The Seam, effective August 1, by the organization’s Board of Directors.


Focus on Cotton Series Adds Sulfur Fertilization Webcast

July 23, 2015

A new webcast to help growers identify and address sulfur deficiencies in cotton is now available as part of the Focus on Cotton webinar series.


Mid-South Cotton Producers to See Texas Agriculture

July 21, 2015

Ten Mid-South cotton producers are visiting Texas as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2015 Producer Information Exchange Program.


Lacy Named to Lead PYCO Industries

July 16, 2015

Robert Lacy has been named President and CEO of cottonseed processor PYCO Industries, effective October 1.

VA/NC Cotton Field Day Set for August 11

July 8, 2015

The Tidewater Agricultural Research & Extension Center in Suffolk, VA, will host the 2015 Cotton Field Day on August 11.

Southeastern Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture

July 7, 2015

Thirteen Southeastern cotton producers are visiting California’s San Joaquin Valley as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2015 Producer Information Exchange Program.

SePRO Corporation Realigns Business Units

July 7, 2015

SePRO Corporation has announced changes to its sales and marketing structure to help enhance visibility and growth in the agriculture and specialty chemical markets.

Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Begins

July 6, 2015

Farmers in eligible counties may enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program from July 6 through September 30.

Otahal Family Wins Kotton Kidz Prize for 2014

July 2, 2015

The Otahal family of Corpus Christi, Texas, is the grand-prize winner of the 2014 Kotton Kidz Photo Contest, sponsored by

USDA Updates Climate Change Adaptation Policy

June 23, 2015

USDA is taking additional steps to integrate climate change adaptation into the department’s programs and operations.

Koschnick, Barrick Promoted at SePRO

June 22, 2015

Dr. Tyler Koschnick and Sam Barrick have been promoted to new leadership positions at SePRO Corporation, manufacturers of Brake herbicide.

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Modifications Announced for STAX Insurance Product in 2016

November 5, 2015

USDA’s Risk Management Agency is making several modifications to the Stacked Income Protection Plan of insurance (STAX) for cotton for the 2016 crop year.


Whitaker Named Georgia Cotton Specialist

November 4, 2015

Jared Whitaker is the new University of Georgia Extension cotton specialist, effective December 1.


PhytoGen Continues Support for Southeastern Farmer of the Year Program

November 3, 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, PhytoGen helped sponsor the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program.


Cotton Trading Goes Global with New ICE Contract

October 30, 2015

ICE Futures’ long-awaited World Cotton Contract begins on November 2, following several years of planning, development and logistical wrangling.


Beltwide Conferences to Key on New Products, Management Info

October 29, 2015

Weed science discussions at the 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will have a strong emphasis on preparing for new weed control technologies.


Midwest, Western Farmers Set to Tour High Plains Cotton Operations

October 28, 2015

Sixteen farmers from the Midwest and Northwest will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in the Lubbock, TX, area as part of the National Cotton Council’s Multi-Commodity Education Program.


NCC: No More Constraints on U.S. Cotton Policy

October 22, 2015

In testimony before the House Agriculture Committee, NCC President/CEO Gary Adams urged U.S. trade negotiators to not accept any further concessions to U.S. cotton policy during the World Trade Organization’s December meeting.


Sanders Expands Missouri Bootheel Operations

October 7, 2015

Jimmy Sanders has acquired MRM Agricultural Service, located in East Prairie, MO.


Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Reached

October 5, 2015

Negotiations have successfully concluded for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.


Arkansas Now Debt-Free for Boll Weevil Eradication

October 5, 2015

The state of Arkansas is not only boll weevil-free, but is also now debt-free when it comes to its eradication efforts.


2016 Upland Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Rate Set

October 2, 2015

The marketing assistance loan rate for 2016-crop base quality upland cotton will be set at 52 cents per pound.