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June 15, 2016

Contact: Cotton Nelson (901) 274-9030 or Marjory Walker

Sunbelt Agricultural Leaders to See Idaho Agricultural Operations

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Sunbelt farmers, including several cotton producers, saw a diverse range of agricultural production and processing operations in southern Idaho as part of the National Cotton Council’s Multi-Commodity Education Program.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Sunbelt farmers will get a look at a diverse range of agricultural production and processing operations in southern Idaho on June 20-23 as part of the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) Multi-Commodity Education Program (MCEP).

Launched in 2006, the MCEP is coordinated by NCC’s Member Services staff and local leaders and organizations. The program is supported by The Cotton Foundation with a grant from John Deere.

The program is designed to provide its participants with: 1) a better understanding of production issues/concerns faced by their peers in another geographic region and 2) an opportunity to observe agronomic practices, technology utilization, cropping patterns, marketing plans and operational structure. Other program benefits are the continuing dialogue among American farmers, regardless of their crops or locations, and the creation of strong and lasting relationships between this nation’s current and future producer leaders.

The 2016 tour’s participants, selected by the NCC and USA Rice, are: Curtis Berry, Robinsonville, Miss.; Lee Cromley, Brooklet, Ga.; Barry Evans, Kress, Texas; Allan Fuchs, Garden City, Texas; Richard Lindsey, Centre, Ala.; Tommy Moore, Somerville, Tenn.; Steve Olson, Plainview, Texas; Herbert Price, Dixie, Ga.; Sam Spruell, Mount Hope, Ala.; Dean Wells, Casa Grande, Ariz.; Jim Whitaker, McGehee, Ark.; and Steve Wilbur, Tulare, California. Also participating are Andrew Grobmyer, representing the Agricultural Council of Arkansas, Little Rock; and Craig Brown, the NCC’s vice president, Producer Affairs, and John Gibson, the NCC’s director, Member Services, both from NCC headquarters in Memphis.

The tour, which was arranged by the Idaho Barley Commission and Idaho Grain Producers Association (IGPA), will begin on June 20 with an overview of Idaho agriculture from staffers with IGPA and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. The group then will look at operations involved with malt barley, seed barley, wheat, seed potatoes and cattle before touring a cow-calf operation and a phosphate mine. 

The next day, the group will visit the University of Idaho Aberdeen Research & Extension Center and the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s National Small Grains & Potato Research Facility before traveling to American Falls for a tour of the ConAgra Lamb Weston frozen potato processing plant.

The group will begin June 22 with a tour of Glanbia Cheese’s world research and development headquarters in Twin Falls before touring the Southfield Dairy in Buhl and then the nearby Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station for a presentation on farm-raised trout production.

On the tour’s last day, June 23, the group will depart Idaho Falls for a visit to the InteGrow Malt Plant before touring the Larsen Farms hay compaction facility and seeing local crop production operations in the Dubois area. They also will visit a John Deere implement dealership in Rexburg, tour the nearby Wilcox Fresh potato packing facility, and conclude the trip with a look at more barley, wheat and potato farming operations in the area.


May 24, 2016

Contact: Cotton Nelson (901) 274-9030 or Marjory Walker

2016 P.I.E. Program Tour Dates Set

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council (NCC) has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2016 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.

The P.I.E. program provides U.S. cotton producers the opportunity to maximize production efficiency and improve yields and fiber quality by: 1) gaining new perspectives in such fundamental practices as land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting; and 2) observing diverse farming practices and the unique ways in which their innovative peers have adopted new and existing technology.

This season, Mid-South producers will visit agricultural operations in North Carolina and South Carolina on July 17-22; Southeast producers will see operations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee on July 24-29; Southwest producers will tour California’s San Joaquin Valley on July 31-August 5; and Western producers will observe operations in two of Texas’ cotton production regions on August 14-19.

Sponsored by Bayer CropScience LP through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the P.I.E. is now in its 28th year and has exposed more than 1,100 U.S. cotton producers to innovative production practices in regions different than their own. The NCC's Member Services staff, in conjunction with local producer interest organizations, conducts the program, including participant selection.


April 21, 2016

Contact: Cotton Nelson (901) 274-9030 or Marjory Walker

NCC Announces 2016-17 Emerging Leaders

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Twelve U.S. cotton industry members have been chosen to participate in the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) Emerging Leaders Program for 2016-17.

Participants, by industry segment, include: PRODUCERS – Brian Adamek, El Campo, Texas; Andrew Clark, Clovis, Calif.; Scott Flowers, Clarksdale, Miss.; Nick McMichen, Centre, Ala.; Steven Meeks, Screven, Ga.; Russ Ratcliff, St. Joseph, La.; Jerry Rovey, Buckeye, Ariz.; and Rich Vinson, Sikeston, Mo.; GINNER – Wes Morgan, New London, N.C.; COTTONSEED – Jerrod Drinnon, Lubbock, Texas; WAREHOUSER – Kent Ballard, Lubbock, Texas; and MARKETING COOPERATIVE – David Mullins, Rotan, Texas.

Since being initiated in 2013, the Emerging Leaders Program has been supported by a grant to The Cotton Foundation from Monsanto.

NCC Chairman Shane Stephens, a Greenwood, Miss., warehouseman, said U.S. cotton’s central organization needs leaders who are willing to embrace the responsibilities that come with working to ensure a healthy future for the U.S. cotton industry.

“One of those duties is being able to help facilitate unity among our seven industry segments,” Stephens said. “That unity is vital, for example, in shaping sound cotton policy and then communicating that policy to Congress, government agencies, the media and others.”

Overall, the Emerging Leaders Program provides participants a better understanding of how the NCC carries out its mission of ensuring the U.S. cotton industry’s seven segments can compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseed and U.S.-manufactured product markets at home and abroad.

Specifically, participants get an in-depth look at: 1) the U.S. cotton industry infrastructure and the issues affecting the industry’s economic well-being; 2) the U.S. political process; 3) the NCC’s programs and its policy development and implementation process, and 4) Cotton Council International’s activities aimed at developing and maintaining export markets for U.S. cotton, manufactured cotton products and cottonseed products.

Class members will participate in three sessions. The first, set for the week of June 12 in Memphis and St. Louis, will provide an orientation to the NCC, professional development/communication skills training and an agribusiness briefing. During the second session in February, class members will see policy development at the NCC’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Dallas while the third session in Washington, D.C., will focus on policy implementation and international market development.


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