A Look At This Year’s Beltwide Cotton Conferences

Chuck Zimmerman

This year’s Beltwide Cotton Conferences attracted about the same size crowd as last year according to National Cotton Council Vice President of Producer Affairs, Craig Brown. I sat down with Craig to find out how he thought things were going and to talk about upcoming format changes for the annual event. Craig says this is the second year they have …

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2012 Cotton Market Outlook

Chuck Zimmerman

We’ve had a look back at the cotton industry in 2011 but how about 2012? At the Beltwide Cotton Conferences we got that outlook from J. Michael Quinn, Carolinas Cotton Growers Cooperative. He started with a look at supply and demand. The December acreage projection was down from the November report. December had a significant slow down in mill use …

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2011 Cotton Year In Review

Chuck Zimmerman

How did things go in the cotton industry in 2011? The answers were included in a Beltwide Cotton Conferences general session presentation by Dr. David Wright, University of Florida. Florida wound up the 13th largest cotton growing state last year as an fyi. David says there was just too much that happened in 2011 to cover it all but he …

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The Beltwide FMC Team

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the FMC team ready for the start of the trade show at the 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences. I really appreciate their support and making my coverage of this year’s event possible. To find out what cotton growers will find when they visit with FMC I spoke with Stu Throop, Product Manager. Stu says that FMC has “placed a tremendous …

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Welcome To Beltwide Cotton Production Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

Missouri cotton farmer and Chairman of the National Cotton Council Charles Parker welcomed everyone to the 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences. His remarks kicked off the Beltwide Cotton Production Conference. Besides talking about this year’s conference Charles talked about the activities of the National Cotton Council during 2011. Following the opening remarks we heard about weather patterns in the cotton belt, …

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The Environmental Footprint of Cotton

Chuck Zimmerman

At the 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences the media received a preview of the Cotton Life Cycle Inventory & Life Cycle Assessment. This is a benchmark study for cotton sustainability. Cotton Incorporated announced today the completion of a comprehensive life cycle inventory and life cycle analysis of cotton products. The endeavor is part of the Cotton Foundation VISION 21 Project and …

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Looking Ahead To Beltwide Cotton Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

The first stop on the agriblogging highway for the ZimmComm team will be the 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conference in Orlando, FL. I’ll be attending courtesy of our sponsor, FMC. I’ll be getting there after going to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL with daughter Chelsea. Great new year’s week coming up! The Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC) speed the transfer of …

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Blue Jeans Make Insulation Green

Cindy Zimmerman

Don’t throw out those old blue jeans – they could be used to insulate someone’s house. “Cotton. From Blue to Green®” is a Cotton Incorporated initiative started in 2006 that gives donated denim a second life by converting it into UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation. To date, the program has received over half a million pieces of denim which has produced approximately …

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USDA Releases 2011 Prospective Plantings Report

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA expects more corn, wheat and cotton to be planted this year, but slightly less soybeans, according to the Prospective Plantings report released this morning. Corn growers intend to plant 92.2 million acres of corn for all purposes this year, up 5 percent from last year and 7 percent higher than in 2009. If realized, this will be the second …

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Cotton Incorporated Cottonseed Video Contest

Chuck Zimmerman

Cotton Incorporated is asking dairy producers to get creative with their video cameras in order to win a free truckload of whole cottonseed, along with other prizes. It’s the “Innovative on-farm storage solutions for cottonseed contest.” Launching November 1, the contest invites dairy producers to grab their cameras and show off their cottonseed storage savvy. While fun at heart, the …

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