FormerHigh Plains Cotton Specialist Named
CI's New Vice President for Ag Research

Friday, August 24, 2007                             By Shawn Wade

      Dr. Kater Hake, a personfamiliar to cotton producers across the High Plains, has been named the newVice President for Agricultural Research for Cotton Incorporated.

      The announcement was madeearlier this week during the Cotton Council International Board of Directorsmeeting in Memphis, TN. Hake will assume his new duties September 4, and bebased out of Cotton Incorporated's World Headquarters and Research Center inCary, NC.

      "We are truly excited to haveKater on our staff," confirmed J. Berrye Worsham, president & CEO, CottonIncorporated. "His in-depth knowledge of cotton will allow him to assist ourefforts to build on cotton's message of sustainability – a topic thatcontinues to increase in importance with both consumers and retailers."

      Hake's career in cotton spansthree decades since receiving his first degree, a B.S. in Genetics from theUniversity of California (UC) in 1975. He also earned a M.S. in Agronomy in1977 and topped it off with a Ph.D. in Plant Biology in 1996 also from UC.

      Through the years Dr. Hakehas held many notable positions within the cotton industry including: headingup the National Cotton Council's Cotton Physiology Education Program; servingas Extension Cotton Agronomist for the High Plains of Texas from 1992 to 1997;and most recently led Delta and Pine Land Company's international technicalservice efforts until he became D&PL's Vice President of TechnologyDevelopment in 2001.

      Hake is married to wifeStephanie and has a daughter Kayley and son Davis, who works as a congressionalstaffer in Washington D.C.

 

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USDAAnnounces Disaster Sign-up Dates

Friday, August 24, 2007                             By Shawn Wade

      The U.S. Department ofAgriculture today announced sign-up dates for the new Crop Disaster Program,Livestock Compensation Program and the Livestock Indemnity Program - three longanticipated ad hoc disaster programs that will provide benefits to farmers andranchers who suffered losses caused by natural disasters between 2005 and 2007.

      Eligible ranchers and otherlivestock producers can apply to receive benefits under the LivestockCompensation Program (LCP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) beginningSeptember 10, 2007. USDA is developing individual fact sheets about theseprograms that will be posted online.

      Eligible farmers can sign-upfor the Crop Disaster Program (CDP) beginning October 15, 2007, if theysuffered quantity losses to their crops. USDA will announce and conduct CDPsign-up for quality losses as soon as possible.

Crop Disaster Program

      The CDP will provide benefitsto farmers who suffered quantity and quality losses to 2005, 2006, or 2007crops from natural disasters if the crop was planted before February 28, 2007,or, in the case of prevented plantings, for crops that would have been plantedbefore February 28, 2007.

      Producers who incurredqualifying losses in 2005, 2006 or 2007 must choose only one year to apply forbenefits. Producers may apply for benefits for losses to multiple commoditiesas long as the losses occurred in the same crop year.

      As previously reported onlyproducers who obtained crop insurance coverage or coverage under the NoninsuredCrop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for the year of loss will be eligiblefor CDP benefits. Producers must have suffered quantity losses in excess of 35percent to be eligible for CDP.

      A more complete rundown ofrules and information governing the new CDP should be available prior to thestart of CDP sign-up on October 15. In the meantime, potential CDP participantsare encouraged to download the 2005/2006 CDP Disaster Calculator compiled byTexas Cooperative Extension Risk Management Specialist Jay Yates of Lubbock. A downloadlink to the Microsoft Excel-based calculator can be found on the Plains CottonGrowers home page at:

http:// wwww.plainscotton.org

Livestock Compensation Program

      The LCP will compensatelivestock producers for feed losses occurring Between January 1, 2005, andFebruary 28, 2007, due to a natural disaster. This can include producers whosuffered losses resulting from blizzards that started in 2006 and continuedinto January 2007.

      Livestock producers may electto receive compensation for calendar year 2007 grazing season losses that areattributable to wildfire natural disaster occurring during the applicableperiod as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

      Producers in primary countiesdeclared secretarial disaster areas or certain counties declared presidentialdisaster areas between January 1, 2005, and February 28, 2007, are eligible asare producers located in counties contiguous to those counties.

      Also, producers in a primary(or contiguous) county that received an Administrator's Physical Loss Noticedirectly associated with a disaster declaration made by President Bush may alsobe eligible.

      Producers incurring a loss inmore than one of the 2005, 2006 or 2007 calendar years must choose only oneyear for which they want to apply for benefits.

Livestock Indemnity Program

      The LIP will compensatelivestock producers for livestock losses between Jan. 1, 2005, and Feb. 28, 2007,that resulted from natural disasters, including losses due to blizzards thatstarted in 2006 and continued into January 2007.

      Producers in primary countiesdeclared secretarial disaster areas or certain counties declared presidentialdisaster areas between Jan.1, 2005, and Feb. 28, 2007, are eligible as areproducers located in counties contiguous to those counties.

      Also, producers in a primary(or contiguous) county that received an Administrator's Physical Loss Noticedirectly associated with a disaster declaration made by President Bush may alsobe eligible.

      Producers incurring eligiblelivestock losses in more than one of the 2005, 2006 or 2007 calendar years mustchoose only one year for which they want to apply for benefits.

      More information about LCP,LIP and CDP is available in a fact sheet titled, Agricultural Assistance Act of2007, found on FSA's Web site, http://www.fsa.usda.gov; click on Disaster AssistancePrograms.

 

2007County Crop Tours and Field Days

      With the Labor Day weekendonly a few short weeks away, the August/September calendar is rapidly fillingup with County Crop Tours and Industry Field Day events.

      The table below contains apartial listing of the events already scheduled. Growers interested inattending any of the Texas Cooperative Extension events should contact theappropriate TCE County office to request additional details.

      For more information aboutthe industry Field Days listed below contact your local sales representative ordealer. Additional details will be included in "Cotton News" as they becomeavailable.

      Ifyou have knowledge of information that needs to be added to any of the eventsalready listed or a date you would like to have added to this calendar pleasecontact Shawn Wade at 806-792-4904.

2007 High Plains Event Calendar

Event:

Date:

Dawson Co. Crop Tour

August 27

Parmer/Bailey Co. Crop tour

August 28

Gaines Co. Tour

August 30

Texas Plant Protection Assoc. Precision Ag Expo, Ollie Liner Center, Plainview

September 6 - For more information contact: TPPA at 936-539-2349; http://tppa.tamu.edu

Yoakum Co. Crop Tour

TBA

Floyd Co.y Crop Tour

September 18

Lynn Co. Ag Tour

September 19

Mitchell Co. Ag Tour

September 20

Crosby Co. Crop Tour

September 21

Harvest Aid Training, Hale Co.

 

September 24

 

Industry Field Days:

Date:

FiberMax Field Day

September 27