Lubbock To Host Texas International

Cotton School

Friday, July 31, 2015                   By Norman Martin, Texas Tech

Texas Tech is once again offering a non-traditional classroom experience for cotton industry professionals from across the globe, known as the Texas International Cotton School. Running from Aug. 3-13, the High Plains program is two weeks of classes, lectures, tours and hands-on interaction in all phases of cotton production, harvesting, ginning, classing, testing, preparation and processing.

"The goal is to allow students and professionals to better understand the global cotton industry," said Texas Cotton School Coordinator Christi Chadwell. Since its inception in 1989, 578 students from 60 countries and 17 U.S. states have attended the course. Texas, the nation's leading producer of cotton, annually produces approximately 25 percent of the entire United States' cotton crop.

Sponsored and managed by the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and Tech's Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, the curriculum's fluffy-fiber focus is U.S. cotton production, processing and marketing systems, along with an examination of the industry's latest machinery and equipment. "This is a hands-on course that covers all phases of production, harvesting, ginning, classing and testing," Chadwell said.

During the past decade, West Texas cotton has experienced a dramatic transformation through new transgenic cotton varieties and advanced technology. During that time Texas Tech researchers have worked on a number of projects to enhance fiber quality through genetics and create new value-added cotton products.

The Texas Cotton Association members merchandise the cotton produced by the many thousands of cotton growers in Texas and Oklahoma, while the Lubbock Cotton Exchange was formed in 1947 to maintain cotton exchange with powers to provide and maintain an atmosphere for the conduct of businesses. Tech's Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute is equipped and staffed to conduct research and development activities ranging from small-scale testing through large-scale manufacturing. A fundamental objective is to foster greater use of the natural fibers and increase textile manufacturing in Texas.


WTACI Set to Meet September 9

Friday, July 31, 2015                             By Mary Jane Buerkle

      The annual meeting of the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute has been scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture, located at 1121 Canyon Lake Drive in Lubbock.

      This year represents the 63rd meeting of WTACI, an unincorporated organization of dealers, industry representatives, agricultural producers, scientists, educators, and agribusiness members who support education and research programs promoting safe and effective use of agricultural chemicals and protection and preservation of the area's natural resources.

      Topics to be discussed at the conference include pesticide application and laws and regulations, crop rotation and nutrient management strategies, weed resistance and insect resistance management, crop insurance, and much more. A detailed list of presentations and speakers can be found at CEUs for the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) and New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) are pending.

      Pre-registration for the conference is available online at On-line registration fees are $75 for conference attendees and $300 for a booth and must be completed by August 31. On-site registration will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the conference and will cost $95 for attendees and $325 for booth sponsors. Lunch will be provided as part of the registration fee.

      Opportunities also exist to contribute to the WTACI Scholarship Fund, which has provided more than $60,000 in scholarships to students majoring in agricultural fields at many Texas universities.

      Contact Ken Leg at 806-773-7310 or for questions about the program and CEU's. If you have trouble or questions regarding registration contact David Pointer, 806-746-4021 or


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AgriLife's Bordovsky Receives Award

Friday, July 31, 2015                        From Netafim and ASABE

In recognition of more than two decades spent on the development and adaptation of subsurface drip irrigation technology through field research, education and support of the microirrigation community of scientists, James P. Bordovsky, P.E., of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, has been named recipient of the second Netafim Award for Advancement in Microirrigation.

Presented by Netafim, in partnership with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, the annual award honors and recognizes an ASABE member who has made significant contributions in the ability to utilize and adapt microirrigation technology at an appropriate scale for any given level of production technology.

As senior research scientist and agricultural engineer at Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Bordovsky's research on subsurface drip irrigation has greatly influenced field productivity in Texas and other areas of the world. Bordovsky and his team have focused on research, design and management of innovative irrigation engineering systems to increase the productivity, sustainability and profitability of agricultural production in water-limited environments.

"It's an honor to be recognized by Netafim and my industry peers for the work we have done to help farmers increase productivity while improving the efficiency of their irrigation systems," said Bordovsky. "My colleagues, support staff and I are very fortunate to be able to work closely with industry leaders and the agricultural community to research and develop sustainable drip irrigation solutions that deliver increased productivity and profitability to America's farmers."

As a founding member of the Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association, Bordovsky continues to demonstrate a commitment to the real world application of principles through research programs and field day events that draw visitors from around the world. His applied irrigation research program in the heart of the Texas High Plains cotton production area has contributed to the rapid adoption and successful application of SDI technology, resulting in an increase in subsurface drip irrigation use from less than 20,000 acres in the year 2000 to over 350,000 acres today.

A 37-year member of the ASABE, Bordovsky has authored or co-authored more than 340 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, abstracts and reports. His past awards include the Texas A&M University System Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence, TAIA President's Award for Research Excellence and West Texas Agricultural Chemical Institute Institutional Award.


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COTTON USA Spots Emerging Cotton

Fashion Trends at Italian Trade Show

Friday, July 31, 2015              From Cotton Council International

COTTON USA and well-known Italian fashion webzine Man in Town (50,000 monthly visitors) attended the Pitti Uomo trade show in Florence, Italy, to investigate new trends in men's fashion and assess the potential of COTTON USA in 2015 fashion collections. Pitti Uomo is an important platform for men's clothing and accessory collections, with 35,000 visitors, of which 24,000 are buyers.

The most interesting interviews and catchy street styles formed part of a COTTON USA video pointing out how cotton remains fashionable, versatile and perfect for every season.

The whole project has also been documented through Man in Town daily reports, Facebook live postings and street style galleries to engage consumers in social media conversations about cotton. A full report of the project has also been published on the Huffington Post Italy. This project garnered a circulation of 274,000.


Information Available For Cotton Research

and Promotion Program Sign-Up

      A Cotton Research and Promotion Program sign-up period will be provided for all eligible producers and importers from August 3, 2015, through August 14, 2015. Eligible cotton producers will be provided the opportunity to sign-up to request a continuance referendum in person at the county Farm Service Agency office where their farm is located or administrative records are maintained or by mailing the form to AMS below.  Importers who wish to submit a request for continuance referendum may do so by submitting a CN-100 along with a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection form 7501 showing payment of a cotton assessment for calendar year 2014.

Requests, along with applicable supporting documentation may be mailed to USDA, AMS, Cotton and Tobacco Program, Attention: Cotton Sign-Up, P.O. Box 23181, Washington, DC 20077– 8249.

No action is necessary if a continuance referendum is not desired.

Information and forms for the sign-up will be posted on

For assistance or questions, please email or contact Shethir Riva at 540-361-2726.