2018 Using Pesticides Wisely Classroom Trainings Announced

UGA Extension and the Georgia Department of Agriculture have announced the 2018 Using Pesticides Wisely classroom trainings(dates, times, and locations below).  These classes are required for all of those giving applications to XtendFlex Cotton or XtendFlex Soybeans.  The actual applicator operating the equipment that is spraying Engenia, FeXapan, or XtendiMax must either take the Using Pesticides Wisely classes or do a one-on-one training with UGA Extension.  Pesticide credits will be provided.  Please RSVP online at http://www.agr.georgia.gov/24c.aspx.  For more information, please contact your local UGA Extension Office.

March 19th, 9:00 AM
Bulloch County Center for Ag
151 Langston Chapel Rd.
Statesboro, GA 30458

March 19th, 1:30 PM
Burke County Office Park Auditorium
715 E. 6th St.
Waynesboro, GA 30830

March 21st, 9:00 AM
Mitchell County Ag Center
4590 GA Hwy. 37 E
Camilla, GA 31730

March 23rd, 9:00 AM
Flint Energies (South Side)
3 S. Macon St.
Reynolds, GA 31706

March 28th, 9:00 AM
McLendon Barn
7408 GA-37
Leary, GA 39862

April 4th, 9:00 AM
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center
15 RDC Rd.
Tifton, GA 31793

NCC Lauds Rural Prosperity Task Force Efforts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council (NCC) lauds the work of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity that was presented to President Trump this week.

The task force was formed following the signing of an Executive Order by President Trump in 2017.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue served as chairman of the task force which identified more than 100 recommendations to help improve life in rural America. These recommendations centered around five areas: E-Connectivity, Quality of Life, Rural Workforce, Technology and Economic Development.

Among specific recommendations were: ensuring access to a lawful agricultural workforce; increasing acceptance of biotech products around the world; developing a streamlined, science-based regulatory policy for biotechnology; helping rural businesses have access to capital; rebuilding and modernizing rural America’s infrastructure; cutting red tape; and increasing access to global markets.

NCC Chairman Ronnie Lee, a Georgia cotton producer, said, “It is encouraging to see that at the highest levels of our government, President Trump and Secretary Perdue, along with other Cabinet members, recognize the struggles we see every day in rural America. Not only do they acknowledge these struggles – they have charted a path forward to address them and help ensure a bright future for rural America that will allow us to continue clothing and feeding the world.”

The Task Force’s report is at http://bit.ly/2qC3NKE.

2018 Planting Intentions Survey

The National Cotton Council is surveying growers for their 2018 planting intentions.  This is done each year to aid with industry planning and policy deliberations. Individual survey responses are anonymous and confidential.  Your help and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

In an effort to improve our Annual Cotton Planting Intentions Survey, we would like to give you the opportunity to fill out the survey online.  To respond to the survey online, go to http://www.cotton.org/survey/18planting-email/ .  Again, all responses to the online survey will be confidential and anonymous.  Please respond by Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

A summary of the survey results will be made public during the Joint Meeting of Program Committees at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the National Cotton Council’s Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, TX.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to reply to this e-mail or contact Economic Services at (901)274-9030.

If you have already filled out this year’s survey, thank you very much for your participation