bacteria

Wiping Out Bacteria with Nanoparticle-Cotton Fibers

Shoe liners that protect from harmful bacteria or bandages that treat wounds are some of the potential uses for a new technology developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. ARS materials engineer Sunghyun Nam developed an inexpensive, effective and environmentally friendly method to kill bacteria by creating silver nanoparticles inside cotton fibers. For more than a century, clothing and medical supplies have …

beekeepers

Growers and Beekeepers Meet with EPA

This week has been National Pollinator Week, as designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. And stakeholders in the cotton industry, along with beekeepers and researchers from several state universities, met with representatives from the EPA and USDA to start the conversation on how to develop and adopt more appropriate steps for assessing …

Agri View: Who Invented the Cotton Gin?

Everett Griner talks about who was the real inventor of the cotton gin in today’s Agri View.       One of the largest crops we grow in this country is cotton. It is also one of the most exported crops we grow. How much cotton do you suppose farmers would plant if we didn’t have Eli Whitney’s invention? The …

cotton

Cotton and Peanut Crop Nearly Planted

Planting of the nation’s cotton crop is nearing completion. As of this past Sunday, 92 percent of the crop was in the ground. And according to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, a sizeable percentage of the crop looks good at this time.     In Alabama, 97 percent of the cotton crop has been planted as of this past Sunday, which …

“ Cotton Day ” Tour Promotes U.S. Industry Overseas

Cotton Council International (CCI) recently celebrated its first China “Cotton Day” in Beijing, positioning U.S. cotton as the fiber of choice for today’s sustainability-conscious Chinese hospitality industry. Bruce Atherley, Executive Director of Cotton Council International, talks about the “Cotton Day” tour and what it brings to overseas customers of U.S. cotton.

Cotton Research and Promotion Program to be Beneficial to Cotton Producers and Importers

Third Party Review Shows Strong Returns to Program Stakeholders The 1996 Farm Bill requires the Cotton Research & Promotion Program (the Program) conduct an independent, third-party evaluation of the Program’s effectiveness every five years. The most recently executed evaluation reflected very well on the Program’s effectiveness. In summary, the analysis found strong, positive returns to cotton producers and importers as …

farm bill hearings

Hearing on Farm Bill Continues

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee will hold another farm bill hearing Wednesday morning, as Committee Chairman Mike Conaway announced the hearing, titled The Next Farm Bill: The Future of International Food Aid and Agricultural Development. Chairman Conaway said the committee has long planned to continue reviewing international food aid programs as it works toward developing the next farm bill. Now …