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Peanut Exports Update

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U.S. peanut exports are booming, and according to Tyron Spearman, exports are likely to reach the USDA prediction of 750,000 FS tons in 2016-17. Read the rest of this entry »

Cotton Acres Forecasted to Increase 10 Percent

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The Annual Planting Intentions survey by the National Cotton Council estimates U.S. cotton acres will expand near 10 percent in 2017, compared to 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Ronnie Lee to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2017

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Ronnie Lee

Ronnie Lee, a cotton producer from Bronwood, Ga., was elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2017. Named during the NCC’s annual meeting held in Dallas, Texas on February 10-12, he succeeds Shane Stephens, a Greenwood, Miss., warehouseman.

As the managing partner of Lee Farms, Lee raises cotton, corn, peanuts, small grains, hay, pecans, and cattle in Terrell, Lee, and Sumter counties. He also owns and operates McCleskey Cotton Company, a ginning and warehousing operation with locations in Bronwood and Albany. His gin also is one of the owners of Chickasha of Georgia. Read the rest of this entry »

Kent Fountain Is National Ginner Award Recipient

Distinguished Service Award Goes to Rick Byler

Kent Fountain, left, received the loving cup from incoming NCGA President Ron Craft on being named the 2016 Horace Hayden Ginner of the Year.

Kent Fountain, left, received the loving cup from incoming NCGA President Ron Craft on being named the 2016 Horace Hayden Ginner of the Year.

Kent Fountain, managing partner of Southeastern Gin and Peanut in Surrency, Ga., and a tireless leader in the National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA), Southeastern Ginners and National Cotton Council, is the 2016 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. He received NCGA’s award here today at its 2017 annual meeting.

The Ginner of the Year award is presented annually to a ginner in recognition of: 1) able, efficient and faithful service to the ginning industry and 2) continuing those principles exemplified and practiced by Horace Hayden, a former NCGA executive secretary. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA to Survey Farmers’ Planting Intentions for 2017

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What is on the horizon for U.S. farmers in 2017 as they finalize plans for planting this spring? The March Agricultural Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey approximately 84,000 of the nation’s farmers to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season. Read the rest of this entry »

Cotton Council International Elects 2017 Officers

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Eduardo L. (Eddy) Esteve


Eduardo L. (Eddy) Esteve, a merchant from Dallas, Texas, will serve as president of Cotton Council International (CCI) for 2017. He and other CCI officers were elected at CCI’s board meeting during the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) 2017 Annual Meeting held February 10-12 in Dallas, Texas. CCI is the NCC’s export promotion arm and carries out programs in more than 50 countries globally under the COTTON USA trademark.

“U.S. cotton has a great story to tell, and COTTON USA is communicating it to our industry’s current and potential customers worldwide,” Esteve said. “As CCI’s president, I’m proud to lead its efforts this year to continue driving differentiation and branding of U.S. cotton throughout the global cotton supply chain.” Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Farmers are in Good Position

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Research leader of the National Peanut Lab, Dr. Marshall Lamb, last week told Alabama and Florida peanut farmers that for 2017, “We are in a good position.” Tyron Spearman has the story. Read the rest of this entry »

South Africa Buys U.S. Sorghum, Open to U.S. Corn

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Outreach by the U.S. Grains Council in South Africa over the past year has helped achieve export victories there, with recent sales of U.S. sorghum and biotechnology trait approvals that will allow imports of U.S. corn. Read the rest of this entry »

NCC Releases Economic Outlook

Demand Growth, China’s Reserve Auctions and Global Supply Response Hold Keys for the Coming Year

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National Cotton Council economists point to a number of key questions that will shape the 2017 economic outlook for the U.S. cotton industry. In recent months, cotton prices have maintained a stronger appearance despite: 1) concerns about world demand, 2) Chinese imports below historical levels, 3) weakness in other commodity markets and 4) a stronger dollar. Although several bearish indicators are still in place, a lack of exportable supplies in Central Asia and West Africa coupled with India’s reduced exports is helping to support current prices. In addition, unfixed on-call sales are providing support to futures prices. However, the struggling global economy and man-made fiber competition underscore the challenging landscape facing cotton demand. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending February 10, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending February 10, we discuss trade, bees and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Crop Insurance Closing Date

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USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds farmers that February 28 is the sales closing date for crop insurance. This applies to policies for corn, cotton, flue-cured tobacco, grain sorghum, peanuts, and soybeans. Tyron Spearman has the details. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Peanut-Related Candy Bars

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Four of the top ten candy bars are peanut related, according to a recent report which lists the top 10 best selling candy bars. Tyron Spearman lets us know what those candy bars are and where they fall on the list. Read the rest of this entry »

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