100% Cotton News
Spring 2018

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On March 3rd at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, Tennessee, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a Cotton Ginning Cost Share (CGCS) program for the 2016 crop. This program provides assistance to American cotton producers who were left out of USDA safety net programs during that crop year. The Georgia Cotton Commission welcomes this program.
Seed Cotton Program Good for Georgia Agriculture
In the wee hours of February 9, 2018, both houses of congress passed the Bi-Partisan Budget Agreement of 2018, which the President signed later that morning. Within this legislation, a safety net program for seed cotton, the unginned cotton that producers harvest, was established. This makes cotton a covered commodity under Title 1 of the Farm Bill, of which cotton had been left out in 2014 .
The 2018 Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting was a huge success with a record crowd of 414 attendees. Thanks to our great sponsors for making the event possible
Agri-AFC – Allenberg Cotton Co./Procot – Americot, Inc.-NexGen – Amvac Ameris Bank Bayer – Choice Cotton CNI
Cotton Growers Cooperative – Crop Production Services Deltapine – Dow AgroSciences/PhytoGen
Farm Credit Associations of Georgia Flint Ag & Turf – Holder Ag Consulting – Indigo – Kelley Manufacturing Co.
Lasseter Equipment Group – McLean Marechal Insurance/Nationwide Insurance
Nachurs – Rabo AgriFinance R.W. Griffin/Coffee County Gin/Four Corners Cotton Gin SePRO Corporation
Scott T’s Ag-Flyin’, Inc. Southeast AgNet – Staplcotn – Syngenta Triangle – Valent USA – Yara North America
2017 Georgia Quality Cotton Award Winners Announced
The 2017 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards were presented at the Georgia Cotton Commission’s 11th Annual Meeting and UGA Cotton Production Workshop on January 31, 2018 in Tifton, GA. The awards are co-sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and Bayer CropScience, and administered by the University of Georgia Cotton Team.
A New Tool for Improving Thrips Management in Cotton
Thrips are the most consistent insect pest of cotton in Georgia and the southeast. Near 100 percent of the cotton planted will be infested by thrips each year. For this reason preventive insecticides applied as a seed treatment and/or an in furrow application at planting are recommended. At-plant insecticides for thrips control provide a consistent yield response. Thrips infestations in cotton vary by location, planting date, and year. In some situations (high thrips infestations and/or slow seedling growth) supplemental foliar insecticides may be needed in addition to at-plant insecticides. Foliar insecticides are recommended when 2-3 thrips per plant are counted and immatures (crème colored and wingless) are present.
Restored Cotton Gin now open at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture
On November 3rd, project sponsors gathered at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture in Tifton for the unveiling of the restored historic cotton gin in the museum’s Historic Village. This project took two years to complete, and cost over $85,000. All funding was provided by sponsors, including the Georgia Cotton Commission. This event was the first time cotton had been ginned at the museum since October of 2008.
GCC Calendar at a Glance
November 2017
·         Attended Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents Conference in Columbus.
·         Attended Georgia Museum of Agriculture Cotton Gin ribbon cutting
·         Exhibited at Wilkinson County Primary School Ag Day
·         Toured UGA Family & Consumer Science Textiles facilities and discussed collaboration.
·         Exhibited at Lowndes County Ag Day
·         Called in to tele-town hall on neo-nicotinoid regulatory issues
·         Georgia Cotton Commission Board Meeting
·         Sent “Cotton: The Story” educational kits to educators in Bleckley, DeKalb and Polk Counties
·         Sent “Cotton: The Story” educational kits to educators in South Carolina
December 2017
·         Exhibited at Georgia Farm Bureau Convention in Jekyll Island
·         Meeting with UGA CAES Dean
·         Sponsored National Young Farmer Educational Association National Summit
·         Featured on Georgia News Network’s “Up Close”
·         Sent “Cotton: The Story” educational kits and/or other educational materials to educators in Fulton and Troup Counties
January 2018
·         Attended Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio, Texas
·         Attended Southern Cotton Growers Association Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
·         Wrote comments on nonregulated status of Ultra-Low Gossypol Cottonseed
·         Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting
·         Attended County Production Meetings in Cook, Burke, Berrien, Jenkins, Emanuel, Toombs/Treutlen/Montgomery, Jefferson/Washington/Johnson, Early, Calhoun, Wheeler/Telfair, Macon/Houston/Taylor/Peach, Seminole, and Miller Counties
·         Sent “Cotton: The Story” educational kits to educators in Greene, Wilcox, Berrien, Wayne, Dougherty, and Clayton Counties.
February 2018
·         Exhibited at and sponsored Georgia Young Farmer Association Convention in Braselton
·         Interviewed by WABE on Seed Cotton program
·         Attended National Cotton Council Annual Meetingin Fort Worth, Texas
·          Coordinated Ag Day interview
·         Attended Georgia Farm Bureau Cotton Advisory Committee Meeting
·         Submitted Comments on Pyriproxyfen registration review
·         Submitted comments on neonicotinoid registration review
·         Met with FSA State Staff to discuss seed cotton program
·         Attended County Production Meetings in Wayne, Terrell, Randolph, Brooks, Turner, Effingham, Colquitt, Decatur, Lowndes, Jeff Davis, Tattnall/Evans, Coffee, Crisp, Dooly, Worth, Webster/Stewart/Marion/Schley, Sumter, Dodge, and Pulaski Counties
·         Sent “Cotton: The Story” educational and/or other educational materials kits to educators in Clarke, Macon, Marion, Laurens and Randolph Counties.
·         Sent “Cotton: The Story” educational kits to educators in North Carolina
March 2018
·         Wrote letter to USDA Secretary Perdue thanking him for Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program
·         Interviewed by WALB on Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program
·         Exhibited at Bleckley County Pre-K Life on the Farm Day
·         Attended Southern Cotton Growers Washington, DC Fly-in
·         Attended Cotton Incorporated Tour in Cary, North Carolina
·         Georgia Grown & Sewn T-Shirt Unveiling at Capitol
·         Exhibited at Irwin County Ag Awareness Day
·         Exhibited at Jeff Davis County Farm Day
·         Attended County Production Meetings in Lee, Bulloch, Screven, Tift, Wilcox, Morgan, Thomas, Pierce, Appling, and Irwin Counties
·         Sent “Cotton: The Story” educational kits to educators in Muscogee County
·         Sent “Cotton: The Story” educational kits to educators in Texas
Georgia Cotton Commission
Board of Directors
Bart Davis
Colquitt County
Matt Coley
Dooly County
Lee Cromley
Bulloch County
John Ruark
Morgan County
Jimmy Webb
Calhoun County
Steven Meeks
Wayne County
Chris Hopkins
Toombs County
Ex Officios
Gary Black
Georgia Department of Agriculture
Gerald Long
Georgia Farm Bureau
Advisory Board
Chad Mathis
Early County
Eddie Green
Dooly County
Commission Staff
Richey Seaton
Executive Director
Martha Harris
Office Manager
Taylor Sills
Director of Public Affairs
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