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Copy wrangler: Delta Farm Press week in review

Copy wrangler: Delta Farm Press week in review

On Monday...

...Elton blogged about the energy potential of cottonseed. “All of the energy required to produce an acre of cotton can be found in a very unlikely place – the plant’s very own seeds. This is a powerful message for cotton’s sustainability…”

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry warned about wildfire dangers.

On Tuesday...

...we learned that the EPA approved Marrone Bio Innovations’ Grandevo.

Elton profiled Branon Thiesse, Craighead County Extension staff chair, who “has come a long way since that late afternoon in 1991, when his routine life suddenly swerved out of control, leaving him with a heavy heart and a difficult challenge as a parent. What defined his life was not so much the tragedy, however, as what happened after.

Paul Hollis reported on the Sunbelt field demonstrations.

Cary Blake explained new cotton technology from Monsanto and Bayer.

The Rice Federation told about flooding in Asia’s “rice bowl.”

On Wednesday...

...Elton wrote on the latest USDA commodity numbers. “USDA projected a significant decline in U.S. rice yields, lower production for corn and soybeans and bearish stock numbers for cotton in its Oct. 12 Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.”

We learned that “retired” Mississippi State Extension Aquaculture Specialist Jim Steeby remains deeply involved in the catfish industry.

Southeast Missouri’s Delta Center has been renamed to honor retiring superintendent, T.E. “Jake” Fisher.

DuPont and the National 4-H Council have announced a partnership to strengthen youth development in rural African communities.

John Deere promotes new S-Series combines in a video interview.

Elton wrote on Missisippi cotton producer Darrington Seward, a major proponent of precision farming.

The NRCS reported on a project “designed to alleviate crop losses from flooding and restore wetlands along the Arkansas and Petit Jean Rivers” while “protecting a significant archeological site in Yell County, Ark.”

Louisiana was awarded $341,212.54 of grant money for research, educational and marketing projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Louisiana

The 2011 Rice Leadership Development Program’s international class members were announced.

A University of Arkansas report focused on farmers looking to the next cropping season’s challenges even as they’re currently deep into harvest.

Forrest reported from Des Moines, Iowa, on a Global Harvest Initiative report released at a World Food Prize event.

Arkansas Extension economists talked about the latest USDA commodity report, bulls and bears.

On Thursday...

...David wrote on Congress passing Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

Syngenta announced approval for VipCot trait stack.

An Oct. 29 all-day event at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, Miss., will celebrate more than 100 years of youth development programming for the state’s 4-H members.

Forrest filed his second report from the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. In it, he wrote that “spending cuts approved by the U.S. House of Representatives threaten to increase the problems of famine in the Horn of Africa and the feeding of hungry people in the United States.”

On Friday...

...Elton explained how low volatility could provide cotton pricing opportunities.

Hembree blogged a wistful farewell to summer.

In a video report, Rev. David Beckmann, co-winner of last year’s World Food Prize, made an impassioned plea to avoid more cuts in food assistance programs.

Topcon Precision Agriculture (TPA) and Amazone Ltd. announced a strategic partnership. announced a Nov. 15 Webinar “to address new depreciation rules and how they will affect farmers’ operations.”

Following floods, drought and wildfires the USDA designated entire state of Louisiana a disaster area.

A video report from the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, focused on comments from DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman on increasing agriculture productivity and the need to educate consumers about the role of science.

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