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Tennessee Farmer Wins Shotgun At Gin Show

West Tennessee farmer Timmy Wade of Kenton was the winner of a Franchi 12-gauge shotgun from Cotton Farming magazine at last month’s Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis, Tenn.

Wade was one of several hundred persons who signed up and participated in the special drawing at the One Grower Publishing booth.

This is the third consecutive year that Cotton Farming has given away a shotgun at the show.

“I don’t currently own a shotgun, so it was pretty exciting to win this one,” Wade said after being presented the shotgun. “I sure didn’t expect to win, that’s for sure.”

USDA Chooses Glauber As Chief Economist

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced the selection of Dr. Joseph Glauber as USDA chief economist. Glauber has served as acting chief economist since the Jan. 3, 2008 retirement of Dr. Keith Collins.

“I am pleased that Joe Glauber’s thoughtful contributions will continue to guide USDA’s informed decision-making for the continued betterment of American agriculture,” says Schafer.

“Joe is highly-regarded for his thorough analysis and insight and well-prepared for the demands of this post through 15 years of demonstrated strength in agricultural economics as USDA deputy chief economist.”

As chief economist, Glauber is responsible for USDA’s agricultural forecasts and projections and for advising the Secretary of Agriculture on economic implications of alternative programs, regulations and legislative proposals. Glauber has served as deputy chief economist at USDA since 1992.

NAMA Honors Monsanto’s Rhylander

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has honored Dave Rhylander, Marketing Lead, Delta & Pine Land with the NAMA Marketer of the Year award.

The award will be presented during the second general session of the 2008 Agri-Marketing Conference, “Leading The Charge” on Thursday, April 17 in Kansas City.

NAMA recognizes its active members with senior management of marketing and/or sales responsibilities with the NAMA Marketer of the Year award. This award is NAMA’s most prestigious honor awarded to active members of the association and honors outstanding accomplishments in the field of agri-marketing.

A 32-year veteran of Monsanto, Rhylander is recognized as a visionary leader and highly innovative marketer not only within the ranks of his own company but also throughout the agribusiness industry.

As U.S. director of traits marketing for Monsanto, his creativity, sales and marketing skills have played a major role in driving the adoption of new trait technologies that have had a significant, positive impact on American farmers. Rhylander has moved on to the Marketing Lead for Delta and Pine Land, which is a new business unit of Monsanto.

T&L Irrigation Unveils IPAC Remote System

T&L Irrigation Co., the exclusive world-class manufacturer of hydrostatically powered center pivot systems, has announced its Web-based pivot management system. Known as iPAC, (Internet Precision Alert & Control), it enables the pivot owner to operate his T-L irrigation system remotely though the use of GPS and Internet technology.

The control unit mounts on the system’s end tower and informs the operator exactly where the system is positioned in the field, including its direction and speed.

The stop position of the system can be programmed from a computer or Web-connected PDA. Operating alerts can also be sent to a cell phone.

Operating information is collected and verified frequently so one can be confident the data is correct. Additionally, an operator can control the system’s speed, on/off cycles, auto-reversing, auto-restarting, delayed starting and end-gun.

T-L pivot owners can make best use of their water, reduce fuel costs, gain labor efficiency, reduce risks and save time. For more information call T-L Irrigation Co., 1-800-330-4264.

Raven, AutoFarm Launch GPS System

AutoFarm and Raven Industries have announced the release of the FarmPRO GPS Steering & Application Control System. This new GPS system is the result of an ongoing collaborative product development agreement between the two companies.

Designed for professional producers and custom applicators, FarmPRO combines the Viper PRO state-of-the-art display and control system from Raven Industries with industry-leading sub-inch accurate RTK AutoSteer from AutoFarm. FarmPRO offers a feature-rich steering and application control system that is at the operator’s finger tips through a single large screen display.

CI, Cotton Board Elect New Chairmen

Two cotton producers were recently elected by their respective boards of directors to serve as chairmen. Arkansas producer Bob McGinnis replaces importer Nancy Marino as Cotton Board chairman, while California producer Ted Sheely replaces Georgia producer Louie Perry as Cotton Incorporated chairman.

McGinnis is a 20-year veteran of the Arkansas House of Representatives and while serving in this role was instrumental in the establishment of Arkansas’ boll weevil eradication program and the Soil Testing Review Board. He also has served as an adviser to the National Cotton Council on federal regulatory issues.

Sheely brings more than 40 years of cotton industry experience to the CI Board. His operation consists of 9,000 acres, and he is known for his innovative crop management.

Both McGinnis and Sheely will serve two-year terms.


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