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Calcot Board Elects Jarral Neeper As New President

The Calcot, Ltd., Board of Directors has elected Jarral T. Neeper, 51, as president of the Bakersfield, Calif.-based cotton marketing cooperative. Neeper, a 15-year veteran of the company and previously vice president of marketing, brings more than two decades of cotton experience to his newest assignment.

Neeper assumed his new post on April 1, 2009, succeeding Robert W. Norris, who retired after a six-year term as the cooperative’s chief executive. Neeper is only the seventh chief executive in Calcot’s 82-year-history.

Holder of a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Texas Tech University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, Neeper first worked as a corporate analyst for Continental Pipeline, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Conoco Oil, a southwestern oil company.

He also served a stint as agricultural economist for the National Cotton Council and was director of research and a futures trader for The Jernigan Group, a cotton industry business and market analysis firm in Nashville, Tenn., before joining Calcot in 1994 as director of economic research.

New Information To Help Producers Make Decision On Farm Law Provision

Funded in part by Cotton Incorporated, Texas A&M University’s Agricultural Food Policy Center (AFPC) has developed a decision aid for producers considering signing up for the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payment.

The 2008 farm law provided producers the opportunity to continue counter-cyclical payments that are triggered only by low prices or switch to a revenue-based payment, referred to as ACRE. It is triggered by low prices, low yields or both.

Producers choosing to continue receiving CCP payments would receive direct payments and be eligible for loan deficiency payments and/or marketing loan gains. This choice is referred to in AFPC’s Decision Aid as selecting the DCP program. Producers who select the ACRE payment option, referred to in the Decision Aid as ACRE, must accept a 20 percent reduction in direct payments and a 30 percent reduction in loan rates.

To make the ACRE/DCP decision in 2009, producers must take into consideration their yield risk, correlation of yields to state yields and the risk of national prices for 2009-2012.

New Holland Hydrogen-Powered Tractor Offers Several Options

New Holland’s experimental hydrogen-powered NH2 tractor is a key element in a project that hopes to free producers from the cost of purchased fossil-fuel and allow them to achieve fuel autonomy.

The hydrogen-power concept is a natural fit with New Holland’s Clean Energy Leader position, which saw the company lead the industry with its support for 100 percent biodiesel without complicated servicing programs or reduced machine performance.

Based on the popular New Holland T6000 Series tractor, the experimental NH2 tractor replaces the traditional combustion engine with hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity.

Compressed hydrogen drawn from a tank on the tractor reacts in the fuel cell with oxygen, drawn from the air, to produce water and electrons. The electrons are harnessed in the form of an electric current, which drives electric motors to power the tractor’s drivetrain and auxiliary systems.

MANA Promotes Bettner To Southern Regional Manager

Makhteshim Agan of North America, Inc. (MANA) has promoted Troy Bettner to the position of southern regional business manager. Previously, he served as the company’s senior product manager, fungicides.

Bettner joined MANA in 2005. For the previous 12 years, he served in a variety of sales, management, market research and brand marketing positions for DowElanco, Dow Agro-Sciences and Eli Lilly.

He is a 1993 graduate of California Polytechnic State University, majoring in agriculture business management and earned a masters of business administration degree from Purdue in 2001. Bettner resides in Cary, N.C., and will manage the region’s area business managers from there.

Valley Irrigation Introduces GPS Guidance Systems

Valley Irrigation, a technology leader in precision irrigation, introduces GPS Guidance for linear irrigation equipment. GPS Guidance will increase accuracy and precision of linear irrigation equipment when compared with conventional irrigation guidance. It also will help eliminate some maintenance issues associated with existing guidance options.

In fact, while producers always have taken pride in planting straight rows, GPS Guidance has enabled them to plant even straighter. The precision of GPS Guidance technology is very evident when the producer compares the “straight line” guidance of GPS to the conventional linear guidance options – producers can now irrigate in the same straight lines that they planted. This minimizes variances in water application, which in turn maximizes yields.

GPS Guidance is available through Valley dealers. For more information, go to www.ValleyIrrigation.com.

Bayer Announces Shared Risk Program

Bayer CropScience has released details of the 2009 Shared Risk Program, which gives producers the opportunity to decrease certain risks in planting a crop. The program encourages cotton producers to use Best Management Practices and shares with producers the cost of replanting Bayer CropScience cotton seed brands or losing their final cotton planting due to certain weather events.

Shared Risk Program replant coverage offers options to compensate for:

• Replanting FiberMax, Stoneville and AFD cotton seed;

• Retreating cottonseed originally treated with Aeris insecticide/nematicide seed treatment, Temik insecticide/nematicide, Trilex Advanced fungicide seed treatment or Gaucho Grande seed-applied insecticide.

Shared Risk Program crop loss coverage offers options to compensate for:

•LibertyLink trait portion of FiberMax cotton seed and Ignite herbicide used with LibertyLink cotton;

•Stance plant regulator used on FiberMax, Stoneville or AFD cotton seed varieties.

For complete program details, go to www.CottonExperts.com.

Andy King Joins Cheminova’s Sales Staff

Industry veteran Andy King has joined Cheminova, Inc. as area sales manager for the states of Arkansas, Tennessee and the Missouri Bootheel.

King holds a BS degree in Ag Business from South-east Missouri State University and has worked in various positions with Bayer CropScience for the past 16 years. An avid outdoorsman, King and his family will continue to reside in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Continental Eagle To Build Facility In Kazakhstan

Continental Eagle Corp. of Prattville, Ala., and JSC Kazakhstan have signed an agreement to build a new cottonseed acid delinting facility in the southern cotton-growing region in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The project consists of six Continental Eagle dilute sulfuric acid cottonseed delinting dryer/buffers, an acid reactor, seed cleaner, specific gravity separator, with various bins, tanks, heaters, fans, seed bagging and a chemical seed protectant application station.

Company officials say this is a state-of-the-art installation adhering to all the latest safety and pollution control standards.

A modern two-stand cotton ginning facility was installed and successfully commissioned in 2008. A larger three-stand gin plant with a mechanical delinting line was supplied and commissioned in neighboring Turkemenistan in late 2007.

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