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‘All In The Family’
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Farmers Need To Understand Insurance Options
Don’t Skimp On Early Season Inputs
Technology Helps Cotton Flow
Editor's Note: The Family Farm Links All Generations
Cotton's Agenda: Eradication, Research Vital
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L.P. Brown Acquires International Fiber Packaging

L.P. Brown Company, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of International Fiber Packaging (IFP), a Leggett & Platt Company. The acquisition, finalized in January, brings together two established and recognized names to serve their customers on a global basis.

In business since 1924, L.P. Brown Co., a subsidiary of Federal Compress & Warehouse Company, Inc., is a cotton bale packaging firm handling all types of approved bale bagging and banding materials.

The acquisition includes all assets of IFP, including physical facilities, intellectual property and employees.

“We are very pleased with our acquisition of International Fiber Pack-aging,” says Doyle Needham, president of L.P. Brown Co. “Our product lines as well as our geographical strengths mesh well. We look forward to continuing to be a leader in the cotton bale packaging industry across the Cotton Belt.”

Monsanto Completes Expansion Of La. Facility

CEO and Chairman Hugh Grant welcomed guests to the company’s Roundup agricultural herbicide production facility in Luling, La., to celebrate the completion of a nearly $200 million expansion just outside of New Orleans.

The expansion was announced and started in April 2008 to increase production of the company’s Roundup brand agricultural herbicide.

Roundup is one of the world’s leading crop protection products. The improvements at the facility include: major infrastructure reliability projects such as a new air compressor, new rail lines, a new river dock, increased container and tank storage capacity and road improvements. Energy and emission reduction projects include hydrogen recovery and replacing two older boilers with one larger one.

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Bayer To Reduce Price Of Ignite Herbicide For 2010

Bayer CropScience has announced  a price cut on Ignite herbicide in time for the 2010 season. The company is reducing its price for the herbicide in the range of 20 percent – effective immediately.

Ignite is a nonselective herbicide alternative to glyphosate. LibertyLink corn, cotton, canola and new Liberty-Link soybean varieties enable use of Ignite over-the-top to control weeds.

“The use of Ignite herbicide and the LibertyLink trait is fundamental in preserving the utility of glyphosate and glyphosate-tolerant crops as a viable crop production tool,” says Andy Hurst, Bayer CropScience product manager for Ignite herbicide and LibertyLink.

Bayer CropScience is fully committed to supplying Ignite herbicide to meet the demand as crop acres with the LibertyLink trait ramp up, says Hurst.

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AutoFarm Announces Launch Of Integra Controller

AutoFarm has announced the release of the new INTEGRA controller compatible with AutoFarm’s ParaDyme precision farming system.

Featuring a large, full-color 12.1-inch high-definition touchscreen, AutoFarm INTEGRA is the command post of an advanced precision farming operation. It offers variable rate planting and planter section control, multiple product application control, VRA, boom height and section control, advanced yield monitoring, “as applied” hi-def mapping, plus Auto-Farm GPS steering from WAAS to RTK.

AutoFarm INTEGRA is fully compatible with the AutoFarm ParaDyme system’s factory integrated wireless communication and integrated Remote Service.

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Cotton Incorporated Partners With Gap On Denim Promotion

Cotton Incorporated spent two weeks in March working with about 1,000 Gap department stores across the country in a “Cotton From Blue To Green” denim drive.

Consumers donated used denim at their Gap stores. All donated denim will then be given a “new life” by being converted into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation and donated to help build houses for communities in need. Consumers who donate their denim will receive a 30 percent discount off new denim purchases at Gap.

The two-week drive was part of Gap’s “Recycle Your Blues” event where customers who donated denim received 30 percent off new denim purchases from Gap, GapKids or babyGap.

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Rob Williams Appointed CEO Of MANA Crop Protection

Makhteshim Agan Industries (MAI), parent of MANA Crop Protection, has announced the appointment of Rob Williams as MANA’s chief executive officer.

Williams has more than 17 years of experience in the crop protection industry. He has been with MAI for 11 years and has been serving as CEO of Makhteshim Agan UK (MAUK). Previously Williams was with Novartis (formerly Ciba Agriculture).

Under Williams’ leadership and strategic innovation, MAUK transformed its business model, established successful relationships throughout the UK distribution system and saw rapid increases in sales, according to company officials.

Williams will relocate with his family to MANA’s headquarters in Raleigh. He will report to Mr. Shaul Friedland, head of the new Americas Region of MAI in Miami, Fla. Williams succeeds Mr. John Rabby, who is retiring as MANA president.

ACSA Cotton Institute Prepares For Start Of 16th Session

The American Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA) International Cotton Institute at the University of Memphis’ Fogelman Executive Center is gearing up for its sixteenth consecutive annual session. The cotton-specific business program begins June 2 and will conclude with graduation ceremonies on July 20.

Although participation was down sharply last year due to the H1N1 flu virus and economic reasons, participants from 10 countries have already registered for this year’s eight-week program with more on the way.

As in the past, several field trips are planned so participants can witness firsthand growing, ginning, warehousing, classing and cooperative marketing. A highlight of the program will be a trip to Cotton Incorporated in Cary, N. C., where all types of textile production will be presented, including storm proof denim, recycled denim that is converted into construction insulation and cotton fiber wall covering for interior walls.

The Institute is increasing the program content regarding sustainability and crop science this year. As interest in environmental issues continues to increase across the entire industry, it was deemed that an increased emphasis should be put on these issues.

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Dow AgroSciences Plans Major Multiyear Expansion

Dow AgroSciences has announced plans for a multiyear expansion of its global headquarters in northwestern Indianapolis, with the investment of more than $340 million and the  addition of more than 550 scientific and commercial jobs over the next five years.

The first phase in the expansion plan includes the construction of a 175,000-square-foot research and development building, as well as a 14,000-square-foot greenhouse on the company’s corporate campus.

These facilities are part of a global growth plan for Dow AgroSciences’ research efforts as it develops and commercializes new product solutions for customers in agricultural and related market segments.

In 2009, the company announced numerous plans for expanding its research capacity, including the signing of a 15-year lease on a facility adjacent to its corporate headquarters in Indianapolis.

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