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February 25, 2015

Variety selection is perhaps producers' most important as well as most difficult decision of the growing season. Choose varieties with the genetic potential for higher yield and fiber quality but also consider specific traits and crop maturity. Consider planting more than one variety but try new varieties on a limited acreage to see how they perform on your farm.

Producers are reminded that they can access valuable crop production information under the National Cotton Council's Advancing Cotton Education (ACE) program at Supported by The Cotton Foundation, ACE relies on researchers and Extension cotton specialists to help develop and assist in the dissemination of this information to decision-makers.

(National Cotton Council) WASHINGTON, DC – With producers now making critical decisions on the new farm law's various program options and with program election and sign-up deadlines still ahead, it would be highly disruptive and punitive to make adverse policy changes or budget reductions while the new farm law is being implemented.
(Cotton Grower) With producers now making critical decisions that impact their farming operations for the next five years, members of the Senate Agriculture Committee are hearing from growers that now is absolutely the wrong time to consider any policy changes or budget reductions related to the Agriculture Act of 2014.
(Southeast Ag Net) Ronnie Lee, a Bronwood, Georgia cotton producer presented testimony this week during the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee's hearing to review implementation of The Agricultural Act of 2014.
(AgriPulse) President Barack Obama today kept his promise and vetoed a bill approving the Keystone XL Pipeline.
(DTN Progressive Farmer) There are two farm program deadlines. The first is this Friday, for farmers and landlords to update their crops and yields.
(AgriPulse) The top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee is pressing Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to significantly tighten eligibility rules for farm subsidies.
(AgriPulse) Bee experts at USDA's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum last week said better management of crop chemicals could go a long way toward improving the health of this pollinator that is crucial to agriculture, but researching diseases that plague the insect is the best long-term solution.
(Reuters) Turkey will make a total two billion lira ($814 million) payment to farmers in support for fuel, fertiliser and forage crop purchases at the end of February, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.
(AgFax) China’s markets reopened. Factory activity in China edged up to a four-month high but export orders shrank. Cash grower sales increased to 3,926 bales on The Seam.
(Farm Press) The current program payment yield under the 2014 Farm Bill is the farm's counter-cyclical (CC) yield in effect on Sept. 30, 2013.
(AgWeb) Are you ready to tighten your financial belt? This month, USDA forecast net farm income for 2015 at $73.6 billion, down nearly 32% from 2014's forecast of $108 billion.
(Farm Press) Farmers who wish to reallocate base acres and update yields can contact their county Farm Service Agency office and make an appointment to do so later if they cannot complete the paperwork by Friday's national deadline.
(AgWeb) Dr. Robb Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Monsanto, shared new and developing improvements to agriculture at the recent Brock Agricultural Economic Symposium. 
(AgWeb) The Indiana Senate has defeated a proposal that would have added "right to farm" protections to the state's constitution.
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