Today's cotton newsline is five cuts. The first two cuts are of John Gibson, Director of Member Services at the National Cotton Council. The last three cuts are of Andrew Burleson, of Burleson Farms in New London, North Carolina.
A contingent of thirteen Sunbelt farmers saw agricultural operations in North Dakota and Minnesota on Aug. 6-9, as part of the National Cotton Council's Multi-Commodity Education Program or MCEP. MCEP was launched in 2006 when producers from the mid and far west traveled to North Carolina to observe cotton production, processing, and other agricultural operations. John Gibson, Director of Member Services at the National Cotton Council provides the program's details and benefits.
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The commodities the participants produce range from cotton, pistachios, almonds, grapes, alfalfa, corn, peanuts, rice, soybeans, wheat, and grain sorghum. John Gibson shares some of the activities the participants have been involved in over the past few days.
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Andrew Burleson of Burleson Farms, shares the personal benefits he has received from attending the program.
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On the tour, Burleson mentions that he did not realize the size of the sunflower industry in the UnitedStates.
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The Multi-Commodity Education Program placed farmers like Burleson in diverse groups and exposed them to different solutions to common problems.