MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council (NCC) has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2014 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.
The P.I.E. program provides cotton producers with the opportunity to maximize production efficiency and improve yields and fiber quality by: 1) gaining new perspectives in such fundamental practices as land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting; and 2) observing firsthand diverse farming practices and the unique ways in which their innovative peers have adopted new and existing technology.
This season, Mid-South producers will see operations in California on July 13-17; Far West producers will travel to Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee on July 27-August 1; Southwest producers will visit North Carolina and Virginia on August 3-8; and Southeast producers will tour Texas on August 17-22.
Sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the P.I.E. is now in its 26th year and has exposed more than 1,000 U.S. cotton producers to innovative production practices in regions different than their own. The NCC's Member Services staff, in conjunction with local producer interest organizations, conducts the program, including participant selection.
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National Cotton Council of America -- As the U.S. cotton industry's unifying force, the Cordova, Tenn.,-based National Cotton Council carries out a mission of ensuring the seven industry segments' ability to compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseed and U.S.-manufactured product markets at home and abroad. The U.S. cotton industry provides employment for some 235,000 Americans. Taken collectively, the annual economic activity generated by cotton and its products in the U.S. economy is estimated to be in excess of $120 billion.
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