Speakers Announced: Georgia Cotton Commission 11th Annual Meeting Jan. 31, 2018

The Georgia Cotton Commission is pleased to announce the guest speakers at the Commission’s 10th Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The annual meeting is held in conjunction with the UGA Cotton Production Workshop conducted by the UGA Research & Extension Cotton Team. The UGA Cotton Production Workshop will feature breakout sessions where attendees will learn the latest technical production strategies from the researchers whose projects are funded by the Commission’s research program. The Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting will follow the breakout sessions and feature speakers from several industry organizations. The program speakers are Reece Langley, Vice President of Washington Operations, National Cotton Council; Kater Hake, Vice President of Agricultural & Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated; and Stacey Gorman, Director of Communications, The Cotton Board.  Reece Langley assumed his role as Vice President of Washington Operations at the National Cotton Council in 2014. He is responsible for coordinating the Washington activities for the Council, which includes working with Congress and the Administration, to ensure the U.S. cotton industry’s seven segments compete effectively and profitably in the global market. Prior to joining the Council, Langley was Vice President of Government Affairs for the USA Rice Federation. He also worked as a legislative assistant to Congressman Terry Everett (R-AL) prior to working for the USA Rice Federation. Kater Hake is the Vice President of Agricultural & Environmental Research at Cotton Incorporated. In this role, Hake is responsible for the cotton production research program, and leads a team of eight scientists who develop and support innovative problem-solving research to increase the profitability and sustainability of cotton farming in the U.S.  Hake began his career at Cotton Incorporated in 2007. Previously, he was the Vice President of Technology Development at Delta and Pine Land Company. Hake received a Bachelor of Science degree in genetics and a Master of Science degree in agronomy from the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of California at Riverside. Stacey Gorman is the Director of Communications at The Cotton Board. She joined the staff of The Cotton Board in 2008 after graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with degrees in Public Relations and Writing. Stacey leads the ongoing efforts of the Cotton Board Communications Department to keep cotton producers informed of the activities stemming from the Cotton Research and Promotion. She creates and implements The Cotton Board’s advertising campaigns, manages social media, disseminates monthly grower newsletters and writes feature stories for Cotton Farming and Cotton Grower magazines. She is the Cotton Board Staff liaison to both Cotton Incorporated’s Importer Support Program and Consumer Marketing Committee. She and her husband Brandon have two children, and live in Warren, Arkansas. Following the Annual Meeting speakers, the Commission will host lunch where sponsors will be recognized and door prizes will be given away. The meeting, production workshop, and lunch are open to not only cotton growers, but anyone interested in the cotton industry. The UGA Cotton Production Workshop breakout sessions will be repeated after lunch. There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is requested to help with meal plans.  Register online at www.ugatiftonconference.org or call (229) 386-3416. Thank you to our sponsors: Agri-AFC – Americot, Inc.-NexGen – Amvac –– Ameris Bank – Arysta – Bayer – Choice Cotton – CNI – Crop Production Services – Deltapine – Dow AgroSciences/PhytoGen – Flint Ag & Turf – Holder Ag Consulting – Lasseter Equipment Group  – Nachurs – Rabo AgriFinance – R.W. Griffin/Coffee County Gin/Four Corners Cotton Gin – SePRO Corporation – Scott T’s Ag-Flyin’, Inc. – Syngenta – Valent USA.

MJPL Announces New Partnership With RBDigital

Margaret Jones Public Library is proud to announce a new partnership with RBDigital, a vendor of e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines. Why the switch? RBDigital offers us the ability to provide you with not only e-books and e-audiobooks, but also e-magazines and e-audiobooks with no holds or waiting periods. We will also utilize RBDigital’s competitive pricing to offer more content for our patrons. When will the change take effect? Our new contract begins February 6th, 2018. What will happen to my holds and wish list? We will be pausing the option to place holds beginning January 1st, 2018 and restarting this option when our new contract begins February 6th. You may want to make a printed copy of your wish list so you can recreate it on the new platform. Which patrons will be affected by this switch? Starting February 6th, patrons will be directed to the RBDigital platform, which will offer a similar experience to the existing platform. Users who read or listen on desktop computers, laptops, mobile devices, and tablets will continue to have the ability to download and enjoy these materials. Users who own dedicated Kindle e-readers, such as the Paperwhite, will need to contact RBDigital’s helpline for assistance, due to Amazon’s proprietary e-book format.

Never Forget Where You Come From

We all want to remember where we come from and that is exactly what Country Music Singer, Luke Bryan did this past Friday night. Luke is a Lee County High School Alumni and came home Friday to see the Lee County Trojans play and WIN their first ever Football State Championship Game. With 7,000 people in attendance, Luke was just part of the football family. He took time to speak to people and take pictures with fans. And our own Sylvester, Steven Danford was having a blast meeting Luke too. Luke loves the Country Music Life he is Blessed to live everyday but he always remembers where he came from. Luke has had many trials in his life but he never loses faith and continues to know Leesburg will always be his home. His sons, Bo and Tate enjoyed the game on Friday night as well. Congratulations Lee County Trojans on a well deserve win!

Janya’s Journey

This is Janya’s Journey. We cover many different things that Janya does in the community, school, church and with family. We enjoy featuring her however this week, her mother wanted to speak about and to Janya. Please enjoy these most beautiful and precious words.
“Everyday I wake up, it is a blessing not only to be alive but to see my daughter’s face. It’s another day I get to spend with her. Janya has no idea how much she inspires me to be a better person, how much she inspires me to pursue a long time dream of owning multiple businesses nor how much she inspires me to keep going when I sometimes think I can’t.  Not a day goes by that I am not in pain, but I think of my daughter, then I move on a little further. On any given day I’m faced with different obstacles and challenges, but I think of my daughter, and I conquer them all. Sometimes it’s a struggle trying to make sure she has what she needs to do different projects or anything school related and have enough money to pay the light bill, but I think of my daughter and through prayer God works it all out. It’s not often that I can give her all my attention without helping someone with their own situation while listening to her. So recently I decided to think of only my daughter, Janya Rene Green and take her to a concert. Just myself, her and the Lord. Janet Jackson here we are and what a time we had.  No worries. All my thoughts were on her and it was a magical moment we never had a chance to experience before. Janya, I love you and as long as I have breath in my lungs I will continue to support her in whatever she does. I am blessed to be your mother.” Written by Linda Green