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Analysis: Gauging recent Chinese policy changes on U.S., China cotton markets

Analysis: Gauging recent Chinese policy changes on U.S., China cotton markets

Recent Chinese policy changes, along with overall reductions in Chinese stocks, could have major impacts on U.S. cotton farm prices, according to a study led by Texas Tech University agricultural researchers. However, their impacts on the U.S. cotton exports will be negligible.  more »

 

Sustainable goat production combats rampant iron deficiency in African village

Sustainable goat production combats rampant iron deficiency in African village

While sitting in two different seminars about five or six years ago, Mark Miller began to wonder if a big problem throughout parts of Africa couldn’t have a fairly simple solution. The seminars dealt with iron deficiency in women and children, which prevented them from generating healthy blood to fight off diseases such as malaria.  more »

 

Abidi named associate director of Tech’s Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute

Abidi named associate director of Tech’s Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute

A nationally-known researcher in cotton fiber research has been named associate director of Texas Tech University’s Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, according to officials within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Noureddine Abidi, who currently serves as manager of the facility’s Biopolymer Research Laboratory, officially stepped into his new post today (Aug. 27).  more »

 

Denim Dyeing; Tech’s FBRI awarded $470,000 Wal-Mart Foundation Grant

Denim Dyeing; Tech’s FBRI awarded $470,000 Wal-Mart Foundation Grant

Texas Tech’s Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute announced today (Aug. 14) that a research project was awarded more than $470,000 in funding by the Wal-Mart Foundation. The study, titled “Foam Indigo Dyeing of Cotton Yarns: Machine Design and Process Control,” is aimed at reducing the amount of water, contaminants, time, labor, floor space and expense needed to apply indigo dye to denim yarns.  more »

 

USDA Grant; Farmers, ranchers learning to better utilize internet’s potential

USDA Grant; Farmers, ranchers learning to better utilize internet’s potential

The Texas landscape is lined with small, two-lane highways like small blood vessels branching off of veins and arteries, connecting virtually every town in the state to another. They’re called Farm-to-Market roads, and back in the day they were the main thoroughfares allowing farmers and ranchers to bring their goods to the market to sell.  more »

 

‘Feed the Future’; AAEC’s Conrad Lyford receives Fulbright Grant

‘Feed the Future’; AAEC’s Conrad Lyford receives Fulbright Grant

A longtime leader in Texas Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics is the recipient of a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant. Conrad Lyford, an associate professor specializing in agribusiness, will travel to Hawassa University in Ethiopia to work with Ethiopian educators and researchers to facilitate agribusiness development and value chain rationalization.  more »

 

Expect minimal impact from recent Chinese cotton reserve policy changes

Expect minimal impact from recent Chinese cotton reserve policy changes

An analysis of a recent price decline in China’s reserve cotton finds that the dip will have minor impacts on China’s cotton production, consumption, ending stocks and imports, according to a study led by Texas Tech University agricultural researchers. Meantime, the impacts on the U.S. cotton market are likely to be negligible.  more »