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Aug 2, 2011 7:14 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Western cotton farmers travel to Deep South farms

LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. (AP) - More than 20 years after Tensas Parish farmer Billy Guthrie was part of the first National Cotton Council Producer Information Exchange Program, he's playing host to the latest class.
Nine cotton producers from Arizona and California are touring farms this week in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Guthrie tells The News-Star (http://bit.ly/q8Vg6G ) that the program gives producers a chance to see how people in other regions cope with problems.
He says he's still in contact with some of the farmers he met in the program in 1989.
The program is designed to provide new perspectives in practices like land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting and observing the unique ways in which their peers are using technology.

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