2014 Producer Information Exchange Tour Kicks Off in California

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
2014 Producer Information Exchange Tour Kicks Off in California

By: Scott Kohne, Market Acceptance Manager, NAFTA at Bayer CropScience LP

 

The National Cotton Council’s P.I.E. (Producer Information Exchange) Tours kicked off last week in California's San Joaquin Valley.  This national tour will continue to the Mid-South, Southeast and Southwest throughout August.

 

The program exposes participants to innovative practices in regions different from their own. It is designed to help participants gain new perspectives with the aim of increasing their productivity and profitability through discussion with other regional grower leaders. Take a look at last week’s tour activities:

 

Mid-south cotton growers participating in the National Cotton Council’s P.I.E. Tours visit Bayer CropScience’s Western Technology Development Center in Fresno, California

 

Growers take a tour on the Bayer CropScience Jolly Trolley to tour Bayer CropScience’s Western Technology Development Center 

 

Bayer CropScience plant pathologist, Alfonso Cabrera, talks to mid-south cotton growers about local disease pressures 

 

P.I.E. Tour members visit an onion packaging facility near Lemoore, CA, and hear from the owner who is diversified in his operations including a dairy farm, swine operation and tree nut farm. Tour members were amazed at the diversity of options but recognize the problems farmers face in CA around regulations on the use of water

 

Tour members walk through a cantaloupe field with local growers
 

 

Tour members in Los Banos, CA, visiting the Valley Sun Products tomato processing site which specializes in sun dried tomatoes and tomato juice

 

Tomatoes being dried at the Valley Sun Products tomato processing site

 

To view more photos from the tour activities, visit our Flickr album.

 

For more information about the P.I.E. Tour, visit cotton.org. You can also join the Twitter conversation by following @Bayer4CropsUS.

About the Author:

 

Scott Kohne is the NAFTA Market Acceptance Manager for the Seeds unit of Bayer CropScience LP. Responsibilities include stakeholder management, technology acceptance, maintaining and promoting a public policy environment for agricultural products.

 

Scott was born on a farm in Indiana and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University. He has worked for Bayer CropScience since 1999 holding various positions in Regulatory, and Public & Government Affairs. Previous to his work with Bayer, Mr. Kohne worked for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services where he managed the Feed, Seed and Fertilizer Laboratories and the Florida Petroleum Inspection Laboratory.Scott Kohne is the NAFTA Market Acceptance Manager for the Seeds unit of Bayer CropScience LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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