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A Custom-Painted Truck Sharing the Love of Cotton

A Custom-Painted Truck Sharing the Love of Cotton

One of the great things about openly sharing my passion for my favorite fiber, is that by making people aware of that passion, I enable them to share it knowing I will greet their photos or tweets with excitement! That’s exactly what my friend Miss Dazey expected to get when she shared this photo of a custom-painted truck with me earlier today. Miss Dazey’s dear husband, Mr. Bruce, is busily preparing for a presentation he will be giving this weekend…

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The Day Blue Jeans Were Born — Celebrating Levi Strauss & Denim

The Day Blue Jeans Were Born — Celebrating Levi Strauss & Denim

I was just scanning through some things and saw this bit of history from Cotton Inc: On May 20, 1873, an American icon was born when Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis were given a patent for their copper rivet fasteners for denim trousers. The blue jean has since secured its place in American culture and in world fashion as a “go to” garment. Changing fashion styles and attitudes altered the look of the blue jean over time, but until recently,…

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What’s with that Hayden Panettiere cotton commercial?

What’s with that Hayden Panettiere cotton commercial?

If you are a fan of Hayden Panettiere, you know the actress has made a name for herself by playing the tomboy daughter of a football coach, a high school cheerleader and hero who can produce fire and a rising star in Nashville who has more than a few personal problems. Well, she is drawing attention to my favorite fiber now as a new spokesperson for Cotton Incorporated. Have you seen that Hayden Panetierre cotton commercial? The new commercials featuring Panettiere…

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Cotton, Kansas, & Coca-Cola: Results of Sharing My Passions

Cotton, Kansas, & Coca-Cola: Results of Sharing My Passions

When you wear your passion on your sleeve (or in your Twitter handle like @JPlovesCOTTON) it is really easy for other people to share that passion. This was part of the presentation I gave during the 140 character small town conference (140conf) that I’ve talked so much about. But I really hadn’t talked about what I was doing at the 140conf, which probably makes a few people scratch their heads but for others, I think you’ll understand that it feels like I’m…

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A Million Bales of Cotton Impact From One Small Town

A Million Bales of Cotton Impact From One Small Town

I recently saw the following headline in the Delta Farm Press:  Dell, Ark., gin celebrates one millionth bale. The article was really interesting: “Twenty-one years ago, Clarence called me about building a gin,” said Weiner. “I can’t remember how much money we were trying to raise. But it finally took root. It’s good to see a man realize his dream. We couldn’t have done it without Clarence.” “Our philosophy is to treat everybody the same whether he’s got 40 acres…

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Under Armour Charged Cotton Coming Soon

Under Armour Charged Cotton Coming Soon

Its getting close to reality and closer to a store near you. What am I talking about? Cotton clothing from UnderArmour, the brand that was not showing much love to my beloved natural fiber before. (A past blog post does more background.) But they are officially launching the Charged Cotton line and it will be shipping soon for March sales. Wired magazine says the about face was led by the reality that their target customers (people in their late teens…

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Lovin’ My Hoodie in This Weather – Blizzard Forecast!

Lovin’ My Hoodie in This Weather – Blizzard Forecast!

The topic for this post came at me twice in the past week so I HAD to write it! The reason? The hoodie has become such a staple in my wardrobe, it took me a bit to think about life pre-hoodies. But alas, I am SO OLD, I remember it after a bit of jogging. I had the conversation about the hoodie with my niece Alicia and my good friend Cyndie too! Hooded sweatshirts are the best! You get one…

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Touring Airports & Atlanta with Flat Stanley & Farmers

Touring Airports & Atlanta with Flat Stanley & Farmers

DATELINE: Memphis, Tennessee Airport (644 miles from home), flying to Atlanta, Georgia (327 air miles from Memphis) Hey Jake, You know how much I travel for work? Well, I had a great trip recently and got to take Flat Stanley along! It was so much fun traveling with him and I got some special opportunities since he was along for the ride. First step? Going to the airport and going through security. Since Stanley doesn’t fly as much as I…

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Phone Ringtones to Suit my Passions, Moods & to Agvocate

Phone Ringtones to Suit my Passions, Moods & to Agvocate

On several posts previously I’ve talked about little ways to sort of wear agriculture on your sleeve so you serve as a walking reminder of farmers when you are going about the day-to-day. Things like wearing a where’s the farmer t-shirt, using a luggage tag that boasts your favorite crop or picking out a license plate that reflects your passion for farming. But this week as I’m walking around Atlanta, I will tackle another sense too — hearing. Well, I’ve…

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True Grit, Cotton and Yell County, Arkansas

True Grit, Cotton and Yell County, Arkansas

I just saw the 2010 remake of “True Grit.” I loved the movie! Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Haille Steinfeld were all incredible! And yes, watching one of this years hit movies, a western no less, made me get to blogging! Why? Well, if you’ve seen the movie you may be able to guess, but I’ll fess up. The movie made me wonder about a couple of things: cotton production in Yell County, Arkansas and historic prices for cotton lint….

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