Bayer CropScience and the National Cotton Women's Committee will again honor Cotton Town USA cities this year, and your town could one of three selected for the award in 2003.

To be eligible for the Cotton Town USA designation, a community must rely on cotton production as a cultural and economic cornerstone. Award applicants are asked to complete a nomination form telling why their town is a “cotton town,” and what they will do with $10,000 in grant money if selected to receive the award.

Grant applications can be obtained by calling Cotton Town USA Headquarters at (630) 505-1100, or on the organization's Website at www.cottonexperts.com. Applications, which must be submitted by July 1, 2003, are also available from your local Bayer CropScience representative or from National Cotton Women's Committee members.

Cities selected for the Cotton Town USA distinction receive a plaque, and a $10,000 grant to assist with community improvement project funding. Grants are funded by the sale of Bayer products, including Baythroid insecticide, FiberMax cotton seed, Finish harvest aid, Temik insecticide, Trimax insecticide and others.

“This is a great program to give back to local communities and to promote awareness of U.S. cotton,” says Carlene Spence, program coordinator. “Cotton Town USA proved to be very successful last year, and we're thrilled to be able to continue this program in 2003.”

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