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Vitals for Cotton Sector

By Seshadri Ramkumar Texas Tech University Maintaining market share, enhancing consumer awareness and continuous investments in research and development are needed to advance the cotton sector. Steve Verett, Executive Vice President of Lubbock, TX-based Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., captivated the audience in a speech last Thursday at Texas Tech University about the 2017 cotton crop and the industry overall. As ... Read More »

Cotton Ginning Marketplace

Bag And Tie Codes Required For Warehouse Receipts With the 2017 crop now being harvested, ginned and stored, the National Cotton Council is reminding industry members of the importance of proper bale identification, including adherence to multiple requirements. First, all warehouses with U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corporation cotton storage agreements and cotton gins are reminded that bag and tie ... Read More »

Where Dreams Come True

Mississippi Cotton Farmer Wins $20,000 Transform My Community Grand Prize For Delta Streets Academy By Carroll Smith Editor T.Mac Howard grew up in Rankin County, Mississippi, and attended Mississippi State University. Fueled by his strong faith, Howard made his way to New Orleans after his sophomore year to participate in a summer internship with Desire Street Ministries. Mo Leverett was ... Read More »

Writing The Book

West Texas Producer Keeps Field Histories To Track TrendsAnd Help With Future Seasons’ Planning By Vicky Boyd Managing Editor Kevin Belt farms by the book.The producer of cotton and other row crops near Plainview, Texas, keeps a three-ring notebook with him to record agronomic activities throughout the season. Each field has its own page, where Belt notes variety, planting date, ... Read More »

Advocating Farm Friendly Tax Reform

Congressional leaders hope by Christmas to wrap a bow around the first comprehensive tax reform in 30 years — a measure on which the National Cotton Council has actively conveyed its priorities. What input has the NCC provided? Among recent actions, the NCC joined other agricultural organizations on letters to Congressional leadership conveying support for tax reform provisions involving: 1) ... Read More »

A Time For Reflection

As the season comes to a close or at least slows down a bit, those of us in the agricultural world typically take time to reflect on the past year’s events in preparation for the upcoming one. In many respects, 2017 was an emotional roller coaster for cotton. In the Specialists Speaking section, our experts addressed what went right, what ... Read More »

Cotton Incorporated And Archroma Redefine ‘100% Cotton’

By Stacey Gorman Cotton Board, Director of Communications The Cotton Research and Promotion Program aims to innovate cotton throughout the supply chain — from growing the crop to the processing and finishing of the final cotton garment. Cotton Incorporated has partnered with Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, to use dye made from cotton to color 100 ... Read More »