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Cotton’s Agenda

Handle With Care

gary adams, ncc

Delivery of contamination-free bales to our textile mill customers is a must for U.S. cotton to compete against other growths and man-made fibers. How does contamination relate to U.S. cotton’s value? ■ Our industry recently emphasized U.S. cotton’s premium value to textile manufacturers in Vietnam, Bangladesh, China and India and will do likewise with manufacturers from all over the world ... Read More »

Securing Strong Statutes

gary adams, ncc

The NCC continues to work with U.S. cotton’s supporters in the House and Senate to achieve the industry’s policy priorities in farm legislation. The National Cotton Council (NCC) believes that House-passed farm legislation more fully addresses the U.S. cotton and textile industries’ policy needs, and the NCC has concerns with some provisions in the Senate-passed farm bill. What’s favorable in ... Read More »

Building Consumer Trust

gary adams, ncc

With the U.S. cotton industry ramping up sustainability efforts and consumers voicing their trust in our fiber, the National Cotton Council is encouraged that more light is being shed on a man-made fiber situation some believe is not sustainable. How is cotton faring with consumers? • On behalf of Cotton Council International, Harris Insights & Analytics examined the views of ... Read More »

Tackling Cotton’s Priorities

gary adams, ncc

The National Cotton Council identified multiple priorities it must address to continue effectively representing the U.S. cotton industry on legislative and regulatory issues. What are some key priorities? • A major concern is ensuring an effective safety net for cotton producers is contained in the next farm law. As this column was being submitted, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of ... Read More »

Attention To Detail

gary adams, ncc

The National Cotton Council prepared a document that provides significant clarity regarding the new Seed Cotton Program that was contained in recently enacted legislation. What’s the major policy change? • As noted in the March column, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 makes “seed cotton” (upland lint and cottonseed combined) eligible for the Agriculture Risk Coverage/Price Loss Coverage (ARC/PLC) policies ... Read More »

Seeking Economic Stability

gary adams, ncc

Restoring economic stability for the U.S. cotton industry, which includes remaining active in the trade and regulatory arenas, continues to dominate the National Cotton Council’s agenda. What about recent policy changes? • We were very pleased with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s recent announcement that USDA will provide a Cotton Ginning Cost Share (CGCS) program that offsets a portion of a ... Read More »

Eligibility Restored

gary adams, ncc

U.S. cotton producers’ safety net was bolstered with Congress’ recent passage of “seed cotton” farm policy — an action the National Cotton Council has diligently sought for more than two years. What was the basic action taken? Congress recently enacted the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that contained policy changes making “seed cotton” (upland cotton lint and cottonseed combined) eligible ... Read More »