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Cotton’s Agenda

Market Mitigation

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The National Cotton Council continues to engage with the Administration regarding U.S.-China trade relations, which have had significant effects on the cotton market since mid-2018. How has the dispute affected prices, exports? ■ Cotton prices are about 33% lower since the imposition of the 25% retaliatory tariff on U.S. cotton in the U.S.-China trade dispute. In mid-2018, producers had the ... Read More »

Sharing in Sustainability

Beginning in April, the National Cotton Council will be encouraging this nation’s cotton producers to enroll in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. Why is full participation important? More than 200 U.S. cotton producers enrolled in the NCC’s Trust Protocol pilot phase, but greater involvement is necessary to assure the global textile supply chain — including consumers — that U.S. cotton ... Read More »

Amplified Assistance

flooded cotton

During 2019, the National Cotton Council worked closely with the Administration and Congress to advance passage of a meaningful disaster recovery package. What were some major NCC actions? ■ The NCC strongly advocated for legislation to provide relief and recovery assistance for producers affected by wildfires, Hurricanes Florence and Michael, and other natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. Letters of ... Read More »

Preserving The Safety Net

gary adams, ncc

A National Cotton Council priority has been and continues to be shoring up cotton producers’ income protection and maintaining viable risk management programs. What were major efforts in this arena? ■ During the past four years, the NCC worked diligently with Congress and the Administration to return Upland cotton as a covered commodity in Title I of farm law and ... Read More »

Fostering Productivity

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How does the BWCC elevate U.S. cotton’s competitiveness? ■ The annual BWCC helps speed the transfer of proven technology to U.S. cotton producers and other industry members with the goal of enhancing their productivity and profitability. This is accomplished by government and university scientists, Extension personnel, consultants and agribusiness personnel sharing findings from cutting-edge research, field trials and technology testing. ... Read More »

Making the right decision

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The NCC webinars included a focus on differences in 2014 and 2018 farm law Title 1 programs. Is the webinar presentation available? ■ The NCC’s webinar presentation is on the NCC website (www.cotton.org) and a 24-minute video is on the NCC’s YouTube channel. It features Dr. Jody Campiche, the NCC’s vice president of Economics and Policy Analysis discussing the webinar’s ... Read More »

A Reputation At Stake

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The National Cotton Council’s Board of Directors has taken a timely position regarding reclass procedures for bales contaminated with plastics. Is this a real concern? ■ Yes. To maintain U.S. cotton’s reputation, the industry remains steadfast in eliminating plastic contamination from lint. However, the frequency of 71/72 plastic calls in U.S. cotton bales by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture ... Read More »