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Cotton’s Agenda

Eligibility Restored

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 »

Elevating Efficiency

How do the Beltwide Cotton Conferences contribute? The BWCC provides the findings from cutting edge research and technology aimed at increasing productivity. The performances, both good and bad, of crop inputs and production systems are examined along with other cotton production challenges and opportunities. Specifically, the BWCC facilitates interaction among leading scientists, consultants, Extension/agribusiness personnel and county agents. Their discussion ... Read More »

Cotton The World Trusts

The National Cotton Council’s export promotions arm, Cotton Council International, is making U.S. cotton the preferred fiber for end users — mills, manufacturers, brands, retailers and consumers. Does CCI have a new initiative? In 2017, Cotton Council International launched “COTTON USA is the Cotton the World Trusts,” a campaign being carried to more than 50 countries and one that is ... 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 »

Low Cottonseed Prices Bring New Challenges

As the 2017 harvest and ginning season proceeds, many cotton producers and ginners are facing a difficult business climate. What is the overall economic situation? Almost 100 percent of U.S. cotton production is exported as either raw fiber or textiles. As such, our industry is heavily influenced by various global market factors, among them: 1) India’s increased cotton production and ... Read More »

Future Improvements Build On Past Successes

The U.S. cotton industry recently formalized goals to help further reduce the environmental impact of U.S.-grown cotton — a step that will improve the raw material’s popularity in the global textile sector. How did this come about? Four years ago, Cotton LEADS™ was co-founded by the U.S. and Australian cotton industries. The program is educating the cotton supply chain on ... Read More »

Preserving Plant Protection Products

U.S. cotton and its agribusiness allies are partnering with EPA to address risk and policy-based issues. To ensure continued availability of proven plant protection products, the National Cotton Council closely monitors EPA’s pesticide review process and provides input to the agency. What is the status of EPA’s review  procedures? The safe protection of U.S. agricultural commodities from pests is dependent ... Read More »