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Cotton’s Agenda

Preserving The Safety Net

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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 »

Market Maintenance A Must

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U.S. cotton sales to China are substantially below what was expected in the absence of tariffs. What does this USDA package provide? ■ Producers of cotton and many other crops can sign up for the latest MFP at Farm Service Agency offices through Dec. 6. FSA made the first tranche of payments in August. Two other payment tranches may be ... Read More »

Clean And On Time

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Unencumbered flow of uncontaminated cotton into the marketplace continues to be a National Cotton Council priority. What about contamination prevention? ■ The NCC strongly urges producers and gin managers to have their entire harvest and ginning crews watch the updated NCC-produced “Prevention of Plastic Contamination” video. The National Cotton Ginners Association conveyed this message at its three Gin Schools this year. ... Read More »

Advocating For Assistance

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Throughout the year, the National Cotton Council was very persistent in seeking congressional support for much-needed disaster and recovery assistance. How did the NCC push for this? ■ Recognizing the critical need for timely assistance for those who were devastated by Hurricanes Florence, Michael and other natural disasters in 2018 and early 2019, the NCC worked closely with Cotton Belt congressional ... Read More »