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Cotton’s Agenda

Overcoming Obstacles

gary adams, ncc

As implementation of the 2014 farm law continues, the National Cotton Council (NCC) reminds industry members of the obstacles that were overcome in order to maintain effective risk management tools in that law. What was the initial obstacle? Even before the Agricultural Act of 2014 was being developed, cotton was the only commodity facing the consequences of an adverse ruling ... Read More »

Successful Self-Investment

Cotton trade

U.S. cotton has weathered several storms but also capitalized on many opportunities, and fortunately the industry is prepared to meet the challenges presented by future business climates. Are you optimistic about the cotton industry’s long-term future? The U.S. cotton industry has and will continue to benefit from an extraordinary self-investment. That investment includes the National Cotton Council of America, U.S. ... Read More »

Strengthening Partnerships

Cotton Council International (CCI), the National Cotton Council’s export promotions arm, conducts numerous successful cotton demand-building events and activities, including the Sourcing USA Summit. What is the Summit’s purpose? The biennial event provides first-class networking opportunities that result in promoting cotton and COTTON USA and increasing U.S. cotton sales. In the Summit business forums, internationally recognized speakers tackle topics affecting ... Read More »

Devil’s in the Details

From November 10 to December 10, the National Cotton Council has been conducting workshops to help cotton producers and others get a better grasp on the provisions of The Agricultural Act of 2014. How does STAX fit with a producer’s existing insurance policy? The Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) is available in 2015 for upland cotton. At the producer’s choice, ... Read More »

Decision Time

Mark Lange

The Agricultural Act of 2014 is a farm law that features a greater reliance on crop insurance programs, and cotton producers need to understand their options before making program choices for 2015 crops. Are there any decision-making resources? USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is updating a “Crop Insurance Decision Tool” that will illustrate the insurance choices available to cotton in ... Read More »

Build A Brand

Mark Lange

For 25 years now, more than 50,000 product lines and 3 billion products have proudly carried the name COTTON USA – a worldwide registered trademark signifying quality products manufactured with high U.S. cotton content. That has translated into about 100 million bales of cotton. CCI recently revitalized that flagship brand to emphasize purity, quality and responsibility. I Read More »

Taking The Lead

Mark Lange

Australian and U.S. cotton producers annually devote $20 million and $50 million, respectively, to agricultural research. This investment: 1) enables them to achieve continual and substantial environmental improvements; 2) eliminates the alternative of farm level certification programs; and 3) extends the research activity beyond the farm gate to all sectors associated with the manufacture of cotton yarns, textiles and apparel. Read More »