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Cotton’s Agenda

From The Ground Up

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO The Policy Education Program (PEP) is now in its 15th year of giving U.S. cotton producers the opportunity to learn more about the National Cotton Council. How is the PEP carried out? The NCC’s Member Services plays a strong role in identifying and selecting cotton producers who have demonstrated a desire to become more active ... Read More »

Striving To Improve

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO For a quarter of a century, the National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program has provided its U.S. cotton producer participants a unique way to benefit from new technology and innovative farming methods. How is the P.I.E. program carried out? The NCC’s Member Services staff, in conjunction with cotton producer interest organizations, conducts the ... Read More »

Rising To The Challenge

BY MARK LANGE NCC PRESIDENT/CEO While new challenges undoubtedly will arise in 2013, there are several ongoing issues threatening U.S. cotton’s viability that also will require considerable attention from the National Cotton Council. What about farm bill passage? Last year we were active participants in a coalition of U.S. agricultural organizations to raise awareness of Congress’ need to pass a ... Read More »

Ensuring Export Enhancement

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO Because U.S. cotton has become such a highly export-dependent industry, the Sourcing USA Summit’s importance has grown significantly since its initiation more than a decade ago. What is the Summit’s purpose? Since 1999, Cotton Council International, the National Cotton Council’s export promotion arm, together with Cotton Incorporated and U.S. cotton industry leaders, has hosted the ... Read More »

Ensuring Voice And Vision

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO The National Cotton Council continues its reliance on strong industry leaders to help it manage industry issues, including ensuring that cotton’s interests are considered in our nation’s capital. How is the National Cotton Council ensuring leadership continuity? Over the past three decades, agribusiness firms’ grants to The Cotton Foundation have enabled the NCC to conduct ... Read More »

An Intelligent Investment

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO A key National Cotton Council priority is coordination of the annual Beltwide Cotton Conferences, which foster research and facilitate technology transfer to U.S. cotton producers with the aim of helping them increase their overall efficiency and profitability. Where is the 2013 Beltwide? The 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences are set for Jan. 7-10 at the Marriott ... Read More »

Striving For Zero Tolerance

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO The National Cotton Council is urging producers, ginners, warehousers and their employees to be proactive in preventing lint contamination this harvest season. Why the heightened concern? The most recent International Textile Manufacturers Federation survey of worldwide cotton contamination found more contamination in 2011 compared with the last survey year of 2009. Some U.S. spinners say ... Read More »