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Cotton’s Agenda

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 »

The Right Plan

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO The National Cotton Council is reminding farm and gin owners/operators to determine if they must implement a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan. Why is compliance necessary? EPA says the SPCC rule is to help farms and facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines as well as control a ... Read More »

Promoting The Positives

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO The National Cotton Council’s export promotions arm, Cotton Council International (CCI), is capitalizing on more than 55 years of experience in creating, building and filling the global demand for U.S. cotton fiber and products. What is CCI’s mission? CCI strives to increase exports of U.S. cotton, cottonseed and manufactured cotton products. From the initial mill ... Read More »