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Attention To Detail

gary adams, ncc

The National Cotton Council prepared a document that provides significant clarity regarding the new Seed Cotton Program that was contained in recently enacted legislation. What’s the major policy change? • As noted in the March column, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 makes “seed cotton” (upland lint and cottonseed combined) eligible for the Agriculture Risk Coverage/Price Loss Coverage (ARC/PLC) policies ... Read More »

A Seat At The Table

carroll smith

Although you may not embrace her politics, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) penned an interesting quote when she said, “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.” Many people in the cotton industry may have felt they were being gobbled up like the main course Read More »

New Year Cotton Policy Update

It is vital that generic base (former/previous cotton base) now or in the new Farm Bill be converted into something of value for the cotton grower.’ Under the 2014 Farm Bill (2014-2018 crop years), cotton is not a “covered commodity” and thus not eligible for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. Here are several changes made to cotton in ... Read More »

Disastrous Wildfires Show Need For Improved Policies

Commentary California Farm Bureau advocates for an end to ‘fire borrowing’ and takes other actions to reform forestry practices By Erin Huston California Farm Bureau Federation As dozens of wildfires burn across California and other Western states, the pressure ratchets up on Congress to take long-awaited action to reform federal policy on forestry and wildfire prevention. In mid-September, two members of ... Read More »

Future Improvements Build On Past Successes

gary adams, ncc

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 »