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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 »

Respondents React To Election Results

The November elections have come and gone; a president has been chosen; and the roster on Capitol Hill is in place. Cotton producers now have to assess the political environment in Washington, D.C., to try to determine what effect it will have on cotton. Ninety-two percent of the respondents in the November Web Poll expect to see some type of ... Read More »

UC-Davis Scientist Awarded Special Grant

New grants totaling $8.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for Internat-ional Development and industry partners are helping University of California-Davis plant scientist Eduardo Blumwald reach out to feed and fuel the world. With his laboratory colleagues, Blumwald uses genetic engineering to improve the drought tolerance and efficiency of switchgrass, a native North American grass valued for ... Read More »

AFBF Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has ruled that the American Farm Bureau Federation has a right to join in a lawsuit over the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate poultry and livestock farms under the Clean Water Act. In July, AFBF asked for permission to join on the side of West ... Read More »

Ag Secretary Wants Support For Farm Exports

By Rob Hotokainen McClatchy Newspapers Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that U.S. farm exports are on pace to set a record high in 2013 but that sales will suffer if Congress does not resurrect a $200 million-a-year foreign marketing program that expired on Oct. 1. “We now are no longer in the business of being able to promote trade,” he ... Read More »

Industry News

NCC Launches Program To Help Identify Industry’s Emerging Leaders The National Cotton Council has launched the Emerging Leaders Program, an effort aimed at ensuring the U.S. cotton industry benefits from a continuity of sound leadership. The project, sponsored by a grant to The Cotton Foundation from Mon-santo, not only will provide participants with an in-depth look at the U.S. cotton ... Read More »

Gins Doing Excellent Job Of Controlling Dust

Back in January of this year, I discussed cyclone repair and maintenance in order to minimize particulate emissions from cotton gins. This month I want to talk about the particulate that comes out of the gin cyclone exhausts that state and Federal regulators are interested in counting. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long listed atmospheric levels of particulate (some ... Read More »