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Alabama Cotton Scouting School goes digital July 24

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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System Cotton Scouting School is iconic. For 60 years, Extension scientists taught the Scouting School in person and hands-on. But the 61st Cotton Scouting School is going digital — pushed to an online version because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The short course will be July 24 from 8 a.m. to noon EDT. via Zoom. Growers, consultants, ... Read More »

COVID-19 Crisis Management II

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The NCC urged additional CARES Act funding be authorized for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. What recent steps has the NCC taken? ■ One of the more important actions in the past two months was NCC’s coordination with Congressional allies to include important agricultural, small business and tax relief measures in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security ... Read More »

Ginning In The Age Of COVID-19

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As I write this, the coronavirus numbers are just as confusing as they were when this whole thing started. No one knows exactly what is going on and how this odd disease seems to work and/or affect individuals. What we do know is that few people have any natural or acquired immunity. We also know it can affect different people ... Read More »

Coronavirus relief funds now available to cotton farmers

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Cotton growers who have been financially affected by the global drop in demand and market prices are now eligible for relief funding through the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released additional details regarding the program, through which payments are now available for a number of non-specialty crops, including upland ... Read More »

No Islands In The Cotton Belt

In late 2018, I was in Lamesa, Texas, visiting my friend, and Cotton Board member, Matt Farmer, during cotton harvest. A film crew accompanied me because we were capturing some footage of Matt, his operation and his family, to create a video for our Forever Cotton campaign. During my visit, Matt threw out these great little sayings and nuggets of ... Read More »

COVID-19 and recession cut cotton demand

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Cotton producers face an uncertain market future as demand for cotton and cotton products, like apparel, tumbled due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and economic recession, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension cotton marketing specialist, College Station, said cotton and the industries that touch it are sliding alongside the economy. Retail apparel sales numbers ... Read More »

World cotton demand plummets due to COVID-19 pandemic

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The rapid spread of COVID-19 has severely impacted the global cotton supply chain. An unexpected reduction in cotton mill use data is observed across all of the major cotton spinning countries, including China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey and Vietnam. Cotton spinning in China fell by upwards of 90% during the height of the pandemic in that country in early March. ... Read More »