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China: A Bear Market Looming For 2015?

BY GARY RAINES COMMODITY NETWORK CHIEF ECONOMIST, FIBERS AND TEXTILES INTL FCStone Inc. With cotton production increasingly concentrated in one province, Xin-jiang, and a generous subsidy now in place for pro- ducers of the fiber located there, the Chinese government finally has announced the long awaited subsidy program for the eastern cotton-producing provinces. The country’s National Development and Reform Commission ... Read More »

China, U.S. Cotton – A Special Relationship

By Tommy Horton Editor No matter what challenges might exist between the U.S. cotton industry and China, one fact remains clear. Each side needs the other in this crucial economic relationship. That was made obvious last month when textile mill executives from China and Hong Kong participated in a week-long tour of the U.S. Cotton Belt. Represented in the group ... Read More »

China’s Textile Industry Requires Quality Cotton

By Xi Jin Manager of International Cooperation China National Cotton Information Center Beijing, China Surviving Global Competition Chinese textile mills are losing their competitiveness. Soaring costs of production permeate China’s economy. Moreover, as costs have risen for labor, energy and raw materials, environment protection rules and the RMB currency exchange rate have further aggravated the situation. For Chinese textile mills, ... Read More »

Gin Schools Renew Efforts To Prevent Contamination

The 2013 Cotton Ginner Schools offered a wealth of information – from maintenance to safety – to increase ginners’ proficiency and provide gin managers/owners updates on the latest ginning technology and industry issues. In addition, certified ginners were able to obtain continuing education credits. Attendance was again strong: Southwest School (123), the Western School (43) and the Stoneville School (85). ... Read More »