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The Farm Bill: Hurry Up And Wait

Jimmy Webb

Well, it’s time for another Farm Bill to make its way through Congress. It sure would be nice to get it out early so we can see what we’ve got to work with. Georgia producers didn’t want to change what we had because of the way generic base worked with peanuts. We were fortunate as we had a transition payment, ... Read More »

Tackling Cotton’s Priorities

gary adams, ncc

The National Cotton Council identified multiple priorities it must address to continue effectively representing the U.S. cotton industry on legislative and regulatory issues. What are some key priorities? • A major concern is ensuring an effective safety net for cotton producers is contained in the next farm law. As this column was being submitted, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of ... Read More »

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 »

Seeking Economic Stability

gary adams, ncc

Restoring economic stability for the U.S. cotton industry, which includes remaining active in the trade and regulatory arenas, continues to dominate the National Cotton Council’s agenda. What about recent policy changes? • We were very pleased with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s recent announcement that USDA will provide a Cotton Ginning Cost Share (CGCS) program that offsets a portion of a ... 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 »