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Laying Down the Law

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How have U.S. cotton’s priorities been conveyed? ■ At a recent USDA listening session, the NCC shared the industry’s needs for implementation of 2018 farm law programs administered by the Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service. NCC staff’s input included acknowledging the timely guidance that FSA and RMA issued regarding producer options for STAX or ... Read More »

Cotton And Tariffs Create Trade Tensions Between U.S. And China

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• By Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University • Continued trade tension between the United States and China is affecting the global cotton and textile sectors. “Back and forth on tariff discussions is problematic, and it results in the slowdown of global cotton demand,” says Dr. Gary Adams, president and CEO of Memphis, Tennessee-based National Cotton Council. On Jan. 16, Adams spoke ... Read More »

Securing Stability

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How does the bill benefit the industry overall? ■ The continued safety net is especially crucial as much of the Cotton Belt faced devastating natural disasters during 2018, compounding producers’ financial strains from retaliatory trade tariffs on U.S. cotton. The bill includes many of our industry’s policy priorities — continuation of the Seed Cotton ARC/PLC program, full access to the ... Read More »

Don’t Miss Significant Signups

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What’s the most pressing deadline? ■ Seed cotton became eligible for Title I Agriculture Risk Coverage/Price Loss Coverage beginning with the 2018 crop. Dec. 7 is the deadline for landowners and producers on farms with generic base acres to make the necessary decisions for this crop year. The following actions are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Seed Cotton ... Read More »

Congress Returns To Farm Bill And Other Agricultural Topics

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• By Kevin Hecteman • With one house of Congress set to flip to Democratic control next year, agricultural advocates focused on a post-election, “lame-duck” session as an opportunity to resolve lingering issues including farm policy and budget appropriations. Josh Rolph, federal policy manager for the California Farm Bureau Federation, says Congress needs to work immediately on appropriations bills. A current ... Read More »

Industry News For November 2018

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Americot Expands Sales, Marketing Team To Support Regional Growth Americot Inc. has added three new sales and marketing team members to its family: Lucy Carmichael, Daniel Nix and Dusty Parker. “Continued growth in West Texas, as well as expansion into new areas, necessitates that we add additional resources to support our customers in the region,” says Chiree Fields, Americot general ... Read More »

Meet Cotton Board Chairman Peter McGrath

Peter McGrath, Cotton Board Chairman

• By Stacey Gorman, The Cotton Board Director of Communications • The Cotton Board is governed by its membership, which consists of both cotton producers and cotton importers. The importers represent various major U.S. brands and retailers – significant downstream users of cotton. The producers represent their respective states in the U.S. Cotton Belt. Together, these segments of the Board offer ... Read More »