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Farm Bill Frustration

Across the Belt, many farmers are frustrated by Congress’s dilly-dallying over the Farm Bill or resigned to a “no sense of urgency” attitude when it comes to the viability of our nation’s producers. Following is a sampling of what our readers who participated in the Web Poll had to say on this subject: • “Congress doesn’t seem to feel farmers ... Read More »

Navigating The Regulatory Maze

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO The National Cotton Council remains fully engaged in ever evolving regulations that can challenge producers’ ability to compete in the world marketplace. What about environmental issues? The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the pit bull of environmental laws. It has no provisions for cost-benefit analyses and provides the authority to protect listed species at any ... Read More »

Robert Royal : SCGA’s President Wants Cotton Stability

EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert Royal is a farmer-ginner in Midnight, Miss., and is currently serving as president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. In this in-depth interview with Cotton Farming magazine, he discusses a wide range of issues confronting the Mid-South ginning industry as well as the entire Cotton Belt. Can cotton achieve some kind of stability in the next few ... Read More »

Sen. Stabenow – Delta’s New Friend

By Tommy Horton Editor Is it really possible for a Democratic senator from Michigan to visit the Mississippi Delta and find common ground with Southern farmers? If you had told me three years ago that this could happen, I wouldn’t have believed it. But recently I saw how bipartisanship and mutual interests can carry the day when it comes to ... Read More »

NCC Praises Ag Committees

The National Cotton Council congratulated the Senate and House Agriculture Commit-tees for their efforts in moving new Farm Bill legislation through their respective committees. The NCC will encourage Cotton Belt Representatives to support their agriculture committee’s work and oppose damaging amendments when the legislation is considered by the full House likely in June. The House Agriculture Committee’s bill, which was ... Read More »