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Advocating Farm Friendly Tax Reform

Congressional leaders hope by Christmas to wrap a bow around the first comprehensive tax reform in 30 years — a measure on which the National Cotton Council has actively conveyed its priorities. What input has the NCC provided? Among recent actions, the NCC joined other agricultural organizations on letters to Congressional leadership conveying support for tax reform provisions involving: 1) ... Read More »

A Time For Reflection

As the season comes to a close or at least slows down a bit, those of us in the agricultural world typically take time to reflect on the past year’s events in preparation for the upcoming one. In many respects, 2017 was an emotional roller coaster for cotton. In the Specialists Speaking section, our experts addressed what went right, what ... Read More »

Succession Planning

An Experienced Attorney With Knowledge Of Agricultural Scenarios Can Help The Transition Process Go Smoothly By Terry Greenberg “Succession means many things and may include transitioning ownership of property after the owner’s death or during the farmer’s lifetime, should the owner decide to quit farming,” says John Shanklin, of the McCleskey Law Firm in Lubbock, Texas, which is surrounded by the ... Read More »

Low Cottonseed Prices Bring New Challenges

As the 2017 harvest and ginning season proceeds, many cotton producers and ginners are facing a difficult business climate. What is the overall economic situation? Almost 100 percent of U.S. cotton production is exported as either raw fiber or textiles. As such, our industry is heavily influenced by various global market factors, among them: 1) India’s increased cotton production and ... Read More »

Keep Optimism In The Forefront For 2018

The 2017 cotton season was bittersweet, considering the havoc wreaked on some areas by extreme weather and the bountiful harvest in others where conditions were favorable. Good or bad, the end results are almost in the rearview mirror. Now it’s time to start planning for next year. Oklahoma native Will Rogers once said, “The farmer has to be an optimist ... Read More »

Elevating Efficiency In 2018

The Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC), set for Jan. 3-5 at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, will provide insight into current research and emerging technology to help attendees improve production, processing and marketing efficiency. The BWCC, coordinated by the National Cotton Council (NCC), brings together university and U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers, Extension personnel/agents, consultants and industry sales/support personnel. ... Read More »

Alabama Short Course Adds Cotton Topics

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is working with Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences to bring Alabama farmers the Row Crops Short Course. It will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center in Auburn, Alabama, Dec. 12-13. The general session begins each morning at 8:30. More Crops On The Roster Previously, Alabama Extension ... Read More »