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COVID-19 trips up textile sales, effects ripple into cotton market

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• By Mary Hightower • Rice prices continued to grow slowly, while the shadow of COVID-19 continued to loom darkly over the world’s cotton industry, according to a report Monday by agricultural economists with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The report, published online at https://bit.ly/AR-Ag-Eco-Impacts2020, was produced by Scott Stiles, Extension economist; Brad Watkins, professor; Bob Stark, ... Read More »

Pursuing Zero Tolerance

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO The National Cotton Council continues to press for lint contamination prevention, with the understanding that it is imperative for our industry to maintain its global reputation as a quality fiber supplier. What are primary contamination sources? Old and new contamination sources challenge zero tolerance efforts. We’ve learned the hard way how wind can carry litter, ... 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 »