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Market Mitigation

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The National Cotton Council continues to engage with the Administration regarding U.S.-China trade relations, which have had significant effects on the cotton market since mid-2018. How has the dispute affected prices, exports? ■ Cotton prices are about 33% lower since the imposition of the 25% retaliatory tariff on U.S. cotton in the U.S.-China trade dispute. In mid-2018, producers had the ... Read More »

Weaker global demand reinforces need to create new opportunities

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• By Seshadri Ramkumar • Finding new markets and applications is vital for the global cotton sector. With the commencement of harvest in the High Plains of Texas, stakeholders of this important sector gathered Oct. 18 at the Lubbock, Texas-based Plains Cotton Growers Inc. The yield may not be a bumper as expected due to the hot July and August ... Read More »

Market Maintenance A Must

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U.S. cotton sales to China are substantially below what was expected in the absence of tariffs. What does this USDA package provide? ■ Producers of cotton and many other crops can sign up for the latest MFP at Farm Service Agency offices through Dec. 6. FSA made the first tranche of payments in August. Two other payment tranches may be ... 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 »

Confronting The Challenges

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What are some major challenges? ■ In late January, the federal government was still shutdown and holding up such U.S. Department of Agriculture functions as direct and guaranteed loans for producers, marketing loans for cotton and other commodities, and sign-up for the Market Facilitation Program. The shutdown also halted the release of weekly cotton sales/shipments data and cotton prices as ... 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 »

Always Stand In Against The Curve

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In 1983, Mississippi author Willie Morris published a collection of short stories titled “Always Stand In Against the Curve.” The content primarily focused on small-town baseball and football and the coming of age years for a Southern teenage boy. Being an avid Morris fan, I bought a copy and asked him to sign it to my son, Matt, who was ... Read More »