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2018 Farm Law Implementation Webinars
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Producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) beginning September 11.
USDA Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs
This site contains a NCC-prepared summary of the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program.
2019-20 Seed Cotton Program Information
Estimating the 2019-20 Seed Cotton Marketing Year Average Price; 2019-20 Seed Cotton PLC Payment Matrix
Committee for the Advancement of Cotton
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Latest NewsFashion And Textiles Industry Keen To Go Green Despite COVID-19 Pandemic 10/13/2020: New research from the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol and the Economist Intelligence Unit reveals the extent of the global fashion industry's commitment to sustainability, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with sustainability ranked as the second most important strategic objective for businesses in the sector. Learn more USDA October Production Report 10/09/2020: In its October crop report, USDA estimated a 2020-21 U.S. crop of 17.05 million bales. Learn more Second-Annual World Cotton Day Offers Virtual Events Across the Globe 10/07/2020: Global celebration, with virtual sessions and social sharing, recognizes cotton’s contributions. Learn more Virtual Format Set For 2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences 09/29/2020: The NCC will conduct the 2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC) virtually on January 5-7 (Tuesday-Thursday) due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19’s spread. Learn more U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Launches Nationwide Grower Recruitment Campaign 09/23/2020: Program Helps Growers Showcase Data-driven, Measurable, and Verified Sustainability Practices Learn more
Upcoming EventsPCCA Board of Directors Meeting Nov 18 Lubbock, TX Learn more Cotton Board & Cotton Incorporated Joint Board Meeting Dec 8 Don Cesar, St. Pete Beach, FL Learn more PCCA Board, Delegate Body & Marketing Pool Committee Meetings Dec 16 Lubbock, TX Learn more 2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences Jan 5 Virtual Live-Stream Conference Learn more Plains Cotton Growers Quarterly Board Meeting Jan 13 FiberMax Center for Discover, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock, TX 79403 Learn more Southern Southeastern Annual Meeting Jan 13 Westin Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head, South Carolina Learn more
Ricky Clarke, a Memphis cotton merchant, serves as Cotton Council International president for in 2020. As vice president/senior merchant for Cargill Cotton, Business Unit of Cargill, Inc., his current merchandising responsibilities include sales to several Asian markets. Raised in Greenwood, Miss., Clarke graduated from Mississippi State University in 1980 and earned an MBA from Memphis State University in 1987. He started with Cargill’s Cotton Business Unit (Hohenberg Bros. Co.) in 1980 and has worked for Cargill Cotton in various merchandising capacities including: 1) managing the Phoenix office, 2) merchandising all of the major U.S. growth regions and 3) working a stint with Cargill Cotton’s Liverpool office. Active in the NCC, Clarke also is a director of the American Cotton Shippers Association. He is married to Terri Clarke and has four children.