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NCC: Bring Cotton Back Into Title I Commodity Policy 07/25/2017: The NCC believes it is imperative that cotton be included in the next farm bill’s Title I programs so cotton producers can access the same complement of risk management tools available to other crops. Learn more Southwest Cotton Producers to Learn from Georgia Operations 07/24/2017: Eleven cotton producers from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas will see cotton operations in Georgia on July 30-August 4 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2017 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program. Learn more NCC Encouraged by Appropriations Process’ Inclusion of Cottonseed Policy 07/20/2017: The FY18 Agriculture Appropriations bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 20 includes a number of key provisions from the industry’s cottonseed proposal to help provide economic relief to cotton producers until a new farm bill is in place. Learn more Congress Calls on Administration for Economic Assistance for Cotton Producers 07/18/2017: A large, bipartisan block of 135 Senators and Representatives sent letters to President Trump today strongly urging the Administration’s support, through USDA, to operate the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program effective for the 2016 crop year and on an ongoing basis. Learn more Mid-South Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture 07/10/2017: Twelve cotton producers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of July 17 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2017 Producer Information Exchange Program. Learn more

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Cotton Facts

A bale of cotton weighs about
500 pounds
The U.S. cotton industry generates about
200,000 Jobs
The amount of cotton used to print $1 bills per year is typically
4,356,000 lbs.

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Kent Fountain

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A 2001-2002 NCC Leadership Class member, Kent is now a NCC vice president and chair of its Quality Task Force and serves on multiple NCC committees among them the Farm Policy Task Force and Cottonseed Program Task Force. He is a Cotton Council International director and a former president (2011) of the National Cotton Ginners’ Association of which he has served on and chaired numerous committees. He also is a past president of Southeastern Ginners Association.
The Georgia native earned degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Economics at the University of Georgia. In 1995, he began with Southeastern Gin, Inc. and in 2004 built a peanut buying point, and the firm became Southeastern Gin and Peanut, Inc. The company since has acquired Altamaha Oil in Baxley, and Kent is president/CEO of both companies.
Kent married to Missi Brinkman Fountain. They have two sons and attend Jesup First United Methodist Church where Kent serves on the Board of Trustees.

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