2001 News Releases

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December
NCC Past President Jack Hamilton Dead at 71 12/21/2001
Jack S. Hamilton, a Lake Providence, LA, cotton producer and ginner and former president and treasurer of the Memphis-based National National Cotton Council of America, died Sunday, December 16 in Jackson, Miss., following a short illness.
 
Quick Resumption of Farm Bill Deliberations Absolutely Essential, Says NCC Chairman 12/19/2001
NCC members appreciate the efforts of members and leaders of the Senate to fashion new farm legislation but NCC Chairman James E. Echols said in a letter to Senate leaders Thomas A. Daschle (D-SD) and Trent Lott (R-MS) that NCC is discouraged that deliberations have stalled.
 
November
NCC, Other Ag Groups Press for Farm Law Adoption this Year 11/21/2001
The National Cotton Council and a number of other farm and commodity organizations have asked key Senate leadership to provide an important economic stimulus to rural America – by adopting new farm law this year.
 
NCC: WTO Negotiation Goals Workable 11/15/2001
National Cotton Council Chairman James Echols said the U.S. cotton industry was glad the U.S. delegation was successful in launching a new round of World Trade Organization trade negotiations at their meeting in Doha, Quatar.
 
Senate Ag Committee Bill Has Potential to Restore U.S. Cotton Profitability 11/15/2001
The farm bill commodity title passed Thursday by the Senate Agriculture Committee “includes priorities that have the potential to restore U.S. cotton industry profitability,” said National Cotton Council Chairman James E. Echols.
 
Proceeds From Cotton Farming Benefit Auction To Help National Cotton Women's Committee 11/09/2001
Cotton Farming magazine has joined forces with a new partner, and the end result should be an even bigger and better “Funding for the Future” Benefit Auction at January's Beltwide Cotton Conferences in Atlanta, Ga.
 
NCC Conveys Urgency of Farm Law Passage to Secretary Veneman 11/01/2001
National Cotton Council (NCC) Chairman James E. Echols and a small delegation of cotton industry representatives met with Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman to discuss farm legislation development.
 
October
NCC Announces New Legal Affairs Arrangement 10/22/2001
William A. Gillon, who has served as General Counsel and Director of Trade Policy for the National Cotton Council, is joining the legal firm of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada of Jackson, MS, effective Nov. 1.
 
Cotton Industry Continues to Urge Prompt Action on New Farm Legislation; Expresses Concerns about Sen. Lugar’s Farm Bill Proposal 10/18/2001
The National Cotton Council (NCC) has joined with other agriculture organizations in urging the Senate Agriculture Committee to expedite development of a new farm bill and in expressing concern with provisions of the proposal authored by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) that would phase out and ultimately eliminate the marketing loan in five years.
 
CCI Showcasing U.S. Cotton to Global Home Furnishings Retailers 10/10/2001
Cotton Council International (CCI) is seeking to boost American cotton usage by giving overseas home furnishings retailers a look at this nation’s world-class cotton infrastructure
 
House Action Critical for Effective Long-Term Farm Policy 10/05/2001
House passage of the Farm Security Act of 2001 is “an important step to putting effective long-term farm policy in place for the next 10 years,” says National Cotton Council Chairman James E. Echols.
 
NCC: Bollgard Decision Timely; Producer Compliance Encouraged 10/02/2001
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed and finalized an agreement with Monsanto for re-registration of Bollgard.
 
September
Current Uncertainties Do Not Diminish Need for ‘Sound Farm Policy’ 09/27/2001
National Cotton Council Chairman James Echols told the organization’s Board of Directors that current political, economic and national security uncertainties do not diminish the cotton industry’s need for new farm policy that holds promise for restoring economic health to all industry segments.
 
Impact of USDA Farm Policy Book Uncertain 09/21/2001
USDA's farm policy book, "Food and Agricultural Policy,Taking Stock for the New Century," is prompting debate within the agriculture community.
 
USDA Farm Policy Book Consistent With Congressional Farm Bill 09/19/2001
National Cotton Council Chairman James Echols indicated today that the farm policy document developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is a welcome effort by the agency to define the agricultural sector, discuss its place in domestic and world markets and consider U.S. agricultural policy from a strategic standpoint.
 
U.S. Companies To Showcase Quality Textiles in Europe 09/14/2001
Two major U.S. textile firms will join Cotton Council International (CCI) and Cotton Incorporated in exhibiting at Texworld October 2001 in Paris and London.
 
August
'Technology - The Common Thread' Is Theme of 2002 Beltwide Cotton Conferences 08/21/2001
"Technology - The Common Thread" is the theme of the 2002 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Jan. 8-12 at the Marriott Marquis and Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA.
 
NCC: Proper Bale Sampling Procedures a Must 08/17/2001
The National Cotton Council is urging ginners and warehousemen to be diligent in taking proper samples from cotton bales this season.
 
Southeast Cotton Producers to Share Innovations With Mid-South Peers 08/15/2001
Georgia and Alabama cotton producers will host Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri cotton producers Aug. 18-23 as part of the NCC/FMC 2001 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program.
 
2001-2002 Cotton Leadership Class Chosen 08/13/2001
The 2001-02 cotton leadership class has been selected by the NCC's Cotton Leadership Development Committee.
 
Echols Calls For Industry Unity on Farm Bill Needs 08/13/2001
NCC Chairman James Echols reviewed NCC priorities regarding supplemental income and farm bill needs, as practical within current Congressional budget allocations.
 
NCC: Senate Adoption of House Emergency Assistance Bill Imperative 08/03/2001
The NCC implored the Senate to pass H.R. 2213 without amendment and send the bill to the President in order to get emergency agricultural assistance in U.S. farmers’ hands.
 
Senate Commended for Action to Help U.S. Farmers 08/03/2001
NCC Chairman James Echols commended the Senate's passage of a $5.5 billion 2001 Emergency Agricultural Assistance package.
 
U.S. Cotton Joins Other Farm Organizations in Urging Senate Action on Emergency Assistance for Agriculture 08/02/2001
The National Cotton Council joined other farm organizations in urging the Senate to complete work on 2001 emergency assistance legislation for U.S. agriculture, which is facing a severe economic crisis.
 
July
Texas Cotton Producers to Share Innovations With Far West Peers 07/27/2001
Texas cotton producers will host New Mexico, Arizona and California cotton producers August 4-9 as part of the National Cotton Council/FMC 2001 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program.
 
Bale Packaging Materials Specifications Available at NCC’s Web Site 07/26/2001
U.S. cotton industry members will be handling less paper – for two different reasons - in regards to the Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee’s (JCIBPC) 2001 Specifications for Cotton Bale Packaging Materials.
 
NCC Says House Agriculture Committee’s Proposal Provides Good Foundation for Effective Farm Law 07/18/2001
The National Cotton Council told House Agriculture Committee members today that the farm policies outlined in that panel’s concept paper establish a very credible foundation from which to build new farm programs that will contain an effective safety net for farmers and enhance their competitiveness.
 
NCC Outlines Farm Bill Needs to Key Senate Panel 07/17/2001
The NCC described to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry the farm policy concepts that can support cotton farmers while indirectly underpinning U.S. cotton’s processing and handling infrastructure.
 
NCC Says House Panel’s Farm Bill Concept Solid First Step 07/13/2001
The National Cotton Council said a farm bill concept paper offered by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-TX) and ranking member Charlie Stenholm (D-TX) is a good first step and focuses on the right issues for the next farm program.
 
Far West Cotton Producers to Share Innovations With Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas Producers 07/12/2001
Western cotton producers will host Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas cotton producers July 21-27 as part of the National Cotton Council/FMC Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program.
 
NCC Unveils Enhanced Web Site 07/12/2001
To better serve its members, the NCC has given its web site a much-needed overhaul. In addition to the new look, the sites offers some new features as well.
 
June
U.S. Cotton Needs Viable Government Partnership to Meet Stiff International Trade Competition 06/28/2001
For the U.S. cotton industry to meet some of the stiffest competition it has ever faced, it needs a U.S. government partnership for help in securing markets against sometimes unfair international competitors, NCC International Trade Policy Committee Chairman Robert Weil, II told the House Subcommittee on Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture Programs.
 
Mid-South Cotton Producers to Share Innovations With Southeastern Peers 06/22/2001
Mid-South cotton producers will host Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia cotton producers July 7-12 as part of the National Cotton Council/FMC Producer Information Exchange Program.
 
NCC: U.S. Textiles Crisis Threatening Nation’s Cotton Infrastructure 06/21/2001
A National Cotton Council of America analysis shows that the entire U.S. cotton infrastructure is being undermined because of the U.S. textile industry’s economic crisis.
 
NCC Will Continue to Seek Improvement in Agriculture Relief Package 06/20/2001
NCC will work to improve a $5.5 billion agriculture relief package that passed the House Agriculture Committee by a 31-14 vote.
 
Cotton Industry Export Promotion Effort Bolstered by Cotton Foundation Grant 06/15/2001
Cotton Industry’s Export Promotion Effort Bolstered by Cotton Foundation Grant from Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Company
 
May
NCC Chairman Echols Says Continued Government Assistance Necessary 05/24/2001
NCC Chairman James Echols told the NCC’s directors today that he senses that, unlike 1995, Congress recognizes that a viable U.S. agriculture is contingent upon continued government assistance.
 
2001 PIE Program Tour Dates Set 05/18/2001
2001 NCC/FMC Producer Information Exchange Program Tours Set for July and August
 
Grow Smart Scholarships Available 05/04/2001
The NCC is encouraging graduating high school seniors who are sons and daughters of U.S. cotton producers to apply for three new college "Grow Smart" scholarships
 
Cotton Grower Millennium Grant 05/01/2001
The Cotton Grower Millennium Grant for the 2002 academic year is now open to any college student (not just juniors) pursuing a career in cotton.
 
April
NCC: Trade Policy Should Keep U.S. Cotton Competitive Worldwide 04/25/2001
National Cotton Council President James Echols told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry that the U.S. cotton industry was dealing with the dual pressures of stiff international competition and a strong dollar and urged them not to abandon effective U.S. export programs.
 
National Cotton Women’s Committee Asking Consumers To Shop for U.S. Cotton Clothing, Home Furnishings 04/03/2001
With cotton prices at their lowest in years, cotton producers’ wives are escalating an NCC campaign that reminds consumers of cotton’s role in their everyday lives and urges them to shop for U.S.-made cotton products.
 
March
House Ag Committee Letter Supports Additional Funding 03/16/2001
Points made to Budget Committee about needs for current-year as well as long-term policy needs.
 
USDA Announces Start of Crop Disaster Payments 03/16/2001
More than $1.1 billion will be distributed.
 
Bayer Grant Will Support Journal of Cotton Science 03/06/2001
The NCC announced that its on-line <i>Journal of Cotton Science</i> (JCS) has garnered timely support through a grant of $50,000 to The Cotton Foundation from Bayer Corporation.
 
NC State Student Tapped For Millennium Scholarship 03/02/2001
Meghan Lynn Hedgepeth, a junior agriculture business management major at North Carolina State University, received the 2001 Cotton Grower Millennium Grant.
 
February
Efforts to Secure Immediate Assistance Reviewed in Texas Meetings 02/23/2001
In media briefing and in presentations at Farmers Cooperative Compress and Plains Cotton Cooperative Assn. in Lubbock, National Cotton Council (NCC) staff and officers of Plains Cotton Growers Assn. (PCGA) reviewed industry efforts in Congress to bring immediate financial assistance to growers while addressing long-term farm policy issues
 
Cottonseed Assistance Payment Estimated at $15.53 Per Ton 02/16/2001
With ginning season nearing completion, USDA will soon begin implementing ‘00-01 cottonseed assistance program. Given $100 million allocation for program, payment would be approximately $5.89 per bale of lint ($15.53 per ton of cottonseed) based on latest USDA estimates of cotton and cottonseed production.
 
NCC: Farm Programs Must Provide Income Support 02/15/2001
The National Cotton Council outlined farm policy concepts it could support but urged Congress to continue cotton’s three step competitiveness provisions and the marketing loan program, including the issuance of marketing certificates.
 
Sleepwear Standards Reduce Consumer Confusion, Enhance Safety 02/01/2001
As National Burn Awareness Week kicks off Feb. 4-10, the National Cotton Council (NCC) reiterated its support of the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Children’s Sleepwear Flammability Standards.
 
January
Alabama Cotton Producer Jimmy Sanford is Recipient of Cotton Service Award 01/31/2001
Jimmy Sanford, a Prattville, AL, cotton producer and dedicated industry leader, was honored here today as the recipient of the 2001 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award for Cotton
 
Gaylon Booker Named NCC President, CEO 01/31/2001
The National Cotton Council Board of Directors elected Gaylon B. Booker President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. cotton industry’s central organization
 
National Cotton Council 2001 State Unit Officers Named 01/31/2001
National Cotton Council 2001 State Unit Officers elected at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting.
 
National Cotton Council Names 2001 Directors 01/31/2001
National Cotton Council directors for 2001 were announced at the industrywide organization’s 62nd annual meeting
 
NCC Delegates Focus on Farm Program Specifics 01/31/2001
National Cotton Council President Robert McLendon said that NCC delegates’ consensus on specific farm program provisions will boost the organization’s quest of restoring U.S. cotton industry profitability
 
Roger Malkin Honored As Recipient of Cotton Industry Achievement Award 01/31/2001
The late Roger Malkin, a pioneering Mississippi agribusinessman who served as long-time chairman and CEO of Delta and Pine Land Co., is the recipient of the 2001 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized at the NCC's 2001 annual meeting.
 
Tennessee Merchant Named NCC Chairman For 2001 01/31/2001
James E. Echols, a merchant from Cordova, TN, will lead the National Cotton Council of America in 2001. He was elected at the industrywide organization's annual meeting in San Diego.
 
Exports are Key to Economic Health of 2001 U.S. Cotton Crop Year 01/29/2001
NCC economists said the big variable for the 2001 U.S. cotton crop year is exports, specifically whether or not the Chinese will import raw cotton and how much. In their annual outlook for delegates attending the NCC’s annual meeting, the economists projected the 2001 U.S. crop would be 18.5 million bales, U.S. mills would use 9.8 million bales and exports possibly reaching 8.5 million bales.
 
Hollis Isbell Re-elected Chairman of American Cotton Producers 01/29/2001
Hollis O. Isbell, a producer from Muscle Shoals, AL, was re-elected chairman of the American Cotton Producers of the National Cotton Council for 2001 during the NCC’s 62nd meeting.
 
Lon Mann Honored as Top Ginner by NCGA 01/29/2001
Lon Mann, partner in McClendon Mann & Felton Gin Company in Marianna, AR, and a past president of the National Cotton Council of America, is the recipient of the 2000 Horace Hayden Cotton Ginner of the Year Award. Dr. Andrew G. Jordan, director of Technical Services for the NCC and Executive Director of the Cotton Foundation, received the 2000 Distinguished Service Award.
 
Burnett Leaving National Cotton Council CEO Post 01/28/2001
Phil Burnett Leaving National Cotton Council CEO Post to work for The Seam
 
NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 15.9 Million Acres of Upland and ELS Cotton in 2001 01/28/2001
Despite flat Upland cotton prices, waning farm program benefits and rising fertilizer/energy costs, U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 15.9 million acres of cotton this spring, up 2.3 percent from 2000, according to the National Cotton Council’s 18th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
 
Texas Cooperative Official Named As CCI President For 2001 01/28/2001
Hans G. Kretschmer, a cooperative official from El Paso, TX, was elected president of Cotton Council International (CCI) for 2001. He was named during CCI’s board meeting which convened January 28 at the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) annual meeting.
 
Delegates Will Be Asked to Provide Vision at 2001 National Cotton Council Annual Meeting 01/22/2001
Delegates Will Be Asked to Provide Vision at 2001 NCC Annual Meeting 2001, Jan. 28-31 in San Diego. "Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Challenge" is the meeting theme.
 
Texas Research Geneticist Receives 2000 Cotton Genetics Research Award 01/12/2001
Dr. Norma Trolinder, a pioneering cotton research geneticist in West Texas, is the recipient of the 2000 Cotton Genetics Research Award
 
University of Arkansas Scientist Receives 2001 Cotton Physiology Award 01/12/2001
Dr. Derrick M. Oosterhuis, a Distinguished Professor in the University of Arkansas’ Crop Soil and Environmental Science Department, is the recipient of the 2001 Outstanding Research Award in Cotton Physiology.
 
2001 High Cotton Winners True Stewards Of The Environment 01/11/2001
In their own ways, the four winners of the 2001 High Cotton awards are survivors - if not of a difficult economy then 2000's unusual weather conditions. But, all that adversity hasn't stopped these four cotton producers from being true stewards of the environment.
 
Alabama’s Charles Burmester named Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year 01/11/2001
Charles Burmester, Extension agronomist-cotton, Department of Agronomy and Soils, Auburn University, has been recognized by his peers from across the Cotton Belt as 2001 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year. The award was presented at the Extension Cotton Specialists’ annual banquet January 10 during the Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
 
Aventis Offers Scholarship Money To Grow Young Minds 01/11/2001
The National Cotton Council announced the creation of three scholarships aimed at assisting college-bound children of American cotton industry members. The "Grown and Made in the U.S.A. Grow Smart" scholarships are funded by Aventis CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation.
 
Joan Vass U.S.A. Is Recipient of U.S. Cotton Champion Award for 2001 01/11/2001
New York City-based Joan Vass U.S.A. is the recipient of the U.S. Cotton Champion Award for 2001.
 
NCC Working to Improve Cotton Yield/Quality; Shape Future Farm Policy 01/10/2001
National Cotton Council President Robert McLendon told 2001 Beltwide Cotton Production Conference attendees here today that the NCC is devoting considerable resources to technology advances, including efforts to improve cotton yield and quality.
 
NCC’s Upgraded Risk Management Network Now Ready For Use 01/10/2001
The National Cotton Council's Cotton Risk Management Network (CRMN) II is available. CRMN is an Internet-based tool aimed at helping industry members with their risk management.