2006 News Releases

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November
U.S., Chinese Cotton Industries Pledge Cooperation 11/13/2006
The NCC and the China Cotton Association signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” on Nov. 13 in Memphis promising cooperation between the countries’ cotton industries.
 
October
Multi-Commodity Exchange Is A Win-Win 10/27/2006
The launch of the NCC's Multi-Commodity Education Program Oct. 23-27 was deemed a major success by the participants and hosts.
 
2006-07 Cotton Leadership Class Completes First Session 10/02/2006
The NCC's 2006-07 cotton leadership class completed its first of five week-long development sessions September 25-29 in the Mid-South.
 
September
NCC Urges Disaster Assistance for Cotton Producers 09/13/2006
The NCC is urging Congress and the Administration to address the cotton production losses of 2005 and 2006.
 
NCC Response to 2006 Crop Storage, Handling and Ginning Regulations 09/01/2006
NCC Chairman Allen Helms said it is clear USDA gave serious consideration to the industry’s consensus positions offered in the NCC’s comments to the proposed rule.
 
August
NCC Hosting Weed Resistance Course 08/25/2006
New online Weed Resistance Learning Module aims to help producers stay ahead of the game in fighting weed resistance.
 
July
2006-07 Cotton Leadership Class Participants Selected 07/19/2006
The 2006-07 cotton leadership class has been chosen by the NCC's Cotton Leadership Committee.
 
Cotton Council International Celebrates 50th Anniversary 07/13/2006
Cotton Council International, the NCC’s export promotions arm, celebrated 50 years of dedication to increasing exports of U.S. cotton, cottonseed and their products with a reception at Union Station in Washington, D.C.
 
June
“Equipping for Excellence” is Theme of 2007 Beltwide Cotton Conferences 06/15/2006
“Equipping for Excellence” is the theme of the 2007 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, to be held at the New Orleans Marriott and Sheraton New Orleans hotels January 9-12.
 
NCC Urges Administration to Protect Production Agriculture Interests by Maintaining Principles in WTO Proposal 06/02/2006
The NCC joined commodity, farm and dairy organizations in urging the President to remain firmly in support of the U.S. proposal that reductions in domestic support for U.S. agriculture must be met by commensurate gains in market access and reductions in trade-distorting policies by trading partners.
 
May
2006 P.I.E. Program Tours Set 05/18/2006
The '06 Cotton Foundation Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program will have cotton producers from the Southeast in Arizona and California July 9-14; Mid-South producers traveling to Texas July 16-21; Southwest producers touring Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee August 6-11; and Far West producers visiting North Carolina and Virginia August 13-18.
 
NCC Stands Behind Talent-Lincoln Bill 05/03/2006
The National Cotton Council says the bi-partisan bill introduced by Senators Jim Talent (R-MO) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) to extend the 2002 farm bill would provide U.S. farmers with much-needed support.
 
April
Applications Being Accepted for 2006-07 Cotton Leadership Class 04/11/2006
The National Cotton Council is accepting applications for the 2006-07 Cotton Leadership Class through June 16.
 
March
Current Farm Law Working Well; Sound Basis for Future Policy 03/03/2006
NCC Vice Chairman John Pucheu told the House Agriculture Committee that a significant majority of California’s upland and Pima cotton producers strongly support current farm law and see it as a sound basis for future farm policy.
 
NCC Positioned to Tackle Industry Challenges 03/03/2006
NCC Chairman Allen Helms said U.S. cotton’s central organization will continue to pursue the U.S. cotton industry’s priorities – both domestically and internationally.
 
February
Cotton Service Award Honors Bruce Brumfield 02/13/2006
Bruce Brumfield, a former National Cotton Council president and cotton producer from Inverness, MS, is the recipient of the 2005 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award for Cotton.
 
Hardwick Elected Chairman of American Cotton Producers 02/13/2006
Jon W. “Jay” Hardwick, a producer from Newellton, LA, was elected chairman of the American Cotton Producers.
 
Helms to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2006 02/13/2006
Allen Helms, Jr., a Clarkedale, AR, producer, was elected NCC chairman for 2006 and succeeds Woods Eastland.
 
National Cotton Council 2006 State Unit Officers Named 02/13/2006
NCC state unit officers for 2006 were elected at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting.
 
National Cotton Council Names 2006 Directors 02/13/2006
NCC for 2006 were announced here at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting.
 
Arizona Ginner to Lead NCGA in 2006 02/11/2006
The National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) elected its officers for 2006 at its annual meeting here. The officers include president, Russell Kuhnhenn, Buckeye, AZ; first vice president, Van Murphy, Quitman, GA; second vice president, Chris Breedlove, Olton, TX; third vice president, Sledge Taylor, Como, MS; and chairman, Larry McClendon, Marianna, AR.
 
Increased Global Demand Key to U.S Cotton’s Economic Health 02/11/2006
NCC economist Gary Adams told NCC delegates that the U.S. cotton industry’s economic health will be affected by cotton’s ability to regain global market share relative to manmade fibers.
 
NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 14.44 Million Acres of Upland and ELS Cotton in 2006 02/10/2006
U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 14.44 million acres of cotton this spring, up 1.7 percent from 2005, according to the NCC's 23rd Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
 
North Carolina Producer Named CCI President For 2006 02/10/2006
David Burns, a Laurel Hill, NC, cotton producer, was elected president of Cotton Council International (CCI) for 2006.
 
NCC: Federal Research Cuts Would Close Ginning Labs 02/09/2006
The NCC says that proposed changes to federal cotton research and Extension programs will undercut the U.S. cotton industry’s ability to compete in the global marketplace.
 
NCC: Proposed Budget Undermines Current Law 02/06/2006
The NCC said the Bush Administration’s '07 budget, as proposed, will disrupt current farm programs and undercut American agriculture, including the nation’s cotton producers.
 
January
Retiring USDA-ARS Ginning Scientists Recognized 01/12/2006
W. Stanley Anthony and Alan Brashears, two long serving harvesting and ginning researchers retiring from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, were honored by their friends and peers during the 2006 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
 
Dr. Daryl Bowman is 2005 Cotton Genetics Research Award Recipient 01/05/2006
Dr. Daryl T. Bowman, a professor of Cotton Breeding at North Carolina State University, is the recipient of the 2005 Cotton Genetics Research Award. The announcement was made here today during the Cotton Improvement Conference of the National Cotton Council (NCC)-coordinated 2006 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
 
High Cotton Winners Focus on Conservation to Improve Yields, Profits 01/04/2006
The four cotton producer recipients of the 2006 High Cotton Awards were announced today at the 2006 Beltwide Cotton Production Conference.