2012 News Releases

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December
NCC: Emerson Retirement Will Be Loss to US Agriculture 12/03/2012
The NCC said U.S. agriculture is losing a strong advocate in Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), who announced her retirement from Congress on December 3.
 
November
Global Cotton Executives Explore Factors Affecting Industry 11/20/2012
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Cotton Council International and Cotton Incorporated, in cooperation with USDA, jointly presented the seventh biennial Sourcing USA Summit in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
 
October
NCC Launches Emerging Leaders Program 10/11/2012
The NCC launched the Emerging Leaders Program for ensuring the US cotton industry benefits from continuity of sound leadership.
 
'13 Beltwide Aims to Improve Producers’ Bottom Lines 10/05/2012
Producers will find an abundance of information aimed at increasing their profitability at the '13 Beltwide Cotton Conferences -- set for Jan. 7-10 at the Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk hotels in San Antonio, TX.
 
September
US Cotton Seeks Action on Contract Defaults 09/26/2012
US cotton industry leaders met this week with senior US government officials to discuss the serious financial losses accruing in all industry segments as a result of massive defaults on cotton export contracts.
 
August
Mid-South Cotton Producers to See Texas Operations 08/16/2012
Eight cotton producers from Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi will see cotton operations in Texas on August 20-23 in the '12 National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.).
 
Far West Cotton Producers to See North Carolina Operations 08/01/2012
Ten Arizona and California cotton producers will see cotton operations in North Carolina August 6-9 as part of the 0'12 NCC Producer Information Exchange program (P.I.E.).
 
July
Southwestern Cotton Producers to See Mid-South Operations 07/26/2012
Eleven cotton producers from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas will see cotton operations in Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi on July 30-Aug. 2 as part of the NCC’s '12 Producer Information Exchange program.
 
Southeastern Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture 07/16/2012
Twelve cotton producers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley on July 22-25 as part of the NCC’s 2012 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.
 
NCC Commends House Ag Committee Action 07/12/2012
The NCC congratulated House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) for their success in moving new farm legislation through the Committee with no significant changes and with a strong bipartisan vote (35-11) to recommend the legislation to the full House.
 
NCC Urges Prompt Passage of Ag Panel Leaders’ Farm Bill Proposal 07/05/2012
The National Cotton Council extended its appreciation to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Lucas (R-OK), along with Ranking member Peterson (D-MN), for their introduction of farm legislation that includes provisions supported by the cotton industry.
 
June
Cooperation Reinforced Between U.S., African Cotton Industries 06/21/2012
Discussions between U.S. cotton industry leaders and high ranking government officials representing West and Central African countries will build a foundation for enhanced communication and establish the necessary groundwork for cooperation on issues of mutual interest.
 
NCC Statement Regarding Senate Passage of S.3240 06/21/2012
The Senate today passed S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act. By doing so, the Senate has taken an important step in a process that has proven to be extraordinarily complex.
 
Amendment Would Eliminate Duplicative Permitting 06/14/2012
The NCC expressed its gratitude to Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) today for her submission of an amendment to the 2012 farm bill that would reduce the regulatory burden on producers and reaffirm the primacy of the Federal Insecticide Rodenticide and Act (FIFRA) in regulating pesticide applications, including those over and near bodies of water.
 
May
Stronger Risk Management Sought in '12 Farm Law 05/16/2012
The NCC looks forward to working with the House Agriculture Committee on development of a '12 farm bill that effectively meets US cotton producers’ risk management needs.
 
April
Senate Agriculture Committee Makes Initial Step in Farm Bill Process 04/26/2012
The NCC extended its appreciation to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee and Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI) for producing a farm bill that includes provisions supported by the cotton industry.
 
NCC: Farmers Need Risk Management Opportunities 04/20/2012
Texas cotton producer Woody Anderson testified before the House Agriculture Committee on April 20 that Congress needs to approve a new farm bill this year and one that will provide American farmers the key to long-term viability -- effective risk management opportunities.
 
March
Risk Management Tools Critical in Future Farm Policy 03/15/2012
The US cotton industry believes a revenue insurance program that supplements existing insurance products would provide an important and affordable tool -- especially given the weather uncertainties and risks that farmers face.
 
February
National Cotton Council 2012 State Unit Officers Named 02/14/2012
NCC state unit officers for 2012 were elected at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting held in Fort Worth on February 10-12.
 
National Cotton Council Names 2012 Directors 02/14/2012
The National Cotton Council directors for 2012 were announced at the NCC’s annual meeting held in Fort Worth on February 10-12.
 
Californian Recipient of National Ginner Award 02/13/2012
Stan Creelman, a Tulare, CA, ginner, was named the 2011 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year.
 
Coley to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2012 02/13/2012
C.B. “Chuck” Coley, a Vienna, GA, producer/ginner, was elected NCC chairman for 2012.
 
Cotton Achievement Award Honors Billy Carter 02/13/2012
The late W.L. “Billy” Carter, Jr., who served as the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association’s executive vice president and was a former American Cotton Producers chairman, is the recipient of the 2011 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Cotton Service Award Honors Neal Gillen 02/13/2012
Neal Gillen, the former executive vice president and general counsel of the American Cotton Shippers Association, is the recipient of the 2011 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award.
 
NCC Executive Outlines STAX Proposal Rationale 02/13/2012
Addressing the joint meeting of the National Crop Insurance Services and American Association of Crop Insurers, NCC President/CEO Mark Lange laid out the circumstances that brought the US cotton industry to endorse a sweeping change in cotton policy.
 
Sharp Elected American Cotton Producers Chair 02/13/2012
Clyde Sharp, a Roll, AZ, cotton producer, was elected as chairman of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the National Cotton Council for 2012, during the NCC’s annual meeting on February 10-12 in Fort Worth.
 
Webb Elected 2012 Cotton Council International President 02/13/2012
James L. “Jimmy” Webb, a Leary, GA, cotton producer, will serve as the 2012 president of Cotton Council International.
 
China, Economy, Weather Key Factors in Cotton’s 2012 Outlook 02/11/2012
NCC economists say cotton’s '12 outlook will be influenced primarily by China’s national reserves stocks, uncertainty over the general economy and weather developments in the southwestern United States.
 
NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 13.63 Million Acres of Upland/ELS Cotton in 2012 02/11/2012
US cotton producers intend to plant 13.63 million acres of cotton this spring, down 7.5% from '11, according to the NCC’s 29th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
 
Farm Groups Discuss Next Farm Bill 02/02/2012
Leaders from the NCC and 12 other agricultural organizations met in Washington, DC, to discuss policy priorities, hear the perspectives of key policymakers and work toward consensus on the future of U.S. farm policy.
 
January
Keerti Rathore Receives 2011 Cotton Genetics Research Award 01/06/2012
Dr. Keerti Rathore, a Texas A&M University associate professor and researcher, is the recipient of the 2011 Cotton Genetics Research Award. The announcement was made Jan. 6 during the 2012 Beltwide Cotton Improvement Conference.
 
2012 High Cotton Winners Meeting, Overcoming Challenges 01/03/2012
The '12 High Cotton Awards recipients -- presented annually to the nation’s most conservation-minded, environmentally-aware cotton producers -- are: Southeast – Kent Wannamaker, St. Matthews, SC; Delta – Coley Bailey Jr., Coffeeville, MS; Southwest – Shawn Holladay, Lamesa, TX; and Far West – Don Cameron, Helm, CA.