Latest News Releases

Latest news releases from the National Cotton Council


Fashion And Textiles Industry Keen To Go Green Despite COVID-19 Pandemic
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
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
Global celebration, with virtual sessions and social sharing, recognizes cotton’s contributions. Learn more

Virtual Format Set For 2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences
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
Program Helps Growers Showcase Data-driven, Measurable, and Verified Sustainability Practices Learn more

NCC: Forced Labor Must be Eliminated in Global Cotton & Textile Production
The National Cotton Council reiterates its absolute opposition to any forced labor practices within the global production of cotton and textiles. Learn more

USDA September Production Report
In its September crop report, USDA estimated a 2020 U.S. crop of 17.06 million bales. Learn more

USDA August Production Report
In its August crop report, USDA estimated a 2020-21 U.S. crop of 18.08 million bales. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Survey Results
Efforts shift to traceability within the supply chain, as brands in North America work to keep sustainability initiatives afloat during pandemic. Learn more

With U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, Brands and Retailers Can Now Source U.S. Cotton with More Confidence
The Trust Protocol brings quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurements to responsible cotton production. Learn more

USDA June 2020 Cotton Acreage Report
In its June acreage report, USDA estimated 2020 U.S. cotton plantings at 12.19 million acres, 11.3 percent less than in 2019. Learn more

Field to Market, U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Announce Partnership
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol announced a new agreement formalized a partnership to document and accelerate sustainable outcomes for U.S. cotton production. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Producers Maintain Access to Critical Weed Control Tool
The NCC is pleased with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's denial of an emergency motion to halt dicamba use -- a ruling that provides U.S. cotton producers with a very important weed control tool this season and prevents devastating financial losses. Learn more

Respect EPA’s Dicamba Decision & Protect Farmers’ Livelihoods During Growing Season
Grower Coalition Files Amicus Brief to Defend Continued Use of Existing Stocks Learn more

NCC Commends Administrator Wheeler’s Selection for EPA Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee
NCC Commends Administrator Wheeler’s Selection for EPA Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee Learn more

Dicamba Availability Critical to Cotton Production Stability
The NCC is grateful for EPA’s quick action enabling cotton producers to use existing stocks of three dicamba formulations this season following the recent court decision to vacate the products’ registrations. Learn more

NCC: Dicamba Herbicides Are Essential Tool
The NCC says that U.S. cotton producers will face a serious challenge if not able to use dicamba herbicides this season. Learn more

Cotton LEADS (SM) Program Welcomes Delta Apparel
Commitment Emphasizes Support for Sustainable Cotton in Brand Supply Chain Learn more

Cotton Council International Joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2020) – Cotton Council International (CCI) announces that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement suite of tools, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain. Learn more

Final 2019 USDA Crop Estimates
In its final estimate of the 2019-20 U.S. cotton crop, USDA placed total production at 19.91 million bales, down slightly from the January estimate of 20.10 million bales. Learn more

National Cotton Council Response to KSU Study
A recent study by Kansas State University researchers entitled “Are Farmers Made Whole by Trade Aid?” stated that, “payment rates are larger than estimated price impacts of retaliatory tariffs for most commodities – the difference is especially large for cotton and sorghum.” However, a further look at actual price and trade data confirms that U.S. cotton producers have not been overcompensated for the trade damages. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Selects Control Union Certifications
Control Union selected as first verification partner ahead of the Trust Protocol launch in June 2020. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Added to Textile Exchange List of Preferred Fibers and Materials
Trust Protocol will join BCI, CmiA, Fairtrade Cotton, Organic Cotton and Recycled Cotton as a preferred cotton fiber Learn more

USDA Announces Prospective Plantings
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NCC: Stimulus Measure Critically Needed Now
The U.S. cotton industry commends Congress and the Administration for reaching agreement today on a broad-based economic relief/stimulus package for individuals and businesses, including the agriculture sector. Learn more

High Cotton Winners Recognized
Recipients of the 2020 Farm Press-Cotton Foundation High Cotton Awards and regions they represent are cotton producers: Larry Ford, Greenwood, Fla., Southeast; Matt/Kelly Griggs, Humboldt, Tenn., Mid-South; Dan Smith, Lockney, Texas, Southwest; and Greg Wuertz, Coolidge, Ariz., West. Learn more

USMCA Offers Stability in Key Markets
The NCC applauded President Trump’s signing on January 29 of the Congressionally-approved U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Learn more

NCC: New Waters Rule Is Practical
The NCC welcomed the EPA/Corps of Engineers’ release today of the Trump Administration’s version of the “waters of the United States,” officially named the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Learn more

China Phase 1 Trade Deal Holds Promise for U.S. Cotton
The NCC believes the Phase 1 trade deal with China signed today by President Trump could provide a much-needed boost to U.S. cotton exports. Learn more

USDA January Production Report
In its January crop report, USDA estimated a 2019 U.S. crop of 20.10 million bales. Learn more

Don Jones Receives 2019 Cotton Genetics Research Award
Dr. Don Jones, Cotton Incorporated’s director of Agricultural Research – Breeding and Genetics in Cary, N.C., is the recipient of the 2019 Cotton Genetics Research Award. Learn more

National Cotton Council 2019 State Unit Officers Named
National Cotton Council state unit officers for 2019 were elected at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting held in San Antonio, Texas, on February 8-10. Learn more

Shawn Holladay Re-elected American Cotton Producers Chair
Shawn Holladay of Lubbock, Texas, was re-elected as chairman of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the National Cotton Council for 2019, during the NCC’s recent Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more

National Cotton Council Names 2019 Directors
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council directors for 2019 were announced at the NCC’s annual meeting held in San Antonio, Texas, on February 8-10. Learn more

Cotton Achievement Award Honors Robert H. Chapman
The late Robert H. Chapman, III, who had a passion for textile manufacturing and who served as chairman, chief executive officer, and treasurer of Inman Mills in Spartanburg, S.C., received the 17th Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more

Cotton Service Award Honors Phil Burnett
Phillip Burnett, a former chief staff executive for the National Cotton Council, received the 2018 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award. Learn more

Mike Tate to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2019
Mike Tate, a cotton producer from Huntsville, Ala., was elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2019. Learn more

Wes Morgan to Lead National Cotton Ginners Association
The Memphis-based National Cotton Ginners Association elected its 2019 officers on February 8 during its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more

Kirk Gilkey Is National Ginner Award Recipient
Kirk Gilkey, manager of the Cross-Creek II Gin in Corcoran, Calif., and who has provided several years of dedicated service to the U.S. cotton industry, is the 2018 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. Learn more

Cotton Council International Elects 2019 Officers
Hank Reichle, a cooperative official from Greenwood, Miss., will serve as president of Cotton Council International for 2019. Learn more

Ongoing Trade Tensions Between the U.S. and China Creating Uncertainty in the World Economy, Global Cotton Market
NCC economists point to a few key factors that will shape the U.S. cotton industry’s 2019 economic outlook. Learn more

NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 14.5 Million Acres of Cotton in 2019
U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 14.5 million cotton acres this spring, up 2.9% from 2018 (based on USDA’s December 2018 estimate), according to the NCC’s 38th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. Learn more

Vela Addressing 2019 NCC Annual Meeting
Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, will address delegates at the National Cotton Council’s 2019 Annual Meeting at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Learn more