|Timely Completion of Long Term, Comprehensive Farm Bill Critical 11/27/2013|
The NCC was joined by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and USA Rice Federation in expressing appreciation of the continued efforts of the leaders and members of the House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee to complete work on a new comprehensive, multi-year farm bill – but the groups reiterated their opposition to extending current farm law.
|Peru Determines No CVD on U.S. Cotton 11/22/2013|
The National Cotton Council (NCC) welcomes the decision by the Peruvian commission on competition and intellectual property (INDECOPI) not to impose a countervailing duty (CVD) on imports of U.S. cotton. Following an 18-month investigation, the commission found no causal link between the imports of U.S. cotton fiber and the economic situation of Peru’s cotton farmers.
|Midwest, Southwest Farmers to See Georgia Agricultural Operations 11/04/2013|
Midwest and Southwest producers will see agricultural operations in Georgia on November 11-14, as part of the NCC's Multi-Commodity Education Program.
|NCC Lauds USDA’s Prompt Payment Distribution 10/21/2013|
The NCC thanked USDA after the agency announced on October 21 that it had begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments to this nation’s participants and that it will begin distributing 2013 Direct Payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program payments on October 24.
|Senators Thanked For Letter Seeking Clarification on Marketing Assistance Loans Reduction 10/18/2013|
The NCC expressed appreciation to Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and 12 of their Sunbelt colleagues for their bipartisan communication to USDA Secretary Vilsack requesting clarification of the basis for the decision to reduce Marketing Assistance Loans by 5.1% and to shut down loan processing until software modifications are made.
|US, Australian Cotton Industries Escalating Commitment to Responsibly-Grown Fiber 10/16/2013|
The NCC and its export promotion arm, Cotton Council International, have joined with Cotton Australia and Cotton Incorporated as founding members of COTTON LEADS™ -- an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the responsible growing practices among U.S. and Australian cotton producers.
|Decision-Making Help Offered At 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences 10/04/2013|
Those involved in helping producers make key cotton production/marketing-related decisions – including consultants, researchers, Extension specialists/agents and industry sales/support personnel – will find an abundance of information at the 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
|NCC Reiterates Call for New Farm Bill 08/07/2013|
The NCC has consistently recognized that a new multi-year farm bill is the way to achieve a final resolution of the cotton portions of the longstanding trade dispute with Brazil.
|Comprehensive, Multi-year Farm Bill Completion Urged 08/02/2013|
The NCC is urging leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees to work expeditiously to resolve the differences between their respective farm bills so that Congress can take final action and the President can sign the legislation.
|Far West Producers to See Texas Operations 07/25/2013|
Nine cotton producers from Arizona and California will see cotton and other agriculture-related operations in Texas on Aug. 5-8 as part of the '13 NCC’s Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.).
|Southwest Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture 07/16/2013|
Thirteen cotton producers from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of July 22 as part of the NCC’s '13 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.
|NCC Welcomes Farm Law Progress 07/11/2013|
The NCC welcomed the July 11 House action on new farm legislation (H.R. 2642) because it is an important step towards enactment of new multi-year legislation.
|Southeast Producers to See Louisiana, Mississippi Operations 06/27/2013|
Ten cotton producers from the Southeast will see cotton operations in Louisiana and Mississippi on July 7-12 as part of the NCC’s '13 Producer Information Exchange (PIE) program.
|Cotton Industry Deeply Disappointed House Rejects Bipartisan Farm Legislation 06/20/2013|
The farm legislation rejected by the House would have provided a predictable, long-term safety net while saving more than $40 billion over the next 10 years; reforming and streamlining programs; and providing a basis for the resolution of a long standing trade dispute.
|Mid-South Cotton Producers to See Georgia Operations 06/18/2013|
Eight Mid-South cotton producers will see cotton operations in Georgia on June 24-28 as part of the '13 NCC’s Producer Information Exchange program (P.I.E.).
|NCC Welcomes Senate Farm Bill Passage 06/11/2013|
The NCC appreciates the timely action by the US Senate in approving the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 by a 66-27 vote.
|2013 Farm Bill Saves Money, Reforms Policy 05/29/2013|
The farm bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee saves nearly $40 billion in mandatory funds while providing reforms to farm policy.
|NCC Lauds House Committee’s Farm Bill Action 05/16/2013|
The NCC congratulated House Agriculture Committee Chairman Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN) for their efforts in moving new farm legislation through that Committee.
|NCC Welcomes Senate Ag Panel’s Timely Action 05/14/2013|
The NCC appreciates the work of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee for producing a farm bill that includes provisions supported by the cotton industry.
|2013 P.I.E. Program Tours Announced 05/10/2013|
The NCC has scheduled dates and locations for the 2013 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the program is now in its 25th year of helping its U.S. cotton producer participants maximize on-farm efficiency.
|NCC Statement Regarding USDA/EPA Honey Bee Report 05/02/2013|
The NCC is aware that the scientific community is in agreement that there are multiple factors involved with bee health decline and more study is necessary to determine which of these factors are the most important.
|Inaugural Emerging Leaders Class Chosen 04/30/2013|
The NCC has selected the first class of its new Emerging Leaders Program -- an effort aimed at ensuring the US cotton industry benefits from a continuity of sound leadership.
|NCC Stresses Importance of Effective STAX 04/10/2013|
In a statement, the NCC says farm policy should maintain the underlying structure of the shallow loss crop insurance product known as the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX).
|Cotton Achievement Award Honors Jack Stone 02/11/2013|
The late Jack Stone, a California cotton producer, industry leader and former NCC president, is the recipient of the 2012 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award.
|Cotton Service Award Honors Woods Eastland 02/11/2013|
Woods Eastland, board chairman of Staplcotn Cooperative Association and Staplcotn Discount Corporation in Greenwood, MS, is the recipient of the 2012 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award.
|Dodson to Lead the NCC in '13 02/11/2013|
James F. “Jimmy” Dodson, a Robstown, TX, cotton producer, was elected NCC chairman for '13.
|NCC 2013 State Unit Officers Named 02/11/2013|
NCC state unit officers for 2013 were elected at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting here on February 8-10.
|NCC Names 2013 Directors 02/11/2013|
The NCC directors for 2013 were announced at the NCC’s annual meeting held here on February 8-10.
|Sharp Re-elected American Cotton Producers Chair 02/11/2013|
Clyde Sharp, a Roll, AZ, cotton producer, was re-elected as chairman of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the NCC for 2013, during the NCC’s annual meeting here on February 8-10.
|Cotton Outlook Shaped by China’s Policy; Man-made Fibers Competition 02/09/2013|
NCC economists say cotton’s '13 outlook will be influenced by China’s policy decisions and continued competition from man-made fiber.
|NCC Survey Suggests US Producers to Plant 9.01 Million Acres of Upland/ELS Cotton in '13 02/09/2013|
US cotton producers intend to plant 9.01 million acres of cotton this spring, down 26.8 from '12, according to the NCC’s 30th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
|Tennessean to Lead National Cotton Ginners Association 02/09/2013|
The Memphis-based National Cotton Ginners Association elected its 2013 officers on February 8 during its annual meeting in Memphis, TN.
|Burch Elected 2013 Cotton Council International President 02/08/2013|
John A. Burch was elected the 2013 president of Cotton Council International (CCI).
|NCC: Senator Chambliss Will Be Missed 01/25/2013|
NCC Chairman Chuck Coley said US agriculture will be losing a true champion with Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) not running for '14 re-election.
|Policy Education Program Raising Producer Awareness 01/25/2013|
The Policy Education Program (PEP) is now in its 15th year of giving US cotton producers an opportunity to learn more about the NCC policy development/implementation process and the issues affecting the industry.
|Dever Is '12 Cotton Genetics Research Award Recipient 01/11/2013|
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Dr. Jane Dever, associate professor-cotton breeder for Texas AgriLife Research in Lubbock, is the recipient of the 2012 Cotton Genetics Research Award.
|2013 High Cotton Winners Overcame Multiple Obstacles 01/08/2013|
The '13 Farm Press-Cotton Foundation High Cotton Awards recipients are: Southeast – Linwood Vick, Wilson, N.C.; Mid-South – Johnny Little, Holcomb, Miss.; Southwest – John Wilde, San Angelo, Texas; and Far West – Chad Crivelli, Dos Palos, Calif.
|Agriculture Committees’ Leaders Commended For Farm Policy Efforts 01/02/2013|
Cotton industry leaders commend the leaders of the respective agriculture committees and Cotton Belt Senators and Representatives for their unwavering efforts to enact predictable farm policy in a timely manner for the '13 crop year and beyond.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.).
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.