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Cotton Newsline: May 7, 2021 The Biden Administration’s “The American Families Plan” includes major tax policy proposals in order to finance investments in workers and families, including childcare, nutrition and higher education. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: April 30, 2021 The Cotton Foundation has approved a new special membership category for independent crop consultant associations. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: April 23, 2021 This week the Senate reintroduced the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: April 16, 2021 The Department of Agriculture has issued the CFAP2 “top up” payments to upland and extra-long staple (ELS) cotton producers. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: April 14, 2021 On Wednesday, the Department of Agriculture announced it will provide approximately $80 million in additional payments to domestic users of upland and extra-long staple cotton to support textile mills impacted by the pandemic. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: April 9, 2021 Enrollment is open for cotton growers to the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol for the 2021 cotton crop. Existing members will also need to re-enroll their operations. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: April 1, 2021 USDA’s March Prospective Plantings Report indicates U.S. producers intend to plant 12.0 million cotton acres in 2021, down 0.5% from the previous year. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: March 26, 2021 The Department of Agriculture announced more aid for farmers and livestock producers through its existing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and a new $6 billion aid package this week. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: March 19, 2021 U.S. Cotton farmers and textile manufacturers are still waiting on key support from the Department of Agriculture. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: March 18, 2021 As Senate confirmations for cabinet positions continue, the House on Thursday passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act for the second time in less than two years. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: March 12, 2021 In its latest adjustment to the world balance sheet, USDA reduced cotton production by almost 830,000 bales due to lower production in the U.S. and Brazil. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: March 10, 2021 In the latest supply and demand report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered the 2020 U.S. cotton crop by 250,000 bales to 14.7 million bales. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: March 5, 2021 At its recent virtual annual meeting, the Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee (JCIBPC) granted three requests for continued testing of cotton bale packaging products. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: March 3, 2021 Reece Langley, the Vice President of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council, indicates that since Tom Vilsack has been installed at the helm of the Department of Agriculture, cotton producers negatively impacted by the pandemic should anticipate further support from the department as early as next month. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: February 26, 2021 Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Cotton Council International (CCI), the overseas promotion arm of the National Cotton Council, continues its work to promote U.S. cotton around the world. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: February 24, 2021 An important deadline looms for cotton producers across the cotton belt. The deadline to apply for the Quality Loss Adjustment Program is next week on Friday, March 5th. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: February 19, 2021 Leaders from major commodity groups, including the National Cotton Council, submitted comments to the International Trade Commission. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: February 17, 2021 Last week, a number of House committees considered their portion of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill called the American Rescue Plan that was proposed by the Biden Administration. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: February 12, 2021 National Cotton Council economists point to a few key factors that will shape the U.S. cotton industry’s 2021 economic outlook. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: February 11, 2021 U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 11.5 million cotton acres this spring, down 5.2 percent from 2020 (based on USDA’s February 2021 estimate), according to the National Cotton Council’s 40th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: February 5, 2021 Along with organizing and confirmation hearings, the new Congress is at work on the budget reconciliation process. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: February 3, 2021 The 117th Congress continues to finalize organization and committee assignments. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: January 29, 2021 Cotton Council International (CCI), along with U.S. cotton industry leaders, held the first ever virtual Cotton Day India event. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: January 27, 2021 The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a new industry-wide sustainability program, is encouraging U.S. cotton producers to enroll before the upcoming crop season. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: January 15, 2021 The largest changes in the global cotton outlook this month are lower production and ending stocks, led by changes in the United States. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: January 13, 2021 This week the Department of Agriculture released its 2020/2021 outlook for U.S. cotton. The report shows higher exports, lower production, and lower ending stocks for this month. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: January 7, 2021 In the 2020 cotton season, the Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service cotton classing office in Macon, Georgia has classed 2.2 million samples, of which approximately 895,000 contained seed coat fragments. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: January 6, 2021 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina State University Executive Farm Management Program is going virtual next month. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: December 23, 2020 The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol recently welcomed its first ten U.S. cotton textile manufacturers as members. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: December 18, 2020 According to the latest estimates from USDA, world cotton production is estimated to decline by 7 percent with the largest annual reductions in the U.S., Brazil, and Pakistan for the 2020 crop year. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: December 16, 2020 The December outlook for U.S. cotton includes lower production, higher exports and lower ending stocks. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: December 11, 2020 Due to continued concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the National Cotton Council plans to conduct the 2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences virtually. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: December 9, 2020 Cotton Council International (CCI) and the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol conducted their first-ever virtual tour for brands and retailers. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: November 27, 2020 The National Cotton Council reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) is December 11, 2020. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: November 25, 2020 USDA's Farm Service Agency published an updated regulation in the Federal Register at that corrects an unintentional "actively engaged" definition change included in USDA's Payment Limitation and Payment Eligibility rule that was initially published on August 24. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: November 20, 2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina State University Executive Farm Management Program is going virtual in 2021. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: November 18, 2020 This month’s 2020/21 U.S. cotton estimates are virtually unchanged from October. The U.S. production forecast is marginally higher, at 17.1 million bales, while domestic mill use and exports are unchanged. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: November 13, 2020 There will be many new faces in both the House and Senate when the 117th Congress is sworn in on January 3, 2021 - including at least 28 new Cotton Belt Members from at least 12 states. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: October 30, 2020 The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a new rule changing exclusion zones for pesticide applications. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: October 28, 2020 This week the Environmental Protection Agency granted five-year registrations to two dicamba herbicides -- XtendiMax and Engenia -- as well as a re-registered dicamba herbicide, Tavium. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: October 23, 2020 This week the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing focused on passenger and freight rail in the United States. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: October 21, 2020 Negotiations between the White House and Democratic Congressional Leadership continue this week as the two parties work to reach an agreement on the next comprehensive COVID-19 relief package. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: October 16, 2020 U.S. cotton exports are projected to reach 14.6 million bales for the 2020 crop year, according to the latest supply and demand report from the Department of Agriculture. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: October 9, 2020 The National Cotton Council is working with the Environmental Protection Agency as the agency develops a new label for dicamba herbicides. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: October 7, 2020 While harvest is well underway across the cotton belt, there are a couple items of business producers need to be aware of in the coming months. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: October 2, 2020 Last week Congressional leadership and the White House agreed to the terms of a Continuing Resolution funding bill that will keep the federal government funded at the start of the new fiscal year. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: September 25, 2020 American cotton growers now can join the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a new standard for verifying the sustainability progress of U.S. cotton. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: September 18, 2020 World cotton production for the 2020 crop year is estimated to decline by about four percent with the largest reductions seen in the U.S., Brazil, China, and India. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: September 16, 2020 In the latest USDA report, U.S. cotton production for the 2020 crop year was reduced by 1 million bales to 17.1 million. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: September 4, 2020 The National Cotton Council is seeking a legislative response to the crop losses cotton growers have experienced this growing season. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: September 2, 2020 USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently published a final rule implementing changes in payment limit provisions enacted in the 2018 farm law. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: August 26, 2020 With cotton harvest approaching, and in some areas already underway, the National Cotton Council reminds cotton producers and ginners to take advantage of the free resources the Council provides to help prevent cotton contamination. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: August 21, 2020 Cotton producers in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley were hit hard by Hurricane Hanna in late July. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: August 19, 2020 Despite efforts by the National Cotton Council and other cotton industry groups, the Department of Agriculture refused to include extra-long staple, or ELS, cotton in the latest expansion of commodities covered under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: August 14, 2020 The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the first survey-based production forecast for the 2020/21 U.S. cotton crop. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: August 7, 2020 The deadline to submit a Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) application to USDA is August 28th. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: August 5, 2020 The National Cotton Council continues to advocate with Senate and House Members on the need for cotton and textile specific language in the next COVID relief package. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: July 29, 2020 Earlier this week Senate Republican leadership introduced a wide-ranging package of bills developed to further respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: July 24, 2020 The National Cotton Council estimates the total economic damage to the U.S. cotton industry from the COVID-19 pandemic is around 4.3 billion dollars. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: July 17, 2020 In its July report, the Department of Agriculture made a few minor adjustments to the U.S. and World Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) for cotton. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: July 15, 2020 For the 2020 crop year, the Department of Agriculture projects a 17.5 million bale U.S. cotton crop. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: July 3, 2020 After the upcoming July 4th holiday recess, the House of Representatives will direct its focus on twelve appropriation bills for fiscal year 2021, which begins on October 1st. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: June 26, 2020 The National Cotton Council 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. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: June 24, 2020 As the Department of Agriculture reviews and updates the commodities eligible for its Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), National Cotton Council Chairman, Kent Fountain, has called for Extra Long Staple, or Pima cotton, to be added as an eligible commodity under the program. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: June 19, 2020 World cotton consumption is expected to bounce back to 114 million bales in 2020, according to the latest report from the Department of Agriculture. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: June 12, 2020 We are now two weeks into the sign-up period for the Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: June 10, 2020 The U.S. cotton industry leadership took swift action after a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated the registration of three dicamba products used in cotton production, and late Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final cancellation order for the label of the three dicamba products subject to the court’s ruling. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: June 5, 2020 Cotton Council International (CCI), the overseas export promotion arm of the National Cotton Council, recently joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, or SAC. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: May 22, 2020 Earlier this week USDA and the Trump Administration announced additional details for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: May 15, 2020 This week the National Cotton Council responded to a study out of Kansas State University that claimed U.S. cotton producers were overcompensated for trade damages incurred during the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Broadcast details
Cotton Newsline: May 13, 2020 In its May report, the Department of Agriculture slightly increased its estimate for U.S. cotton production for the 2019 crop year. Broadcast details

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