This week’s Cotton Newsline is six cuts. All cuts are Robbie Minnich (pronounced Men-ic), Senior Government Relations Director for the National Cotton Council.
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The National Cotton Council last week expressed disappointment at posturing by the European Union concerning the Doha Round Negotiations. Robbie Minnich explains the suggestion last week for cotton’s early harvest is divisive and holds the potential to send the Doha round into a chaotic free-for-all.
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Peter Mandelson, European Commissioner for Trade, stated the EU has changed its policy concerning a comprehensive, all embracing deal in agriculture.
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According to Minnich, Senior Government Relations Director for the National Cotton Council, abandoning the single undertaking approach at this stage of trade talks could upset further negotiations.
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The idea of dramatically changing the terms and conditions affecting one agricultural sector while leaving all other crops unchanged is naïve at best and crippling to other commodities at worst, says Minnich.
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The U.S. cotton program is not creating economic hardships for these African countries, explains Minnich. The African countries continued reliance on a monopolistic, parastatal ginning and marketing system is creating the hardships.
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The U.S. cotton industry will continue to work with USDA and other agencies in efforts to assist African farmers.