This week’s Cotton Newsline is three cuts. All cuts are Allen Helms, chairman of the National Cotton Council and a cotton producer from North Arkansas.
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U.S. cotton producers are uniting with other members of the agricultural industry to support current farm legislation and prevent proposed reductions to farm program assistance. Allen Helms, chairman of the National Cotton Council, recently testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture to assert the importance of sound farm policy.
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The concern over farm policy has been enhanced by the recent decline of the U.S. textile industry. Cotton producers are being forced to find new, international markets and are working to forge an equitable trade agreement. Helms explains the underlying relationship cotton producers have with the textile industry and the consequences their regression has on the stability of the cotton industry.
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U.S. officials are still in the process of working out the agricultural details of the Doha negotiations, which will have a serious impact on the development of domestic farm policy. Helms says the results of the Doha negotiations are pivotal for the cotton industry and could be either detrimental or beneficial.