|International Textile Customers to See U.S. Cotton Operations, Visit U.S. Exporters 09/26/2003
Textile executives from 11 countries will travel across the U.S. Cotton Belt, Sept. 29-Oct. 10 to familiarize themselves with U.S. cotton and how that fiber is produced, processed and marketed.
|USTR Praised for Attempts to Get Good WTO Agreement 09/15/2003
WTO trade negotiations ended in Cancun without progress toward a framework for further talks, and the breakdown was widespread in that disagreements ranged from topics such as investment, transparency and government procurement to antitrust policy, trade facilitation and agricultural subsidies.
|USTR Proposal on Trade Distortion Discussions Much Needed 09/11/2003
The recent proposal offered by the Office of the USTR to link discussions of fiber market and textile product distortions is a significant step in WTO proceedings.
|Trade Fair Aims to Spur Business for U.S. Textile Makers 09/10/2003
Representatives from 17 U.S. textile operations will be in Guatemala in hopes of increasing their export of U.S.-manufactured cotton yarns and fabrics to Caribbean Basin countries as part of a CCI-sponsored Trade Fair.
|NCC Lauds Cochran’s Declaration on WTO Ag Trade Negotiations 09/09/2003
A letter from Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick says that a sectoral initiative, separate from the multilateral WTO negotiations, focusing solely on global cotton subsidies and the U.S. cotton program will be too limited in scope and would distract from meaningful progress towards multilateral reform of agricultural trade.
|Trade and U.S. Cotton - Facts and Objectives 09/08/2003
This fact sheet, which says the economics of cotton production are inextricably linked to textile policy and production, both in the United States and around the world, also lists U.S. cotton's WTO objectives.
|Commission Report Says No Mid-Term Changes to Farm Law’s Payment Limit Provisions, Eligibility Rules 09/05/2003
The NCC agreed with the conclusion of a special Congressionally-appointed panel’s report – that more restrictive payment limits would have a negative impact on U.S. agriculture and cause instability in that sector’s production, financing and marketing segments.
|Labor Union UNITE Joins Textile/Fiber Coalition 09/03/2003
More than 70 textile/fiber industry senior executives and officials with the labor union UNITE announced a grassroots lobbying campaign in support of the unified textile/fiber coalition’s campaign to slow the surge of job-destroying Chinese imports.
|Lange Named NCC President, CEO 02/18/2003
NCC Board of Directors elected Dr. Mark D. Lange president and CEO at the NCC’s annual meeting in Tampa, FL. He succeeds Gaylon Booker, who retired after 41 years of service to the NCC and will serve as a consultant to the NCC in 2003.
|Mark Williams Re-elected Chairman of American Cotton Producers 02/12/2003
Mark Williams was re-elected chairman of the NCC's American Cotton Producers.
|National Cotton Council 2003 State Unit Officers Named 02/12/2003
NCC 2003 State Unit Officers were named at the NCC annual meeting in Tampa, FL.
|National Cotton Council Names 2003 Directors 02/12/2003
NCC directors for 2003 were announced at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting in Tampa, FL.
|Jack Hamilton Honored As Cotton Industry Achievement Award Recipient 02/10/2003
The late Jack Hamilton is the recipient of the 2003 Cotton Industry Achievement Award.
|Cotton Service Award Honors Rep. Larry Combest 02/10/2003
Rep. Larry Combest (R-TX) was honored as the recipient of the 2003 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award for Cotton.
|U.S. Cotton Sector’s Survival Hinges on Farm, Trade Policy Compatibility 02/10/2003
In his address to the NCC's annual meeting in Tampa, 2002 Chairman Kenneth Hood says the organization’s top challenge in 2003 will be harmonizing America’s farm and trade policies to keep U.S. cotton competitive in the international marketplace.
|Alabama Ginner to Serve as NCC Chairman For 2003 02/10/2003
Alabama ginner Robert W. “Bobby” Greene was elected NCC chairman at the NCC’s Annual Meeting. He served as NCC’s vice chairman during 2002 and succeeds Mississippi producer Kenneth Hood, who will serve as chairman of the NCC’s Operations Committee in 2003.
|West Texan Myrl Mitchell Honored As Top Ginner 02/08/2003
Myrl Mitchell, a Lenorah, TX, cotton ginner and a past president of the National Cotton Ginners Association is the recipient of the NCGA’s 2002 Horace Hayden Cotton Ginner of the Year Award.
|Preserving Domestic Demand, Expanding International Market Access Critical to U.S. Cotton Industry’s Success 02/08/2003
NCC Economist Dr. Gary Adams provided the NCC's 2003 Economic Outlook to delegates at the NCC's annual meeting in Tampa, FL.
|NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 14.05 Million Acres of Upland and ELS Cotton in 2003 02/07/2003
U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 14.05 million acres of cotton this spring, up 0.6 percent from 2002, according to the NCC’s 20th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
|Mississippi Producer Named CCI President for 2003 02/07/2003
Robert A. Carson, Jr., a producer from Marks, MS, was elected president of CCI for 2003. He was named during CCI’s board meeting today at the NCC’s annual meeting.
|NCC Policy to Target U.S. Cotton Industry Stability, Profitability 01/27/2003
NCC delegates will focus on policies and programs with the strongest potential to restore U.S. cotton industry profitability during the organization’s 2003 Annual Meeting, Feb. 6-10, in Tampa, FL.
|Cotton Council Joins in Call for Disaster Assistance 01/09/2003
Cotton producers Ronnie Fleming and Rickey Bearden were among a group of more than 100 farmers, ranchers and rural business leaders across the nation who urged lawmakers on Capitol Hill to approve legislation to provide financial assistance to cover losses due to weather-related disasters in 2001 and 2002.
|University of Arkansas Scientist Receives 2002 Cotton Physiology Award 01/09/2003
Dr. James Stewart, University of Arkansas researcher and professor, received the 2002 Cotton Physiology Award at the 2003 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
|Dr. Roy Cantrell is 2002 Cotton Genetics Research Award Recipient 01/09/2003
Dr. Roy Cantrell of Cotton Incorporated is the 2002 Cotton Genetics Research Award recipient.
|2003 High Cotton Winners Staying the Course on Conservation 01/09/2003
Four farmers who have not let economic adversity stand in the way of their love and concern for the land have been named recipients of the 2003 High Cotton awards. They are: L.C. Conway, Cove City, NC, Southeast Region; Marty White, Jonesboro, AR, Delta Region; Dale Swinburn, Tulia, TX, Southwest Region; and Paul “Paco” Ollerton, Coolidge, AZ, Western Region.
|Fresh Produce Sportswear is 2003 U.S. Cotton Champion Award Recipient 01/08/2003
Fresh Produce Sportswear, a Boulder, CO, Boulder, CO-based clothing designer, manufacturer and retailer, is the recipient of the U.S. Cotton Champion Award for 2003.
|Study Shows Biotech is Key Factor in Move to Conservation Tillage in Cotton 01/08/2003
The availability of herbicide-tolerant cotton has allowed and encouraged cotton growers to adopt conservation tillage practices, according to a study conducted for the NCC.
|U.S. Cotton Faces Challenges – From Farm Policy Preservation to EffectiveTrade Agreement Negotiations 01/07/2003
NCC Chairman Kenneth Hood told those attending the 2003 Beltwide Cotton Conferences that the NCC’s primary challenge since passage of the new farm bill and one that persists -- has been maintaining that policy in the face of a constant flow of misinformation and negative publicity. NCC President and Chief Executive Officer Gaylon Booker said with trade liberalization inevitable, the U.S. cotton industry can no longer afford to allow U.S. trade negotiators to be generous with U.S. market access without getting something meaningful in return.