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Senate Confirms Key USTR Nominees

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release, Trade

The National Cotton Council is pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of key officials in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The Senate confirmed Gregg Doud as USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Dennis Shea as Deputy USTR (Geneva) and C. J. Mahoney as Deputy USTR (Investment, Services, Labor, Environment, Africa, China, and the Western Hemisphere). Earlier this year, the NCC …

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NCC Invites Growers to Participate in Informational Webinars

Dan Cotton

U.S. cotton industry members across the Southeast are encouraged to participate in the National Cotton Council (NCC) hosted regional information conference call/webinar on February 19. Tyron Spearman reports it will cover information about provisions of the new Seed Cotton Program authorized under current farm law. NCC Invites Growers to Participate in Informational Webinars

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Improving Global Demand and Increased Stocks in Key Exporting Countries Offer Mixed Signals for Cotton Outlook

Dan Cotton, Exports/Imports

National Cotton Council economists point to a few key factors that will shape the U.S. cotton industry’s 2018 economic outlook. In recent months, cotton prices have maintained a stronger appearance despite the increase in world production. Although the current supply and demand fundamentals appear somewhat bearish, strong U.S. export sales, a weaker U.S. dollar, heavy speculative buying, and large mill …

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NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 13.1 Million Acres of Cotton in 2018

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 13.1 million cotton acres this spring, up 3.7 percent from 2017, according to the National Cotton Council 37th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. (see table below) Upland cotton intentions are 12.8 million acres, up 3.8 percent from 2017, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of 254,000 acres represent a 1.0 percent increase. The survey …

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National Cotton Council Closely Watching NAFTA Renegotiations

Dan Cotton

The National Cotton Council continues its work on various issues of interest to growers, one of those being trade. NCC’s Vice President of Washington Operations, Reece Langley, was in the Southeast this week attending the Georgia Cotton Commission’s annual meeting in Tifton. He said they are closely watching the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. National Cotton Council Closely …

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U.S. Cotton Industry Contributions to Cotton USA Play Critical Role in Developing Export Markets

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

Ten U.S. cotton organizations have pledged industry contributions in 2018 to support the demand-building activities of Cotton Council International (CCI), the National Cotton Council (NCC) export promotion arm, headquartered in Washington, D.C. “Our growers believe that contributing to CCI is an investment in the future of our industry and ultimately is essential to our success,” Plains Cotton Growers Executive Vice …

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Cotton Farm Bill Program in the Works, Long Road Ahead

Dan Cotton, Farm Bill, Industry News Release

Support for cotton growers is in the works, albeit a slow process. The National Cotton Council’s Jody Campiche, director of economics and policy, says getting a farm bill program established is a top priority for the sector. Program Long-term, Campiche says a seed cotton program is the council’s preference. Preference She says cotton growers need more support. While prices for …

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Todd Campbell Receives 2017 Cotton Genetics Research Award

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release, Research

Dr. B. Todd Campbell, a research geneticist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Coastal Plains Soil, Water, and Plant Research Center in Florence, S.C., is the recipient of the 2017 Cotton Genetics Research Award. The announcement was made during the 2018 Beltwide Cotton Improvement Conference, which convened as part of the National Cotton Council-coordinated 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences. In recognition, …

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Agriculture Groups Respond to Tax Reform Package

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

American Farm Bureau Tax Reform Package to Benefit Farmers, Ranchers The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “The tax reform package passed by Congress this week will result in lower taxes for the vast majority of farmers and ranchers. This tax overhaul includes many changes to the tax code, most notably lower individual tax …