NCC on Lower Cotton Production Forecast

Dan Cotton

In its December report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made a large reduction to the 2019 cotton crop. The report noted that U.S. cotton production is forecast at 20.2 million 480-pound bales, down 3 percent from the previous forecast. Most of the more than 600,000 bale reduction was in the Texas crop. But, National Cotton Council (NCC) Vice President of Economics and Policy …


Eligible Cotton Producers Receiving MFP Payments

Dan Cotton, Economy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has begun issuing the second tranche of payments for the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Producers of MFP-eligible commodities, like cotton, will be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50% already received. National Cotton Council (NCC) Vice President of Washington Operations, Reece Langley, notes a third tranche …

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Registration Underway for Beltwide Cotton Conferences

Dan Cotton

The National Cotton Council (NCC) wants to remind producers the 2020 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will be held January 8-10 in Austin, Texas, and registration is open. Lauren Krogman, coordinator of the Conferences and NCC’s Manager of Marketing and Processing Technology, has more details. The annual event brings together university and USDA researchers, extension personnel/agents, consultants, and industry sales/support personnel. The …


NCC Applauds EPA Revisions for Pesticide Applications

Dan Cotton, Environment, Industry News Release

(NCC) — The National Cotton Council (NCC) appreciates the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to change some aspects of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) that were finalized under the last administration. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler made the announcement today regarding the proposal that provides much needed changes to what is called the Application Exclusion Zone, or AEZ. The AEZ is …


Various Topics Discussed at Beltwide Cotton Conference

Dan Cotton

The 2019 Beltwide Cotton Conferences took place earlier this month in New Orleans. Lauren Krogman, manager of marketing and processing technology for the National Cotton Council (NCC) and coordinator of the conferences, explains what was discussed this year. And as a reminder to producers, the 2019 National Cotton Council Annual Meeting will be held February 8-10 in San Antonio, Texas.Preliminary meetings will begin …

Ron Craft to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2018

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

Ron Craft, a cotton producer and fifth-generation ginner from Plains, Texas, was elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2018. Named during the NCC’s 2018 annual meeting held in Fort Worth, Texas on February 9-11, Craft moves up from NCC vice chairman to succeed Ronnie Lee, a cotton producer from Bronwood, Georgia. Active in many state and national farm and gin …

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Cotton Market Rally Not Related to Fundamentals

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

Dr. Jody Campiche vice-president of economics and policy analysis for the National Cotton Council, says the recent price rally is not really related to longer term fundamentals. Market Overseas issues are also affecting prices. Prices Are prices likely to remain high for a while? Trend   As for planted acreage this season. Acreage That’s Jody Campiche of the National Cotton …


NCC Lauds Rural Prosperity Task Force Efforts

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

The National Cotton Council (NCC) lauds the work of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity that was presented to President Trump this week. The task force was formed following the signing of an Executive Order by President Trump in 2017. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue served as chairman of the task force which identified more than 100 recommendations to …