Latest News Releases

Latest news releases from the National Cotton Council

2019

USDA December Production Report
12/10/2019
In its December crop report, USDA estimated a 2019-20 U.S. cotton crop of 20.21 million bales. Learn more


U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Names Directors
12/10/2019
The inaugural Board of Directors has been named for the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol (Trust Protocol), a new standard developed to help the U.S. cotton production sector further reduce its footprint by enabling producers to assess their performance against specific sustainability goals. Learn more


NCC: Trade Assistance Will Provide Economic Relief
11/15/2019
The National Cotton Council extended its thanks to the Administration after USDA announced details regarding the second tranche of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for the 2019 crop year. Learn more


USDA November Production Report
11/08/2019
In its November crop report, USDA estimated a 2019-20 U.S. cotton crop of 20.82 million bales. Learn more


COTTON USA and Oritain Ink New Partnership for Traceability
10/31/2019
COTTON USA and Oritain have signed a partnership to provide industry leading, forensic verification of origin for all U.S. cotton. Learn more


NCC Applauds EPA Revisions for Pesticide Applications
10/24/2019
The NCC appreciates the EPA’s proposal to change some aspects of the Worker Protection Standards that were finalized under the last Administration. Learn more


Midwest, Western Farmers to See Mid-South Cotton Operations
10/11/2019
Farmers from Idaho and North Dakota will get a unique opportunity to observe cotton and other agriculture-related operations in the Mid-South on October 14-17, as part of the NCC Multi-Commodity Education Program. Learn more


USDA October Production Report
10/10/2019
In its October crop report, USDA estimated a 2019-20 U.S. crop of 21.71 million bales. Learn more


2018 Farm Bill Webinar Instructions, Presentation
09/13/2019
This NCC document contains a link to the NCC's 2018 farm bill educational webinar presentation and provides instructions for webinar access and participation. Learn more


NCC: WOTUS Rule Withdrawal Is Right Decision
09/12/2019
The NCC applauds today’s announcement by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler that the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule has been withdrawn. Learn more


USDA September Production Report
09/12/2019
In its September crop report, USDA estimated a 2019-20 U.S. cotton crop of 21.86 million bales. Learn more


2020 Beltwide Cotton Conferences Providing Insight on Latest Research, Innovative Technology
08/12/2019
The 2020 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC), set for January 8-10 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, will update attendees on the latest research and technology. Learn more


USDA August Production Report
08/12/2019
In its August crop report, USDA estimated a 2019-20 U.S. crop of 22.52 million bales. Learn more


Conaway Advocated Strongly For American Agriculture
07/31/2019
In response to Representative Mike Conaway’s (R-TX) announcement today that he will not seek re-election, the NCC said that the Congressman wholeheartedly served U.S. agriculture, including demonstrating superb leadership through the development and passage of the 2018 farm bill. Learn more


Mid-South, Western Cotton Producers to See Southeast Operations
07/31/2019
Six Mid-South and four Western cotton producers will see cotton and other agricultural operations in Virginia and North Carolina on August 11-15 as part of the NCC’s 2019 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.). Learn more


NCC: Trade Package Will Provide Timely Assistance
07/25/2019
The NCC conveyed its appreciation of the Trump Administration for recognizing the economic pressures caused by the trade tensions with China and providing support to assist American farmers. Learn more


P.I.E. Tours Set For California, Mid-South
07/18/2019
Ten cotton producers from Texas and Oklahoma will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley while nine Southeast cotton producers will see the same in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee during the week of July 28 as part of the NCC’s 2019 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more


EPA Approves Sulfoxaflor Use on Cotton
07/12/2019
The NCC is grateful for EPA’s decision granting use on cotton of sulfoxaflor (commercially known as Transform©) – a uniquely designed insecticide that targets piercing/sucking insect pests such as aphids and plant bugs. Learn more


U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Pilot Underway
07/11/2019
The NCC has initiated a pilot of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a program designed to confirm and increase awareness of the fact that U.S. cotton producers are farming responsibly and striving for continuous improvement. Learn more


Enhanced Reporting Should Improve U.S. Cotton Flow
07/10/2019
Recently implemented policies based on National Cotton Council resolutions regarding warehouse bale shipment reporting are aimed at enhancing the industry’s reputation for timely delivery by getting U.S. raw cotton into customers’ hands faster. Learn more


USDA June 2019 Acreage Report
06/28/2019
In its June 2019 acreage report, USDA estimated 2019-20 U.S. cotton plantings at 13.72 million acres, down 2.7% from 2018. Learn more


NCC: Disaster Relief Package Is Vital
06/03/2019
The National Cotton Council greatly appreciates Congress and the Administration for their support and approval of long-awaited and much needed disaster and recovery assistance for those farmers who were devastated by Hurricanes Florence, Michael and other natural disasters in 2018 and early 2019. Learn more


U.S. Cotton Grateful for Trade Assistance Package
05/23/2019
The NCC conveyed its appreciation to the Trump Administration for instituting a second round of trade mitigation payments for U.S. farmers. Learn more


2019 P.I.E. Program Tour Dates Set
05/22/2019
The NCC has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2019 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more


NCC Thanks President for Steps to Advance USMCA Approval
05/20/2019
The NCC commends President Trump and his Administration for the recent outcome of negotiations with Mexico and Canada to remove the U.S. Section 232 tariffs and the corresponding retaliatory tariffs. Learn more


Final 2018 USDA Crop Estimates
05/10/2019
In its final estimate of the 2018-19 U.S. cotton crop, USDA placed total production at 18.37 million bales. Learn more


Emerging Leaders Program Participants Selected
05/03/2019
Thirteen U.S. cotton industry members have been chosen for the National Cotton Council’s 2019-2020 Emerging Leaders Program. Learn more


USDA Announces Prospective Plantings
03/29/2019
USDA’s March Prospective Plantings Report indicates U.S. producers intend to plant 13.8 million acres of cotton in 2019-20, 2.3% less than the previous year. Learn more


2019 Ginner Schools Registration Now Open
02/20/2019
U.S. certified ginners, gin managers and superintendents are urged to register for one of the 2019 Ginner Schools. Learn more


National Cotton Council 2019 State Unit Officers Named
02/12/2019
National Cotton Council state unit officers for 2019 were elected at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting held in San Antonio, Texas, on February 8-10. Learn more


Shawn Holladay Re-elected American Cotton Producers Chair
02/12/2019
Shawn Holladay of Lubbock, Texas, was re-elected as chairman of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the National Cotton Council for 2019, during the NCC’s recent Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more


USDA January Production Report
02/11/2019
In its January Annual crop report, USDA estimated a 2018-19 U.S. crop of 18.39 million bales. Learn more


National Cotton Council Names 2019 Directors
02/11/2019
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council directors for 2019 were announced at the NCC’s annual meeting held in San Antonio, Texas, on February 8-10. Learn more


Cotton Achievement Award Honors Robert H. Chapman
02/11/2019
The late Robert H. Chapman, III, who had a passion for textile manufacturing and who served as chairman, chief executive officer, and treasurer of Inman Mills in Spartanburg, S.C., received the 17th Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more


Cotton Service Award Honors Phil Burnett
02/11/2019
Phillip Burnett, a former chief staff executive for the National Cotton Council, received the 2018 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award. Learn more


Mike Tate to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2019
02/11/2019
Mike Tate, a cotton producer from Huntsville, Ala., was elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2019. Learn more


Wes Morgan to Lead National Cotton Ginners Association
02/11/2019
The Memphis-based National Cotton Ginners Association elected its 2019 officers on February 8 during its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more


Kirk Gilkey Is National Ginner Award Recipient
02/11/2019
Kirk Gilkey, manager of the Cross-Creek II Gin in Corcoran, Calif., and who has provided several years of dedicated service to the U.S. cotton industry, is the 2018 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. Learn more


Cotton Council International Elects 2019 Officers
02/11/2019
Hank Reichle, a cooperative official from Greenwood, Miss., will serve as president of Cotton Council International for 2019. Learn more


Ongoing Trade Tensions Between the U.S. and China Creating Uncertainty in the World Economy, Global Cotton Market
02/09/2019
NCC economists point to a few key factors that will shape the U.S. cotton industry’s 2019 economic outlook. Learn more


NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 14.5 Million Acres of Cotton in 2019
02/09/2019
U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 14.5 million cotton acres this spring, up 2.9% from 2018 (based on USDA’s December 2018 estimate), according to the NCC’s 38th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. Learn more


Vela Addressing 2019 NCC Annual Meeting
02/01/2019
Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, will address delegates at the National Cotton Council’s 2019 Annual Meeting at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Learn more


NCC Welcomes FSA Offices Reopening
01/22/2019
The NCC greatly appreciates USDA and the Administration for reopening all Farm Service Agency offices and bringing back staff to conduct services essential to cotton producers and the entire cotton industry. Learn more


Eric Hequet Receives 2018 Cotton Genetics Research Award
01/10/2019
Dr. Eric Hequet, a former cotton breeder and current chair of Texas Tech University’s Plant & Soil Science Department in Lubbock, has been selected by the Joint Cotton Breeding Committee as the recipient of the 2018 Cotton Genetics Research Award. Learn more