2013 News Releases

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December
Cotton LEADS™ Embraced By Global Textile Supply Chain 12/19/2013
Just two months after its launch, the Cotton LEADS™ program continues to gain momentum along the global textile supply chain.
 
November
Timely Completion of Long Term, Comprehensive Farm Bill Critical 11/27/2013
The NCC was joined by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and USA Rice Federation in expressing appreciation of the continued efforts of the leaders and members of the House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee to complete work on a new comprehensive, multi-year farm bill – but the groups reiterated their opposition to extending current farm law.
 
Peru Determines No CVD on U.S. Cotton 11/22/2013
The National Cotton Council (NCC) welcomes the decision by the Peruvian commission on competition and intellectual property (INDECOPI) not to impose a countervailing duty (CVD) on imports of U.S. cotton. Following an 18-month investigation, the commission found no causal link between the imports of U.S. cotton fiber and the economic situation of Peru’s cotton farmers.
 
Midwest, Southwest Farmers to See Georgia Agricultural Operations 11/04/2013
Midwest and Southwest producers will see agricultural operations in Georgia on November 11-14, as part of the NCC's Multi-Commodity Education Program.
 
October
NCC Lauds USDA’s Prompt Payment Distribution 10/21/2013
The NCC thanked USDA after the agency announced on October 21 that it had begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments to this nation’s participants and that it will begin distributing 2013 Direct Payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program payments on October 24.
 
Senators Thanked For Letter Seeking Clarification on Marketing Assistance Loans Reduction 10/18/2013
The NCC expressed appreciation to Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and 12 of their Sunbelt colleagues for their bipartisan communication to USDA Secretary Vilsack requesting clarification of the basis for the decision to reduce Marketing Assistance Loans by 5.1% and to shut down loan processing until software modifications are made.
 
US, Australian Cotton Industries Escalating Commitment to Responsibly-Grown Fiber 10/16/2013
The NCC and its export promotion arm, Cotton Council International, have joined with Cotton Australia and Cotton Incorporated as founding members of COTTON LEADS™ -- an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the responsible growing practices among U.S. and Australian cotton producers.
 
Decision-Making Help Offered At 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences 10/04/2013
Those involved in helping producers make key cotton production/marketing-related decisions – including consultants, researchers, Extension specialists/agents and industry sales/support personnel – will find an abundance of information at the 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
 
August
NCC Reiterates Call for New Farm Bill 08/07/2013
The NCC has consistently recognized that a new multi-year farm bill is the way to achieve a final resolution of the cotton portions of the longstanding trade dispute with Brazil.
 
Comprehensive, Multi-year Farm Bill Completion Urged 08/02/2013
The NCC is urging leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees to work expeditiously to resolve the differences between their respective farm bills so that Congress can take final action and the President can sign the legislation.
 
July
Far West Producers to See Texas Operations 07/25/2013
Nine cotton producers from Arizona and California will see cotton and other agriculture-related operations in Texas on Aug. 5-8 as part of the '13 NCC’s Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.).
 
Southwest Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture 07/16/2013
Thirteen cotton producers from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of July 22 as part of the NCC’s '13 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.
 
NCC Welcomes Farm Law Progress 07/11/2013
The NCC welcomed the July 11 House action on new farm legislation (H.R. 2642) because it is an important step towards enactment of new multi-year legislation.
 
June
Southeast Producers to See Louisiana, Mississippi Operations 06/27/2013
Ten cotton producers from the Southeast will see cotton operations in Louisiana and Mississippi on July 7-12 as part of the NCC’s '13 Producer Information Exchange (PIE) program.
 
Cotton Industry Deeply Disappointed House Rejects Bipartisan Farm Legislation 06/20/2013
The farm legislation rejected by the House would have provided a predictable, long-term safety net while saving more than $40 billion over the next 10 years; reforming and streamlining programs; and providing a basis for the resolution of a long standing trade dispute.
 
Mid-South Cotton Producers to See Georgia Operations 06/18/2013
Eight Mid-South cotton producers will see cotton operations in Georgia on June 24-28 as part of the '13 NCC’s Producer Information Exchange program (P.I.E.).
 
NCC Welcomes Senate Farm Bill Passage 06/11/2013
The NCC appreciates the timely action by the US Senate in approving the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 by a 66-27 vote.
 
May
2013 Farm Bill Saves Money, Reforms Policy 05/29/2013
The farm bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee saves nearly $40 billion in mandatory funds while providing reforms to farm policy.
 
NCC Lauds House Committee’s Farm Bill Action 05/16/2013
The NCC congratulated House Agriculture Committee Chairman Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN) for their efforts in moving new farm legislation through that Committee.
 
NCC Welcomes Senate Ag Panel’s Timely Action 05/14/2013
The NCC appreciates the work of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee for producing a farm bill that includes provisions supported by the cotton industry.
 
2013 P.I.E. Program Tours Announced 05/10/2013
The NCC has scheduled dates and locations for the 2013 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the program is now in its 25th year of helping its U.S. cotton producer participants maximize on-farm efficiency.
 
NCC Statement Regarding USDA/EPA Honey Bee Report 05/02/2013
The NCC is aware that the scientific community is in agreement that there are multiple factors involved with bee health decline and more study is necessary to determine which of these factors are the most important.
 
April
Inaugural Emerging Leaders Class Chosen 04/30/2013
The NCC has selected the first class of its new Emerging Leaders Program -- an effort aimed at ensuring the US cotton industry benefits from a continuity of sound leadership.
 
NCC Stresses Importance of Effective STAX 04/10/2013
In a statement, the NCC says farm policy should maintain the underlying structure of the shallow loss crop insurance product known as the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX).
 
February
Sharp Re-elected American Cotton Producers Chair 02/11/2013
Clyde Sharp, a Roll, AZ, cotton producer, was re-elected as chairman of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the NCC for 2013, during the NCC’s annual meeting here on February 8-10.
 
NCC Names 2013 Directors 02/11/2013
The NCC directors for 2013 were announced at the NCC’s annual meeting held here on February 8-10.
 
NCC 2013 State Unit Officers Named 02/11/2013
NCC state unit officers for 2013 were elected at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting here on February 8-10.
 
Cotton Achievement Award Honors Jack Stone 02/11/2013
The late Jack Stone, a California cotton producer, industry leader and former NCC president, is the recipient of the 2012 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Cotton Service Award Honors Woods Eastland 02/11/2013
Woods Eastland, board chairman of Staplcotn Cooperative Association and Staplcotn Discount Corporation in Greenwood, MS, is the recipient of the 2012 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award.
 
Dodson to Lead the NCC in '13 02/11/2013
James F. “Jimmy” Dodson, a Robstown, TX, cotton producer, was elected NCC chairman for '13.
 
Tennessean to Lead National Cotton Ginners Association 02/09/2013
The Memphis-based National Cotton Ginners Association elected its 2013 officers on February 8 during its annual meeting in Memphis, TN.
 
Cotton Outlook Shaped by China’s Policy; Man-made Fibers Competition 02/09/2013
NCC economists say cotton’s '13 outlook will be influenced by China’s policy decisions and continued competition from man-made fiber.
 
NCC Survey Suggests US Producers to Plant 9.01 Million Acres of Upland/ELS Cotton in '13 02/09/2013
US cotton producers intend to plant 9.01 million acres of cotton this spring, down 26.8 from '12, according to the NCC’s 30th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
 
Burch Elected 2013 Cotton Council International President 02/08/2013
John A. Burch was elected the 2013 president of Cotton Council International (CCI).
 
January
Policy Education Program Raising Producer Awareness 01/25/2013
The Policy Education Program (PEP) is now in its 15th year of giving US cotton producers an opportunity to learn more about the NCC policy development/implementation process and the issues affecting the industry.
 
NCC: Senator Chambliss Will Be Missed 01/25/2013
NCC Chairman Chuck Coley said US agriculture will be losing a true champion with Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) not running for '14 re-election.
 
Dever Is '12 Cotton Genetics Research Award Recipient 01/11/2013
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Dr. Jane Dever, associate professor-cotton breeder for Texas AgriLife Research in Lubbock, is the recipient of the 2012 Cotton Genetics Research Award.
 
2013 High Cotton Winners Overcame Multiple Obstacles 01/08/2013
The '13 Farm Press-Cotton Foundation High Cotton Awards recipients are: Southeast – Linwood Vick, Wilson, N.C.; Mid-South – Johnny Little, Holcomb, Miss.; Southwest – John Wilde, San Angelo, Texas; and Far West – Chad Crivelli, Dos Palos, Calif.
 
Agriculture Committees’ Leaders Commended For Farm Policy Efforts 01/02/2013
Cotton industry leaders commend the leaders of the respective agriculture committees and Cotton Belt Senators and Representatives for their unwavering efforts to enact predictable farm policy in a timely manner for the '13 crop year and beyond.