2020 News Releases


Truterra, Greenpoint Ag, U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol and Cotton Incorporated Team Up with an Ag Tech Focus to Fuel Continuous Improvement in the Mid-South Cotton Sourcing Region
Pilot program to work with growers across an initial 50,000 acres of U.S. cotton to measure, track and verify sustainability, meet growing demand for more sustainable cotton by consumer brands. Learn more

First Ten U.S. Mills Sign Up to the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol
The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol welcomes its first 10 U.S. cotton textile manufacturers – Buhler Quality Yarns, Cap Yarns, CCW, Contempora Fabrics, Cotswold Industries Inc., Frontier Yarns, Hamrick Mills, Inman Mills, Parkdale Inc., Swisstex Direct as members. Learn more

NCC Welcomes Vilsack and Tai Nominations
The NCC looks forward to working again with U.S. Agriculture Secretary appointee Tom Vilsack on matters ranging from sustainable, climate smart agriculture to international trade opportunities and the farm safety net. Learn more

USDA December Production Report
In its December crop report, USDA estimated a 2020-21 U.S. crop of 15.95 million bales. Learn more

Gap Inc. joins U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol as part of its strengthened commitment and accelerated progress toward its goal of 100% sustainable cotton by 2025
Sourcing Trust Protocol cotton will help Gap Inc. meet its science based commitments to reduced water usage and GHG emissions. Learn more

NCC Congratulates Scott, Thompson on Appointments
The NCC welcomes Representative David Scott’s (D-GA) selection as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for the 117th Congress. Learn more

USDA November Production Report
In its November crop report, USDA estimated a 2020-21 U.S. crop of 17.09 million bales. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Joins the Cotton 2040’s Platform and Sustainability Guide
Trust Protocol recognized for its verified farm-level data and constant improvement as Cotton 2040 aims to encourage the use of sustainable cotton. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Announces NEW DATES for Regional Grower Webinars
Growers should join to learn how they can benefit and how collectively this will help increase demand for U.S. cotton globally. Learn more

Dicamba Access Critical For U.S. Cotton Production
The NCC appreciates EPA's work on issuing a new registration label for dicamba. Learn more

Fashion And Textiles Industry Keen To Go Green Despite COVID-19 Pandemic
New research from the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol and the Economist Intelligence Unit reveals the extent of the global fashion industry's commitment to sustainability, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with sustainability ranked as the second most important strategic objective for businesses in the sector. Learn more

USDA October Production Report
In its October crop report, USDA estimated a 2020-21 U.S. crop of 17.05 million bales. Learn more

Second-Annual World Cotton Day Offers Virtual Events Across the Globe
Global celebration, with virtual sessions and social sharing, recognizes cotton’s contributions. Learn more

Virtual Format Set For 2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences
The NCC will conduct the 2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC) virtually on January 5-7 (Tuesday-Thursday) due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19’s spread. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Launches Nationwide Grower Recruitment Campaign
Program Helps Growers Showcase Data-driven, Measurable, and Verified Sustainability Practices Learn more

NCC: Forced Labor Must be Eliminated in Global Cotton & Textile Production
The National Cotton Council reiterates its absolute opposition to any forced labor practices within the global production of cotton and textiles. Learn more

USDA September Production Report
In its September crop report, USDA estimated a 2020 U.S. crop of 17.06 million bales. Learn more

USDA August Production Report
In its August crop report, USDA estimated a 2020-21 U.S. crop of 18.08 million bales. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Survey Results
Efforts shift to traceability within the supply chain, as brands in North America work to keep sustainability initiatives afloat during pandemic. Learn more

With U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, Brands and Retailers Can Now Source U.S. Cotton with More Confidence
The Trust Protocol brings quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurements to responsible cotton production. Learn more

USDA June 2020 Cotton Acreage Report
In its June acreage report, USDA estimated 2020 U.S. cotton plantings at 12.19 million acres, 11.3 percent less than in 2019. Learn more

Field to Market, U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Announce Partnership
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol announced a new agreement formalized a partnership to document and accelerate sustainable outcomes for U.S. cotton production. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Producers Maintain Access to Critical Weed Control Tool
The NCC is pleased with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's denial of an emergency motion to halt dicamba use -- a ruling that provides U.S. cotton producers with a very important weed control tool this season and prevents devastating financial losses. Learn more

Respect EPA’s Dicamba Decision & Protect Farmers’ Livelihoods During Growing Season
Grower Coalition Files Amicus Brief to Defend Continued Use of Existing Stocks Learn more

NCC Commends Administrator Wheeler’s Selection for EPA Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee
NCC Commends Administrator Wheeler’s Selection for EPA Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee Learn more

Dicamba Availability Critical to Cotton Production Stability
The NCC is grateful for EPA’s quick action enabling cotton producers to use existing stocks of three dicamba formulations this season following the recent court decision to vacate the products’ registrations. Learn more

NCC: Dicamba Herbicides Are Essential Tool
The NCC says that U.S. cotton producers will face a serious challenge if not able to use dicamba herbicides this season. Learn more

Cotton LEADS (SM) Program Welcomes Delta Apparel
Commitment Emphasizes Support for Sustainable Cotton in Brand Supply Chain Learn more

Cotton Council International Joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2020) – Cotton Council International (CCI) announces that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement suite of tools, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain. Learn more

Final 2019 USDA Crop Estimates
In its final estimate of the 2019-20 U.S. cotton crop, USDA placed total production at 19.91 million bales, down slightly from the January estimate of 20.10 million bales. Learn more

National Cotton Council Response to KSU Study
A recent study by Kansas State University researchers entitled “Are Farmers Made Whole by Trade Aid?” stated that, “payment rates are larger than estimated price impacts of retaliatory tariffs for most commodities – the difference is especially large for cotton and sorghum.” However, a further look at actual price and trade data confirms that U.S. cotton producers have not been overcompensated for the trade damages. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Selects Control Union Certifications
Control Union selected as first verification partner ahead of the Trust Protocol launch in June 2020. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Added to Textile Exchange List of Preferred Fibers and Materials
Trust Protocol will join BCI, CmiA, Fairtrade Cotton, Organic Cotton and Recycled Cotton as a preferred cotton fiber Learn more

USDA Announces Prospective Plantings
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NCC: Stimulus Measure Critically Needed Now
The U.S. cotton industry commends Congress and the Administration for reaching agreement today on a broad-based economic relief/stimulus package for individuals and businesses, including the agriculture sector. Learn more

High Cotton Winners Recognized
Recipients of the 2020 Farm Press-Cotton Foundation High Cotton Awards and regions they represent are cotton producers: Larry Ford, Greenwood, Fla., Southeast; Matt/Kelly Griggs, Humboldt, Tenn., Mid-South; Dan Smith, Lockney, Texas, Southwest; and Greg Wuertz, Coolidge, Ariz., West. Learn more

USMCA Offers Stability in Key Markets
The NCC applauded President Trump’s signing on January 29 of the Congressionally-approved U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Learn more

NCC: New Waters Rule Is Practical
The NCC welcomed the EPA/Corps of Engineers’ release today of the Trump Administration’s version of the “waters of the United States,” officially named the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Learn more

China Phase 1 Trade Deal Holds Promise for U.S. Cotton
The NCC believes the Phase 1 trade deal with China signed today by President Trump could provide a much-needed boost to U.S. cotton exports. Learn more

USDA January Production Report
In its January crop report, USDA estimated a 2019 U.S. crop of 20.10 million bales. Learn more

Don Jones Receives 2019 Cotton Genetics Research Award
Dr. Don Jones, Cotton Incorporated’s director of Agricultural Research – Breeding and Genetics in Cary, N.C., is the recipient of the 2019 Cotton Genetics Research Award. Learn more