2018 News Releases

2018

2018 P.I.E. Program Tour Dates Set
07/12/2018
The National Cotton Council has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2018 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more


NCC: Senate’s Farm Legislation Raises Serious Concerns for Cotton
06/29/2018
The NCC will be working to ensure that final farm legislation will address the serious shortcomings of the Senate farm bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Learn more


USDA's June 2018 Acreage Report
06/29/2018
In its June acreage report, USDA estimated 2018-19 U.S. cotton plantings at 13.5 million acres, up 7.2% from 2017. Learn more


NCC Applauds House Passage of Farm Legislation
06/21/2018
The NCC strongly supports the farm policy provisions in the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) and believes today’s House passage of the bill is an extremely important and strong step toward providing much needed stability to the U.S. cotton industry. Learn more


Sunbelt Leaders to See Idaho Agriculture
06/14/2018
Farmers from 15 states in the southern half of the nation will see agricultural production and processing operations in Idaho on June 24-29 as part of the National Cotton Council’s Multi-Commodity Education Program (MCEP). Learn more


COTTON LEADS™ PROGRAM WELCOMES WRANGLER’S SOIL HEALTH COMMITMENT
05/23/2018
The Cotton LEADS™ program announced its newest member Wrangler® and applauded the brand’s commitment to promoting soil health practices as a foundation for improving sustainability in the industry. Learn more


NCC: Farm Legislation Passage Much Needed
05/11/2018
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council (NCC) is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to approve the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 without any damaging amendments to farm policy. Learn more


Final 2017 USDA Crop Estimates Released
05/10/2018
In its final estimate of the 2017-18 U.S. cotton crop, USDA placed total production at 20.92 million bales, down from the January estimate of 21.26 million bales. Learn more


Emerging Leaders Program Participants Selected
05/04/2018
Eleven U.S. cotton industry members have been chosen to participate in the NCC's Emerging Leaders Program for 2018-19. Learn more


2018 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials Announced
04/16/2018
USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced on April 16 the 2018 crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple cotton. Learn more


NCC: Tariffs Would Undermine U.S. Cotton Trade with China
04/04/2018
The NCC is concerned that China’s announcement of significantly higher proposed tariffs on U.S. raw cotton shipped to that country would significantly harm the economic health of the U.S. cotton industry. Learn more


USDA Announces March Prospective Plantings
03/29/2018
USDA’s March Prospective Plantings Report indicates U.S. producers intend to plant 13.5 million acres of cotton in 2018. Learn more


COTTON LEADS™ Program Welcomes JCPENNEY
03/22/2018
The Partnership Reflects Retailer’s Commitment to Responsible and Ethical Sourcing Practices. Learn more


NCC: Senator Cochran Champion of Agriculture
03/05/2018
In response to Senator Thad Cochran’s announcement that he will retire on April 1, the National Cotton Council said he is a highly effective legislator and a true statesman who consistently supported the U.S. cotton industry and all of agriculture during his long career. Learn more


NCC Applauds Secretary Perdue for Ginning Cost Share Program
03/03/2018
The Ginning Cost-Share (CGCS) program sign-up period is March 12, 2018 to May 11, 2018. More information about the program can be obtained by contacting the local FSA office or visiting www.fsa.usda.gov/cgcs. Learn more


NCC: Senate Confirms Key USTR Nominees
03/02/2018
The NCC is pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of key officials in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Learn more


NCC Applauds Northey Confirmation to USDA Post
02/27/2018
The NCC conveyed its support of today’s Senate confirmation of Bill Northey to serve as USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service. Learn more


2018 Seed Cotton Information Conference Call/Webinar Set
02/13/2018
U.S. cotton industry members are encouraged to participate in a NCC-hosted regional information conference call/webinar on February 26 regarding provisions of the Seed Cotton Program authorized under current farm law. Learn more


NCC: New Cotton Policy Gives Much Needed Boost
02/09/2018
The National Cotton Council greatly appreciates Congress’ passage of a supplemental disaster bill. Learn more


USDA January Production Report
01/12/2018
In its January (2018) crop report, USDA estimated a 2017-18 U.S. crop of 21.26 million bales. Learn more


NCC Lauds Rural Prosperity Task Force Efforts
01/11/2018
The NCC lauds the work of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity that was presented to President Trump the week of January 8. Learn more


Todd Campbell Receives 2017 Cotton Genetics Research Award
01/05/2018
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – 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. Learn more