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Cotton Planting Back on Four-Year Target

Cotton growers throughout the Cotton Belt made substantial progress in planting during the past week. According to the June 2 USDA Planting Progress Report, 82 percent of the nation’s cotton crop is now in the ground – a 23 percent increase in planted acres over last week’s numbers.

Based on this report, growers have essentially caught up with the four-year average (2008-2012) of 83 percent planted by early June. And even with this year’s late spring, planted acres are now only five percent behind last year’s early planting totals.

Most of the key 15 cotton-producing states show 90 or more percent of acres planted. Growers in several states – notably Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee – were slowed by continued wet weather, but still increased plantings from 20 to 40 percent.

Texas also showed significant progress, as planting activity continues to increase in the High Plains. Growers in Oklahoma and Kansas also continue to move ahead, with nearly 50 percent of each state’s crop in the ground in spite of severe weather outbreaks.

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  1. Agricultural Marketing Service 1400 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20250 | Room 3933-S Voice 202.720.8998 Web: http://www.ams.usda.gov Release No.: 101-13 Contact: Pam Stanziani, (202) 720-8998 Pamela.stanziani@usda.gov USDA Seeks Nominees for Cotton Board WASHINGTON, June 6, 2013 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for candidates to serve on the Cotton Board. The Cotton Research and Promotion Act provides that the Board shall be composed of representatives of cotton producers and importers. These representatives are selected by the Secretary of Agriculture from nominations submitted by certified producer organizations (CPO) and certified importer organizations (CIO). CPOs and CIOs are industry organizations that are certified by the Secretary pursuant to procedures set forth in the Cotton Research and Promotion Order. USDA is seeking nominees to fill 19 member and 19 alternate member positions for vacancies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri/Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee/Kentucky, Texas, Virginia, and for importers with terms ending December 31, 2016. Members and alternates members, as well as the consumer advisors, serve staggered three-year terms with no term limits. The CPOs in respective states and the CIOs will caucus to nominate two qualified persons for each member and alternate member position. The Secretary shall select members and alternates from the CPO and CIO nominations. USDA welcomes membership on industry boards that reflects the diversity of the individuals served by the programs. USDA encourages all eligible women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to seek nomination for a seat on the Cotton Board. The cotton research and promotion program is designed to advance the position of cotton in the marketplace. It is funded by assessments on all domestically produced cotton and imports of foreign-produced cotton and cotton-containing products, and is authorized by the Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966. AMS oversees operations of the Board. For nominating information or for a list of CPOs and CIOs, contact Shethir M. Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion Staff, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406, telephone (540) 361-2726, facsimile (540) 361-1199, or email at Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov. # Get the latest Agricultural Marketing Service news at http://www.ams.usda.gov/news or follow us on Twitter @USDA_AMS. You can also read about us on the USDA blog. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

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