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Make Sure Conservation Compliance Up to Date with FSA

November 4, 2014

Based on changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill, producers are now required to have a completed and signed Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification on file with the Farm Service Agency.

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USDA Updates ARC, PLC Timelines and Details

November 4, 2014

USDA’s Farm Service Agency has updated the timelines for the Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage programs specified as part of the 2014 Farm Bill.

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Texas Tech Program Wins Cotton Inc. Grant

November 3, 2014

Students in Texas Tech’s Retail Management program will get an in-depth look at cotton in their curriculum, thanks to an educational grant from Cotton Incorporated.

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Don’t Hate the Futures. Hate the Fundamentals.

November 1, 2014

Cotton producers could learn a lot from – of all things – the onion market.

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With WTO Brazil Settled, Cotton Casts a Wary Eye on Chinese Policy

October 31, 2014

With the conclusion of the WTO Brazil case, the U.S. cotton industry can bring a renewed focus to the challenges ahead, coming from a familiar source.

Nematode Research on the Rise

October 30, 2014

Take a peek at the seed company pipelines, and you’ll notice a common theme – nematode control.

Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program Includes Cotton Belt States

October 28, 2014

Grow Ag Leaders is offering more than $500,000 in college scholarships to students interested in agricultural careers. The program is available in 40 states, including many throughout the Cotton Belt.

Plexus: Market “Boxed In” Between Support and Resistance

October 24, 2014

Volatility dropped this week, as the market is discounting a scenario in which prices are not expected to change significantly over the coming months. Once all harvest is complete and sorted out, we may see renewed pressure on cash prices.

USDA Offers Funding for Rural Broadband and Telecommunications

October 23, 2014

USDA is offering $190.5 million in grants and loans to make broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure improvements in rural areas.

Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show Returns for Third Year

October 23, 2014

Cotton Incorporated will again host Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show – a fashion marathon featuring a different cotton look every minute – in early November.

EPA Launches Voluntary Star-Rating Program to Reduce Pesticide Drift

October 22, 2014

The EPA has announced a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology program to encourage the use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement and help farmers save money.

Cotton Industry Applauds USDA Production History Changes

October 21, 2014

The cotton industry commended USDA’s Risk Management Agency for implementing a farm law provision important to cotton production areas that have been hit with drought and other adverse weather in recent years.

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Sanders Acquires Gillett Grain Services

December 19, 2014

Jimmy Sanders Incorporated – a subsidiary of Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC – has acquired Gillett Grain Services, Inc., located in Gillett, AR.

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Promising Start to BCI Sustainability Project in U.S.

December 19, 2014

Twenty-two farms in four states produced more than 26 million pounds of cotton lint in the first year of a pilot project in the U.S. by the Better Cotton Initiative.

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Empire of Cotton

December 18, 2014

A new book highlights the historical ties between the cotton industry and the rise of modern capitalism.

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USDA Posts Final EIS for Monsanto Dicamba-Tolerant Cotton and Soybeans

December 15, 2014

USDA has posted its final Environmental Impact Statement for Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean varieties in the Federal Register, beginning a 30-day review period before the agency publishes its final decision on deregulation of these varieties.

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NCC Schedules STAX/Farm Bill Webinars

December 12, 2014

As a follow-up to the Stacked Income Protection Plan/Farm Bill workshops conducted over the past month, the National Cotton Council is hosting four regional information webinars on December 17 and 18.

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Production Estimates Down, Exports Steady Says USDA

December 11, 2014

Based on information contained in USDA’s December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, U.S. cotton production is down slightly over earlier projections, while export numbers remain unchanged.

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Texas Entomologists Watching “Crazy” New Pest

December 10, 2014

Texas Extension entomologists are keeping an eye on the movements of the tawny crazy ant, a relative newcomer to the state that could potentially cause some serious headaches for row crop producers.

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Port Problems Choking U.S. Cotton Exports

December 9, 2014

Congestion and labor issues at major West Coast ports are threatening the timely delivery of U.S. cotton to China ahead of a key deadline for imports to arrive.

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Fiber in Cotton LEADS Program Certified 100 Percent Bio-Based by USDA

December 4, 2014

Cotton fiber represented by the Cotton LEADS program is now considered 100 percent bio-based by USDA, following recent revisions to its BioPreferred Program guidelines.

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New Advances Reported in Cotton Genome Sequencing

December 2, 2014

A significant cooperative accomplishment has been made in the sequencing of the cotton genome, which will fuel multi-disciplinary basic and applied research to help increase cotton productivity.

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Seamless Leadership Change at the National Cotton Council

November 30, 2014

A transition in leadership is coming to the National Cotton Council. And the organization already has the right people in place to continue the Council’s operations and programs without missing a beat.