International Stories


Leading Global Economist Set for ICA Trade Event

August 14, 2015

Todd Buchholz, a leading expert on the U.S. and global economy, will share his thoughts on global politics and economics during the International Cotton Association’s (ICA) “San Francisco 2015” trade event in late October.


ICE World Contract Set to Begin in November

August 12, 2015

InterContinental Exchange's new world cotton futures contract will begin trading on November 2, pending regulatory approval.


Chinese Import Decline Hits the Indian Spinning Sector

August 10, 2015

Cotton spinning mills in India has been hard hit by declining yarn exports, leading some in northern India to consider shutting down one day a week.


Stephen Harmer Pens Winning Essay for ACSA International Cotton Institute

July 16, 2015

Stephen Harmer of Jess Smith & Sons won this year’s Meister Media Worldwide essay contest for students attending the ACSA International Cotton Institute in Memphis, TN.


ICA Bremen Opens New Cotton Testing Laboratory

June 25, 2015

ICA Bremen has opened a new cotton testing laboratory to help meet the growing demands of the global cotton and textile industry.

World Cotton Contract Back on Track?

June 17, 2015

IntercontinentalExchange’s new world cotton futures contract has seemingly cleared a significant legislative hurdle in the U.S.

Japan Cotton Traders’ Association Joins ICA

June 1, 2015

The Japan Cotton Traders’ Association has become a member of the International Cotton Association.

International Cotton Schools Ready for Summer Classes

May 5, 2015

This summer, students from around the world will learn about American cotton at the ACSA International Cotton Institute and the Texas International Cotton School.

ICA Wraps Up 2015 Complete Cotton Training Program

May 5, 2015

Thirty-seven delegates from throughout the global cotton industry recently completed the International Cotton Association’s annual Complete Cotton training program.

India Cotton Exports Down From Last Year

April 28, 2015

Current cotton exports from India are lagging compared to last year.

High Quality Draft Sequence of Upland Cotton Genome Released for Research

April 21, 2015

An international consortium has made a high-quality draft genome sequence of Upland cotton publicly available for cotton research.

ICA Trade Event Set for San Francisco in October

April 20, 2015

The International Cotton Association is bringing its major trade event to San Francisco, CA on October 30-31.

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Zhangjiagang Becomes First Certified Laboratory in China

November 17, 2015

Zhangjiagang Academy of Inspection and Detection has been certified as a “laboratory of choice” by ICA Bremen.


ICA Names New President and Directors

November 12, 2015

Jean-Marc Derossis was elected president of the International Cotton Association during the organization’s Annual General Meeting in San Francisco, CA.


ICAC Cooperative Research Network for Cotton Meets in Egypt

November 3, 2015

Ninety-seven delegates from 10 countries attended the ICAC meeting of the Inter-Regional Cooperative Research Network on Cotton for the Mediterranean and Middle East Regions.


Chinese Cotton Demand at All-Time Low

October 16, 2015

Chinese cotton imports reached an all-time low in September, as an economic slowdown and large domestic inventories continue to weigh on demand.


Unpicking Cotton?

October 14, 2015

Uzbekistan officials asked local growers to "unpick" some of their harvested cotton. Here's why.


ICAC Expects Stable World Cotton Trade in 2015/16

October 5, 2015

The International Cotton Advisory Committee has released its latest projections for world cotton trade.


ICA Bremen Brings Cotton Classing Training to Korea

September 30, 2015

ICA Bremen took its Cotton Classing training course to Korea in early September.


U.S. and India Announce Bilateral Collaboration for Technical Textiles

September 25, 2015

Bilateral collaboration and technical exchanges between the United States and India in technical textiles are planned as part of a recently-announced strategic and commercial cooperation between the countries.


ICE Futures: World Cotton Contract Begins November 2

September 25, 2015

ICE Futures U.S. will launch a World Cotton contract on November 2, which will trade alongside ICE’s benchmark Cotton No. 2 contract.


China ELS Crop Could Triple

August 31, 2015

China’s production of extra-long staple cotton for 2015/16 could be three times the size of last year’s crop, thanks to new incentive programs tied to market prices.


First Estimate of New Season Indian Cotton Crop Released

August 25, 2015

The Indian cotton crop for the new season beginning this October is estimated to be 38 million bales (170 kilograms each).