Opinion Stories


Studying the Crowd at the NCC Annual Meeting

March 1, 2012

Held in the late stages of winter every year, the National Cotton Council Annual Meeting is one of my favorite


Predictions and Contradictions

March 1, 2012

I heard a speculator say with cotton, corn and soybean prices fluctuating so wildly, seven out of eight trades will


Next Steps Are in the Government’s Hands

February 23, 2012

Brazil is now the 4th-largest producer and 5th-largest exporter of cotton in the world. These numbers would be enough to


‘Knowing the Numbers’ Isn’t Always Enough

February 23, 2012

Even people who have spent most of their lives in the cotton trade were baffled by recent volatility. The most


Securing Cotton’s Future: Thinking Beyond the Boll

February 22, 2012

There is no denying that the cotton industry faced challenges in 2011. The fluctuating price of raw cotton fiber placed

Success Is Built Daily, not During Times of Crisis

February 22, 2012

As you read through the dozens of articles you will find in the subsequent pages of the 2012 Cotton International

Courageous Leaders Focus on Tomorrow

February 22, 2012

The relatively stable surroundings and peace that the world was accustomed to symbolically ended on Sept. 15, 2008. On that

The To-Do List: Policy, Transparency, Hedging

February 22, 2012

The ICAC, in cooperation with The World Bank, organized a seminar on “Cotton Price Volatility: Transparency of Cotton Supply and

Curiosity Killed the Pig?

February 14, 2012

In journalism school, they taught us the seven values of news – that is, they tried to teach us what

The Business of Beltwide

February 13, 2012

As the manager of cotton agronomy, physiology and soils for the National Cotton Council, Bill Robertson tends to wear a

Everything but the Farmer’s Tan

February 13, 2012

One of the best things about writing for Cotton Grower magazine is getting to meet growers from across the Cotton

Looking Back on 2011

February 13, 2012

As we prepared to hunker down for the winter months at the Cotton Grower offices, Editor Henry Gantz and I

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