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Cottonseed Provisions Part of FY18 Ag Appropriations Bill

July 20, 2017

Several key cottonseed policy provisions are included in the FY18 Agriculture Appropriations bill approved July 20.

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USDA Extends Deadline for Recording Farm Structure

May 31, 2016

USDA has extended the deadline to July 1 for farmers and ranchers to restructure or finalize changes to their farm organization structures related to the Actively Engaged in Farming guidelines.

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House Ag Committee Defends Cotton in Hearing

February 24, 2016

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway of Texas used a hearing on the state of the rural economy to defend the U.S. cotton industry and reemphasize the importance of designating cottonseed as an oilseed.

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Oilseed Designation for Cottonseed Stymied; Industry Responds

February 3, 2016

According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USDA lawyers have determined the department does not have the authority to declare cottonseed an oilseed, prompting swift responses from the NCC and the House Agriculture Committee.

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Bipartisan Coalition of Lawmakers Urge Action on Cottonseed Designation

December 15, 2015

One hundred U.S. Representatives signed a letter urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to designate cottonseed an oilseed, allowing cotton farmers to access the same risk management tools available under the Farm Bill to other oilseed farmers.

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Cotton Leaders Highlight Dire Industry Economics to House Subcommittee

December 9, 2015

Cotton industry leaders told a House Agriculture Committee hearing that assistance from Congress and the Administration is crucial for U.S. cotton to weather the current economic and regulatory climate.

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Modifications Announced for STAX Insurance Product in 2016

November 5, 2015

USDA’s Risk Management Agency is making several modifications to the Stacked Income Protection Plan of insurance (STAX) for cotton for the 2016 crop year.

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NCC Says Report on U.S. Cotton Policies Misleading

September 18, 2015

The National Cotton Council says a recent report on U.S. cotton policies issued by The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development is flawed due to several invalid assumptions.

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Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Begins

July 6, 2015

Farmers in eligible counties may enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program from July 6 through September 30.

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Decision Time Is Wrong Time for Farm Bill Changes

February 24, 2015

With new farm bill decision deadlines looming, the Senate Ag Committee is hearing from growers that now is not the time to consider policy or budget changes to the legislation.

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Important Farm Bill Deadlines Approaching

January 15, 2015

With sign-up deadlines approaching, farmers have several important decisions to make under the 2014 farm bill.

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RMA Announces APH Yield Exclusion Details

December 26, 2014

The Risk Management Agency has announced program details related to the Actual Production History Yield Exclusion provision to the 2014 Farm Bill, including information on eligible crops, crop years and counties where producers may exclude certain yields.

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NCC Farm Bill Meeting Info Now Online

December 22, 2014

Information from the National Cotton Council’s 25 STAX/Farm Bill workshops and four regional webinars is now accessible online.

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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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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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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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New Farm Bill Program Provides Production History Relief

October 21, 2014

USDA has implemented a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide production history relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought.

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Will Farm Bill Delay Impact 2015 Cotton Planting?

October 16, 2014

Delays in implementing a provision of the 2014 Farm Bill may force growers in Texas, Georgia and other states plagued by years of drought to plant fewer acres of cotton that they would like in 2015.

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STAX & SCO Information Released by USDA

October 11, 2014

Premium rates and expected area-wide yields for the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) and the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) are now available online.

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NCC Sets STAX/Farm Bill Workshops

October 7, 2014

The National Cotton Council will conduct 25 educational meetings in November and December to provide its members with an in-depth look at the new Stacked Income Protection Plan and the Supplemental Coverage Option for cotton under The Agricultural Act of 2014.

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Product News

INTL FCStone Offers Online Tool for OTC Hedging Strategies

October 17, 2017

INTL FCStone Markets, LLC has introduced a new online pricing tool that provides users open access to the firm’s structured products pricing portfolio.

Product News

Americot Team Continues to Grow

October 6, 2017

Americot continues to expand the company’s sales and technical support team, with the addition of six new specialists located throughout the Cotton Belt.

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NemaStrike Technology Ready for Nematode Control in 2018

October 6, 2017

Monsanto adds NemaStrike Technology as a new seed treatment solution to control nematode species across the Cotton Belt.

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Americot Adds Three to Regional Sales Force

September 20, 2017

Americot, Inc. has added three new regional representatives to the company’s sales force.

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Enlist One Herbicide Added to Enlist System

September 13, 2017

Dow AgroSciences adds a straight-goods 2,4-D choline herbicide for additional tank-mix flexibility in Enlist crops.

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Elevore Herbicide Registered for Burndown Use

August 30, 2017

Dow AgroSciences’ Elevore herbicide has received federal registration for use in fall and spring burndown programs for cotton, soybeans and corn.

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Stoneville Legacy Club Honors Charter Members

August 24, 2017

The new Stoneville Legacy Club honored 129 growers who recorded average yields of 1,794 lbs/A or higher on at least 20 acres with Stoneville cotton varieties.

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Improved Bollworm Management Expected in 2018

August 23, 2017

Southeast Texas cotton farmers should have new tools available in 2018 to better manage bollworms and other potentially damaging pests.

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Market Analysis

Shurley: October Numbers Not As Expected, But Prices Hold

October 18, 2017

USDA’s October production and supply and demand estimates are like apples – pick and choose and you’ll find some numbers you like...and some you won’t.

Harvest

Cool Weather Problems for Texas Panhandle Cotton

October 17, 2017

Poor weather conditions in the Rolling and High Plains of Texas could mean subpar cotton yields for many producers.

Precision Technology

Georgia Extension Testing Agricultural Water Use

October 17, 2017

A team of University of Georgia Extension specialists is studying agricultural irrigation to help increase the water-use efficiency in southern Georgia row crops.

Market Analysis

Trying to Read the Market: Bearish, Neutral or Bullish?

October 13, 2017

After finding USDA’s October WASDE report initially bearish and somewhat neutral, cotton prices went mildly bullish thinking about stronger demand and the real size of the U.S. and foreign crops.

Weed Control

EPA Sets Revised In-Crop Dicamba Guidelines

October 13, 2017

The EPA has reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures to further minimize the potential for drift damage from over-the-top use of dicamba formulations in genetically-modified cotton and soybeans.

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BASF Agrees to Buy Bayer’s Liberty and Seed Businesses

October 13, 2017

BASF has agreed to acquire significant parts of Bayer’s seed and non-selective herbicide businesses, including Liberty herbicide and the Stoneville and FiberMax cotton seed brands.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Cotton Highlights from October WASDE Report

October 12, 2017

USDA’s WASDE report for October lowers U.S. production and export forecasts for the 2017 crop, while global projections rise slightly due to expected larger crops in other countries.

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Monsanto, Deltapine Support Hurricane Recovery for Texas Ag

October 10, 2017

Monsanto and Deltapine is donating $200,000 to assist with ongoing agricultural recovery efforts in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey.

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Registration Open for 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences

October 10, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences set for January 3-5 in San Antonio, TX.

Market Analysis

Examining Loan Program and Rate Changes for 2017

October 9, 2017

Dr. Don Shurley provides an analysis of what changes in the marketing assistance loan for 2017 could mean for cotton growers.

Market Analysis

Prices Still Sideways as Bearish Moods Grow

October 6, 2017

The market is watching weather and waiting for USDA’s October report. But bearish signs are starting to surface in some segments.