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Budget Deal Restores Farm Bill Coverage for Cotton

February 9, 2018

Critically-needed policy that restores Title I coverage for cotton in the current Farm Bill was part of the bipartisan budget legislation approved by Congress on February 9 and signed into law by President Trump.

Market Analysis

Shurley: New Year Cotton Policy Update

January 5, 2018

Recent legislative action in Congress could potentially bring cotton back under Title I commodity protection. Dr. Don Shurley explains the details.

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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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Product News

Bayer Shares the Risk with Cotton Farmers

January 26, 2018

Bayer offers replant, crop loss and yield protection to growers who plant FiberMax and Stoneville cotton seed.

Product News

Americot Adds New Sales Support in GA, KS and TX

January 23, 2018

Americot has expanded its sales support team in Georgia, Kansas and the Rolling Plains of Texas.

Product News

Indigo Offers Premium for Indigo Cotton Production

January 9, 2018

Indigo Ag has announced a new program that offers significant price premiums for U.S. cotton growers who contract to grow Indigo Cotton.

Product News

New Bayer Varieties Focus on High Yield, Adaptability

January 5, 2018

Bayer releases five new FiberMax and Stoneville varieties for introduction in 2018.

Product News

New PhytoGen TRiO Guards Cottonseed Investment

January 3, 2018

New PhytoGen TRiO seed treatment helps provide early season protection for young cottonseed from diseases, insects and nematodes.

Product News

Americot Adds Seven to Sales, Research Teams

December 20, 2017

Americot has added seven new sales and research associates to the company’s staff across the Cotton Belt.

Product News

Seven New Varieties in Deltapine Class of 18

December 11, 2017

Seven new varieties – including five Bollgard 3 XtendFlex offerings – join the Deltapine product lineup as the Class of 18.

Product News

Special Roundup Ready PLUS Incentives for Arkansas

December 7, 2017

Monsanto is offering a special Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions platform in Arkansas for 2018 for growers planting XtendFlex cotton and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean varieties.

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Market Analysis

Cotton Prices Settle, Poised to Climb Again

February 16, 2018

The market’s downside move appears to be over, ending a three-week downturn.

Planting

Conservation Grant to Fund GA Cover Crop Research

February 16, 2018

A USDA-sponsored Conservation Innovation Grant will support ongoing University of Georgia research on cover crops and their effects on water quality and availability for row crop production.

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Cotton Achievement Award Honors Bill Lovelady

February 16, 2018

The late William T. “Bill” Lovelady, a long-time West Texas cotton producer and former NCC president, was honored as recipient of the 2017 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Maguire Honored with NCC Cotton Service Award

February 16, 2018

John Maguire, former NCC senior vice president for Washington Operations, is the recipient of the 2017 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award.

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Craft to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2018

February 15, 2018

Ron Craft, a cotton producer and fifth-generation ginner from Plains, TX, is the newly-elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2018.

Seed Varieties

Texas High Plains Variety Trial Results Now Online

February 15, 2018

The results of the 2017 Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluations Trials for the Texas High Plains are now available online.

Weed Control

TX Auxin Training Gets Reciprocal Okay from OK, NM

February 15, 2018

Auxin-specific herbicide training developed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has received reciprocal approval by Oklahoma and New Mexico, allowing producers that operate in those states to attend one training to meet regulatory requirements.

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NCC Names State Unit Officers for 2018

February 14, 2018

National Cotton Council state unit officers for 2018 were elected at the organization’s recent annual meeting.

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National Cotton Council Names Directors for 2018

February 14, 2018

National Cotton Council directors for 2018 were announced at the organization’s annual meeting in early February.

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Holladay Elected American Cotton Producers Chair

February 14, 2018

Shawn Holladay of Lubbock, TX, was elected chairman of the American Cotton Producers of the National Cotton Council for 2018.

Marketing

Calculating PLC Payments for the Seed Cotton Program

February 13, 2018

In the second in a series of articles, University of Georgia economists focus on how PLC payments are calculated under the new seed cotton program.