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Broadcast Newsline: September 19, 2014
The National Cotton Council is urging USDA’S Risk Management Agency (RMA) to assure that cotton producers will be able to adjust their actual production history (APH) insurance yield for the 2015 cotton crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 17, 2014
In its September crop report, USDA estimated a ’14-15 US cotton crop of 16.54 million bales -- 960,000 bales less than its August report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 12, 2014
Congress has returned to Washington for a few weeks of legislating before returning to the campaign trail in October.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 10, 2014
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Broadcast Newsline: September 5, 2014
A video addressing safety concerns associated with wrap removal and the John Deere Round module system is now streaming on the National Cotton Council’s quality preservation webpage.
 
Broadcast Newslines: September 3, 2014
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is preparing to resume the Consumption on the Cotton System and Stocks survey that was discontinued by the Census Bureau in 2011.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 29, 2014
National Cotton Council officers, directors and advisors, along with other industry leaders attending the Council’s Mid-Year Board meeting in Memphis, heard updates on farm law implementation and other key issues important to the US cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 27, 2014
The global cotton industry is gearing up for the Sourcing USA Summit in Scottsdale, AZ, Nov. 11-14, '14. Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated and the US cotton industry host the biennial Sourcing USA Summit, in cooperation with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Services.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 22, 2014
Twelve cotton producers from the Southeast saw cotton and other agriculture-related operations in Texas this week as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2014 Producer Information Exchange (PIE) Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 20, 2014
USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) will be available to upland cotton producers through the federal crop insurance program beginning with the 2015 crop year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 15, 2014
In its August crop report, USDA estimated a 2014-15 U.S. cotton crop of 17.50 million bales. Upland production was estimated at 16.95 million bales and ELS production at 556,000 bales.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 13, 2014
USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that sign-up for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) will be held Aug. 11 through Oct. 7.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 8, 2014
USDA announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 farm law that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 6, 2014
The Cotton LEADS™ program, launched in 2013 to demonstrate responsible growing practices for cotton, has attained more than 200 partners across the global cotton textile supply chain.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 30, 2014
Nine cotton producers from Arizona, California and New Mexico will see cotton operations in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee this week as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2014 Producer Information Exchange (PIE) program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 25, 2014
Field to Market®, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, announced the launch of a new agricultural supply chain program for US commodity crops.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 18, 2014
Thirteen Mid-South cotton producers observed cotton and other agricultural operations in California's San Joaquin Valley this week as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2014 Producer Information Exchange (PIE) Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 16, 2014
The Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management of the House Agriculture Committee, chaired by Representative Conaway (R-TX), held a hearing on the implementation of the commodity and crop insurance titles of the 2014 farm law.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 11, 2014
In its June acreage report, USDA estimated 2014-2015 US cotton plantings at 11.37 million acres, which is up 9.2% from 2013.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 9, 2014
With more textile mills reporting their contamination experiences to the International Textile Manufacturers Assoc. (ITMF) this year through ITMF's biennial survey, US cotton industry members are urged to make contamination prevention a high priority.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 2, 2014
Recently the National Cotton Council participated in meetings in Geneva, Switzerland with World Trade Organization (WTO) officials and ambassadors to convey information about the new US farm law’s cotton provisions.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 4, 2014
Last week, the National Cotton Council issued a bulletin informing interest organizations representing cotton shippers, marketing cooperatives, warehousemen and ginners of an initiative to help improve the flow of cotton to the market.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 27, 2014
Ed Barnes, Director of Agriculture and Environmental Research for Cotton Incorporated, joins us to discuss some of the difficulties surrounding water metrics in production agriculture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 25, 2014
Ed Barnes, with Cotton Incorporated, joins us to discuss some cotton irrigation research programs and better management practices producers will benefit from this growing season.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 18, 2014
Cotton producers looking to control resistant weeds this season may be advised to stay the course and rely on their standard management practices.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 13, 2014
Cotton Council International unveiled the new COTTON USA logo in Hong Kong at an event marking the re-launch of the COTTON USA brand after 25 years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 11, 2014
Although the Farm Bill was enacted in February, provisions that directly affect the cotton industry are still being determined.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 6, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA is awarding $6 million to universities and cooperative state extension services to develop online decision tools and other materials and train experts to educate producers about several key farm law programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 4, 2014
USDA continues to move forward with activities to implement The Agricultural Act of 2014 as the House Appropriations Committee voted to advance the agriculture appropriations bill that includes $142.5 billion in total funding.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 30, 2014
The National Cotton Council is reminding its members that the Cotton LEADS™ initiative, a project of the Cotton Foundation, will help cotton compete for market share among other fibers, including man-made fiber.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 28, 2014
It is important that both the hands-on ginners and management stay current with the latest technology and issues facing the cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 21, 2014
USDA released the results of the annual survey conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership revealing total losses of managed honey bee colonies from all causes were lower for the 2013-2014 winter.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 16, 2014
In its final estimate of the 2013-2014 US cotton crop, USDA placed total production at 12.91 million bales, down from the January estimate of 13.19 million bales.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 14, 2014
In a recent Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee hearing, Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, said there has been significant progress made on implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill, which was signed into law in February.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 9, 2014
The National Cotton Council announced tour dates and locations for its 2014 Producer Information Exchange (PIE) program last week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 7, 2014
This year’s class members have been selected for The National Cotton Council’s Emerging Leaders Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 2, 2014
Jordan Lea, a merchant with Eastern Trading Company in Greenville, South Carolina and 2014 President of Cotton Council International (CCI) joins us to announce Cotton USA’s new campaign and re-launch.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 30, 2014
With planting season underway, cotton producers across the belt are looking for an affordable and effective way to address glyphosate resistance in their fields.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 25, 2014
USDA continues to move forward with activities to implement The Agricultural Act of 2014 as the Farm Service Agency (FSA) issues a number of notices related to the new law's implementation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 23, 2014
Dr. Don Parker, the National Cotton Council’s manager of Integrated Pest Management, submitted a response to "Why Congress Should Care about the Beepocalypse," a commentary that appeared in Roll Call, an online newspaper that covers Capitol Hill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 16, 2014
In its April report, USDA projected 320,000 fewer bales for the 2013 US cotton crop, now seen at 12.9 million bales based on USDA's Cotton Ginnings report, released in March.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 11, 2014
Today we are talking with Craig Brown, Vice President of Producer Affairs for the National Cotton Council, as he shares a re-cap of the Farm Bill education meetings the Council held across the cotton belt to provide its members with a greater understanding of the new law and its provisions.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 9, 2014
In a recent testimony, Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, said there has been significant progress made on implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill, which was signed into law in February.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 2, 2014
Dahlen Hancock, a Texas cotton producer and Cotton Council International (CCI) First Vice President, emphasized the U.S. cotton industry’s responsible production practices through a presentation at the COTTON USA Retail and Marketing Leadership Summit, held in Berlin in March.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 28, 2014
Wrapping up our series on pollinator issues, Dr. David Epstein, Senior Entomologist for USDA’s Office of Pest Management Policy, joins us today to talk about the varroa mite, a pest that is directly linked to the decline in honey bee health.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 26, 2014
As a new crop season nears, cotton producers are encouraged to utilize the resources available in the National Cotton Council’s "Advancing Cotton Education" (ACE) program – as a way to enhance their crop production decisions.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 21, 2014
As part of a series on pollinator health, today we learn about the research being done to mitigate some of the threats to the honey bee population.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 19, 2014
The issues affecting pollinators and overall colony health are complex and varied.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 14, 2014
The National Cotton Council has scheduled 49 education meetings in 15 Cotton Belt states to provide its members with a greater understanding of The Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 12, 2014
The National Cotton Council is reminding its members that the Cotton LEADS™ initiative, a project of the Cotton Foundation, will help cotton compete for market share among other fibers, including man-made fiber.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 7, 2014
According to the latest report released by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, the global planting of biotech crops continues to grow annually.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 5, 2014
During its 47th annual meeting in Memphis last week, the National Cotton Council's Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee (JCIBPC), chaired by California ginner Stan Creelman, tackled a handful of issues concerning bale packaging test programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 26, 2014
In response to Brazil's decision to request a panel at the World Trade Organization to assess the new U.S. farm bill, the National Cotton Council’s Gary Adams says that the new Stacked Income Protection Plan was developed specifically to bring the United States into compliance with the 2008 WTO Appellate Body decision which would resolve the long-standing dispute.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 21, 2014
Registration is open for the 2014 Ginner Schools.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 19, 2014
The National Cotton Council announced the schedule for the first of multiple Farm Bill education meetings to be held across the Cotton Belt.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 14, 2014
The National Cotton Council announced their new leadership last week during their annual meeting held in Washington, DC.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 12, 2014
U.S. cotton producers told the National Cotton Council they intend to plant over 11 million acres of cotton in 2014 or 8.2 percent more than in 2013 in the recent planting intentions survey.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 5, 2014
Twelve US cotton producers have been selected to participate in the 2014 National Cotton Council Policy Education Program (PEP).
 
Special Broadcast Newsline: February 4, 2014
The National Cotton Council is pleased that the Senate acted swiftly to approve the Farm Bill Conference Report (Agriculture Act of 2014) and appreciates the leadership provided by Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS).
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 31, 2014
On Wednesday morning the House of Representatives approved the new Farm Bill which is also referred to as the Agriculture Act of 2014.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 29, 2014
Those considering attending the 2014 Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee (JCIBPC) annual meeting, set for February 26th at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN, need to keep a few things in mind when planning their trip according to Dale Thompson, Manager of Marketing and Processing Technology at the National Cotton Council.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 17, 2014
A Brazilian cotton delegation has caused quite a stir on its recent visit to Washington.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 15, 2014
In its January report, USDA estimated a 2013 US cotton crop of 13.19 million bales, which is up 120,000 bales from the December report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 10, 2014
The Brazilian government agency, known as CAMEX, announced it will postpone a decision on whether to initiate retaliation against U.S. exports, as authorized under the longstanding World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute between the U.S. and Brazil.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 3, 2014
The Cotton LEADS™ program is committed to continuous improvement in farm production practices, environmental stewardship and the sharing of best practices information throughout the world's cotton producing countries.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 18, 2013
In its December report, USDA estimated a 2013-14 US cotton crop of 13.07 million bales, 40,000 bales less than the November report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 13, 2013
The House is scheduled to depart this week without a clear decision made on the future of the Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 11, 2013
Don Parker, the National Cotton Council’s manager of Integrated Pest Management, joined Patrick Johnson, a Mississippi cotton producer, and Donny Lassiter, a North Carolina cotton and peanut producer, at a recent focus group in Chicago to provide input on a Neonicotinoid Cost Benefits Study. He joins us today to share some of the details from the meeting.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 6, 2013
The National Cotton Council was joined by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and USA Rice Federation in expressing appreciation of the continued efforts of the leaders and members of the House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee to complete work on a new comprehensive, multi-year farm bill – but the groups reiterated their opposition to extending current farm law.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 4, 2013
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published the final rule amending regulations to allow for the addition of an optional cotton futures classification procedure.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 27, 2013
This week the Peruvian commission on competition and intellectual property (INDECOPI) decided not to impose a countervailing duty (CVD) on imports of U.S. cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 22, 2013
The 2014 Beltwide Cotton Ginning Conference will offer ginner attendees reports with practical applications.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 20, 2013
Farmers and ranchers who participate in Farm Service Agency programs should plan for automatic spending reductions in the coming fiscal year warns Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 15, 2013
Midwest and Southwest producers will see agricultural operations in Georgia this week, as part of the National Cotton Council’s Multi-Commodity Education Program, or MCEP.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 13, 2013
In its long awaited crop report, USDA estimated a 2013-14 US cotton crop of 13.11 million bales -- up 210,000 bales from the September report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 8, 2013
In its initial meeting last week, the Farm Bill Conference Committee took steps to develop new farm legislation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 6, 2013
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia announced that the processing and disbursement of 2013 crop commodity loans has resumed. Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council office in Washington, D.C., briefly explains what the program offers producers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 1, 2013
Senator Hagan of North Carolina is leading a bipartisan group of 12 Senators in urging the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee to include a provision in the 2013 farm bill that would overturn a 2009 court decision and eliminate a duplicative EPA regulation on pesticides.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 30, 2013
Conferees for the 2013 Farm Bill are scheduled to meet for the first time this week. Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council office in Washington, D.C., tells us what to expect from their initial meeting.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 25, 2013
USDA’s recently announced that the agency had begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments to participants and that it will begin distributing 2013 Direct Payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program payments this week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 23, 2013
Leaders of the House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee met to discuss how the farm bill conference committee would proceed.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 18, 2013
The National Cotton Council and its export promotion arm, Cotton Council International, have joined with Cotton Australia and Cotton Incorporated as founding members of COTTON LEADS -- an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the responsible growing practices among U.S. and Australian cotton producers.
 
October 16, 2013
The National Cotton Council joined other commodity organizations for a meeting with USDA officials to discuss how sequestration will affect crop marketing assistance loans.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 11, 2013
Those involved in helping cotton producers make key production and marketing-related decisions – including consultants, researchers, extension specialists, agents and industry sales and support personnel –will find an abundance of information at the 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, set for January 6th through the 8th at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 9, 2013
USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced several adjustments to commodity loan programs to accommodate the automatic funding reductions, also known as "sequester.”
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 4, 2013
Because cotton classing is a fee-based program, classing offices will be directly affected by this week’s government-wide shut down.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 2, 2013
USDA's Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC) published in the Federal Register (FR) a proposed amendment to regulations that affect how cotton bales that are on shipping orders but not picked up by shippers are to be treated on subsequent weekly warehouse reports.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 27, 2013
On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., Patrick Johnson, Jr. a Tunica, MS, cotton producer and member of the National Cotton Council’s Environmental Task Force and EPA’s Farm, Ranch, and Rural Community Advisory Committee, conveyed concerns with the honeybee and pesticide registration issue in a meeting with newly confirmed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 25, 2013
Last week, the House passed a short-term continuing resolution, or CR, that would provide funding for government operations through December 15th.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 20, 2013
A USDA Agricultural Research Service scientist is working with Monsanto to develop a kit that cotton growers could use to determine whether weeds in their fields are glyphosate resistant.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 18, 2013
In its September crop report, USDA estimated a 2013-2014 U.S. cotton crop of 12.9 million bales.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 13, 2013
The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to release proposed legislation and schedule consideration of a tax reform package later this year, according to Committee Chairman Camp of Michigan.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 11, 2013
Congress returned Monday to a full agenda and limited time in session.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 6, 2013
The National Cotton Council is encouraging producers and ginners to be aware of contamination sources.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 30, 2013
Although not considered a top priority in many agriculture operations, developing and maintaining a social media presence can prove to be beneficial to you and your company’s image.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 28, 2013
Water will always play a crucial role in cotton production. Input costs are high while weather is unpredictable.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 23, 2013
Texas cotton producers are all too familiar with water shortages, and developing ways to increase water use efficiency during the growing season has become increasingly important.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 21, 2013
In its August report, USDA projects a little over 13 million bales for this year’s US cotton crop. Michelle Huffman, Agricultural Economist for the National Cotton Council, joins us today to break down the recent report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 16, 2013
The National Cotton Council repeats their call for a timely Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 14, 2013
This year’s cotton crop progress is slightly behind schedule according to a recent USDA report. Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council explains the findings.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 9, 2013
The National Cotton Council recently joined nearly 100 other agriculture organizations on a letter to representatives urging them to support passage of immigration legislation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 7, 2013
The Senate Farm Bill conferees have been named. Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council office in Washington, D.C. joins us today to explain what exactly this means for the future of the Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 2, 2013
Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council, joins us today to talk about the USDA’s 45th Conservation Reserve Program sign up results.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 31, 2013
Nine cotton producers from Arizona and California will see cotton and other agriculture-related operations in Texas next week as part of the National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange (PIE) program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 26, 2013
Participants in this year’s Policy Education Program (PEP) completed their second training session in Greensboro, NC last week according to John Gibson, Director of Member Services for the National Cotton Council.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 24, 2013
Thirteen cotton producers from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California's San Joaquin Valley this week as part of the National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange (PIE) Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 17, 2013
Craig Brown, Vice President of Producer Affairs for the National Cotton Council, notes the success of the Boll Weevil Eradication Program and explains the final obstacles the program faces along the Texas/Mexico border.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 12, 2013
Michelle Huffman, Agricultural Economist for the National Cotton Council, explains USDA’s recent cotton Crop Progress Report and the factors affecting the report’s findings.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 10, 2013
Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council, joins us today to share some updates on the NCC’s involvement in a coalition urging for reconsideration of the Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 3, 2013
The Risk Management Agency announced a streamlined and simpler approach to buying area risk protection insurance by publishing the Area Risk Protection Insurance (ARPI) final rule effective for the 2014 and succeeding crop years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 28, 2013
Ten cotton producers from the Southeast will see cotton operations in Louisiana and Mississippi in July as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2013 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 26, 2013
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees has begun.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 21, 2013
Eight Mid-South cotton producers will see cotton operations in Georgia next week as part of the 2013 National Cotton Council's Producer Information Exchange or P.I.E. program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 19, 2013
In its June report, USDA lowered its 2013 U.S. cotton production estimate.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 14, 2013
Texas cotton producers are all too familiar with water shortages, and developing ways to increase water use efficiency during the growing season has become increasingly important.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 12, 2013
Producers are reminded that USDA's four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) ends Friday, June 14th.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 7, 2013
Water will always play a crucial role in cotton production.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 5, 2013
When looking at insect pest management strategies for cotton, Phillip Roberts, Extension Entomologist with the University of Georgia, stresses the importance of protecting older products on the market by integrating them into a program with newer technologies and practices.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 31, 2013
The Farm Bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee saves nearly $40 billion in mandatory funds while providing reforms to farm policy according to Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 29, 2013
Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the "The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013," a bipartisan immigration reform bill, and Senators Bennet, Feinstein, Hatch, and Rubio helped broker the agreement's agricultural labor language.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 24, 2013
The National Cotton Council has scheduled dates and locations for the 2013 Producer Information Exchange, or PIE, Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 22, 2013
The National Cotton Council encourages producers to enroll for the 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program, or DCP, or the Average Crop Revenue Election Program, also known as ACRE, before the deadlines.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 17, 2013
Registrations are being accepted for the 2013 Stoneville Ginners School at the USDA gin lab in Stoneville, MS, on June 4-6.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 15, 2013
In its final estimate of the 2012 US cotton crop, USDA placed total production at 17.31 million bales, up from the January estimate of 17 million bales.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 10, 2013
The National Cotton Council joined 43 other agricultural organizations in cosigning a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran supporting crop insurance and opposing provisions that would limit its effectiveness.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 8, 2013
The 2013 Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee, or JCIBPC, Specification Review Subcommittee adopted revisions to the JCIBPC's 2012 Specifications for Cotton Bale Packaging Materials.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 3, 2013
At a recent hearing held by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission in Ames, IA, National Cotton Council President and CEO Mark Lange presented testimony on the current situation regarding cotton trade with China and the impacts of China's cotton policies.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 1, 2013
The National Cotton Council has selected the first class of its new Emerging Leaders Program -- an effort aimed at ensuring the US cotton industry benefits from a continuity of sound leadership.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 26, 2013
Maintaining U.S. cotton’s positive reputation for consistency and quality in global markets requires constant improvements in grading, testing standards and technology.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 24, 2013
Herbicides featuring new technologies are hitting the market this season, and now, more than ever, it is imperative to know and follow the application requirements and instructions.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 19, 2013
When soil testing and making pre-planting decisions, using tools like the field to market calculator can help increase your sustainability, cut down costs on your farm, and maintain the health of your soil.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 17, 2013
Those wanting exposure to the newest cotton technology and innovative production practices should mark their calendars for the 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, January 6-8 at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 12, 2013
Earlier this week we discussed the economics of conventional cotton production, today we are getting a grower’s perspective on the topic.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 10, 2013
Choosing the right cotton variety can make or break your crop year, and many producers are taking a closer look at growing conventional cotton this year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 5, 2013
USDA's March Prospective Plantings Report indicates US producers intend to plant 10 million acres of cotton in 2013, down roughly 19% from 2012.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 3, 2013
Senator Patty Murray of Washington, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee or HELP, along with 10 other Democratic Senators, reintroduced a bill on March 22nd that would overhaul worker safety law.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 27, 2013
Managing weeds with a system is increasingly important in cotton production.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 22, 2013
The National Cotton Council joined a coalition of agriculture organizations on a letter to House Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell encouraging them to support immigration reform that addresses agriculture's unique workforce needs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 20, 2013
The Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation completed a successful year in 2012.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 15, 2013
With planting season around the corner, cotton producers across the belt are looking for an affordable and effective way to address glyphosate resistance in their fields.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 13, 2013
There are not many new tools to fight glyphosate resistant weeds, there are new management strategies to pay attention to this season.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 8, 2013
Although not considered a top priority in many agriculture operations, developing and maintaining a social media presence can prove to be beneficial to you and your company’s image.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 6, 2013
Cotton producers in Texas are no stranger to the issues surrounding palmar amaranth populations, however managing glyphosate resistance can present a serious challenge for some growers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 1, 2013
The Policy Education Program is in its 15th year of giving US cotton producers an opportunity to learn more about the National Cotton Council’s policy development and implementation process and the issues affecting the industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 27, 2013
It is important that both the hands-on ginners and management stay current with the latest technology and issues facing the cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 22, 2013
The National Cotton Council's 30th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey results show US cotton producers intend to plant 9.01 million acres of cotton this spring, down 26.8% from 2012
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 20, 2013
After compiling reports from entomologists across the cotton belt, Michael Williams, a veteran entomologist with Mississippi State University, presents the Cotton Insect Losses of 2012.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 15, 2013
USDA Census of Agriculture forms are still being accepted. The deadline for submitting Census forms was originally February 4th, and many farmers have responded.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 13, 2013
In its February report, USDA projected the '12-13 US cotton crop to be 17 million bales, unchanged from the January report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 8, 2013
In planning for the upcoming season, it is important to understand what pesticides are working best in your area.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 6, 2013
Land values have been on the increase across the cotton belt, and the choices you make when setting up rental agreements can directly affect your farm’s profitability.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 1, 2013
The Policy Education Program is in its 15th year of giving US cotton producers an opportunity to learn more about the National Cotton Council’s policy development and implementation process and the issues affecting the industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 30, 2013
Weather patterns among other factors affect producers and their planting decisions every year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 25, 2013
Despite the USDA’s latest announcement of sign up dates for farm programs, including Direct Payments, it is still important to understand how direct payments influence the profitability of America’s farms.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 23, 2013
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Lucas of Oklahoma is speaking out on 2013 crop Direct Payments.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 18, 2013
At the recent Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio, Texas, Gaylon Morgan, state cotton agronomist with Texas A&M University, shared a re-cap of the 2012 production season and shed some light on what to expect in 2013.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 21, 2012
In its December crop report, USDA estimated a 2012-13 US cotton crop of 17.26 million bales, down approximately 190,000 bales from the November report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 19, 2012
EPA announced that its Region 5 office has taken the lead in developing a guidance document intended to provide states with a reasonable set of instructions for conducting bee kill investigations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 14, 2012
The EPA, which has been working intensely with states to reduce the nutrient load in the Chesapeake Bay, also has turned its attention to the Mississippi River Basin.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 12, 2012
Two of the nation’s largest worker safety associations – the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Industrial Hygiene Association – are pushing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make the injury/illness prevention program (I2P2) rule a top priority in 2013.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 7, 2012
It’s time to finalize your plans to attend the 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 5, 2012
U.S. agriculture is losing a strong advocate in Representative Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri who announced her retirement from Congress on Monday.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 30, 2012
In a recent letter to Congress, the National Cotton Council, along with 34 other agricultural organizations, urged the renewal of the current estate tax provision.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 28, 2012
Party leaders have been approved for the next Congress.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 21, 2012
USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service or APHIS is urging firms exporting cotton yarn from southeastern US states to follow protocols aimed at keeping kudzu bugs out of shipments to Honduras and other Caribbean Basin importing countries.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 16, 2012
In its November crop report, the USDA projects a 2012-2013 US cotton crop of 17.45 million bales, up 160,000 bales from their October report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 14, 2012
The USDA's Memphis office for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, or APHIS, has completed an electronic signature trial, which began in 2010 for Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking also known as PCIT certificates for baled cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 9, 2012
Currently, nearly ninety percent of cotton, corn and soybean acreage in the United States is planted with seed varieties containing biotechnology, and the United States is the largest producer and exporter of crops derived from biotechnology.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 7, 2012
USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia urged farmers and ranchers affected by Hurricane Sandy to keep thorough records of all losses.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 2, 2012
As a part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, all facilities, including cotton gins and cottonseed storage facilities, that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption within the United States or foreign facilities that export to the United States must re-register in even numbered years beginning with 2012.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 31, 2012
Now that we are well into the harvest season, it is important to sample cotton fields for nematodes, especially problematic fields.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 26, 2012
The Federal Colony Collapse Disorder Steering Committee recently hosted a 2-day National Stakeholder Conference in Alexandria, Virginia, seeking input on issues involving honey bee health.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 24, 2012
This November, Californians will vote on Proposition 37, the Genetically Engineered Foods Right to Know Act, which would require labeling of food products made from genetically engineered crops.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 19, 2012
The National Cotton Council has launched the Emerging Leaders Program, an effort aimed at ensuring the US cotton industry benefits from a continuity of sound leadership.
 
Broadcast Newsline: Ocotber 17, 2012
In its October crop report, the USDA estimated a 2012-13 US cotton crop of 17.29 million bales.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 12, 2012
Cotton producers will find an abundance of information aimed at increasing their profitability at the 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, set for January 7th through the 10th at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 10, 2012
The National Cotton Council is encouraging ginner participation in two harvest season initiatives - contamination prevention and bale packaging test programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 5, 2012
Apparel manufacturers from eight Western Hemisphere countries got a close look at US cotton yarn and fabric production as part of Cotton Council International's 2012 COTTON USA Uniform & Manufacturers Tour.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 3, 2012
Cotton producers in the Mid-South are benefitting from the EPA’s recent Section 18 emergency approval of the pesticide, sulfoxaflor.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 28, 2012
U.S. cotton industry leaders met this week with senior U.S. government officials to discuss the serious financial losses accruing in all industry segments as a result of massive defaults on cotton export contracts.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 26, 2012
Planting cover crops can increase soil health and productivity on your farm.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 21, 2012
USDA, crop report
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 19, 2012
The National Cotton Council is urging ginners to help in an industry wide contamination prevention effort at their gins.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 14, 2012
The National Cotton Ginners’ Association submitted comments on the EPA’s proposed rule for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter or PM.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 12, 2012
The Beltwide Cotton Conferences Steering Committee, chaired by Mississippi producer and ginner Kenneth Hood, recently discussed programming topics for the 2013 conference.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 7, 2012
The Cotton Board oversees the cotton industry’s check-off program. Assessments are collected from cotton producers and importers of cotton apparel.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 5, 2012
Cotton farmers have been using on board moduling systems for several ginning seasons.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 31, 2012
The National Cotton Council recently joined a coalition of 46 US agricultural organizations in an effort to raise public awareness of Congress' need to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current farm programs expire in September.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 29, 2012
The EPA recently published a proposal online, jointly developed with the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, outlining a quantitative approach to determining a pesticide's potential hazard to bees.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 24, 2012
Eight cotton producers from Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi saw cotton operations in Texas on August 20th through the 23rd in the 2012 National Cotton Council's Producer Information Exchange program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 22, 2012
A Contamination Prevention Alert from the National Cotton Council was recently issued with the aim of urging producers, ginners, warehousers and their employees to pay particular attention to contamination prevention this harvest season.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 17, 2012
Cotton textile industry leaders from across the world will convene at Terranea® in Rancho Palos Verdes, California November 13-16 for the 2012 Sourcing USA Summit.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 15, 2012
Cotton output in the United States, the world’s biggest exporter, will be 3.8 percent higher than forecast last month as the crop in Texas rebounds according to the recent USDA August crop report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 10, 2012
A contingent of thirteen Sunbelt farmers saw agricultural operations in North Dakota and Minnesota on Aug. 6-9, as part of the National Cotton Council’s Multi-Commodity Education Program or MCEP
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 8, 2012
Last week the House passed legislation that would provide disaster assistance to livestock producers by reinstating a livestock and forage indemnity program that compensates for losses related to adverse weather that expired in Sept. ’11.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 3, 2012
The EPA extended the deadline by which owners or operators of a farm must prepare for and implement a SPCC Plan from November 10, 2011 to May 10, 2013.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 1, 2012
Kirk Andrews, Associate Director of the Fiber Competition Division of Program Development for Cotton Incorporated is working with his department on developing software at the web, mobile, and PC application levels to increase efficiency in flow, profitability, and functionality within the cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 6, 2012
The National Cotton Council has scheduled dates and locations for the 2012 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 1, 2012
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI) formally introduced The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (S. 3240) that was approved 16-5 by the full Committee on April 26.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 30, 2012
Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council reminds producers that enrollment for the ’12 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE) ends on June 12, ’12.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 25, 2012
Vaughn Jordan, International Program Director and Director of the Western Hemisphere for Cotton Council International says as part of a COTTON USA Special Trade Mission, textile executives from five Western Hemisphere countries will tour the U.S. Cotton Belt June 9-16.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 23, 2012
Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council says USDA projects US ’12-13 production to be 17 million bales in its May Report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 18, 2012
Leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Agriculture Committee introduced H.R. 4965, a bill to prohibit the Administration from finalizing or implementing guidance which would significantly broaden the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 16, 2012
The Textile and Apparel Alliance for the TPP (TAAT) expressed deep appreciation to the 76 US Representatives who sent a letter to US Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Ron Kirk stressing the need for job-creating textile rules in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
 
Braodcast Newsline: May 11, 2012
The US Dept. of Labor announced that it is withdrawing the entire proposed rule dealing with children under the age of 16 working in agriculture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 9, 2012
The Senate Appropriations Committee favorably reported (28-1) the FY13 agriculture appropriations bill which provides $20.8 billion in discretionary funds for operations and programs under the jurisdiction of USDA, the Food and Drug Administration and related programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 4, 2012
The NCC extended its appreciation to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee and Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI) for producing a farm bill that includes provisions supported by the cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 2, 2012
Texas cotton producer Woody Anderson testified at the Dodge City, KS Farm Bill Hearing.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 27, 2012
Texas planted approximately 7.7 million acres of cotton in 2011, of which 2.1 million never germinated or germinated late in the season.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 25, 2012
Bob Glodt, Plainview, TX Ag Consultant and Researcher for AgriSearch says this past year was the hardest year he has ever seen in terms of the environment, setting records as the hottest, driest and possibly windiest year on record.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 20, 2012
The 2011 cotton season was unique from previous years when looking at insect loss; says Michael Williams, Retired Entomologist from Mississippi State.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 18, 2012
Robbie Minnich Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council says Beekeepers are petitioning EPA to ban the use of a pesticide used in cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 13, 2012
Sens. Moran (R-KS) and Thune (R-SD), along with 36 bipartisan cosponsors, introduced the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 11, 2012
The EPA extended the deadline date from Nov. 10, ’11 to May 10, ’13 by which owners or operators of a farm must prepare or amend and implement an Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Program Plan (SPCC).
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 4, 2012
House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) said he believes the budget approved by the House Budget Committee on a near-party line vote (19-18) will be approved by the House.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 30, 2012
The NCC joined with the National Council of Textile Organizations and the American Apparel & Footwear Assoc. on a letter to Senators urging their strong support of Export Import Bank (Bank) Reauthorization legislation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 28, 2012
Cotton industry leadership and staff of the NCC, American Cotton Shippers Assoc. and AMCOT participated in meetings with officials from USDA, the Office of the US Trade Representative and the State Dept.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 23, 2012
A coalition is pushing for pro-job textile rules in the Trans Paccific Partnership of TPP.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 21, 2012
On March 5, Don Cameron, producer in Helm, CA and the National Cotton Council’s Western Regional Director, addressed a two-day plenary session of USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 16, 2012
The U.S. cotton industry believes a revenue insurance program that supplements existing insurance products would provide an important and affordable tool -- especially given the weather uncertainties and risks that farmers face.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 14, 2012
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has announced revised loan rate ranges and base-quality ranges for upland cotton strength and length uniformity, and changes to the staple lengths for which distinct color and leaf loan rate differentials are provided.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 9, 2012
Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council says Council leadership recently met with administration officials and congressional staff.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 7, 2012
The Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging committee had its 45th annual meeting last week in Memphis, TN.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 3, 2012
Registration is now open for the 2012 Ginner Schools. The Southwest Ginners School in Lubbock, TX will be held March 26-28; the Western Ginners School in Las Cruces, NM – takes place May 8-10; and the Stoneville Ginners School in Stoneville, MS – will be on June 12-14.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 29, 2012
As part of a continuing effort to build a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that meets the evolving needs of a 21st century agricultural economy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack informed Congress that in 90 days he plans to approve consolidation of 131 Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices with other USDA service centers, consistent with provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 24, 2012
The National Cotton Council has developed the STAX plan, an area wide shallow loss revenue insurance plan as well as modifications to the marketing loan.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 22, 2012
The Administration’s FY13 budget proposal submitted to Congress, though it will not be adopted, provides an indication of the Administration’s priorities and will set the initial tone for the FY13 budget debate.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 17, 2012
Crop insurance is key to farm policy says Mark Lange, President and CEO of the National Cotton Council pointing out the importance of timely payments to growers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 15, 2012
The National Cotton Council mailed a survey in mid-December 2011 to producers across the 17-state Cotton Belt, asking for their intended 2012 cotton acreage as well as for their intended plantings of other crops in 2012.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 10, 2012
On Sept. 2, ’11, the DOL published and invited public comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on its proposed child labor rule.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 8, 2012
Robbie Minnich Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council says NCC Vice Chairman Chuck Coley, a Vienna, GA, producer, and American Cotton Producers Chairman Jimmy Dodson, Robstown, TX joined 12 other farm and commodity organizations in meetings to discuss policy priorities, to hear the perspectives of key policymakers and to work toward consensus on future US farm policy.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 3, 2012
Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS) Michael Scuse announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 2, 2012
Robbie Seals, Director of the Grading Division with USDA AMS Cotton and Tobacco Programs says there were some regional differences in the quality of the 2011 U.S. cotton crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 27, 2012
The National Cotton Council’s Environmental Task Force met in Washington, DC, to address pollinators and their impact on cotton pesticide registrations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 25, 2012
Field to Market, The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, has named Fred Luckey the first chairman of the alliance.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 20, 2012
This year is the 60th year for the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 18, 2012
There was some excitement from cotton producers going into the 2011 season.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 13, 2012
At the 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences Terry Townsend presented a long term economic outlook for the cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 11, 2012
Looking at the cotton market, Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council, says the biggest question is with the overall demand situation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 28, 2011
Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council says the USDA announced Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) funding for FY12.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 21, 2011
Earlier this month, the WTO held their regularly scheduled ministerial meeting in Geneva.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 16, 2011
The Beltwide Cotton Conferences are a unique opportunity for all those in the cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 14, 2011
John Lindamood, producer on a family farm in Tiptonville, TN, produces cotton, corn, wheat and soybeans while also running a gin.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 9, 2011
The National Cotton Council co-signed comments to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise child labor regulations in agricultural and non-agricultural occupations, including regulations for determining and assessing civil penalties in child labor enforcement proceedings.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 7, 2011
The House Energy & Commerce Committee voted favorably on H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 2, 2011
Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council says the Progressive Business Conferences conducted an audio conference on Thursday, Dec. 1, on EPA's “SPCC Program Requirements: Compliance Guidelines for Your Facility.”
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 30, 2011
There is an array of topics to be discussed in the workshops offered as part of the production conference at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 23, 2011
The General Session of the Beltwide Cotton Conferences will begin at 8 am Wednesday, January 4th.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 18, 2011
The Agriculture Committees have been hard at work for several weeks working to come up with farm policy recommendations to forward to the Joint Deficit Committee.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 16, 2011
Facing severe time restriction and difficult budget and trade limitations, U.S. cotton producer leaders boldly guided the development of and industry-wide approval of dramatically new farm policy.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 11, 2011
It appears that the U.S. agriculture industry will more than likely incur a cut of approximately 30% from the base line that CBO has provided.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 9, 2011
The 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences begin Tuesday, January 3rd in Orlando, FL.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 4, 2011
2011 was a tough year for Texas cotton growers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 2, 2011
The 2011 Beltwide Cotton Conferences are coming up, January 3rd through the 6th in Orlando, FL.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 28, 2011
The Senate has had under consideration all week a mini-omnibus appropriations measure (the “minibus” H.R. 2112) that includes the FY12 agriculture appropriations measure.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 26, 2011
The 2012 Betlwide Cotton Conference will be January 3rd through the 6th.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 21, 2011
Rep. Neugebauer (R-TX) has introduced the Crop Risk Options Plan (CROP) Act, Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council, says this bill would amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act in order to provide producers with the opportunity to purchase an area-wide policy that would cover all or a portion of the deductible under their individual policy.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 19, 2011
The EPA is looking to extend the Oil Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure or SPCC deadline from November 10, 2011 to May 10, 2013 giving only farmers an 18 month extension to meet the guidelines.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 14, 2011
The NCC issued a statement welcoming the news that the enabling legislation necessary for Congress to approve the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was formally transmitted to Congress – saying the US cotton industry urges immediate approval of the legislation by the House and Senate.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 12, 2011
China currency legislation has advanced in the Senate and Free Trade Agreements (FTA) are scheduled for votes in the House and Senate this week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 7, 2011
The NCC submitted comments to the Federal Crop Insurance Corp.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 5, 2011
Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council, says the President sent a $4.4 trillion deficit-reduction plan to Congress.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 30, 2011
The Cotton Foundation VISION 21 Project is funded by Monsanto and John Deere. The project included the participation of the National Cotton Council, Cotton Council International and Cotton Incorporated.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 28, 2011
The dispute between LightSquared Inc. and global positioning system device manufacturers recently shifted back to Congress.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 23, 2011
During the National Cotton Council’s Mid-Year Board meeting, the Board of Directors unanimously adopted a farm policy proposal.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 21, 2011
Early room reservations for the ’12 Beltwide Cotton Conferences now can be made through Oct. 31 – as a special benefit for NCC and Cotton Foundation members only.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 16, 2011
Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council, says as the harvesting and ginning season gets underway, ginners and warehousers are encouraged to make sure the software they use to assign bale tare weights is up to date.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 14, 2011
The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the FY12 agricultural appropriations bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 9, 2011
EPA's Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) program requires farms and other regulated facilities to prepare a SPCC Plan to prevent oil spills into US waters.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 7, 2011
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson reminded producers about upcoming deadlines for disaster assistance.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 2, 2011
Dale Thompson, Manager of Marketing and Processing Technology for the National Cotton Council, says Country specific phytosanitary requirement information is moving from Purdue University's EXCERPT system to a new location on the Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking (PCIT) website.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 31, 2011
The National Cotton Council believes that sound farm policy is essential to the economic viability of the cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline:August 26, 2011
With a very wet sprint in the Mid-South, many producers experienced delayed planting.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 24, 2011
Environmental Issues continue to be an important focus of the National Cotton Council.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 19, 2011
Environmental Issues continue to be an important focus of the National Cotton Council.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 17, 2011
In its August crop report, USDA released their first survey based estimate for the 2011 US cotton crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 12, 2011
Congress recently adjourned for its August recess leaving many outstanding issues to be addressed upon their return on September 6.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 10, 2011
Rep. Nunes (R-CA) introduced the Agricultural Trade Facilitation Act.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 5, 2011
The Producer Information Exchange Program or PIE Tour enables cotton producers to gain a new perspective in fundamental practices throughout the cotton belt by observing firsthand the unique ways their peers use new and existing technology.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 3, 2011
The House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, chaired by Rep. Conaway (R-TX) conducted a hearing to review programs authorized by Title I of the ’08 farm law and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 29, 2011
The EPA mandated Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule requires that oil storage facilities with a capacity of over 1,320 gallons must make structural improvements to prevent spills.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 27, 2011
Producers have until Friday, July 29, 2011, to apply for assistance for 2009 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 22, 2011
The House of Representatives has been busy working to try and restrict some of the actions of EPA.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 20, 2011
In its July report, USDA projects US ’11-12 cotton production at 16.00 million bales.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 15, 2011
Earlier this year, a company by the name of Light Squared, proposed a new satellite based wireless broadband network.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 13, 2011
Congressman Alan Nunnelee met with about 15 farmers and other businesspeople at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Station in Verona, MS.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 8, 2011
The ongoing Doha negotiations within the WTO continues to be monitored as effort is put forth to move forward on a “scaled back” agreement targeted for December of this year says Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 6, 2011
In its June acreage report, USDA estimated 2011 US cotton plantings at 13.73 million acres.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 1, 2011
Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council, says in addition to weak yarn demand, there is growing concern among global cotton spinners over India’s willingness and ability to sell cotton yarn at sharply lower prices than comparable qualities from other countries.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 29, 2011
According to the Journal of Commerce, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will delay the release of its controversial new truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) rules until October.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 24, 2011
The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) recently held the organizational meeting of the 8th two-year term for the panel in Washington, DC.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 22, 2011
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gensler said that most of the agency's 51 proposed rules to implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will be changed before they are submitted to a final CFTC vote.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011, the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2012 Ag Appropriations Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 15, 2011
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson invited representatives of major commodity groups to a meeting at USDA.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 10, 2011
Western lawmakers introduced legislation aimed at reducing environmental litigation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 8, 2011
Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council, says The House Financial Services Committee amended and subsequently passed legislation that would delay implementation of a major portion of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, until Sept. ’12.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 2, 2011
The House Appropriations Committee advanced legislation Tuesday that would shave billions of dollars in agriculture spending and cut farm subsidies.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 1, 2011
The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee held its first ’12 farm bill hearing last week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 27, 2011
According to Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council, Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee Chairman Stabenow and nine other panel members expressed their concerns with the on-going budget negotiations in a letter to the president.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 25, 2011
The 2011 crop year bale packaging specifications adopted by the National Cotton Council Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee were approved by USDA for Commodity Credit Corp or CCC loan program purposes.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 20, 2011
Due to the ongoing strong post-harvest demand for U.S. raw cotton, the National Cotton Council is increasing its emphasis on improving the flow of lint from the gin to the textile mill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 18, 2011
Several parts of the Cotton Belt are experiencing very disastrous planting seasons.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 13, 2011
At a joint hearing of the House Committees on Agriculture and Natural Resources, members questioned officials of USDA, EPA, the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) about the impact of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on pesticide use.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 11, 2011
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) reports that the railroads now have plans to spend millions of dollars to expand rail and port capacity.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 6, 2011
Flooding remains a big concern in several states where days of rain have caused rising rivers to flood many areas along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. 
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 4, 2011
The excess rain has put many farmers in the Mid-South behind schedule this planting season.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 29, 2011
Eleven textile industry leaders from Turkey will tour the U.S. Cotton Belt on May 7-17.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 27, 2011
As of April 24th, the latest USDA report that tracks cotton plantings are standing at 13 percent complete.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 20, 2011
The National Cotton Council joined a letter with 11 other agricultural and commodity organizations to Senators urging them to co-sponsor S.700, which was introduced by Senators Stabenow of Michigan, Roberts and Moran of Kansas and Klobuchar of Minnesota.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 15, 2011
After March of 2008, it was clear that all segments of the cotton industry were hurting.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 13, 2011
On April 5 House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan, Republican from Wisconsin, released a comprehensive budget proposal for Fiscal year 2012.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 8, 2011
The cotton market appears to be on an uptick with prices steady around $2.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 6, 2011
The National Cotton Council is deeply concerned by the extent of the cuts to commodity, conservation and nutrition programs proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 1, 2011
A Louisiana delegation consisting of Jess Barr, Executive Vice President of the Louisiana Cotton and Grain Association, Brian Breaux, Associate Commodity Director for Louisiana Farm Bureau and four producers, traveled to Washington, D. C. to meet with their Congressmen and Senators as well as some of their Congressional Aids that work directly with agriculture issues.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 30, 2011
Climate Variability was the topic Georgia Producer, Ronnie Lee was asked to speak about at an Agriculture Landscapes Forum, which was the last of six regional hearings conducted by the Farm Foundation on behalf of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. 
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 25, 2011
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson visited California this week, where she met with state and local agriculture and business leaders.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 23, 2011
Following a 2010 agreement with EPA, Bayer agreed to phase out Temik®.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 18, 2011
Last week, the House Committee on Agriculture held a markup on the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 (H.R. 872).
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 16, 2011
The House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson as the sole witness.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 11, 2011
Resistance to agricultural pest control products, whether the pest is an insect or a weed, is a problem for the entire agricultural community.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 9, 2011
WTO Director General Pascal Lamy has warned that time is running out for securing a breakthrough in the Doha Round of trade talks.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 4, 2011
At the annual Agricultural Outlook Forum in Washington, D.C., USDA economists offered insights into their outlook for the 2011 cotton market.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 2, 2011
A lot of research has been conducted to demonstrate effective weed management in a proactive way.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 25, 2011
Many farmers are dealing with challenges regarding herbicide weed resistance.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 23, 2011
ter three days of intense debate, the House was nearing completion of a $1.2 trillion Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund agencies and programs for the remainder of FY11.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 18, 2011
The Cottonseed Pilot Endorsement for crop insurance arose from the producers inability to protect the potential income they receive from the co-product of cotton, cottonseed, on their farm, says Shawn Wade, Director of Communications for Plains Cotton Growers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 16, 2011
In its February crop report, USDA left the 2010’-11’ crop unchanged, however the world crop estimate was lower than the January report estimate.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 11, 2011
In the previously enacted healthcare law, there is a provision that mandates the reporting of 1099s for any trade or business that pays $600 or more to a non-employee for services performed during the calendar year, beginning in 2012.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 9, 2011
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the next general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, will begin on March 14, 2011 and continue through April 15, 2011.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 5, 2011
The National Cotton Council’s economist, Gary Adams, says a tight supply and demand situation coupled with continued pressure from competing crops for the coming year is consistent with cotton prices above historical norms.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 5, 2011
The National Cotton Council mailed a survey mid-December 2010 to producers across the 17 Cotton Belt states asking for their intended 2011 cotton acres.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 2, 2011
There are several challenges for cotton, both in existing markets and new markets.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 28, 2011
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday that genetically modified alfalfa can be planted “without conditions.”
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 26, 2011
The 2010 cotton crop received some of the highest classing grades for color in years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 21, 2011
With a tight budget situation in Washington, a lot of pressure to cut farm program payments is expected.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 19, 2010
At the recent Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Guy Collins, extension cotton agronomist for the University of Georgia, started his review of the 2010 cotton crop by saying that most farmers had a good start.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 14, 2011
A house is full of cotton from the curtains, sheets and towels to the clothes in your closet.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 12, 2011
Looking into 2011, Washington will be seeing many changes as a result of the elections in November 2010.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 29, 2010
A number of national agriculture and livestock groups, including the National Cotton Council, have launched a coalition to facilitate joint efforts to counter several proposed EPA initiatives aimed at reducing nutrient pollution in waterways under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 22, 2010
The Beltwide Cotton Conference is only 2 weeks away, January 4th through the 7th in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 17, 2010
The Beltwide Cotton Conference general session is scheduled for Wednesday, January 5th at 8 AM.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 15, 2010
Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council, Robbie Minnich, says the Senate voted on two forms of legislation that would repeal a new requirement that businesses file IRS Form 1099 whenever they pay more than $600 to an individual vendor.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 10, 2010
The Betwide Cotton Conference is January 4th through 7th in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 8, 2010
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice on October 19, 2010 announcing its intention to change its official interpretation of workplace noise exposure standards and enforcement.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 3, 2010
The Beltwide Cotton Conference dates back to 1947.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 1, 2010
If estate taxes are allowed to be reinstated at the beginning of 2011, with only a $1 million exemption and top rate of 55 percent, Taylor Slade, cotton and peanut producer in Williamston, NC says U.S. agriculture will be affected very negatively.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 24, 2010
A comprehensive deficit and debt reduction plan entitled, Restoring America’s Future, was released by the co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force.
 
Cotton Newsline: November 19, 2010
USDA began issuing Conservation Stewardship and Conservation Security Program payments this month to thousands of farmers and ranchers in all 50 states to help maintain and improve the natural resources on their land.
 
Broadcast Newsline: Novebmer 17, 2010
The Beltwide Cotton Conference serves as an umbrella for all disciplines of cotton production.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 12, 2010
In its November report, USDA lowered the upland cotton estimate to 17.9 million bales.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 10, 2010
The Cotton Consultants Conference at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences features presentations to help the cotton consultant and others involved in agronomic and pest management decision-making.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 5, 2010
Producing a marketable cotton bale involves more than pressing, tying and bagging lint.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 3, 2010
In the last several days the National Cotton Council, along with representatives of NCTO, ACSA and AMCOT, met with Administration officials regarding India’s cotton exports.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 29, 2010
Coordinated by the National Cotton Council and cooperating partners, the 2011 Beltwide Cotton Conference will bring together individuals from all segments of the cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 27, 2010
USDA will soon publish an interim rule in the Federal Register to establish the Crop Assistance Program or CAP.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 22, 2010
The Washington Post published an editorial regarding the U.S. cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 20, 2010
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the ranking period cut-off date for producer applications in NRCS’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been extended.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 15, 2010
In its October crop report, USDA increased the 2010-2011 U.S. crop estimate by 30,000 bales from its September report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 13, 2010
Robbie Minnich, senior government relations representative for the National Cotton council, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that during October, USDA will distribute approximately $1.9 billion in annual Conservation Reserve Program or CRP payments and $3.8 billion in final ’10 direct payments.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 8, 2010
Earlier this year, the International Textile Manufacturers Federation released its “Cotton Contamination Survey 2009.”
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 6, 2010
Farmers are closely monitoring a longstanding and recurring debate over whether to clamp down on “rural fugitive-dust.”
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 1, 2010
The House of Representatives passed currency reform legislation before adjourning for a recess leading up to the November elections.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 29, 2010
Leaders from throughout the global cotton industry are set to converge in California for the sixth biennial Sourcing USA Summit, hosted by Cotton Council International and Cotton Incorporated.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 24, 2010
International Cotton Advisory Committee or ICAC is an intergovernmental body that organizes the representatives from member countries, countries that produce or use cotton around the word.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 22, 2010
Blanch Lincoln and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss have scheduled a Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing with Administrator Lisa Jackson of the EPA for this coming Thursday.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 17, 2010
In its September report, USDA raised both mill use and export estimates.
 
Cotton Newsline: September 15, 2010
USDA released updated estimates for both U.S. and world cotton production in its September crop report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 10, 2010
Research and extension entomologists from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi & Tennessee worked with the National Cotton Council to give EPA representatives information regarding tarnished plant bugs and the high numbers they have encountered during the last three years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 8, 2010
Cotton breeders are often pressed for time having to cover numerous cotton plots in a short amount of time.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 3, 2010
In Southwest Oklahoma researchers have been evaluating variable rate systems for harvest aids.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 1, 2010
Matt Coley, a Vienna, GA, cotton producer had an opportunity to speak with Natural Resources Conservation Service or NRCS Chief Dave White regarding resistant weeds such as pigweed while White was in Albany, GA, with Representative Bishop to discuss the Agriculture Water Enhancement Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 27, 2010
Ranking Member Lucas of Oklahoma, along with six of his colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee, introduced H.R. 6087 companion bill to S 3735.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 25, 2010
In its August report, USDA gave the full balance sheet for U.S. and world cotton production.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 20, 2010
The 2009 growing season was the start of a study to look at non-conventional ways to apply conventional harvesting equipment at different stages of cotton crop maturity.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 18, 2010
Senator Hagan of North Carolina and Senator Graham of South Carolina introduced to the Senate the Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2010.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 13, 2010
The National Cotton Council just completed this year’s Southeast Producer Information Exchange Program or PIE Tour. 
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 11, 2010
Earlier this week the Congressional Quarterly Publication published a rather lengthy article on cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 6, 2010
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Lincoln continues to work to move disaster assistance legislation for the 2009 crop losses through Congress.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 4, 2010
The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program or SURE is a disaster program that was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 30, 2010
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program or CRP will begin on August 2.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 28, 2010
According to Robbie Minnich, senior government relations representative for the National Cotton Council, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanch Lincoln has successfully identified a new legislative vehicle for a $2 billion ad hoc disaster aid package covering 2009 crop loses.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 23, 2010
On June 4th the EPA published in the federal register a draft pesticide general permit.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 21, 2010
As part of his initiative to double US exports in five years, President Obama said he wants to move on three free trade agreements (FTAs).
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 16, 2010
In its July report, USDA projects 2010-2011 U.S. cotton production to be 18.3 million bales, up 1.6 million bales from last month’s report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 14 2010
On June 30 the House approved to overhaul financial services regulation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 9, 2010
The Natural Resources Conservation Service or NRCS recently announced a new Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 7, 2010
Manager of Marketing and Processing Technology for the National Cotton Council, Dale Thompson, says the bale packaging specifications for the 2010 crop year adopted by the Council’s Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee have been approved by USDA for Commodity Credit Corporation loan program purposes.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 2, 2010
In testimony before the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, NCC Chairman Eddie Smith stressed that stable farm policy is essential for the US cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 30, 2010
Last week after a lengthy session, the House and Senate conferees agreed to a far-reaching overhaul of statutes governing financial markets.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 25, 2010
Researchers have been testing the use of natural-fiber products such as cotton in remediating the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 23, 2010
Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council, Robbie Minnich, says the Council is providing its cotton producer members with targeted conservation program information.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 18, 2010
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack released the final draft of a new crop insurance Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) which is the agreement between the federal government and the companies about how crop insurance is administered.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 16, 2010
With the Gulf of Mexico oil spill reviving prospects for energy debate in the Senate this summer.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 11, 2010
In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that EPA had the authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, provided the EPA finds that such pollution endangers human health and the environment.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 9, 2010
In 2006 the EPA put out a rule stating certain pesticide applications over or into waters would be exempt from permits under the Clean Water Act (CWA) as long as the FIFRA label was followed.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 4, 2010
The Producer Information Exchange Program, or PIE, exposes producers to innovative production practices other than their own.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 2, 2010
This is the 24th year of the Cotton Ginners School.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 28, 2010
The Wall Street Journal ran an editorial May 21st related to the ongoing dispute between the United States and Brazil regarding the Cotton and Export Credit Guarantee Programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 26, 2010
The WTO agricultural negotiating committee met this week in Geneva to discuss developments in the Doha round.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 21, 2010
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program or EQIP is the largest program covering the most conservation practices.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 19, 2010
There are a lot of programs and options offered by USDA to assist cotton farmers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 14, 2010
Robbie Minnich, senior government relations representative for the National Cotton Council says the final rule designating Kansas, Virginia and Florida as cotton-producing states for purposes of representation on the cotton Board was published in the Federal Register.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 12, 2010
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation or ITMF does a survey every other year on cotton contamination.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 7, 2010
Vice President of Producer Affairs for the National Cotton Council, Craig Brown, says the House Agriculture Committee scheduled field hearings to review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 5, 2010
Representative Oberstar of Minnesota recently introduced the America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act, HR 5088, which would change the scope of the current Clean Water Act.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 30, 2010
Eddie Smith, Chairman of the National Cotton Council, traveled to Washington D.C this week to make contacts with key Congressional leaders and members of the Administration.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 28, 2010
The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee approved a bill designed to bring transparency to derivatives trading.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 23, 2010
To position itself for the 21st Century, the U.S. cotton industry is examining itself from field to fabric.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 21, 2010
USDA has announced some changes to the fees that will be charged for use of the Export Credit Guarantee Program also known as the GSM – 102 program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 16, 2010
The National Cotton Council joined together with other national agriculture organizations in cosigning a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid and Senate Republican Leader McConnell regarding the possible reinstatement of the estate tax in 2011.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 14, 2010
In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, NCC Chairman Eddie Smith stressed the importance of preserving the agricultural baseline budget.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 9, 2010
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairman Lincoln and Ranking Member Chambliss along with 28 Senators, sent a letter expressing appreciation for the Risk Management Agency or RMA’s willingness to reconsider its previous proposals as the Standard Reinsurance Agreement or SRA renegotiation proceeds.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 7, 2010
Brazil had announced some weeks ago their intentions of retaliation in the ongoing trade dispute.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 1, 2010
The USDA released their March Prospective Plantings report for the 2010-11 U.S. cotton season.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 31, 2010
Senators Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Pat Roberts of Kansas, ranking member and senior member of the Agriculture Committee, respectively, sent a letter to the President opposing budget cuts to farm programs in a tough economy.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 25, 2010
The chairmen of six major commodity organizations – cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum and rice – were called to Washington today to meet with Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsak and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 24, 2010
The National Cotton Council submitted letters to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committee’s on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 19, 2010
The USDA numbers indicate that at the beginning of the marketing year there were approximately 62 million bales of cotton stock globally.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 17, 2010
Executive Director of Cotton Council International, Allen Terhaar, says President Obama announced that the US is setting a goal of doubling its exports with in five years.
 
Cotton Newsline: March 17, 2010
Executive Director of Cotton Council International, Allen Terhaar, says President Obama announced that the US is setting a goal of doubling its exports with in five years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 12, 2010
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will issue approximately $121 million in partial 2009 crop counter-cyclical payments to producers with upland cotton and peanut base acres enrolled in USDA’s Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 10, 2010
In retaliation to an arbitration panel finding rendered in 2009, President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council, Gary Adams, says that Brazil announced approximately 100 products on which they are going to impose higher tariffs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 5, 2010
The Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee announced at its 43rd annual meeting that the ’09 bale packaging specifications had been modified.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 3, 2010
This year will mark the 23rd year of the Ginner Schools.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 26, 2010
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has targeted the Senate jobs bill in an attempt to guarantee more water for struggling farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley, regardless of restrictions imposed by the Endangered Species Act or ESA.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 24, 2010
The National Cotton Council expressed concern that the Supreme Court’s determination to allow a clearly incorrect lower court decision to stand would have significant negative repercussions on US agriculture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 19, 2010
Each year, some taxpayers receive a CCC-1099-G from the Internal Revenue Service.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 17, 2010
The National Cotton Council along with American Farm Bureau and other Agriculture groups filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking for a rehearing of the NCC verses EPA case in the 6th circuit court of appeals.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 12, 2010
In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, The National Cotton Council recommended that USDA make the determination of the advance counter-cyclical payment (CCP) for ’09 upland cotton on February 26th after the release of the Agriculture Prices report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 10, 2010
President Obama issued his fiscal year 2011 budget proposal to congress last week
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 6, 2010
The National Cotton Council has prepared their annual economic outlook for the 2010 US and global cotton markets.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 5, 2010
Each year the National Cotton Council conducts a survey of producers to determine acreage intentions for the coming season.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 3, 2010
The National Cotton Council joined more than 130 agriculture interest organizations in communicating their support for the Murkowski Resolution of Disapproval.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 29, 2010
Executive Vice President of the Agriculture Council of Arkansas, Don Alexander, expresses his appreciation to Senators Lincoln and Chambliss for cosponsoring the Murkowski Resolution of Disapproval.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 27, 2010
Larry McClendon, producer from Mariana, Arkansas says there has been a lot of anxiety regarding the proposal allowing the EPA to have authority over and input on Cap & Trade & Climate Change issues.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 22, 2010
The National Cotton Council was joined by 137 other commodity and agricultural organizations in declaring support for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s introduction of a resolution opposing EPA’s current plan to regulate carbon dioxide and other green house gases.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 20, 2010
Up until the late 90s there were two primary herbicides being used, gramoxone and roundup then there was a transition into almost exclusively using roundup.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 15, 2010
As the cotton industry heads into 2010, it appears that the worst of the economic downturn is over, says Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council, Gary Adams as he points out the upward trend in prices during 2009, gaining between 20 to 25 cents over the course of the year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 13, 2010
Jimmy Webb, producer in Leary, Georgia has used the Environment Quality Incentives Program, or EQUIP, on his farm for the past five years.
 
Broadcast Newslines: December 30, 2009
In 2008 a problem was identified in the areas of South Texas that never get a freeze to kill the cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 23, 2009
Through the CRP program there is an opportunity to participate in the field border, or buffer program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 18, 2009
This week, the Senate Commerce Committee passed rail reform legislation known as the Surface Transportation Board or STB reauthorization bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 16, 2009
There was some concern about the loss of access by U.S. mills to competitively priced cotton when the step two program was ruled in violation of our commitments and removed from the farm bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 11, 2009
Senior Agriculture Specialist at Capital One Bank, Leo Nelson, said Louisiana cotton producers, after enduring Hurricanes Ike and Gustav in 2008, were hit again in 2009 with above average rainfall at harvest causing substantial costs to this season’s cotton crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 9, 2009
Due to the late harvest delays over much of the cotton belt, Bill Robertson, Beltwide Cotton Conference Coordinator says they have extended the conference registration to December 23.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 4, 2009
Yesterday, Representatives Travis Childers of Mississippi and Marion Berry of Arkansas introduced legislation to provide emergency disaster assistance to the Mid-South, Southwest and neighboring states due to mounting financial losses due to the devastating weather conditions.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 2, 2009
The area along the Gulf Coast in Texas had a late start in boll weevil eradication.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 25, 2009
The southeast portion of the cotton belt has completed boll weevil eradication and Louisiana only trapped 18 weevils this year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 20, 2009
In August, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Arbitration Panel in the Brazil case came down with finding on damages awarded to Brazil on both the U.S. cotton program and the U.S. export credit guarantee program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 18, 2009
NCC recently submitted comments to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services or NRCS regarding the Conservation Stewardship Program or CSP.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 13, 2009
There are several markets developing with the use of cotton nonwovens.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 11, 2009
Last week, NCC Chairman Hardwick, met with key Members of Congress and staff, including Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Lincoln and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Peterson along with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency staff.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 6, 2009
Joe Steiner, a vice president for the American Soybean Association, had the opportunity to travel to Lubbock, TX to participate in the Multi Commodities Exchange Program or MCEP tour.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 4, 2009
The H2-A program was established to help the domestic agriculture industry find workers outside the United States.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 30, 2009
The Mid-South and parts of the Southeast have had an unusually large amount of rain this fall.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 28, 2009
Farmers across the Mid-South and parts have been dealt a major blow by this year’s weather conditions.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 23, 2009
Harvest delays are significant, and in some instances unprecedented, across all of the Mid-South and selected states in the Southeast.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 21, 2009
Harvest delays are significant, and in some instances unprecedented, across all of the Mid-South and selected states in the Southeast.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 16, 2009
Excessive rainfall in September and October has deterred harvest efforts in the Mid-South and portions of the Southeast.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 14, 2009
The USDA just released their October estimates for the U.S. cotton crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 9, 2009
USDA announced a new initiative to improve water quality and the overall health of the Mississippi River Basin.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 7, 2009
The Farm Service Agency or FSA recently informed the county FSA offices of a delay in direct final payments for certain farm organizations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 2, 2009
Since 1914, freight railroads have been exempt from antitrust regulations, allowing them to seek clearance for mergers or rate changes from the Surface Transportation Board.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 30, 2009
A new Food & Drug Administration or FDA rule was issued and took effect on September 8.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 25, 2009
The 2010 Beltwide Cotton Conference will be January 4th through the 7th in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 23, 2009
The tarnished plant bug has become the primary insect pest of cotton in the Mid-South region of the Cotton Belt.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 18, 2009
In its September crop report, USDA left U.S. mill use unchanged at 3.5 million bales.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 16, 2009
In its September crop report, USDA estimated a 2009-10 US cotton crop of 13.44 million bales, up 230,000 bales from the August report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 11, 2009
There have been changes in the chairmanship of some of the Senate Committees following the death of Senator Ted Kennedy.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 9, 2009
A link to the “Contamination Free Cotton: Keep it Clean and Pure” PowerPoint presentation has been added to the National Cotton Council’s Quality Preservation web page.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 4, 2009
The National Cotton Council’s Chairman, Jay Hardwick, recently submitted a letter to Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, Chairman Gary Gensler requesting the status of an ongoing investigation within the CFTC of the events in the future markets that occurred in March 2008.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 2, 2009
The WTO Arbitration Panel has released their decision regarding the ongoing dispute between the U.S. and Brazil involving the Export Credit Guarantee program and portions of the US cotton program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 28, 2009
The 2010 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will be held January fourth through the seventh at Marriott New Orleans and Sheraton New Orleans Hotels in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 26, 2009
The USDA recently released their first survey based estimate of the 2009 US crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 21, 2009
In November 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, issued a final rule which allowed pesticide applications on or near water to be exempt under certain circumstances from National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or NPDES permits.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 19, 2009
Texas cotton producer leadership, primarily working through Plains Cotton Growers, recently developed a cottonseed insurance pilot program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 14, 2009
The Conservation Stewardship Program or CSP program is new in the 2008 farm bill, replacing the Conservation Security Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 12, 2009
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) was notified that the Arbitration Panel’s findings in the Brazil case would not be released until August 31, 2009.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 7, 2009
Last week the House passed food safety bill HR 2749.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 5, 2009
In addition to the traditional Direct and Counter Cyclical Commodity Program, or DCP, Congress created the Average Crop Revenue Election Program, or ACRE, in the 2008 Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 31, 2009
Recently the House of Representatives passed climate change legislation commonly known as the Waxman/Markey Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 29, 2009
Senator Feingold introduced S-787, the Clean Water Restoration Act which would replace the term Navigable Waters in the Clean Water Act.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 24, 2009
The impacts of a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program on U.S. agriculture have been the source of significant debate during the legislative discussions surrounding the American Clean Energy and Security Act or Waxman/Markey bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 22, 2009
USDA has announced that 760 million dollars from the Supplemental Appropriations Act is now available for approved but previously unfunded USDA direct farm ownership and operating loans nationwide.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 17, 2009
The drastic decline in cotton acreage the last few years means fewer bales for cotton gins to process.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 15, 2009
Last week the House passed the fiscal year 2010 agricultural spending bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 10, 2009
The producer information exchange program exposes producers to innovative production practices in regions different that their own. 
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 8, 2009
USDA has released its June acreage report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 1, 2009
The University of Tennessee Extension Service has been collecting in field data to help determine the efficiencies of both the Case IH and John Deere on-board module builders.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 26, 2009
This week, Jay Hardwick, Chairman of the National Cotton Council and Newellton, Louisiana producer testified before the House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management to share views on USDA’s implementation of the 2008 farm law.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 24, 2009
As herbicide resistant weeds continue to spread across the cotton belt, the National Cotton Council has been working to provide resources for producers on how to prevent the occurrence of these weeds on their farms.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 19, 2009
For years, cotton gins have used moisture restoration systems to add back moisture to the lint as it goes through the gin. The aggressive use of some of these systems has caused an increase in wet bales and a need for improved cotton-moisture sensors.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 17, 2009
There are many incentives for producers to incorporate conservation tillage into their management options.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 12, 2009
The process used to create nonwoven toxic chemical decontamination wipes recently received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 10, 2009
The 6th Circuit Court has granted a stay of its January 7, 2009 decision.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 5, 2009
When farmers experience a disaster, like flooding or drought, what can they count on to help them through it? Up until recently, only the kindness of Congress, in the form of adhoc disaster assistance.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 3, 3009
The National Cotton Council joined with other agricultural organizations this week to send a statement to congress in support of the Senate moving forward on comprehensive rail legislative efforts.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 29, 2009
As producers plant their crop this spring they need to pay close attention to the weeds in their fields.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 27, 2009
Entomologists across the Cotton Belt are reviewing spider mite threshold recommendations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 22, 2009
One of the changes included in the 2008 farm bill was the ending of the use of certificates for the redemption of marketing assistance loans.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 20, 2009
Spider mites, as a problem pest for cotton, have become dramatically worse over the last four years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 15, 2009
Cotton has always been a very attractive crop for pests. Dr. Gus Lorenz, Extension Entomologist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service talks about the factors causing a shift in insect pressure.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 13, 2009
This week USDA released the final 2008 U.S. cotton crop estimates.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 8, 2009
Herbicide resistance is becoming an issue across the cotton belt. Growers regardless of where they are located need to be aware of what’s going on in their fields.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 6, 2009
The 2009 Specifications for Cotton Bale Packaging Materials were approved by USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 1, 2009
Verticillium Wilt is a soil born fungus which lives in the soil and infects the cotton plant through the roots and basically clogs the vascular system of the plant as it develops.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 29, 2009
Base Acres determines how many acres on a farm are eligible for Direct and Counter Cyclical payment programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 24, 2009
Crop insurance is an important risk management tool for cotton producers, every bit as important as any other production input.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 22, 2009
The Average Crop Revenue Election program or ACRE was introduced as an alternative to the traditional Direct and Counter Cyclical Payment program in the 2008 Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 17, 2009
USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service or AMS is proposing to raise the user fee for 2009 crop cotton classification services from $2.00 per bale to $2.20 per bale.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 15, 2009
Gary Adams, Vice-President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council says the cotton program will receive additional attention with the expected conclusion of the arbitration phase of the Brazil-U.S. dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO).
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 8, 2009
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in January stated that any pesticide application from which any residue makes its way into the "waters of the U.S." are required to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit or NPDES permit.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 3, 2009
The National Cotton Council has worked diligently in preparation for the upcoming budget debate to convey opposition to farm program cuts included in President Obama’s budget proposal and any efforts to re-open the 2008 farm law.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 1, 2009
USDA released their 2009 Prospective Plantings Report this week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 27, 2009
In 2006, The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, completed the re-registration eligibility decision under the Food Quality Protection act or FQPA for Furadan.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 25, 2009
Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA and the IRS have begun efforts “to ensure that high income individuals and entities who request USDA payments meet income limits set forth in the 2008 Farm Bill.”
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 20, 2009
Earlier this year the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated EPA’s 2006 rule which had exempted pesticides applied near or into waters from National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or NPDES permits if applied in accordance with the FIFRA (pronounced fif-ra) label.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 18, 2009
USDA’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate for March is projecting lower mill use and increased exports for the 2008/09 US Cotton crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 13, 2009
In late December of 2008 USDA issued regulations that were to implement the 2008 farm law changes in payment eligibility, adjusted gross income means test and the determination of “actively engaged” in farming.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 11, 2009
Last summer the National Cotton Council with assistance from Cotton Council International and the National Council of Textile Organizations distributed two mill surveys.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 6, 2009
The Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee met this week to review test programs for bale packaging materials.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 4, 2009
2007 was the first year in Texas history that agriculture contributed over 100 billion dollars to the state’s economy.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 27, 2009
President Obama’s proposed budget for USDA fails to recognize the work recently completed by Congress on the 2008 Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 25, 2009
The Cottonseed Treatment Trials were started in 1936 to evaluate fungicide seed treatments for the control of seedling diseases.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 20, 2009
Vision 21 is a comprehensive effort of the National Cotton Council, Cotton Council International and Cotton Incorporated aimed at gaining critical information about cotton’s position and potential in the market place.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 18, 2009
The projections for the 2009 economy have become more discouraging.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 13, 2009
Each year the National Cotton Council conducts a survey of producers to determine acreage intentions for the coming season.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 11, 2009
The Food Quality Protection Act that was passed in 1996 drastically changed the way EPA is required to register pesticides.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 6, 2009
This week the National Cotton Council joined other commodity and general farm organizations in submitting comments to USDA expressing concern for the payment limitation and payment eligibility interim rule.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 4, 2009
At the end of 2008 USDA published an interim rule to implement the 2008 Farm Bill farm program payment limitation and eligibility provisions for the 2009 and subsequent crop years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 30, 3009
With the high cost of fertilizers cotton producers are concerned about the cost of production relative to returns.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 28, 2009
USDA has spent the past three years working with cotton ginners across the cotton belt to determine the cost of ginning cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 23, 2009
A conservation plan is where a farmer works with their local conservation services official, or a qualified professional recognized by National Resource Conservation Services, or NRCS, to find out what resource issues are affecting their farm. 
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 21, 2009
In the last four or five years the overall impact of insects has been fairly low.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 16, 2009
In the 2008 Farm Bill, funding for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQUIP, was increased by more than three billion dollars over ten years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 14, 2009
USDA is estimating 12-point-7 million bales for the 2008 cotton crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 19, 2008
The Director General of the WTO announced that there will not be a ministerial in 2008.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 17, 2008
The Advancing Cotton Education or ACE website was created to provide a single access point for cotton management practices.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 12, 2008
The National Cotton Council joined major commodity and farm organizations urging immediate release of farm law regulations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 10, 2008
The National Cotton Council is in the early stages of getting ready to send out the Planting Intentions Survey for 2009 and what was planted in 2008 for cotton as well as other crops.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 5, 2008
According to Dr. Kelly Tindell, Research Entomologist at the University of Missouri Delta Center, one of the big reasons for this problem with spider mites is the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 3, 2008
The Beltwide Cotton Conferences were designed as an educational resource for producers, consultants and university researchers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 21, 2008
Important USDA regulation was issued that went into effect on October Thirty-first.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 19, 2008
Ways producers can reduce energy costs for their irrigation systems.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 14, 2008
USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation or C.C.C. announced interest rates for November 2008.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 12, 2008
Cotton acreage in 2008 saw another major decline as it dropped to 9-point-2 million acres.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 7, 2008
Last week USDA announced the release of the regulations necessary to implement the new farm law’s cotton program provisions.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November, 5, 2008
The 2009 Beltwide Cotton Conference is in San Antonio January fifth through the eighth.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 31, 2008
The Cotton Consultant’s conference was started last year as part of the annual Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 29, 2008
A system has been developed for converting an existing pivot to a variable rate irrigation system.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 24, 2008
Cotton Incorporated and The Missouri State Support Committee funded a project to evaluate genotypic variation in early vigor of cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 22, 2008
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced that the final counter-cyclical payment rate for the ’07 crop of upland cotton is 6.43 cents per pound.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 17, 2008
Remote sensing and “on-the-go” equipment mounted sensors are the two most studied precision technologies for determining nitrogen needs in cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 15, 2008
USDA has published the October cotton crop report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 10, 2008
Based on interpretation of the language in the Research Title of the 2008 Farm Bill, land grant universities may have to compete for research funding.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 8, 2008
The most important step in nematode management is proper diagnosis and quantification of soil populations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 3, 2008
This week Congress passed a bill to suspend the 10-acre rule for one-year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 1, 2008
The use of gin waste as a component in erosion control products, building products, composites and laminates represents an opportunity to dramatically increase the value of cotton gin waste.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 26, 2008
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Broadcast Newsline: September 24, 2008
14.9 million acres of U.S. Cotton are post boll weevil eradication and 1.45 million acres are currently under eradication.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 19, 2008
USDA has published the September cotton crop report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 17, 2008
The 2009 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will be held January fifth through the eighth at Marriott Rivercenter and Riverwalk Hotel and Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 12, 2008
The USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation approved the 2008 specifications for Cotton Bale Packaging Materials.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 10, 2008
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Broadcast Newsline: September 5, 2008
A National Cotton Council leadership team visited China this year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 3, 2008
Earlier this summer we completed the compliance phase of the WTO Brazil-U.S. Cotton Case.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 29, 2008
The pink boll worm program began in the El Paso, Trans Pecos zone of West Texas.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 27, 2008
In 1994 Texas started its boll weevil eradication program in a few zones and has been adding zones since that time.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 22, 2008
Memphis-based EWR, Inc. in cooperation with the flow committee of the National Cotton Council is introducing an enhancement of its electronic receipt process with the aim of promoting a more streamlined, accurate and cost effective process for establishing bale shipping order load dates.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 20, 2008
After finding resistant marestail in his fields, Stewart Weaver, Cotton producer in Edmonson, Arkansas says he had to revert back to some old practices.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 15, 2008
There are many factors that continue to affect the cotton market.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 13, 2008
In its August crop report, USDA estimated a 2008- 2009 U.S. crop of 13.8 million bales.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 8, 2008
EPA announced it is taking action to revoke food tolerance for residues of carbofuran.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 6, 2008
Cotton incorporated’s agricultural research division facilitates progress in the profitability of cotton production.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 1, 2008
The 2008 Farm Bill includes several new disaster programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 30, 2008
The Doha negotiations of the World Trade Organization collapsed this week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 25, 2008
Trade Ministers are in Geneva this week in an effort to reach an agreement in the ongoing DOHA round of negotiations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 23, 2008
Update on the Boll Weevil Eradication Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 18, 2008
Cotton Incorporated is asking cotton producers across the Cotton Belt for assistance and participation in an anonymous online Natural Resource Survey.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 16, 2008
The United States’ government farm programs benefiting America’s cotton farmers have attracted considerable attention and criticism in recent years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 11, 2008
America’s farmers will receive up to $1.5 billion in 2008 advance direct payments.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July, 9, 2008
In 1982, over five thousand cotton gins were in operation in the U.S.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 2, 2008
The Pink Bollworm Program in the United States now encompasses Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 27, 2008
Secretary of Agriculture, Ed Schafer, announced this week that the signup would begin for the 2008 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 25, 2008
The Producer Information Exchange Program kicks off its 20th year this week with cotton producers from the Mid-South traveling to Arizona and California.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 20, 2008
This week the President vetoed the completed version of the 2008 Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 11, 2008
Crop rotation was not a common practice for Steve Stevens, an Arkansas producer.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 6, 2008
The National Cotton Council will be holding forty-five educational meetings to review key provisions of the New Food, conservation and Energy Act of 2008.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 4, 2008
This week the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization released their decision regarding the Compliance Case filed against the United States by Brazil.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 30, 2008
In the export market there has been a container and a vessel space crisis that has affected the export of raw cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 28, 2008
There were many obstacles for farmers in 2007. One of the biggest challenges in 2007 was moisture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 23, 2008
Within hours of the President vetoing the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 the House and Senate overrode it.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 21, 2008
With the John Deere on-board module building system removal of the wrap on the round modules may require modifications at the gin.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 16, 2008
Congress passed the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 by a strong majority.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 14, 2008
One of the most exciting things to happen in cotton harvesting and handling is the new on-board module building system.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 9, 2008
The House and Senate Conferees have concluded work on the 2008 farm bill. Congress expects to vote on the bill next week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 7, 2008
After cotton has been harvested it is usually formed into a module and covered with a tarp until it can be transported to the gin.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 2, 2008
The farm bill is moving closer to completion but today is the deadline for another extension.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 30, 3008
Last Friday the principal negotiators of the farm bill reached a compromise on the funding for the bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 25, 2008
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission held a forum this week to discuss agricultural futures markets.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 23, 2008
Danny Keiser, Executive Director for the Arkansas Boll Weevil Eradication Program gives an update
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 18, 2008
The House and Senate unanimously consented to another short term extension of the farm bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 16, 2008
In a largely party-line vote, the House amended its rules to postpone consideration of a free-trade agreement with Colombia.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 11, 2008
Under the Bush Administration’s proposed fiscal year 2009 budget, the USDA Cotton Ginning Laboratory in Lubbock, Texas is slated for closure.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 9, 2008
The e -Xtension website is a national initiative that every land grant university in the country has signed on to.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 4, 2008
The Cotton Ginners School was started 22 years ago to educate gin employees about basic equipment operation, maintenance and safety.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 2, 2008
USDA released their 2008 Prospective Plantings Report this week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 28, 2008
Sign-up for the Conservation Security Program has been announced.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 26, 2008
As of March 25 the Commodity Credit Corporation has implemented new software that denies storage credits for yard-stored upland cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 19, 2008
Congress passed another one month extension of current farm legislation effective through April 18 to allow more time to develop consensus on new legislation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 14, 2008
Congress was hoping to have an agreement on new farm bill legislation before the deadline this weekend.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 12, 2008
The National Cotton Council is coordinating four advanced training workshops to increase cotton producers’ and consultants’ awareness of best management practices.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 7, 2008
WTO negotiations may overshadow the U.S. cotton industry’s two-year effort on delivering sound policy in new farm legislation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 5, 2008
The current cotton surplus is almost 9 million bales which is the second largest in the last 20 years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 29, 2008
With Congress back in session this week the farm bill conference negotiations are continuing.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 27, 2008
With the recent crop shifts across the cotton belt, university researchers are concerned two different crops with the same B.t. technology could affect insect populations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 22, 2008
Agriculture committee members from the House and Senate spent the past week negotiating a budget number for the farm bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 20, 2008
The National Cotton Council has serious reservations regarding the Peterson-Goodlatte farm bill package announced by House Agricultural Committee Chairman Collin Peterson.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 15, 2008
2007 was a tough year. Cotton acreage had a 14 percent decrease and weather conditions for most of the cotton belt were extreme.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 13, 2008
The National Cotton Council has completed their annual survey to determine how many acres producers will be planting to cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 8, 2008
2007 was an extreme year for plant bugs in the Mid-South.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 6, 2008
USDA has announced that eligible farmers who suffered crop losses that occurred prior to December 31, 2007 can now apply to receive disaster payments.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 1, 2008
Since 1979, entomologists have been looking at how insect damage affects the overall production and cost of a cotton crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 30, 2008
With Congress back in session the next task is coming to an agreement on farm bill legislation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 25, 2008
90 percent of the cotton crop is classed.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 23, 2008
In December, the World Trade Organization Compliance Panel made public its decision in the Brazil – U.S. cotton case.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 18, 2008
World cotton production will need to rise in 2008 in order to meet the rising global demand for fiber.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 16, 2008
As the 2007 cotton crop moves from the field to market, U.S. producers are going to rely heavily on export markets.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 4, 2008
The Performance and Standards Task Force is responsible for improving the flow of cotton from field to fabric.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 28, 2007
The World Trade Organization's Compliance Panel made its final ruling on Brazil's case against U.S. cotton subsidies.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 21, 2007
This week Congress approved an omnibus spending package that included a short term extension of all the provisions of the 2002 farm bill.
 
Braodcast Newsline: December 19, 2007
Late last week the Senate finished debated the farm bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 14, 2007
Cotton Council International works along side the National Cotton Council to promote U.S. cotton in the international markets.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 12, 2007
The Senate resumed debate on the Farm Bill Tuesday.
 
Special Edition Broadcast Newsline: December 7, 2007
The Senate returned to debate on the 2007 farm bill on Friday under an agreement that up to 40 amendments could be considered – 20 from each side of the aisle.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 7, 2007
Right now the sales of U.S. cotton exports are slower than hoped.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 5, 2007
Start watching your mailbox for information on the final program for the 2008 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 30, 2007
The Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging committee sanctions experimental and compatibility test programs so companies can test new bale packaging products.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 28, 2007
Advancements in technology is helping cotton researchers speed up the plant breeding process in terms of developing new cotton varieties and putting biotech traits that cotton producers want into varieties faster.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 21, 2007
Friday’s Senate vote to limit the farm bill debate and number of amendments fell five votes short.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 16, 2007
The Senate has finished up its second week of debate on the Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 14, 2007
Universities used to spend years collecting data on conventional cotton varieties, but since the introduction of biotechnology new varieties are coming to the market so fast that university researchers are only getting to collect one or two years of data before the varieties are released.
 
Broadcast Newslin: November 9, 2007
The USDA’s November Crop Production Report is forecasting a four percent increase over last month’s report with 18.9 million bales for all U.S. cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 7, 2007
Researchers across the cotton belt are working together on a multi-state project re-evaluating thresholds for plant bugs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 2, 2007
As the list of weeds that are showing resistance to herbicides continues to grow, researchers are looking for better options to control weeds.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 31,2007
Traditionally, in Southeast Missouri 38 inch row spacing is the standard row width for cotton. Dr. Joe Henggeler, Irrigation Specialist for the University of Missouri Delta Center, took on a project this year to look at how different row spacings affect yield.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 26, 2007
The Senate Agricultural Committee passed its version of the 2007 Farm Bill reauthorization this week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 24, 2007
Producers and industry members from across the cotton belt attend the Beltwide Cotton Conferences to learn about the latest industry innovations that can help enhance their profitability.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 19,2007
The Doha Round of the WTO talks are still moving forward in Geneva.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 17, 2007
USDA has published the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for October.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 12, 2007
USDA published the October Crop Production Report today.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 10, 2007
The 2008 Beltwide Cotton Conference is only a couple months away and Bill Robertson, Coordinator for the conferences says this year they are introducing a new workshop as part of the program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 5, 2007
The Senate Finance Committee met late yesterday to mark-up their portion of the 2007 Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 3, 2007
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition paired with the Chamber of Commerce to assemble a Focus Group to explore the importance of transportation to agribusinesses and supply chains.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 28, 2007
The latest round of WTO talks took place in Geneva last week and cotton is still being singled out.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 26, 2007
With the excessive heat and lack of rainfall in parts of the cotton belt this year, some researchers have intensified their biotechnology work.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 21, 2007
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service or APHIS has been working to streamline the process for requesting and tracking phytosanitary certificates.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 19, 2007
The 2008 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will be held January eight through the eleventh at the Opryland Resort and hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 14, 2007
Cotton that is not well protected from the elements loses quality and value as it waits to be ginned.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 12, 2007
The Extension Service gets frequent calls from land owners who don’t live in the farming communities and are seeking unbiased information about production practices.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 7, 2007
The House passed version of the farm bill contained similar conservation provisions as current law but funding is going to be the biggest hurdle.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 5, 2007
The Cotton Leadership Program, administered by the National Cotton Council’s Member Services department graduated its 24th class.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 31, 2007
Monsanto has several projects in their research pipeline that they hope will provide value to producers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 29, 2007
The drought is taking its toll on the cotton industry. The hardest impact is being felt in the Southeastern part of the U.S.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 24, 2007
From drought to floods, the weather has taken its toll on the crops this year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 22, 2007
As commodity shifts occur across the cotton belt there is a shift in insect pressure as well.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 17, 2007
A group of Sunbelt growers had the opportunity to see agricultural production, processing and business operations in North Dakota last week as part of the Multi-Commodity Education Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 15, 2007
The Multi-Commodity Education Program was launched last October when producers from the Midwest and Far West traveled to North Carolina to observe cotton production and processing and other agricultural operations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 10, 2007
“Orchestrating Your Opportunities” is the theme for the 2008 Beltwide Cotton Conferences set for January eight thru the eleventh at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 8, 2007
With limited acres for producing corn for ethanol, researchers have spent years looking at other resources.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 3, 2007
New mandatory weekly reporting of the warehouse’s cotton flow started in January. All warehouses are required to complete the weekly cotton flow report through an electronic reporting system.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 1, 2007
As energy prices continue to increase, biofuels are moving to the forefront as an alternative source.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 27, 2007
Speaking at the Southern Cotton Ginners Association meeting in Baton Rouge, Dr. Gary Adams, chief economist at the National Cotton Council, said the Council supports the House Agriculture Committee approved farm bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 25, 2007
With the Farm Bill debate starting on the House floor this week, several commodity organizations have joined forces to protect current farm programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 20, 2007
The payment limit package included in the House Agricultural Committees Farm Bill begins with direct attribution.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 18, 2007
The 2007 Farm Bill is being debated in the House Agricultural Committee this week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 13, 2007
The National Cotton Council, has been working with USDA-APHIS and Ecuador to eliminate the fumigation of boll weevils in compressed cotton in Ecuadorian ports.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 11, 2007
The Producer Information Exchange Program fosters valuable communication between cotton producers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 6, 2007
USDA’s crop condition report for the week ending July 1 shows the overall cotton crop across the belt as reasonably good.
 
Broadcast Newslines: June 29, 2007
USDA published the June cotton acreage report this morning - this is the lowest it’s been since 1989.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 27, 2007
Insect pressure has been a constant battle in the Delta this year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 22, 2007
The House Agricultural Subcommittee for General Farm Commodities and Rick Management this week unanimously adopted a five-year extension of current law as the basis for the commodities title of the 2007 farm legislation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 19, 2007
The House Ag subcommittee on General Commodities and Risk Management today voted unanimously to extend the 2002 farm bill's commodity title rather than make the changes in target prices and loan rates for crops proposed by Agriculture Chairman Peterson.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 15, 2007
As the legislative process continues for the Farm Bill it’s important to have an industry consensus.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 13, 2007
USDA June Supply & Demand Report
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 8, 2007
The 2007 Cotton Leadership Class is headed to Washington D.C. next week to learn about policy development and implementation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 6, 2007
This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved a natural refuge option for all areas where Bollgard II cotton is grown except states and counties where pink bollworm is a significant pest.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 1, 2007
The National Cotton Council’s Cotton Leadership Program seeks to identify potential industry leaders and provide them developmental training so they can represent the industry at the local, regional and state level.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 30, 2007
One of the most popular fabrics around the world has a new performance feature that protects the wearer from wet conditions.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 25, 2007
This week the House Agricultural Subcommittee on conservation, credit, energy and research approved its draft proposals for several farm bill titles that were under their jurisdiction.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 23, 2007
Cotton Incorporated, the research and marketing company for U.S. upland cotton, has created a specially engineered finish to improve the wear of durable press cotton garments.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 18, 2007
Chairman of the House Agricultural Committee, Collin Peterson, held a press conference on Thursday to talk about the reauthorization of the Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 16, 2007
The National Cotton Council joined several other commodity and livestock groups in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking member of the House and Senate Ag Committees as well as the Chairman and Ranking member of the House and Senate Subcommittees on Conservation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 11, 2007
Researchers across the Cotton Belt have been trying to determine the impact plant bug numbers have on cotton yield.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 9, 2007
Endure, is a new textile finish developed to prolong the life and look of cotton products for the home.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 4, 2007
The Arkansas Scheduler program was developed by the University of Arkansas in the early 1980’s to help producers with irrigation timing.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 2, 2007
Determining Weed Resistance
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 27, 2007
The Senate Agricultural Committee held hearings this week focusing on testimony from general farm and commodity-specific organizations, including a focus on farm programs and the commodity title of the farm bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 25, 2007
When transgenic varieties became available producers had to change the way they managed their weeds and insects.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 20, 2007
On August 31, USDA announced that beginning in January 2007 cotton warehousemen would be mandated to provide weekly reports showing the bales made available for shipment.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 18, 2007
USDA's Farm Service Agency recently issued new notices to county offices detailing cotton transfer procedures and more fully describing anticipated charges upon forfeiture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 13, 2007
As the U.S. cotton industry is trying to find its place in the world market it needs to meet the competition head on.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 11, 2007
Arid West Texas is known for its low rainfall which makes conserving rainfall critical for cotton production.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 6, 2007
For Mississippi County producer David Wildy, irrigation has become a crucial part of his operation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 4, 2007
USDA's March Prospective Plantings Report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 30, 2007
In testimony before the House Ag Committee on Wednesday, John Pucheu, Chairman of the National Cotton Council, reaffirmed the Council’s recommendation that new farm legislation be patterned after the basic provisions of the 2002 farm bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 28, 2007
Senator Grassley introduces amendment for payment limitations again.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 23, 2007
Using renewable fuels to make the cotton industry self-sufficient.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 21, 2007
The Senate budget Committee has passed its version of the fiscal year 2008 Budget Resolution.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 16, 2007
Testing for removing cotton stickiness caused by insects.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 14, 2007
This week the Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the supplemental appropriations bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 9, 2007
The Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee approved two new woven polypropylene bags.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 7, 2007
National Cotton Council signs letter urging congress to promptly consider and pass the free trade agreements recently concluded and signed with Colombia and Peru.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 2, 2007
Beginning in 2007, on a voluntary basis, all approved manufacturers of bale packaging materials and importers of burlap will have to provide a Certificate of Analysis to users of their packaging products when requested.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 28, 2007
Congressional leaders have advised the administration that they intend to add a disaster assistance package to the emergency supplemental appropriations measure providing funds for the war.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 23, 2007
U.S. Cotton Targeted Again by the WTO
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 21, 2007
Secretary of Ag Mike Johanns recently testified before the House Agricultural committee to answer questions about the administrations 2007 farm bill proposal.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 16, 2007
2006 Fiber Quality
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 14, 2007
In order to answer concerns raised by international mills over the fiber quality of U.S. cotton, several U.S. researchers are participating in a new broad initiative.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 9, 2007
The total losses from insect pests in the 2006 cotton crop was at an all time low in the U.S.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 7, 2007
2007 Cotton Economic Outlook
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 2, 2007
2007 Cotton Planting Intentions
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 31, 2007
The Congressional Budget Office has presented the January budget baseline.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 26 2007
With the 110th Congress now in session, both the democratic and the republican caucuses have selected members for the various committees that operate within the House of Representatives.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 24, 2007
USDA researchers are investigating possible effects outdoor storage and bale coverings may have on fiber and textile quality.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 19, 2007
During the 2007 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns told attendees that market access will be key to a successful Doha round.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 17, 2007
A 10-member delegation representing U.S. cotton producers, ginners, merchants and warehousemen participated in the 2006 China Leadership Exchange Program established by the National Cotton Council along with the China Cotton Association.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 5, 2007
Topics being presented during the Precision Cotton Workshop at the 2007 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 3, 2007
The Cotton Museum is housed inside the historic Memphis Cotton Exchange Building. Calvin Turley believes this was the ideal location to capture the history and culture of the cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 20, 2006
Johanns to Address 2007 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 15, 2006
Senate Confirms Keenum for USDA Post.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 13, 2006
When the 110th Congress convenes in January for its first session there will be a lot of work to do.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 8, 2006
The 2007 Planting Intentions survey will be arriving in mailboxes soon.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 6, 2006
Tuesday the Senate support was lacking for the $4.9 billion in agriculture disaster assistance.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 1, 2006
Anyone attending the 2007 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will have access to a new tool this year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 29, 2006
Since September 11, 2001 there has been an increased awareness of the vulnerability of the food and agriculture sector to acts of terrorism.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 22, 2006
The Beltwide Cotton Conferences speed the transfer of new technology to U.S. cotton producers and other industry members.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 17, 2006
As China emerges as the largest cotton market in the world, Cotton Council International is working to advance the COTTON USA brand there.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 15, 2006
The National Cotton Council of America and the China Cotton Association signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” this week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 10, 2006
USDA’s November crop report was published this week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 8, 2006
The Cotton Foundations newest educational project - The Multi-Commodity Education Program - was launched in October when producers from the Midwest and Far West traveled to North Carolina.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 3, 2006
The U.S. cotton industry sent a ten member delegation to China as part of the China Leadership Exchange Program established by the National Cotton Council along with the China Cotton Association.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 1, 2006
Today is the first day hotel reservations for the Beltwide Cotton Conferences are open to the general public.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 27, 2006
Perthshire Farms has spent the past five years testing a new cotton picker from Case IH.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 25, 2006
The National Cotton Council is hosting a new online Weed Resistance Learning Module to help cotton producers stay ahead of the game in fighting weed resistance.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 20, 2006
The American Cotton Producers Farm Policy Committee and the National Cotton Council’s Farm Policy Task Force met last week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 18, 2006
USDA released their supply and demand numbers last week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 13, 2006
Good progress has been made with the Boll Weevil Eradication Program in the last 5 years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 11, 2006
Case IH has introduced a new machine that can harvest cotton, build a module and unload a module without any other labor involved.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 6, 2006
Now that congress is in recess for the November elections some trade issues that would have primarily affected trade in cotton textile products with Africa and Haiti appear to be in an uncertain stage.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 4, 2006
As the 2006 season comes to a close, the boll weevil eradication is about 85 percent complete nationwide.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 29, 2006
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced this week that 51 watersheds in 50 states, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean Area will be eligible for the 2007 Conservation Security Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 27, 2006
In order to get congress to take action on ag disaster assistance before the October recess, democratic members of the House are trying to get two hundred and eighteen signatures on a discharge petition.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 22, 2006
Program topics for 2007 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 20, 2006
Registration starts today for the 2007 Beltwide Cotton Conferences which will be held January 9 to the 12 in New Orleans.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 15, 2006
The National Cotton Council joined commodity groups and national farm organizations in a correspondence urging congress to act on emergency disaster assistance legislation that will help producers across the country for losses in 2005 and 2006.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 13, 2006
The USDA last Thursday announced another Step 3 import quota for cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 8, 2006
In 2004, the World Trade Organization ruled that much of the U.S. cotton program was in violation of trade rules and demanded sweeping reform.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 6, 2006
Last week, Secretary of Ag Mike Johanns, announced that USDA would be making the final installment of the 2005 crop counter-cyclical payments for upland cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 1, 2006
New provisions for USDA’s Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan program went into effect on Wednesday.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 30, 2006
The USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation has announced amended regulations affecting the marketing assistance loan program for the 2006 and subsequent crops of upland and Extra Long Staple cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 25, 2006
Fifteen-inch row spacing in cotton is a fairly new and not yet widely adopted concept.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 23, 2006
The steering committee for the Beltwide Cotton Conferences have been working on topics and schedules for the 2007 Conferences to be held in New Orleans.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 18, 2006
With the lack of rainfall this year, cotton producers are being forced to turn to heavier irrigation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 16, 2006
USDA has completed its first survey based estimate of the 2006 cotton crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 11, 2006
Cotton producers from the southwest region of the cotton belt recently traveled to the midsouth region for the third tour of the 2006 Cotton Foundation Producer Information Exchange Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 9, 2006
Cotton producers use precision agriculture to mange their inputs such as seed, fertilizer, and growth regulators, but most are still using a blanket approach to water management.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 4, 2006
Agriculture In The Classroom is an educational program created in 1981 to promote agricultural literacy among the nation’s students.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 2, 2006
Some insects can cause cotton producers and entomologists to pull their hair out during the growing season.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 28, 2006
The lack of rain in the cotton belt is starting to take its toll on the crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 26, 2006
Earlier this week the ministers from the G-6 countries met for two days to try to narrow the differences in the WTO negotiations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 21, 2006
Cotton producers from the Southeast traveled to the Far West, visiting operations in Arizona and California as part of the 2006 Cotton Foundation Producer Information Exchange Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 19, 2006
U.S. cotton producers are uniting with other members of the agricultural industry to support current farm legislation and prevent proposed reductions to farm program assistance.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 12, 2006
Ministers have failed to narrow their differences on the "modalities" or template agreements that are needed to compile detailed cuts in World Trade Organization tariffs and agricultural subsidies.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 14, 2006
The 2002 farm bill has been highly effective legislation and is largely responsible for the success of recent U.S. cotton production.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 7, 2006
This is Part 2 of the story that ran Wednesday 7/5/06. The National Cotton Council Performance and Standards Task Force submitted recommendations on USDA’s proposed cotton flow rule.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 5, 2006
The National Cotton Council Performance and Standards Task Force developed and unanimously adopted a comprehensive report addressing USDA’s proposed cotton flow rule.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 30, 3006
In the June acreage report USDA says that all cotton acreage for 2006 is now estimated at just under fifteen point three million acres.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 28, 2006
The pink bollworm is a very destructive cotton insect pest.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 23, 2006
The National Boll Weevil Eradication program is well on its way toward completion.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 21, 2006
National Cotton Council Vice-Chairman John Pucheu, participated in a series of meetings in Geneva, Switzerland on key trade matters.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 16, 2006
The 2006 Cotton Leadership Class is in Washington D.C. this week learning about policy development and implementation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 6, 2006
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, USDA will be releasing information from the Permitted Entity File and from the Section 1614 database.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 9, 2006
The Cotton Research and Promotion Program, which most producers term the check-off program, provides a very integral service to the U.S. cotton industry in that it promotes the off take of cotton both domestically and world wide.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 7, 2006
In the most recent Crop Progress report, USDA reports ninety-three percent of the US cotton crop was planted as of June 4.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 2, 2006
The current EPA registrations for Bollgard and Bollgard II will expire in September of 2006.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 31, 2006
Federal budget proposals within the U.S. Department of Agriculture are aimed at closing a number of research facilities, including the Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Laboratory located near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 26, 2006
The National Cotton Council has scheduled dates and locations for the 2006 Cotton Foundation Producer Information Exchange or P.I.E. Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 24, 2006
The National Cotton Council is making preparation for the 2007 Beltwide Cotton Conference.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 19, 2006
President Bush addressed the Nation this week expressing what he would like to see for immigration reform.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 17, 2006
USDA’s final estimates for the 2005 crop has the total planted area at 14.25 million acres.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 12, 2006
Rickey Bearden a third generation farmer from Plains, Texas had the opportunity to testify before the House Agricultural Committee and share his thoughts about the Farm bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 10, 2006
The President’s 2007 budget proposal includes over eight million dollars in cut to the Agricultural Research Services budget. Among those proposed cuts are the ginning research laboratories in Texas and New Mexico.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 5, 2006
The introduction this week of a bi-partisan bill by Senators Jim Talent and Blanche Lincoln to extend the 2002 farm bill would provide U.S. farmers with much-needed support.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 3, 2006
U.S. Senators Jim Talent and Blanche Lincoln announced Tuesday they have introduced legislation to extend the current farm bill scheduled to expire in 2007.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 28, 2006
The World Trade Organization Doha Round of talks is going to miss the April 30 deadline.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 26, 2006
Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns has extended the deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 21, 2006
Recently some grand statements were made by Wal-mart claiming that conventionally grown cotton is not sustainable and that tremendous amounts of hazardous materials are used on conventionally grown cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 19, 2006
The President’s 2007 Budget Proposal calls for over 8 million dollars in cuts to USDA’s Agricultural Research Service programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 14, 2006
Cotton Ginning schools were created about 21 years ago to train gin employees and show them how to improve their quality and profitability.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 12, 2006
The Cotton Leadership Program is one of the oldest and most highly respected leader development programs in U.S. agriculture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 7, 2006
This week the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Senator Thad Cochran, passed the Supplemental Appropriations bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 5, 2006
Herbicide tolerant cotton varieties have been available since 1995.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 31, 2006
The recently developed HAR-VAC vacuum cotton harvester manufactured by the Vac-Tron Equipment Company of Okahumpka, Florida has cotton producers keenly interested in this new method of harvesting cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 29, 2006
USDA announced they are extending the 2004 cottonseed payment program until April14 of this year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 24, 2006
EPA has created a unique category for a new cotton product that is environmentally sound.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 22, 2006
The Farm Service Agency has announced changes to programs that were authorized by the budget reconciliation act of 2005.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 17, 2006
Producers work hard to efficiently manage their production costs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 15, 2006
The House Agricultural Committee held a farm policy review panel in Stockton, California.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 10, 2006
The USDA has been conducting the Cotton Ginning Cost Survey since 1990 to identify variable costs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 8, 2006
Drought conditions in Texas are really starting to concern producers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 3, 2006
The Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee was formed thirty-eight years ago to develop standards for cotton bales, including safe and environmentally-friendly materials as well as methods and systems for packaging, handling and tagging.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 1, 2006
The National Cotton Council is asking U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Rob Portman and Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez for assistance in resolving possible issues with the Dominican Republic Central America Free Trade Agreement.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 24, 2006
Verticillium Wilt is one of three cotton diseases that periodically strike.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 22, 2006
If you missed a presentation during the 2006 Beltwide Cotton Conferences you can now view those presentations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 17, 2006
The National Cotton Council’s 2006 Economic Outlook was presented to delegates during the organization’s annual meeting.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 15, 2006
The National Cotton Council’s annual planting intentions survey was sent out in December.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 10, 2006
USDA has announced the rules and sign-up period for the 2004 crop Cottonseed Assistance Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 8, 2006
President Bush has proposed a two-point-seven trillion dollar budget for fiscal year 2007 that calls for reductions in farm program spending.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 3, 2006
Wednesday the House of Representatives voted on the Budget Reconciliation Conference report.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 1, 2006
Johanns announces sign-up for 2006 Conservation Security Program
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 27, 2006
Since producers started planting B.t. cotton the amount of pyrethroids being sprayed has decreased dramatically.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 24, 2006
World wide there are nine weed species that have been reported as resistant to glyphosate herbicide.
 
Broadcast Newsline: Janaury 20, 2006
The USDA classing office predicts it will class 23 million bales for the 2005 crop year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 18, 2006
San Angelo, Texas the past few years has been in a drought situation where the ground water was depleted.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 13, 2006
With cotton prices staying flat but production costs increasing, cotton producers are looking for ways to more efficiently produce a crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 11, 2006
2004 and 2005 were record cotton crops with each year producing over twenty three millions bales of U.S. cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 30, 2005
In early December, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns unveiled a comprehensive energy strategy to help farmers and ranchers mitigate the impact of high energy costs and develop long-term solutions.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 28, 2005
The House adopted its Budget Reconciliation Conference Report on December 19 by only six votes.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 21, 2005
The WTO Ministerial text is not consistent with the concept of a single undertaking for agriculture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 16, 2005
At this point some of the discussions in Hong Kong appear to have changed more to the developmental side of the Doha talks rather than the trade side.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 14, 2005
U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Rob Portman and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns are in Hong Kong this week for the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 9, 2005
Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns has announced the early release of nearly 2.7 billion dollars for fiscal year 2006 for several voluntary conservation programs dealing with working lands.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 7, 2005
The World Trade Organization’s Director General, Pascal Lamy, has offered new text that is extraordinarily damaging to US cotton, and places the overall agricultural negotiations in an entirely new context.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 2, 2005
The National Boll Weevil Eradication porgram ranks close to Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin as one of the greatest advancements ever for the U.S. cotton industry. This report is an update on West Tennessee's envolvement in the program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 30, 2005
Cotton producers rely on their local Farm Services Agency to help with their financail planning.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 23, 2005
The House passed a bill, on a strictly party line vote, to cut forty-nine and a half billion dollars from spending over the next five years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 18, 2005
USDA and USTR have worked together to develop a program to help improve the rural living conditions and production practices that are going on within the West African cotton producing countries.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 16, 2005
The House recently passed a bi-partisan legislation called Strengthening the Ownership of Private Property Act or STOPP.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 11, 2005
The Pink Bollworm Action Committee has finalized plans for 2006 to initiate Phase two of the program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 9, 2005
In the latest round of textile talks between the U.S. and China progress was made on some issues but a comprehensive agreement has not been reached.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 4, 2005
Senators Grassley and Dorgan tried to push an amendment through the Senate to change current payment limitations on farm programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 2, 2005
Last week the House Ag Committee passed the chairman’s mark for the House budget reconciliation package.
 
Broadcast Newslines: October 28, 2005
Due to terrorists producers are forced to find fertilizer substitutes.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 26, 2005
America’s Heartland is a weekly public television series, hosted by Paul Ryan, which will celebrate American agriculture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 21, 2005
The Senate Agricultural Committee approved their portion of the budget reconciliation bill in a mark-up vote of 11 to 9.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 19, 2005
The U.S. unveiled a new Doha Round agricultural proposal calling for aggressive cuts in trade distorting agricultural support and aggressive cuts in tariffs and other trade barriers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 14, 2005
U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman announced this week a major new U.S. proposal for the agricultural agreement in the current Doha Round of the World Trade Organization.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 12, 2005
The most recent Farm Bill Forum was held in Lubbock, Texas. Weldon Melton a cotton producer from Hale County, Texas attended the forum.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 7, 2005
Pre-registration for the 2006 Beltwide Cotton conferences has already started.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 5, 2005
Fire code regulators were going to list cotton bales in the same hazardous materials category as gasoline.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 30, 2005
Agricultural Secretary Mike Johanns has announced USDA’s plans for re-enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program for acres expiring in 2007 through 2010.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 28, 2005
The USDA held another Farm Bill listening session in the Cotton Belt.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 23, 2005
The Senate voted 97 to 2 on Thursday to pass the Agriculture Appropriations bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 21, 2005
The U.S. textile industry filed petitions with the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements to reapply nine safeguards.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 16, 2005
Glyphosate-Resistant Horseweed or “Mare’s tail” was first identified in Missouri in 2000.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 14, 2005
Agricultural Secretary Mike Johanns held another Farm Bill listening session in Kansas.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 9, 2005
Charles Parker a cotton producer from Senath, Missouri attended an EPA listen session held in Decatur, Illinois.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 7, 2005
In addition to the devastation in the Gulf Coast, Katrina has done some damage to the cotton industry as well.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 2, 2005
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman announced the appointment of private sector members to the six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 31, 2005
The National Cotton Council and USAID have co-sponsored four training session for West African scientists.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 26, 2005
Fifteen inch row spacing is proving beneficial for West Tennessee cotton producers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 24, 2005
Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist was in Brownsville, Tennessee Monday to speak with local farmers and answer their questions about cotton’s outlook.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 19, 2005
USDA has already held listening sessions across the country on the 2007 Farm Bill.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 17, 2005
USDA has released the new supply demand estimates for the 2005-2006 crop year.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 12, 2005
Plans are under way for the 2006 Beltwide Cotton Conference
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 10, 2005
USDA’s Farm Service Agency has established new policy and procedures for the 2005 and subsequent crop years of upland cotton for producers applying for loan deficiency payment benefits or LDPs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 5, 2005
The House of Representatives recently passed the Trade Rights Enforcement Act.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 3, 2005
Research is being conducted on several projects across the cotton belt on Precision Agriculture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 29, 2005
The House narrowly approved the Central American Free Trade Agreement with a final tally of 217 to 215 early Thursday morning.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 27, 2005
The National Cotton Ginners Association and American Cotton Producers submitted joint comments in response to USDA’s proposed rule that would implement the cottonseed assistance program authorized in the Emergency Hurricane Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2004.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 22, 2005
Several cotton producers attended a CAFTA rally in Washington, D.C. Thursday.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 20, 2005
Harris Armour was one of several West Tennessee cotton producers who attended the kick-off of USDA’s nationwide farm bill forum in Nashville, Tennessee hosted by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 15, 2005
Cotton Council International plays a major role in strengthening key markets for U.S. cotton and U.S cotton products in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. 
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 13, 2005
The administration has submitted legislation that would eliminate the Cotton Step 2 Program immediately upon enactment of legislation by congress.
 
Braodcast Newsline: July 8, 2005
In an effort to curb harvest-related accidents, the National Cotton Ginners Association has released a safety video for module truck drivers.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 6, 2005
Sharing information and production practices are key to any business success.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 1, 2005
Thursday USDA published the June acreage report which estimates U.S. cotton acres planted for the 2005-06 season.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 29, 2005
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns recently announced a series of Farm bill forums and specifically the location of the first one and the topic for which this forum will be surrounded.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 24, 2005
The phyto-sanitary inspection program has been around for the past 25 years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 22, 2005
Hearings were held June 14 and 15 by the Senate Finance Committee and the House ways and Means committee to discuss the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 17, 2005
The National Cotton Council is accepting applications for the 2005 Cotton Leadership Class. This program was developed to give its participants a more thorough understanding of the seven segments of the U.S. cotton industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 15, 2005
Testimony was heard Tuesday in Washington, D.C. in support of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council gives an update.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 10, 2005
The Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee is working to decrease bale contamination at the farm level, says Chairman Lee Tiller
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 8, 2005
A group of African countries recently submitted a proposal suggesting that cotton should be treated differently than other agricultural commodities within ongoing World Trade Organization negotiations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 3, 2005
Since 1989, CCI's COTTON USA Mark licensing program has showcased U.S. cotton as the premier fiber for consumers in overseas markets.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 1, 2005
All food and feed facilities within the U.S. are monitored by the FDA as a result of the Bioterrorism Act of 2002.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 27, 2005
The National Cotton Council sees Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the beef marketing campaign as a favorable development for the Cotton Research and Promotion Program according to Craig Brown.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 25, 2005
Pakistani textile mill executives visited the U.S. earlier this month as part of a trade mission sponsored by CCI.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 20, 2005
The DR-CAFTA can serve as a positive trade platform for this hemisphere, says Gaylon Booker.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 18, 2005
Jerry Rowland, president and CEO of National Textiles, comments on DR-CAFTA.
 
Broadcast Newline: May 13, 2005
Time is money to every farmer in America. Bob Walker, a Tennessee cotton producer, reports that custom applications can help producers save time and money when it comes to treating fields.
 
Special Broadcast Newsline: May 12, 2005
The NCC Board of Directors recently voted to support the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 11, 2005
The fiscal year 2006 budget resolution was approved by narrow margins in the House and in the Senate last week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 6, 2005
Applications for the Conservation Security Program must be received by May 27.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 4, 2005
Robbie Minnich, Senior Government Relations Director for the NCC, explains future actions for currency reform.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 29, 2005
The NCC is working with USDA-APHIS to assist in an initiative to harmonize the phytosanitary certificate and accreditation process.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 27, 2005
The NCC last week expressed disappointment at posturing by the European Union concerning the Doha Round Negotiations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 22, 2005
The NCC's “Prevent Lint Contamination” campaign is gearing up for this season.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 20, 2005
With Congress back in Session negotiators have begun to informally meet regarding the 2005 Budget Resolution.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 15, 2005
Several things make the Conservation Security Program unique, says Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Bruce Knight.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 13, 2005
The Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee is working to decrease bale contamination at the farm level, says Chairman Lee Tiller.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 8, 2005
Sign-up for the Conservation Security Program is now available to approximately 235,000 farmers and ranchers in 220 watersheds.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 6, 2005
The 2005 Ginners School, sponsored by the National Cotton Ginners Association in partnership with USDA-ARS, offers three levels of training.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 1, 2005
Registration for the 2005 Ginners School has begun.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 30, 2005
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns met recently with cotton leadership to discuss the industry and the President’s proposed budget.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 25, 2005
Functioning security plans must be in place for all cotton warehouses.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 23, 2005
Cotton warehousemen must have functioning security plans in regards to the Bioterrorism Act of 2002.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 18, 2005
Tommy Doederlein, a Texas extension agent, discusses fiber quality tests on cotton damaged in 2004 West Texas storms.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 16, 2005
Dr. Mark Lange, NCC president and CEO, discusses the recently released WTO findings.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 11, 2005
David Lamm, Georgia’s Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, explains EQIP’s four national priorities.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 9, 2005
The House of Representatives and the Senate will receive savings associated with the President’s budget from the Congressional Budget Office this week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 4, 2005
President Bush’s proposed budget will greatly impact American agriculture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 2, 2005
The Georgia Conservation Partnership will hold a public listening session on EQIP next week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 25, 2005
Herbicide tolerant varieties have helped cotton producers change the way they tackle weed control.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 23, 2005
Frank Carter, the NCC's Senior Scientist, gave a recent update on current cotton biotech products.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 18, 2005
A crucial factor in applying harvest aids is timing, says Dr. Charles E. Snipes.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 16, 2005
Dr. Charles Snipes recommends producers consider three things when preparing for this year’s harvest.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 11, 2005
A decision on the Brazil/WTO cotton case could be reached as early as March.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 9, 2005
Precision agriculture has progressed rapidly, providing farmers options they didn’t have ten years ago.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 4, 2005
U.S. cotton’s economic outlook for 2005 could be determined by several factors.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 2, 2005
The NCC's Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey was released last week.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 28, 2005
Conservation tillage benefits don’t stop at the turn row, says Andy Page, District Conservationist for NRCS.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 26, 2005
All producers should reap the benefits of conservation tillage, says Andy Page, District Conservationist for NRCS.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 21, 2005
Cotton yield loss to nematodes has steadily increased since the 1980s due to the reniform nematode, explains Dr. Bill Gazaway.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 19, 2005
Amendments to the federal Clean Water Act will change production agriculture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 14, 2005
Monsanto’s plan to introduce Roundup Ready Flex cotton to the marketplace in 2006 grew stronger last week when USDA granted de-regulatory status for the product.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 12, 2005
Cotton Incorporated’s EFS System has helped Staplcotn sell more U.S. cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 7, 2005
One of U.S. cotton’s largest Pakistani customers traveled to San Diego recently to attend CCI's Sourcing USA Cotton Summit.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 5, 2005
CCI's work to help move U.S. cotton fiber into overseas markets is extremely important, says Woods Eastland.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 29, 2004
Jockey has been a top cotton customer for more than 100 years, says Brad Beal, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 22, 2004
The ATA is working to ensure the U.S. has reciprocal market access when trade agreements are negotiated.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 17, 2004
Mike Ward, Accreditation Manager for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, met recently with NCC members to explain how changes in phytosanitary inspections could affect U.S. cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 15, 2004
Cotton Incorporated must reach out to foreign mills and offer services to U.S. cotton’s foreign customers, explains Chairman Bill Weaver.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 10, 2004
It’s not too late to register for the 2005 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, slated for January 4 through 7 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 8, 2004
Dr. Gary Adams, vice president of Economics and Policy Analysis at the National Cotton Council, thinks price pressure on cotton will continue into 2005
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 3, 2004
The National Cotton Council supports President Bush’s nomination of Nebraskan Governor Mike Johanns as Secretary of Agriculture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 1, 2004
U.S. cotton is extremely marketable to foreign and domestic customers, says Bill Winburne, president of the American Cotton Shippers Association.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 26, 2004
Frank Carter says projects funded by the Pink Bollworm Action Committee have made significant progress in the past four years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 24, 2004
Throughout the years, cotton growers who have experienced hail damage or a poor plant stand have sought replant advice from Dr. Bobby Phipps.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 19, 2004
USDA’S Conservation Security Program has helped producers become better stewards of the land, says Georgia’s state conservationist, Leonard Jordan.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 17, 2004
Third generation Georgia cotton farmer Ken Hall comments on his participation in the Conservation Security Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 12, 2004
A new defoliation metohd may help cotton farmer's bottom line.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 10, 2004
The U.S. cotton industry has benefited greatly from the boll weevil eradication program, says Charles Parker.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 5, 2004
A defoliation method created by Mid-South cotton grower and scientist Dr. Hal Lewis works extremely well, says Dr. Bobby Phipps.
 
Broadcast Newsline: November 3, 2004
With continuing pressure on the global textile market to produce high quality products, short fiber content in cotton must be managed.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 29, 2004
Two years ago, cotton growers in West Tennessee reported infestations of glyphosate-resistant mare’s tail.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 27, 2004
Innovation and Application: The Competitive Edge is the theme for the 2005 Beltwide Cotton Conference, which will be held in New Orleans January 4-7.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 22, 2004
Earlier this spring, Texas’ Saint Lawrence and Panhandle boll weevil eradication zones passed referenda to begin field operations.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 20, 2004
Tillage practices for cotton producers in the Southeast U.S. are a little different, explains Mike Newberry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 15, 2004
Pete Kesier has devoted more than half his acreage since 1998 to USDA's Wetlands Conservation Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 13, 2004
The United States' top trade negotiator is working hard for U.S. agriculture.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 8, 2004
Dr. Mark Lange, NCC president and CEO, encourages growers throughout the U.S. to participate in upcoming elections.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 6, 2004
Jerry Davis thinks it'll take his area a minimum of ten to twenty years from damage four hurricanes have caused.
 
Broadcast Newsline: October 1, 2004
The majority of Ricky Wiggins’ cotton crop has been affected by one of the four hurricanes to hit the Southeastern United States the past six weeks.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 29, 2004
Northwest Florida producer Sonny Davis’ cotton crop has been hit by three of the four hurricanes to make landfall the past six weeks.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 24, 2004
The NCC is stressing lint contamination prevention in the new 'U.S. Cotton - Keep it Clean and Pure' campaign.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 22, 2004
Several types of normally harmless germs in organic soil matter can attack cotton seedling roots in the spring, explains Dr. Allen Wrather.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 15, 2004
Effective and efficient tillage systems are attainable on cotton crops, says Dr. Steve Martin.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 10, 2004
In Lake County Tennessee, agriculture drives the economy.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 8, 2004
Northwest Tennessee farmer John Lindamood thinks America needs to decide what it wants from a farm program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 3, 2004
Each year, some 64,000 acres of cotton, corn and peanuts are harvested in Calhoun County, Georgia.
 
Broadcast Newsline: September 1, 2004
Agriculture is the second largest industry in Texas, adding $14 billion to the state's economy.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 27, 2004
The NCC's Dr. Gary Adams thinks favorable weather conditions have greatly impacted this year's cotton crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 25, 2004
Curtis Griffith comments on what ag means to West Texas' economy.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 20, 2004
The 2004 Producer Information Exchange tour, sponosored by FMC, was successul, reports Harrison Ashley.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 18, 2004
Jerry Stuckey discusses Kansas' booming cotton production.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 13, 2004
Mike Newberry asks decision makers to not put rural America at risk
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 11, 2004
NCC delegates and staff had a unified message during the Democratic National Convention says Dr. Mark Lange.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 6, 2004
Plant growth regulators can contribute greatly to a healthy, profitable cotton crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: August 4, 2004
Mississippi State entomologist Blake Layton reports on ways cotton growers can minimize insecticide resistance.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 30, 2004
University of Georgia researchers have discovered variable rate pivot irrigation is increasing cotton yields while decreasing input costs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 28, 2004
Northwest Tennesse cotton producer Pete Keiser discusses how biotech has helped increase wildlife on his farm in recent years.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 23, 2004
West Texas cotton producers visited Washington, DC recently to reinforce ag issues with Texas' legislative delegation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 21, 2004
Dr. Gary Adams says the U.S. cotton program is not responsible for suppressed world market prices.
 
Special Edition Broadcast Newsline: July 20, 2004 (Part 1)
Ambassador Allen Johnson, the U.S. chief ag negotiator, shares his thoughts on cotton and the WTO.
 
Special Edition Broadcast Newsline: July 20, 2004 (Part 2)
NCC chairman Woody Anderson says U.S. cotton should not be singled out for depressing world cotton prices.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 16, 2004
Yield monitors have helped Jerry Brightbill control yield variability and manage farm costs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 14, 2004
NCC chairman Woody Anderson returned recently from a USDA-sponsored trip to Burkina Faso, West Africa.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 9, 2004
Jerry Brightbill explains how remote sensing and infared images help him adjust inputs and maximize yields.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 7, 2004
Transgenic cotton is helping decrease insect pressure in Mississippi.
 
Broadcast Newsline: July 2, 2004
Cotton and corn rotations are steadily increasing in the Mississippi Delta, says Dr. Steve Martin.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 30, 2004
Martial artist Jackie Chan is behind the latest Chinese high quality mens apparel line – JC Collection – that supports U.S. cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 25, 2004
Cotton Council International and Cotton Incorporated have teamed together to promote cotton to the world’s second most populous country, India.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 23, 2004
USDA’s Southern Research Center has devoted a great deal of time and money in the quest to improve flame retardant finishes for cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 18, 2004
For twenty-two years, the NCC's Cotton Leadership Class has provided insight, training and networking for up-and-coming industry leaders.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 16, 2004
Arizona cotton producers are ready to tackle the pink bollworm once and for all, says Clyde Sharp, NCC delegate and president of the Arizona Cotton Growers Association.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 11, 2004
The sixteenth annual Producers Information Exchange Program, commonly known as P.I.E., will kickoff mid-July in Texas.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 9, 2004
NCC president and CEO Mark Lange discusses the role of special and differential treatment of less developed countries by the WTO.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 4, 2004
To ensure its members have every opportunity to vote, the NCC has teamed with Helping Americans Vote to make election voting easy.
 
Broadcast Newsline: June 2, 2004
The U.S. cotton industry supports fair trade agreements, says NCC Chairman Woody Anderson
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 28, 2004
The 2002 Farm Bill works for U.S. cotton, says NCC Chairman Woody Anderson.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 26, 2004
Frank Carter, Senior Scientist of Pest Management at the NCC, reports on boll weevil eradication.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 21, 2004
Lee Tiller discusses USDA's recently approved Cotton Bale Packaging Material specifications for the 2004 crop.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 19, 2004
Bruce Knight, chief of the Natural Resource Conservation Service, explains how Conservation Security Program features fit into current farm conservation practices.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 14, 2004
More markets are open for U.S. cotton overseas, thanks in part to a joint promotion of Engineered Fiber Selection® (EFS®) software by Cotton Council International and Cotton Incorporated.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 12, 2004
If you have your cotton classed by USDA, be ready to pay twenty cents more per bale for the 2004 crop, says Norma McDill, deputy administrator of USDA's Cotton Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 7, 2004
Charles Chewning, Vice President, Fiber Management Research at Cotton Incorporated, thinks the upcoming EFS® conference appeal to a wide audience – including cotton producers. conference appeals to a
 
Broadcast Newsline: May 5, 2004
U.S. Congressman Charlie Stenholm (TX-17) gives a Congressional update on issues important to cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 30, 2004
The Farm Service Agency will roll out two online cotton management programs this fall, according to John Johnson, the agency's deputy administrator for Farm Programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 28, 2004
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2004/05 Cotton Leadership Class.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 23, 2004
Online access to several Farm Service Agency customer services is currently available, according to John Johnson, deputy administrator of Farm Programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 21, 2004
According to John Johnson, deputy administrator of Farm Programs for the Farm Service Agency, online acreage and crop reporting may be available through USDA's web site by late 2005.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 16, 2004
Dr. Mark Lange, president and chief executive officer of the National Cotton Council, was part of a delegation that met recently with members of the Chinese government and textile industry.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 14, 2004
Dr. Mark Lange, National Cotton Council president and chief executive officer, elaborates on issues discussed at the recent Global Textile Economic Forum.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 9, 2004
Ross Davidson, Jr., administrator of the Risk Management Agency for the Federal Crop Insurance Program, discusses the 2005 Standard Reinsurance Agreement.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 7, 2004
Eddy Herm attributes solid funding and producer participation as contributors to success of the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: April 2, 2004
This week's United States Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report reaffirms several National Cotton Council estimates announced in February.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 31, 2004
Woody Anderson, National Cotton Council chairman, met recently with Congressional and Senate officials to discuss key cotton issues.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 26, 2004
Warehouses, merchants and mills are encouraged to participate in a rack sample survey through April 30.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 24, 2004
Seedling disease complex can be slowed, and possibly reversed, according to Dr. Don Blasingame.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 19, 2004
Dr. Bill Norman highlights courses offered during the 19th annual Ginners School.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 17, 2004
Dr. Bill Norman encourages ginners and gin workers to register for the 19th annual Ginners School.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 12, 2004
Lee Tiller, chairman of the Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee, discusses current bale packaging issues.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 10, 2004
Richard Bell, president and CEO of Riceland Foods, provides market insight on rice and soybeans.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 5, 2004
David Blakemore discussed Southern Cotton Ginners Association issues during the 2004 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show.
 
Broadcast Newsline: March 3, 2004
J. Berrye Worsham, president and CEO of Cotton Incorporated, discusses the Fellows Program and Super Lure technology.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 27, 2004
David Stanford, president of Cotton Council International and Allen Terhaar, executive director of Cotton Council International explain why Cotton's Sourcing Summit is important to U.S. cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 25, 2004
Dr. Patrick Jordan, of USDA/ARS, discusses innovative research conducted by his staff at the Southern Research Center in New Orleans, Louisiana
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 20, 2004
Homer Wilkes, State Conservationist for Mississippi, encourages producers to learn about benefits and incentives available under the proposed Conservation Security Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 18, 2004
Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Bruce Knight discusses the new Conservation Security Program.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 13, 2004
Gaylon Booker, NCC Consultant, explains why the CAFTA Agreement needs improvement.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 11, 2004
Dr. Gary Adams, NCC Vice President for Economics and Policy Analysis, discusses the growth of U.S. cotton exports.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 6, 2004
Dr. John Patrick Jordan, director of USDA’s Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans, discusses new research priorities for cotton.
 
Broadcast Newsline: February 4, 2004
Vice President for Economics and Policy Analysis Dr. Gary Adams reviews the NCC’s Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 30, 2004
Tommy Valco, Cotton Technology Transfer and Education Coordinator at the USDA/Stoneville Ginning Research lab, recently discussed major trends in cotton ginning at the 2004 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 28, 2004
Missouri Cotton Specialist Bobby Phipps reviews his research into the use of digital photography to help cotton farmers with replant decisions.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 23, 2003
Kelly Tiller of the University of Tennessee Agriculture Policy Analysis Center discusses criticism of U.S. agriculture programs.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 21, 2004
Norma McGill, Deputy Administrator for USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, says that in addition to realizing record yields in most areas of the U.S. Cotton Belt last season, farmers also realized a goal of improved quality – in a big way.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 16, 2004
Bob Nichols, Vice President of Agriculture Research at Cotton Incorporated, reviewed the potential benefits of crop rotation at the recent Beltwide Production Conference.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 14, 2004
David Stanford, an official with Plains Cotton Cooperative in Lubbock, TX, and an NCC Board member, comments on the changing terrain of the cotton marketing system.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 9, 2004
Gary Adams, NCC Vice President for Economics and Policy Analysis, reviewed farm program support mechanisms in his Beltwide Production Conference presentation.
 
Broadcast Newsline: January 7, 2004
Gaylon Booker, NCC consultant on trade policy, discusses the U.S. Textile and Fiber Coalition’s views on the recently negotiated Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 24, 2003
Gaylon Booker, NCC consultant on trade policy, comments on the completion of a Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 19, 2003
Broadcast Newsline: December 19, 2003
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 17, 2003
Chief coordinators of the Beltwide Production Conferences Paul Dugger and Dale Thompson, both of the NCC, say there are plenty of learning opportunities for cotton growers who attend the 2004 Conferences in San Antonio Jan. 5-9.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 12, 2003
Deputy Diredtor Bobby Richey says the new Biotechnology Group in USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service is focused on trade issues that involve U.S. agriculture products in international markets.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 10, 2003
Adam Sharp, Associate Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, reviewed recent agency activities at a meeting of the NCC’s Environmental Task Force and participants in the Cotton Foundation’s pesticide and biotechnology registration projects.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 5, 2003
Cotton growers who wonder if chemical usage on the farm causes their families to be exposed to pesticides should be encouraged by findings of the recent Farm Family Exposure Study, reviewed by Dr. John Acquavella, an epidemiologist at Monsanto Co., who chaired the study task force.
 
Broadcast Newsline: December 3, 2003
Mississippi farmer Kenneth Hood provides an update on the development of precision agriculture technology and its value in cotton production.