|Chambliss Issues Final Observation on Hong Kong Ministerial 12/21/2005|
"The conclusion of the World Trade Organization Ministerial in Hong Kong
leaves many questions open for farmers and ranchers in the United
States" said Senator Saxby Chambliss today.
|NCC: Hong Kong Text Inequitable; Abandons Single Undertaking for Agriculture 12/19/2005|
The NCC is extremely disappointed in the Declaration approved by the participants in the Ministerial Conference recently concluded in Hong Kong.
|Hong Kong Draft Text Abandons Single Undertaking 12/17/2005|
The National Cotton Council is extremely disappointed in the draft Ministerial text developed by Director General Lamy. NCC Chairman Woods Eastland said that the draft text is not consistent with the concept of a single undertaking for agriculture and establishes an unwise precedent for WTO trade negotiations. “The draft text could be interpreted as asking the EU and the U.S. to take larger cuts quicker, to give total access to Least Developed Countries with nothing in return, and demands an end to export subsidies for cotton before the implementation period of the agreement is likely to begin. The Lamy text is not a single undertaking for agriculture. Instead, it singles out cotton.
|NCC STATEMENT at Ag Trade Coalition Press Conference in Hong Kong 12/16/2005|
The NCC issued a statement outlining the U.S. cotton industry’s perspectives of the WTO ministerial meeting.
|NCC Concerned With Raw Cotton Import Offer 12/15/2005|
NCC Chairman Woods Eastland expressed concern over the reported U.S. offer to allow upland cotton produced in certain less developed countries to enter the United States duty and quota free.
|NCC Praises Congressional Members for Cotton Support in Upcoming Doha Negotiations 12/09/2005|
The NCC praised Congressional members for their strong support for a single-undertaking approach in the upcoming WTO agriculture negotiations in Hong Kong.
|NCC Welcomes Crowder Appointment 11/17/2005|
NCC Chairman Woods Eastland welcomed the announcement that President Bush has nominated Dr. Richard Crowder to serve as the USTR's chief agricultural negotiator.
|U.S. Program Will Help Rural Africans Live Better 11/11/2005|
NCC Chairman Woods Eastland commended Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Portman for their efforts in developing a program to improve the conditions confronting West African cotton producers.
|Farm Law Changes, Tighter Payment Limits Would Harm Arizona and Western Agriculture 11/10/2005|
Arizona cotton producers offered their thoughts to USDA Deputy Undersecretary Mark Rey about why they believe it is important that the structure of the 2002 farm bill be maintained for its duration – through the completion of the 2007 crop – and why the current law should be the foundation for U.S. farm policy beyond 2007.
|NCC Grateful for Senators’ Payment Limitations Opposition 11/03/2005|
NCC Woods Eastland expressed appreciation to Senators Chambliss (R-GA), Lincoln (D-AR), Talent (R-MO), Cochran (R-MS), Pryor (D-AR) and their bi-partisan coalition of Senators from across the country who successfully thwarted a damaging and divisive payment limitations amendment.
|NCC Responds to African WTO Cotton Proposal 05/27/2005|
NCC President/CEO Mark Lange responded to a group of African countries' proposal to treat cotton differently than other agricultural commodities within the ongoing WTO negotiations by saying, “A move away from the single-undertaking approach to the WTO agricultural negotiations would be a serious mistake for the Doha Round.”
|NCC Sees Beef Checkoff Court Ruling as Positive 05/24/2005|
The NCC sees the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the beef marketing campaign as a favorable development for the Cotton Research and Promotion Program.
|NCC Pleased With Administration’s Swift Safeguard Action 05/13/2005|
The NCC is gratified by the Administration’s swift and decisive action to impose safeguards on certain categories of textile and apparel imports from China.
|Industry Affirms Support for DR-CAFTA 05/10/2005|
The National Cotton Council's board of directors, in a May 9 special session, announced its support for the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement.
|NCC Says 13.73 Million Cotton Acres in 2005 02/19/2005|
U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 13.73 million acres of cotton this spring, up 0.6 percent from 2004, according to the NCC’s 22nd Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
|NCC Issues Statement on Budget Proposal 02/07/2005|
NCC Chairman Woods Eastland said the Administration's budget outline is just the first step in a long, important budget process, and he emphasized the importance of Congress evaluating these proposals and other options as it seeks ways to trim the federal deficit.
|Cotton Industry Achievement Award Honors Echols 01/31/2005|
The late Jim Echols is honored with the Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award.
|Cotton Service Award Honors Charlie Stenholm 01/31/2005|
Charlie Stenholm is the recipient of the 2005 Harry S. Baker Award.
|National Cotton Council 2005 State Unit Officers Named 01/31/2005|
The NCC named 2005 State Unit officers.
|National Cotton Council Names 2005 Directors 01/31/2005|
NCC directors for 2005 were elected at the NCC's annual meeting in Washington, DC.
|Woods Eastland to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2005 01/31/2005|
Woods Eastland is the NCC Chairman for 2005.
|John E. Pucheu, Jr., Re-elected Chairman of American Cotton Producers 01/31/2005|
John E. Pucheu, Jr., was re-elected chairman of the American Cotton Producers for 2005.
|Larry McClendon to Lead National Cotton Ginners in 2005 01/31/2005|
Larry McClendon is the 2005-06 president of the Memphis, TN-based National Cotton Ginners Association.
|U.S. Cotton Industry Faces Challenging Economic Climate 01/29/2005|
U.S. cotton faces a challenging economic outlook due to lower prices induced by record world production, continued reliance on exports and post-quota pressures on the domestic textile industry, NCC Economist Gary
|Memphis Merchant Named CCI President for 2005 01/28/2005|
Gary W. Taylor, a Memphis, TN, merchant, was elected president of Cotton Council International (CCI) for 2005, moving up from first vice president.
|U.S Cotton Industry Will Tackle a Capitol Agenda 01/20/2005|
NCC delegates will develop policies and programs to help the U.S. cotton industry meet challenges ranging from federal budget proposals to free trade negotiations during the NCC’s 2005 Annual Meeting, Jan. 27-31 in Washington, DC.
|Dr. Wayne Smith is 2004 Cotton Genetics Research Award Recipient 01/06/2005|
The Texas A&M University breeder received was recognized at the Beltwide Cotton Improvement Conference in New Orleans.
|Lilly Pulitzer® is 2005 U.S. Cotton Champion Award Recipient 01/05/2005|
The Lilly Pulitzer® clothing company was honored during the Cotton Counts fashion show at the 2005 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
|2005 High Cotton Winners Reducing Tillage, Adapting To Challenges 01/04/2005|
Conservation tillage could well be the watchword for the recipients of the 2005 High Cotton Awards.