|NCC Statement on Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Markup 10/25/2007|
The National Cotton Council deeply appreciates the successful efforts of Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) in guiding farm legislation through the Senate's Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry committee with strong bipartisan support.
|Representatives Convey Serious Concerns with Doha Cotton Text 10/18/2007|
A group of House Members has sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab citing their concerns with the cotton language in the draft text released by WTO Agriculture Negotiating Chairman Crawford Falconer.
|Senate Panel Asked to Expedite Action on Farm Legislation 10/18/2007|
The NCC joined with other commodity organizations on a letter to Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and that panel’s ranking member, Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) -- urging their prompt action on '07 farm legislation.
|NCC Announces Dynamic Information Delivery Tools 10/17/2007|
The NCC announced a multi-pronged educational effort aimed at improving U.S. cotton producers’ sustainability, profitability and -- competitiveness.
|Compliance Panel’s Ruling Disappointing 10/15/2007|
The NCC expressed disappointment with a decision, as reported by the news media from USTR Office statements, that a WTO compliance panel maintained the findings of the interim report released in July regarding a ruling in the case brought by Brazil against U.S. cotton.
|Senators Urge Rejection of WTO Cotton Provisions 09/21/2007|
A group of Cotton Belt Senators, led by Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), has written Ambassador Susan Schwab of the U.S. Trade Representative’s office urging U.S. negotiators to reject the cotton provisions in the draft WTO text released in late July by Agriculture Negotiating Chairman Crawford Falconer.
|Facts Do Not Support Brazil’s Claims in WTO Dispute 07/27/2007|
Due to the confidential nature of the interim Panel ruling, the National Cotton Council has not seen the reported WTO decision. Initial press reports indicate that the Panel largely sided with Brazil. If the Panel ruled for Brazil on its serious prejudice claims, though, we believe that it would be contrary to the facts in the world cotton market.
|NCC Pleased with House Passage of New Farm Legislation 07/27/2007|
NCC Chairman John Pucheu expressed appreciation to Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (MN), General Farm Commodities subcommittee Chairman Etheridge (D-NC) and Cotton Belt members for their work in developing the provisions of the Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 unanimously approved by the Committee and approved by the House of Representatives.
|Mid-South Cotton Producers to Host Southeast Peers 07/18/2007|
MEMPHIS, TN – Cotton producers from the Southeast will travel to the Mid-South, visiting operations in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi, July 29-August 4 for the third tour of the 2007 Cotton Foundation Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.
|Texas Cotton Producers to Host Western Peers 07/17/2007|
Cotton producers from the Far West will travel to the Southwest, visiting operations in Texas, July 22-26 for the second tour of the 2007 Cotton Foundation Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.
|National Cotton Council Statement on the Doha Draft Modalities 07/17/2007|
The NCC is alarmed by the draft modalities text issued today by Crawford Falconer, the chairman of the WTO agricultural negotiations.
|2008 BWCC Features Theme of “Orchestrate Your Opportunities” 07/09/2007|
“Orchestrate Your Opportunities” is the theme of the NCC-coordinated 2008 Beltwide Cotton Conferences set for January 8-11 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.
|Western Cotton Producers to Host Southwest Peers 06/27/2007|
Southwestern cotton producers will visit operations in Arizona and California on July 8-12 during the first tour of the 2007 Cotton Foundation Producer Information Exchange Program.
|NCC Commends U.S. Negotiators 06/21/2007|
NCC Chairman John Pucheu commended USTR Ambassador Susan Schwab and USDA Secretary Mike Johanns for their continuing efforts to obtain an ambitious and balanced WTO Doha agreement.
|NCC Concerned With WTO Negotiations' Direction 06/20/2007|
The NCC says the WTO Doha Round negotiations are headed down a path that will “practically ensure an inequitable and unfair outcome for the U.S. cotton industry.”
|U.S. Cotton Quality Strides Emphasized to Chinese Customers 06/20/2007|
A team of NCC leaders is visiting Beijing to update Chinese cotton industry officials on U.S. cotton quality and to ascertain the needs of this important U.S. raw cotton customer.
|NCC Supportive of Subcommittee’s Farm Law Extension 06/19/2007|
The General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee unanimously adopted a five-year extension of current law as the basis for the commodities title of the 2007 farm legislation.
|NCC Reviewing House Ag Committee Language 06/15/2007|
The NCC is reviewing details of the House Committee on Agriculture's preliminary legislative language that serves as the base text for the markup of the commodity title scheduled for June 19.
|Cotton Session Undermines WTO Process; Is Unfair to U.S. Cotton Farmers 02/22/2007|
NCC Chairman John Pucheu says an upcoming WTO cotton session coupled with other WTO activities “is an unfortunate turn of events that can severely undermine the credibility of the WTO dispute settlement process.”
|Hardwick Re-elected Chairman of American Cotton Producers 02/07/2007|
Jon W. “Jay” Hardwick, a producer from Newellton, LA, was re-elected chairman of the American Cotton Producers of the National Cotton Council for 2007.
|Pucheu to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2007 02/07/2007|
John Pucheu, a Tranquillity, CA, producer, was elected chairman of the National Cotton Council for 2007.
|National Cotton Council Names 2007 Directors 02/07/2007|
NCC directors for 2007 were announced here at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting on February 4.
|Cotton Achievement Award Honors William Garrard 02/06/2007|
AUSTIN, TX – The late William M. Garrard, the first general manager of Staplcotn Cooperative, is the recipient of the 2006 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award.
|Cotton Service Award Honors Bruce Heiden 02/06/2007|
Bruce Heiden, a former National Cotton Council president and Board chairman, is the recipient of the 2006 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award for Cotton.
|Georgia Ginner to Lead NCGA in '07 02/03/2007|
The National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) elected its officers for 2007 at its annual meeting here on February 3.
|U.S. Cotton Industry Grappling With Competitive Global Marketplace 02/03/2007|
Dr. Gary Adams, NCC's vice president, Economics and Policy Analysis, said U.S. cotton’s situation in 2007 will be shaped by a number of uncertainties and challenges, but there is some cause for optimism.
|NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 9.5 Million Acres of Upland/ELS Cotton in 2008 02/02/2007|
U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 13.2 million acres of cotton this spring, down almost 14 percent from 2006, according to the National Cotton Council’s 24th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey (see table attached).
|Adams Elected 2007 Cotton Council International President 02/02/2007|
Michael M. Adams, a Greenwood, MS, cotton cooperative official, will serve as 2007 president of Cotton Council International.