Latest News Releases

Latest news releases from the National Cotton Council


Midwest, Western Farmers to See Mid-South Cotton Operations
Farmers from Idaho and North Dakota will get a unique opportunity to observe cotton and other agriculture-related operations in the Mid-South on October 14-17, as part of the NCC Multi-Commodity Education Program. Learn more

USDA October Production Report
In its October crop report, USDA estimated a 2019-20 U.S. crop of 21.71 million bales. Learn more

2018 Farm Bill Webinar Instructions, Presentation
This NCC document contains a link to the NCC's 2018 farm bill educational webinar presentation and provides instructions for webinar access and participation. Learn more

NCC: WOTUS Rule Withdrawal Is Right Decision
The NCC applauds today’s announcement by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler that the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule has been withdrawn. Learn more

USDA September Production Report
In its September crop report, USDA estimated a 2019-20 U.S. cotton crop of 21.86 million bales. Learn more

2020 Beltwide Cotton Conferences Providing Insight on Latest Research, Innovative Technology
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The 2020 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC), set for January 8-10 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, will update attendees on the latest research and technology. Learn more

USDA August Production Report
In its August crop report, USDA estimated a 2019-20 U.S. crop of 22.52 million bales. Learn more

Conaway Advocated Strongly For American Agriculture
In response to Representative Mike Conaway’s (R-TX) announcement today that he will not seek re-election, the NCC said that the Congressman wholeheartedly served U.S. agriculture, including demonstrating superb leadership through the development and passage of the 2018 farm bill. Learn more

Mid-South, Western Cotton Producers to See Southeast Operations
Six Mid-South and four Western cotton producers will see cotton and other agricultural operations in Virginia and North Carolina on August 11-15 as part of the NCC’s 2019 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.). Learn more

NCC: Trade Package Will Provide Timely Assistance
The NCC conveyed its appreciation of the Trump Administration for recognizing the economic pressures caused by the trade tensions with China and providing support to assist American farmers. Learn more

P.I.E. Tours Set For California, Mid-South
Ten cotton producers from Texas and Oklahoma will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley while nine Southeast cotton producers will see the same in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee during the week of July 28 as part of the NCC’s 2019 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more

EPA Approves Sulfoxaflor Use on Cotton
The NCC is grateful for EPA’s decision granting use on cotton of sulfoxaflor (commercially known as Transform©) – a uniquely designed insecticide that targets piercing/sucking insect pests such as aphids and plant bugs. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Pilot Underway
The NCC has initiated a pilot of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a program designed to confirm and increase awareness of the fact that U.S. cotton producers are farming responsibly and striving for continuous improvement. Learn more

Enhanced Reporting Should Improve U.S. Cotton Flow
Recently implemented policies based on National Cotton Council resolutions regarding warehouse bale shipment reporting are aimed at enhancing the industry’s reputation for timely delivery by getting U.S. raw cotton into customers’ hands faster. Learn more

USDA June 2019 Acreage Report
In its June 2019 acreage report, USDA estimated 2019-20 U.S. cotton plantings at 13.72 million acres, down 2.7% from 2018. Learn more

NCC: Disaster Relief Package Is Vital
The National Cotton Council greatly appreciates Congress and the Administration for their support and approval of long-awaited and much needed disaster and recovery assistance for those farmers who were devastated by Hurricanes Florence, Michael and other natural disasters in 2018 and early 2019. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Grateful for Trade Assistance Package
The NCC conveyed its appreciation to the Trump Administration for instituting a second round of trade mitigation payments for U.S. farmers. Learn more

2019 P.I.E. Program Tour Dates Set
The NCC has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2019 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more

NCC Thanks President for Steps to Advance USMCA Approval
The NCC commends President Trump and his Administration for the recent outcome of negotiations with Mexico and Canada to remove the U.S. Section 232 tariffs and the corresponding retaliatory tariffs. Learn more

Final 2018 USDA Crop Estimates
In its final estimate of the 2018-19 U.S. cotton crop, USDA placed total production at 18.37 million bales. Learn more

Emerging Leaders Program Participants Selected
Thirteen U.S. cotton industry members have been chosen for the National Cotton Council’s 2019-2020 Emerging Leaders Program. Learn more

USDA Announces Prospective Plantings
USDA’s March Prospective Plantings Report indicates U.S. producers intend to plant 13.8 million acres of cotton in 2019-20, 2.3% less than the previous year. Learn more

2019 Ginner Schools Registration Now Open
U.S. certified ginners, gin managers and superintendents are urged to register for one of the 2019 Ginner Schools. Learn more

National Cotton Council 2019 State Unit Officers Named
National Cotton Council state unit officers for 2019 were elected at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting held in San Antonio, Texas, on February 8-10. Learn more

Shawn Holladay Re-elected American Cotton Producers Chair
Shawn Holladay of Lubbock, Texas, was re-elected as chairman of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the National Cotton Council for 2019, during the NCC’s recent Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more

USDA January Production Report
In its January Annual crop report, USDA estimated a 2018-19 U.S. crop of 18.39 million bales. Learn more

National Cotton Council Names 2019 Directors
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council directors for 2019 were announced at the NCC’s annual meeting held in San Antonio, Texas, on February 8-10. Learn more

Cotton Achievement Award Honors Robert H. Chapman
The late Robert H. Chapman, III, who had a passion for textile manufacturing and who served as chairman, chief executive officer, and treasurer of Inman Mills in Spartanburg, S.C., received the 17th Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more

Cotton Service Award Honors Phil Burnett
Phillip Burnett, a former chief staff executive for the National Cotton Council, received the 2018 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award. Learn more

Mike Tate to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2019
Mike Tate, a cotton producer from Huntsville, Ala., was elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2019. Learn more

Wes Morgan to Lead National Cotton Ginners Association
The Memphis-based National Cotton Ginners Association elected its 2019 officers on February 8 during its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more

Kirk Gilkey Is National Ginner Award Recipient
Kirk Gilkey, manager of the Cross-Creek II Gin in Corcoran, Calif., and who has provided several years of dedicated service to the U.S. cotton industry, is the 2018 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. Learn more

Cotton Council International Elects 2019 Officers
Hank Reichle, a cooperative official from Greenwood, Miss., will serve as president of Cotton Council International for 2019. Learn more

Ongoing Trade Tensions Between the U.S. and China Creating Uncertainty in the World Economy, Global Cotton Market
NCC economists point to a few key factors that will shape the U.S. cotton industry’s 2019 economic outlook. Learn more

NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 14.5 Million Acres of Cotton in 2019
U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 14.5 million cotton acres this spring, up 2.9% from 2018 (based on USDA’s December 2018 estimate), according to the NCC’s 38th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. Learn more

Vela Addressing 2019 NCC Annual Meeting
Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, will address delegates at the National Cotton Council’s 2019 Annual Meeting at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Learn more

NCC Welcomes FSA Offices Reopening
The NCC greatly appreciates USDA and the Administration for reopening all Farm Service Agency offices and bringing back staff to conduct services essential to cotton producers and the entire cotton industry. Learn more

Eric Hequet Receives 2018 Cotton Genetics Research Award
Dr. Eric Hequet, a former cotton breeder and current chair of Texas Tech University’s Plant & Soil Science Department in Lubbock, has been selected by the Joint Cotton Breeding Committee as the recipient of the 2018 Cotton Genetics Research Award. Learn more