2018 News Releases


New Farm Law Will Underpin U.S. Agriculture
The NCC is very appreciative of Congress, President Donald Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for their efforts on the new farm law. Learn more

Tariff Mitigation Assistance Appreciated
The NCC conveyed its thanks to President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for authorizing the second round of trade mitigation payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Learn more

NCC Applauds EPA, COE for New WOTUS Rule
The NCC appreciates the hard work by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in drafting the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule that was released today. Learn more

USDA December Production Report
In its December crop report, USDA estimated a 2018-19 U.S. crop of 18.59 million bales. Learn more

NCC Strongly Supports 2018 Farm Bill; Urges Quick Passage by Congress
The NCC strongly supports the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 released today and urges Congress to quickly pass the measure and the President to sign it into law. Learn more

2019 Beltwide Deadlines Near!
Discounted meeting pre-registration is available until Monday, December 17. Hotel rooms at the New Orleans Marriott will be available at the special conference rate through Thursday, December 20. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Industry Developing U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, Sustainability Benchmarking and Validation for Sustainability Goals
At the Cotton Sourcing USA Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., Cotton Council International President Ted Schneider updated the more than 400 attendees on how the U.S. cotton industry intends to meet its 2025 sustainability goals. Learn more

NCC Supports U.S. Efforts to Enhance Transparency at WTO
The NCC welcomes the counternotification submitted by the United States regarding domestic support provided to India’s cotton producers. Learn more

USDA November Production Report
In its November crop report, USDA estimated a 2018-19 U.S. cotton crop of 18.41 million bales. Learn more

NCC Welcomes Continued Access to Dicamba
The National Cotton Council (NCC) welcomes the decision released yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that allows cotton producers continued access to Dicamba herbicide. Learn more

Pink Bollworm No Longer Economic Threat
The National Cotton Council welcomed USDA’s announcement that “U.S. cotton is free—after more than 100 years—of the devastating pink bollworm.” Learn more

USDA October Production Report
In its October crop report, USDA estimated a 2018-19 U.S. cotton crop of 19.76 million bales. Learn more

Elevating Efficiency Is 2019 Beltwide Cotton Conferences’ Goal
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The 2019 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC), set for January 8-10 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, La., will provide insight on current research and emerging technology – to help attendees improve production, processing and marketing efficiency. Learn more

NCC Welcomes Updated Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada
“The National Cotton Council (NCC) is extremely appreciative of the Trump Administration’s work to update and modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, and our industry welcomes the conclusion of the negotiations,” said NCC Chairman Ron Craft, a Plains, Texas, ginner. Learn more

USDA September Production Report
In its September crop report, USDA estimated a 2018-19 U.S. cotton crop of 19.68 million bales. Learn more

NCC: Grateful for Tariff Mitigation Assistance
The National Cotton Council (NCC) thanks the Trump Administration for its recognition of the impacts of China’s retaliatory tariffs and applauds the Administration’s plan to assist U.S. farmers and ranchers facing trade disruptions from these tariffs. This support comes at a crucial time for the U.S. cotton industry. Learn more

Mid-South Cotton Producers to See Texas Operations
Eleven cotton producers from the Mid-South will see cotton and other agriculture-related operations in Texas on August 20-23 as part of the 2018 National Cotton Council Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.). Learn more

USDA August Production Report
In its August crop report, USDA estimated a 2018-19 U.S. crop of 19.24 million bales. Learn more

Southeast Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture
Eleven cotton producers from the Southeast will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of August 13 as part of the NCC’s 2018 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more

Southwest, Far West Cotton Producers to See Mid-South Operations
Southwest, Far West Cotton Producers to See Mid-South Operations Learn more

NCC: Trade Assistance is Appreciated
The National Cotton Council is thankful for the Trump Administration’s plan to assist U.S. farmers and ranchers facing trade disruptions from retaliation tariffs. Learn more

2018 P.I.E. Program Tour Dates Set
The National Cotton Council has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2018 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more

NCC: Senate’s Farm Legislation Raises Serious Concerns for Cotton
The NCC will be working to ensure that final farm legislation will address the serious shortcomings of the Senate farm bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Learn more

USDA's June 2018 Acreage Report
In its June acreage report, USDA estimated 2018-19 U.S. cotton plantings at 13.5 million acres, up 7.2% from 2017. Learn more

NCC Applauds House Passage of Farm Legislation
The NCC strongly supports the farm policy provisions in the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) and believes today’s House passage of the bill is an extremely important and strong step toward providing much needed stability to the U.S. cotton industry. Learn more

Sunbelt Leaders to See Idaho Agriculture
Farmers from 15 states in the southern half of the nation will see agricultural production and processing operations in Idaho on June 24-29 as part of the National Cotton Council’s Multi-Commodity Education Program (MCEP). Learn more

The Cotton LEADS™ program announced its newest member Wrangler® and applauded the brand’s commitment to promoting soil health practices as a foundation for improving sustainability in the industry. Learn more

NCC: Farm Legislation Passage Much Needed
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council (NCC) is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to approve the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 without any damaging amendments to farm policy. Learn more

Final 2017 USDA Crop Estimates Released
In its final estimate of the 2017-18 U.S. cotton crop, USDA placed total production at 20.92 million bales, down from the January estimate of 21.26 million bales. Learn more

Emerging Leaders Program Participants Selected
Eleven U.S. cotton industry members have been chosen to participate in the NCC's Emerging Leaders Program for 2018-19. Learn more

2018 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials Announced
USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced on April 16 the 2018 crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple cotton. Learn more

NCC: Tariffs Would Undermine U.S. Cotton Trade with China
The NCC is concerned that China’s announcement of significantly higher proposed tariffs on U.S. raw cotton shipped to that country would significantly harm the economic health of the U.S. cotton industry. Learn more

USDA Announces March Prospective Plantings
USDA’s March Prospective Plantings Report indicates U.S. producers intend to plant 13.5 million acres of cotton in 2018. Learn more

The Partnership Reflects Retailer’s Commitment to Responsible and Ethical Sourcing Practices. Learn more

NCC: Senator Cochran Champion of Agriculture
In response to Senator Thad Cochran’s announcement that he will retire on April 1, the National Cotton Council said he is a highly effective legislator and a true statesman who consistently supported the U.S. cotton industry and all of agriculture during his long career. Learn more

NCC Applauds Secretary Perdue for Ginning Cost Share Program
The Ginning Cost-Share (CGCS) program sign-up period is March 12, 2018 to May 11, 2018. More information about the program can be obtained by contacting the local FSA office or visiting www.fsa.usda.gov/cgcs. Learn more

NCC: Senate Confirms Key USTR Nominees
The NCC is pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of key officials in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Learn more

NCC Applauds Northey Confirmation to USDA Post
The NCC conveyed its support of today’s Senate confirmation of Bill Northey to serve as USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service. Learn more

2018 Seed Cotton Information Conference Call/Webinar Set
U.S. cotton industry members are encouraged to participate in a NCC-hosted regional information conference call/webinar on February 26 regarding provisions of the Seed Cotton Program authorized under current farm law. Learn more

NCC: New Cotton Policy Gives Much Needed Boost
The National Cotton Council greatly appreciates Congress’ passage of a supplemental disaster bill. Learn more

USDA January Production Report
In its January (2018) crop report, USDA estimated a 2017-18 U.S. crop of 21.26 million bales. Learn more

NCC Lauds Rural Prosperity Task Force Efforts
The NCC lauds the work of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity that was presented to President Trump the week of January 8. Learn more

Todd Campbell Receives 2017 Cotton Genetics Research Award
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Dr. B. Todd Campbell, a research geneticist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Coastal Plains Soil, Water, and Plant Research Center in Florence, S.C., is the recipient of the 2017 Cotton Genetics Research Award. Learn more