Latest News Releases

Latest news releases from the National Cotton Council


USDA Announces Prospective Plantings
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NCC: Stimulus Measure Critically Needed Now
The U.S. cotton industry commends Congress and the Administration for reaching agreement today on a broad-based economic relief/stimulus package for individuals and businesses, including the agriculture sector. Learn more

High Cotton Winners Recognized
Recipients of the 2020 Farm Press-Cotton Foundation High Cotton Awards and regions they represent are cotton producers: Larry Ford, Greenwood, Fla., Southeast; Matt/Kelly Griggs, Humboldt, Tenn., Mid-South; Dan Smith, Lockney, Texas, Southwest; and Greg Wuertz, Coolidge, Ariz., West. Learn more

USMCA Offers Stability in Key Markets
The NCC applauded President Trump’s signing on January 29 of the Congressionally-approved U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Learn more

NCC: New Waters Rule Is Practical
The NCC welcomed the EPA/Corps of Engineers’ release today of the Trump Administration’s version of the “waters of the United States,” officially named the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Learn more

China Phase 1 Trade Deal Holds Promise for U.S. Cotton
The NCC believes the Phase 1 trade deal with China signed today by President Trump could provide a much-needed boost to U.S. cotton exports. Learn more

USDA January Production Report
In its January crop report, USDA estimated a 2019 U.S. crop of 20.10 million bales. Learn more

Don Jones Receives 2019 Cotton Genetics Research Award
Dr. Don Jones, Cotton Incorporated’s director of Agricultural Research – Breeding and Genetics in Cary, N.C., is the recipient of the 2019 Cotton Genetics Research Award. 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

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