Quality Loss Adjustment Program

Did you suffer crop quality losses due to natural disasters that occurred in 2018 or 2019? USDA is implementing the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program to provide financial assistance to crop producers who experienced quality losses caused by qualifying disaster events. [VIEW WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION]

Statement Regarding Seed Coat Fragments in Cotton Produced in the Southeast

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2021 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to collaborate with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to raise awareness and further examine the significant increase in seed coat fragments in cotton produced in the southeast region. Thus far in the 2020 cotton season, the AMS …

100% Cotton News – Winter 2021

Like most of you, we at the Georgia Cotton Commission are excited to see what 2021 holds in store for us. We are hopeful that 2021 will be an “abnormal” year – a year of both favorable markets and growing/harvesting conditions. We hope that you and yours had a Merry Christmas and that the new year will be safe and …

Barnes: Seed Coat Fragments – Another reason to hate 2020

Ed Barnes, Agricultural and Environmental Research Division, Cotton Incorporated Seed coat fragments (SCFs) have been a long-term issue for cotton and outbreaks of SCFs occur sporadically every 3 to 5 years in a region of the U.S. This year the region includes Alabama, Georgia and Florida with the biggest outbreak of SCFs calls in the last 20 years. And it …

Georgia Cotton Commission Virtual Annual Meeting, Jan. 27, 2021

December 2020 The Georgia Cotton Commission has, under guidance, decided to move their Annual Meeting to a virtual format.  The virtual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27, 2021.  The usual UGA Cotton Production Workshops will be conducted virtually as well but spread out over the months of January and February.  The meeting program will feature speakers from several industry …

Georgia Cotton Farmers Donate Socks to Homeless Shelters

December 2020 On behalf of Georgia’s 3,500 cotton farming families, the Georgia Cotton Commission recently donated 12,000 pairs of socks to various homeless shelters across the state. Farmers delivered socks to Albany Rescue Mission, Lowndes Associated Ministries to People in Valdosta, the Homeless Resource Network in Columbus, The Sparrow’s Nest in Athens, Good News Shelter in Gainesville, the William S. …

COVID 19 Relief Bill – Agriculture and Related Provisions

December 22, 2020 COVID 19 Relief Bill – Agriculture and Related Provisions Provisions applicable to and supporting cotton industry members include the following: Provide a $20 per planted acre payment to all price-triggered and flat-rate commodities under the CFAP 2 program, which includes both upland and ELS cotton. Cotton textile mills/users will receive a payment of 6 cents per pound …

Harris – The Two Most Important Results on Your Soil Test : pH and Potassium

Soil testing is the backbone or “cornerstone” of any good soil fertility program.  If you want to produce high-yield and high-quality cotton you have to take a good soil sample, have it analyzed correctly and get reliable liming and fertilizer recommendations in return. But there can be a lot of information on a soil sample report. Not only that, but …

FIRST TEN U.S. Mills sign up to the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol

Buhler Quality Yarns, Cap Yarns, CCW, Contempora Fabrics, Cotswold Industries Inc., Frontier Yarns, Hamrick Mills, Inman Mills, Parkdale Inc., Swisstex Direct join Trust Protocol to help enable a fully transparent supply chain. MEMPHIS, TENN. – (December 14, 2020) – Today the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol welcomes its first ten U.S. cotton textile manufacturers – Buhler Quality Yarns, Cap Yarns, CCW, Contempora Fabrics, Cotswold …

NCC Welcomes Vilsack and Tai Nominations

MEMPHIS – The National Cotton Council of America looks forward to working again with U.S. Agriculture Secretary appointee Tom Vilsack on matters ranging from sustainable, climate smart agriculture to international trade opportunities and the farm safety net. NCC Chairman Kent Fountain, a Georgia cotton producer and ginner, said, “The U.S. cotton industry believes that Tom Vilsack has the credentials necessary …

Tom McCall is Elected President of Georgia Farm Bureau

MACON, Ga. – Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members elected Tom McCall for a two-year term as president of Georgia’s largest general farm organization on Dec. 8.  McCall of Elbert County grows wheat, oats, triticale, grain corn, sweet corn and hay. The McCall family also raises beef cattle, hogs and sheep. McCall replaces Gerald Long, who retired from the position after serving …

NCC Congratulates Scott, Thompson on Appointments

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council (NCC) welcomes Representative David Scott’s (D-GA) selection as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for the 117th Congress. NCC Chairman Kent Fountain, a Georgia producer and ginner, said, “David Scott has an intimate knowledge of production agriculture and the challenges faced by today’s farmers to continue providing safe, affordable and abundant food and fiber for …