Texas A&M Quality Loss Adjustment Cotton Calculator

The Texas A&M Agricultural and Food Policy Center, working in conjunction with USDA Farm Service Agency, released a Quality Loss Adjustment calculator for cotton to assist growers in determining their program eligibility. The spreadsheet allows producers to input their production and pricing information received from their gin, merchant, or cooperative. A video tutorial is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOIrMm_fTTM&feature=youtu.be. For more information visit https://afpc.tamu.edu.

Shurley: 2021 Seed Cotton ARC/PLC Quick Read and Decision Aid

Producers may elect and must enroll in ARC or PLC, by crop by farm, for the 2021 crop year by March 15.  If no election is made, the election previously made for 2019-2020 will remain for 2021. PLC is a payment based on a market price trigger—if the market price is less than the Effective Reference Price.  ARC is revenue …

NCC: Vilsack Confirmation Positive for Agriculture

MEMPHIS – The National Cotton Council welcomed the Senate’s confirmation today of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture and congratulated him on serving in this role for a second time following his previous tenure from 2009 to 2017. NCC Chairman Kent Fountain, a Georgia cotton producer and ginner, said, “Tom Vilsack has a good understanding of the challenges facing the …

Kent Fountain to Lead National Cotton Council in 2021

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Kent Fountain, a Surrency, Ga., ginner, was re-elected National Cotton Council (NCC) chairman for 2021 during the organization’s virtual annual meeting today. Ted Schneider, a Lake Providence, La., producer, was re-elected to the position of vice chairman for 2021. A member of the NCC’s 2001-2002 Cotton Leadership Class, Fountain served as a NCC vice president from 2016-2018 and …

NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 11.5 Million Acres of Cotton in 2021

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 11.5 million cotton acres this spring, down 5.2 percent from 2020 (based on USDA’s February 2021 estimate), according to the National Cotton Council’s 40th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. (see table below) Upland cotton intentions are 11.3 million acres, down 4.9 percent from 2020, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of …

COTTON COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL ELECTS 2021 OFFICERS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (February 10, 2021) – Ted D. Sheely, a producer from Lemoore, Calif., was elected as president of Cotton Council International (CCI) for 2021. CCI is the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) export promotion arm and carries out programs in more than 50 countries globally under the COTTON USA™ trademark. Sheely and other CCI officers were elected at CCI’s board …

National Cotton Council 2021 State Unit Officers Named

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — National Cotton Council State Unit Officers for 2021 were elected at the industrywide organization’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen and Secretaries, respectively, of the State Units are: ALABAMA – Nick McMichen, producer, Centre; Ernest Osuna, ginner, Hazel Green; and Jeff Thompson, cooperative, Prattville; ARIZONA – Dan Thelander, producer, Maricopa; Bill Brackett, ginner, and K.C. Gingg, producer, …

VAN MURPHY ELECTED AS COTTON INCORPORATED CHAIRMAN

(MEMPHIS, TN) – Van Murphy, a cotton grower from Quitman, GA, was elected Chairman of the Board of Cotton Incorporated at the Cotton Board and Cotton Incorporated Joint Meeting in December 2020.  Murphy brings a long history of service and experience to the Chairmanship, a two-year term that commences in 2021. “Van Murphy is well-respected in the U.S. cotton industry for …

INDUSTRY AND UNION COALITION OUTLINES POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS IN LETTERS TO PRESIDENT BIDEN, CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

WASHINGTON—A broad coalition of industry organizations and labor unions, representing a broad spectrum of manufacturers and workers who stepped up to make essential PPE and other products throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, sent a letter today to President Biden and congressional leaders outlining recommendations on specific policy initiatives that must be adopted to re-establish a permanent PPE industry in the United …

2020 Georgia Quality Cotton Award Winners Announced

The 2020 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards were presented at the 2021 Georgia Cotton Commission Virtual Annual Meeting on January 27, 2021. The awards are co-sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and Bayer Crop Science/Deltapine and administered by the University of Georgia Cotton Team. Dr. Yangxuan Liu from the UGA Cotton Team conducted the analysis and presented the 2020 Georgia Quality …

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]