Cotton is Foundation for Re-Shoring American Manufacturing

An initiative from Field to Closet is making the concept of American grown and made, 100 percent cotton scrubs a reality.  To highlight the initiative, a kick-off event was held April 9th, 2021, at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture in Tifton, Georgia and culminate this summer with 15 hospitals in rural Georgia receiving medical scrubs at no cost. “Field to …

Finalized 2020 On-Farm Variety Trial Lint Yields

By Camp Hand I know many have been waiting, and the day is finally here. Below you will find a link to the finalized lint yields from the 2020 On-Farm Variety Trials. We are sending samples to Memphis, TN this week for fiber quality data and should have that back relatively soon. I would like to give Chandler Rowe, our new …

Georgia Cotton Commission Approves 2022 Research

PERRY, Ga – The Georgia Cotton Commission Board of Directors approved $745,094 in research for the 2022 crop year and an additional $42,050 for the 2021 crop year during the March board meeting. The money will fund 19 projects that will be conducted by University of Georgia researchers and extension specialists. Projects range from funding for the UGA cotton team to …

Harris Retiring From Georgia Cotton Commission; Rodgers Joins Commission Staff

Martha Harris, Office Manager of the Georgia Cotton Commission for the past 21 years, retired effective March 31. Kelly Rodgers of Perry, Ga. joined the Georgia Cotton Commission staff January 4 to serve as the Operations Coordinator upon Harris’s retirement. Prior to the Commission, Rodgers worked in an administrative role at a local insurance company. She is married and has …

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Welcomes Over 300 Members In Six Months

MEMPHIS, TENN  – The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol has reached the milestone of welcoming more than 300 brand, retailer, mill and manufacturer members since it opened enrollment six months ago. This includes Gap Inc. and its purpose-led lifestyle brands Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta as well as UK retailers Next Plc. and Byford.  The Trust Protocol also has …

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 …