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 …

2020 King Cotton Awards

County UGA Cooperative Extension Service agents are an important resource for Georgia cotton farmers.  Agents are known for delivering timely and accurate information, which is instrumental for the success of Georgia’s farmers.  They also perform community specific research, education and outreach programs designed to help farmers maximize yields and efficiency. The Georgia Cotton Commission sponsored the King Cotton Awards to …

Stanley Culpepper: A leading voice for growers

By Clint Thompson When University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension weed agronomist Stanley Culpepper speaks, Tift County grower Bill Brim listens. After more than two decades of Culpepper providing expertise regarding more than 20 different vegetable crops, there’s no reason for Brim not to pay attention. “He’s a great young man. He’s a hard worker and tries to get things …

Reminder: NCC and SCG Memberships

As everyone is very aware, 2020 has presented cotton growers in Georgia and across the belt a difficult set of circumstances.  These include stressed commodity and financial markets, long periods of extreme heat, and untimely heavy rains and humidity. While the end is in sight, we are not through with 2020. Your team at the Georgia Cotton Commission is constantly …

U.S Cotton Trust Protocol Information Webinar set for Nov. 19

The Georgia Cotton Commission and National Cotton Council of America are urging all producers to participate in a live U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol information webinar scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 at 8:30 AM. To register for this webinar, visit the following link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpcuyqqDgvHdc7bqJdWpf8pK6LHPt9O6Ob The Trust Protocol is a U.S. cotton industry effort to validate sustainability practices, provide confidence and …

Georgia Cotton Commission Welcomes Dicamba Announcement

October 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Georgia Cotton Commission Welcomes Dicamba Announcement Taylor R. Sills, Georgia Cotton Commission On October 27th, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler met with farmers and industry stakeholders at Cromley Farms, a sixth-generation family farm in Brooklet, to announce new five-year registrations for two dicamba products and an extended registration for an …