Latest News Releases

Latest news releases from the National Cotton Council

2017

FY18 Federal Budget Very Concerning
05/24/2017
The NCC says the Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal includes a number of extremely concerning program reductions and eliminations that, if implemented, would severely compromise policies that are critical to America’s cotton farming families. Learn more


NCC: Maintaining NAFTA Benefits is Crucial
05/19/2017
The NCC says the United States must remain a participant in a vibrant North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) because it has been and can continue to be a very positive trading platform for U.S. agriculture, including cotton and textiles. Learn more


NCC: Lighthizer Confirmation Positive For Exports
05/11/2017
The NCC is pleased with the Senate’s confirmation (82-14) today of Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) – calling it an important step for promoting fair trade and export development. Learn more


Final 2016 USDA Crop Estimates Announced
05/10/2017
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2017 P.I.E. Program Tour Dates Set
05/04/2017
The NCC has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2017 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more


NCC Extremely Disappointed With Exclusion of Cottonseed Policy From Omnibus
05/01/2017
NCC Chairman Ronnie Lee said the NCC “is extremely disappointed that the fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill does not include the cottonseed policy developed by the U.S. cotton industry in consultation with Congress.” Learn more


2017-18 Emerging Leaders Program Class Announced
04/27/2017
Twelve U.S. cotton industry members have been chosen to participate in the NCC's Emerging Leaders Program for 2017-18. Learn more


NCC Pleased With Perdue Confirmation
04/24/2017
The NCC looks forward to working with Sonny Perdue who was confirmed on April 24 by the Senate as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Learn more


NCC Conveys Farm Law Priorities
04/04/2017
In April 4 testimony before a House panel hearing, NCC Chairman Ronnie Lee said U.S. cotton's central organization looks forward to working with the House and Senate agriculture committees and with other agricultural organizations to gain passage of a farm bill that effectively addresses the needs of all commodities. Learn more


NCC Pleased With EPA’s Chlorpyrifos Action
03/31/2017
EPA released an order on March 29 denying in full the petition requesting that the agency revoke all tolerances for chlorpyrifos. EPA now will move forward on updating and revising the human health assessment for chlorpyrifos under the standard procedures of the ongoing registration review process. Learn more


NCC: President’s Recognition of U.S. Agriculture Encouraging
03/21/2017
The NCC applauded President Donald Trump’s March 21 issuance of a National Agriculture Day proclamation that stated, “America's farmers and ranchers help feed the world, fuel our Nation's economy, and lead global markets in output and productivity.” Learn more


Ag Groups Conduct ‘Substantive, Productive’ Meeting with Trump Administration on Trade
03/16/2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Executive staff leaders from 11 major U.S. agricultural and agribusiness organizations commended the Trump administration for engaging in a substantive and productive meeting on March 15 that was focused on the importance of continued growth of food and agriculture exports. Learn more


2017 High Cotton Winners Recognized
03/06/2017
The 2017 Farm Press-Cotton Foundation High Cotton Awards recipients are: Southeast – Ronnie Burleson/Andrew Burleson, Richfield, N.C. Mid-South – Byron Seward, Louise, Miss.; Southwest – Brent Hendon, Welch, Texas; and Far West – Mark McKean, Riverdale, California. Learn more


NCC Grateful for Trump’s Special Assistant Appointment
02/27/2017
The NCC appreciates President Donald Trump’s appointment of Ray Starling to the position of Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance. Learn more


NCC Applauds Scott Pruitt Confirmation
02/17/2017
NCC Applauds Scott Pruitt Confirmation Learn more


National Cotton Council 2017 State Unit Officers Named
02/14/2017
National Cotton Council state unit officers for 2017 were elected at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting held in Dallas, Texas, on February 10-12. Learn more


National Cotton Council Names 2017 Directors
02/14/2017
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council directors for 2017 were announced at the NCC’s annual meeting held in Dallas, Texas, on February 10-12. Learn more


Michael Tate Re-elected American Cotton Producers Chair
02/14/2017
Michael Tate of Huntsville, Ala., was re-elected as chairman of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the National Cotton Council (NCC) for 2017, during the NCC’s annual meeting held in Dallas, Texas, on February 10-12. Learn more


David Blakemore to Lead National Cotton Ginners Association
02/13/2017
The Memphis-based National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) elected its 2017 officers on February 11 during its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. Learn more


Ronnie Lee to Lead the NCC in 2017
02/13/2017
Ronnie Lee to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2017 Ronnie Lee, a cotton producer from Bronwood, Ga., was elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2017. Learn more


Kent Fountain Is National Ginner Award Recipient
02/13/2017
Kent Fountain, managing partner of Southeastern Gin and Peanut in Surrency, Ga., and a tireless leader in the National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA), Southeastern Ginners and National Cotton Council, is the 2016 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. Learn more


Cotton Service Award Honors Mark Lange
02/13/2017
Dr. Mark Lange, who served as president and chief executive officer for the National Cotton Council from 2003 until his retirement in 2015, is the recipient of the 2016 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award. Learn more


Cotton Achievement Award Honors Charlie Owen
02/13/2017
The late Charles C. Owen, an Arizona ginner whose career was marked by his strong desire to advance the U.S. cotton industry through quality preservation, research, employee education and outreach to U.S. cotton’s customers, is the recipient of the 2016 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more


Demand Growth, China’s Reserve Auctions and Global Supply Response Hold Keys for the Coming Year
02/11/2017
National Cotton Council economists point to a number of key questions that will shape the 2017 economic outlook for the U.S. cotton industry. Learn more


NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 11.0 Million Acres of Cotton in 2017
02/11/2017
U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 11.0 million cotton acres this spring, up 9.4 percent from 2016, according to the National Cotton Council’s 36th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. (see table attached) Learn more


Cotton Council International Elects 2017 Officers
02/10/2017
Eduardo L. (Eddy) Esteve, a merchant from Dallas, Texas, will serve as president of Cotton Council International (CCI) for 2017. He and other CCI officers were elected at CCI’s board meeting in Dallas today during the National Cotton Council’s 2017 Annual Meeting. Learn more


NCC Ready to Work With New Agriculture Secretary
01/19/2017
The National Cotton Council congratulates former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination for Secretary of Agriculture. Learn more


Dr. Peng Chee Receives 2016 Cotton Genetics Research Award
01/05/2017
Dr. Peng Chee, a professor of Cotton Molecular Genetics/Breeding at the University of Georgia’s Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, is the recipient of the 2016 Cotton Genetics Research Award. Learn more