NCC Past President Jack Hamilton Dead at 7112/21/2001 Jack S. Hamilton, a Lake Providence, LA, cotton producer and ginner and former president and treasurer of the Memphis-based National National Cotton Council of America, died Sunday, December 16 in Jackson, Miss., following a short illness.
NCC: WTO Negotiation Goals Workable11/15/2001 National Cotton Council Chairman James Echols said the U.S. cotton industry was glad the U.S. delegation was successful in launching a new round of World Trade Organization trade negotiations at their meeting in Doha, Quatar.
NCC Announces New Legal Affairs Arrangement10/22/2001 William A. Gillon, who has served as General Counsel and Director of Trade Policy for the National Cotton Council, is joining the legal firm of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada of Jackson, MS, effective Nov. 1.
Current Uncertainties Do Not Diminish Need for ‘Sound Farm Policy’09/27/2001 National Cotton Council Chairman James Echols told the organization’s Board of Directors that current political, economic and national security uncertainties do not diminish the cotton industry’s need for new farm policy that holds promise for restoring economic health to all industry segments.
USDA Farm Policy Book Consistent With Congressional Farm Bill09/19/2001 National Cotton Council Chairman James Echols indicated today that the farm policy document developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is a welcome effort by the agency to define the agricultural sector, discuss its place in domestic and world markets and consider U.S. agricultural policy from a strategic standpoint.
NCC Outlines Farm Bill Needs to Key Senate Panel07/17/2001 The NCC described to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry the farm policy concepts that can support cotton farmers while indirectly underpinning U.S. cotton’s processing and handling infrastructure.
NCC Says House Panel’s Farm Bill Concept Solid First Step07/13/2001 The National Cotton Council said a farm bill concept paper offered by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-TX) and ranking member Charlie Stenholm (D-TX) is a good first step and focuses on the right issues for the next farm program.
NCC Unveils Enhanced Web Site07/12/2001 To better serve its members, the NCC has given its web site a much-needed overhaul. In addition to the new look, the sites offers some new features as well.
Grow Smart Scholarships Available05/04/2001 The NCC is encouraging graduating high school seniors who are sons and daughters of U.S. cotton producers to apply for three new college "Grow Smart" scholarships
Cotton Grower Millennium Grant05/01/2001 The Cotton Grower Millennium Grant for the 2002 academic year is now open to any college student (not just juniors) pursuing a career in cotton.
NCC: Trade Policy Should Keep U.S. Cotton Competitive Worldwide04/25/2001 National Cotton Council President James Echols told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry that the U.S. cotton industry was dealing with the dual pressures of stiff international competition and a strong dollar and urged them not to abandon effective U.S. export programs.
Efforts to Secure Immediate Assistance Reviewed in Texas Meetings02/23/2001 In media briefing and in presentations at Farmers Cooperative Compress and Plains Cotton Cooperative Assn. in Lubbock, National Cotton Council (NCC) staff and officers of Plains Cotton Growers Assn. (PCGA) reviewed industry efforts in Congress to bring immediate financial assistance to growers while addressing long-term farm policy issues
Cottonseed Assistance Payment Estimated at $15.53 Per Ton02/16/2001 With ginning season nearing completion, USDA will soon begin implementing ‘00-01 cottonseed assistance program. Given $100 million allocation for program, payment would be approximately $5.89 per bale of lint ($15.53 per ton of cottonseed) based on latest USDA estimates of cotton and cottonseed production.
NCC: Farm Programs Must Provide Income Support02/15/2001 The National Cotton Council outlined farm policy concepts it could support but urged Congress to continue cotton’s three step competitiveness provisions and the marketing loan program, including the issuance of marketing certificates.
NCC Delegates Focus on Farm Program Specifics01/31/2001 National Cotton Council President Robert McLendon said that NCC delegates’ consensus on specific farm program provisions will boost the organization’s quest of restoring U.S. cotton industry profitability
Tennessee Merchant Named NCC Chairman For 200101/31/2001 James E. Echols, a merchant from Cordova, TN, will lead the National Cotton Council of America in 2001. He was elected at the industrywide organization's annual meeting in San Diego.
Gaylon Booker Named NCC President, CEO01/31/2001 The National Cotton Council Board of Directors elected Gaylon B. Booker President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. cotton industry’s central organization
Lon Mann Honored as Top Ginner by NCGA01/29/2001 Lon Mann, partner in McClendon Mann & Felton Gin Company in Marianna, AR, and a past president of the National Cotton Council of America, is the recipient of the 2000 Horace Hayden Cotton Ginner of the Year Award. Dr. Andrew G. Jordan, director of Technical Services for the NCC and Executive Director of the Cotton Foundation, received the 2000 Distinguished Service Award.
Exports are Key to Economic Health of 2001 U.S. Cotton Crop Year01/29/2001 NCC economists said the big variable for the 2001 U.S. cotton crop year is exports, specifically whether or not the Chinese will import raw cotton and how much. In their annual outlook for delegates attending the NCC’s annual meeting, the economists projected the 2001 U.S. crop would be 18.5 million bales, U.S. mills would use 9.8 million bales and exports possibly reaching 8.5 million bales.
Texas Cooperative Official Named As CCI President For 200101/28/2001 Hans G. Kretschmer, a cooperative official from El Paso, TX, was elected president of Cotton Council International (CCI) for 2001. He was named during CCI’s board meeting which convened January 28 at the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) annual meeting.
Aventis Offers Scholarship Money To Grow Young Minds01/11/2001 The National Cotton Council announced the creation of three scholarships aimed at assisting college-bound children of American cotton industry members. The "Grown and Made in the U.S.A. Grow Smart" scholarships are funded by Aventis CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation.
2001 High Cotton Winners True Stewards Of The Environment01/11/2001 In their own ways, the four winners of the 2001 High Cotton awards are survivors - if not of a difficult economy then 2000's unusual weather conditions. But, all that adversity hasn't stopped these four cotton producers from being true stewards of the environment.
Alabama’s Charles Burmester named Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year01/11/2001 Charles Burmester, Extension agronomist-cotton, Department of Agronomy and Soils, Auburn University, has been recognized by his peers from across the Cotton Belt as 2001 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year. The award was presented at the Extension Cotton Specialists’ annual banquet January 10 during the Beltwide Cotton Conferences.