Many growers have questions about the seed cotton provisions that have been added to the Farm Bill. The National Cotton Council has created this page to serve as a resource to growers who are decisions on how to convert generic base acres and any other issues that may come up due to this legislation. See this link for the previously recorded webinars and FAQ’s..
At its April 11th Board Meeting, the Georgia Cotton Commission Board of Directors approved $697,802 in research for the 2019 crop year, an increase from the $665,196 approved for 2018. This money will go to fund 21 research projects that will be conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of West Georgia. These projects range from funding for the UGA Cotton Team, to precision ag research and the marking and treatment of root-knot nematode resistant genes in cotton, and many more. The goal of this producer-funded research is to help cotton producer’s bottom lines by conducting research that can either raise yields, promote efficiency, or open new markets.
All projects are vetted by both the Commission Board of Directors, made up of cotton producers from across the state, and the Commission’s research review committee, which is made up of researchers, crop consultants, and County UGA Ag Extension agents.
“Our Board is committed to making strategic investments in research that will benefit our growers and through them the cotton industry here in Georgia. Our UGA Cotton Team is one of the best, if not the best, teams working for farmers in the country. Georgia’s farmers are producing the most efficient, highest quality crop that we have ever made and it is thanks to the research done by our scientists,” said GCC Chairman Bart Davis, a Colquitt County cotton producer.
The John M. and Connie H. Mobley Memorial Scholarship is presented annually by the Georgia Cotton Women to the child or grandchild of an active Georgia cotton producer with priority given to children of Georgia Cotton Women members. The $1,500 scholarship will be payable one-half each semester. This scholarship was established by the late John M. Mobley. It was continued by his wife Connie and is now carried on by their family.
The Georgia Cotton Women Scholarship is presented annually to the child or grandchild of a member of the Georgia Cotton Women. This scholarship is also in the amount of $1,500 and payable one-half each semester. In the event there is no child or grandchild of a GCW member eligible for this scholarship, the Scholarship Committee has the discretion to the present the award to another qualified candidate.
Scholarship application and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by May 1 to:
Georgia Cotton Women
P.O. Box 2186
Moultrie, GA 31776
For an electronic copy of this application, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The completed application and accompanying documents must be mailed to the above address. The application cannot be submitted electronically.
The National Cotton Council is concerned that China’s announcement of significantly higher proposed tariffs on U.S. raw cotton shipped to that country would significantly harm the economic health of the U.S. cotton industry.
For the current 2017 crop year, China stands as the second largest export market with purchases of approximately 2.5 million bales of U.S. cotton.
“I cannot overstate the importance of China’s market to U.S. cotton farmers and the importance of U.S. cotton in meeting the needs of China’s textile industry,” NCC Chairman Ron Craft said. “The cotton industries of the United States and China enjoy a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship.”
According to the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service GAIN Report, cotton has been listed among multiple U.S. agricultural products that could potentially be hit with higher tariffs from China — specifically an in-quota tariff that would increase from one percent to 26 percent. Following the announcement, the cotton market reacted accordingly – almost limit down on nearby contracts.
The GAIN Report noted that China’s proposal of retaliatory tariffs on selected U.S. agricultural products is in response to the recent U.S. proposed tariffs on Chinese imports resulting from the Section 301 investigation into the forced transfer of U.S. technology and intellectual property.
Craft said the NCC strongly encourages the two governments to engage in immediate discussions “that can resolve trade tensions and preserve this long-term collaborative relationship. The U.S. cotton industry stands ready to assist the U.S. government and our trading partners in China to find a resolution to this damaging trade dispute.”