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2018 Farm Law Implementation Webinars
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USDA Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs
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2019-20 Seed Cotton Program Information
Estimating the 2019-20 Seed Cotton Marketing Year Average Price; 2019-20 Seed Cotton PLC Payment Matrix
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Latest NewsU.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Launches Nationwide Grower Recruitment Campaign 09/23/2020: Program Helps Growers Showcase Data-driven, Measurable, and Verified Sustainability Practices Learn more NCC: Forced Labor Must be Eliminated in Global Cotton & Textile Production 09/22/2020: The National Cotton Council reiterates its absolute opposition to any forced labor practices within the global production of cotton and textiles. Learn more USDA September Production Report 09/11/2020: In its September crop report, USDA estimated a 2020 U.S. crop of 17.06 million bales. Learn more USDA August Production Report 08/12/2020: In its August crop report, USDA estimated a 2020-21 U.S. crop of 18.08 million bales. Learn more U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Survey Results 07/16/2020: Efforts shift to traceability within the supply chain, as brands in North America work to keep sustainability initiatives afloat during pandemic. Learn more
Upcoming EventsCalcot Board of Directors/Auditors' Meeting Sep 28 Phoenix, AZ Learn more Calcot Board of Directors Meeting/93rd Annual Meeting Sep 29 Phoenix, AZ Learn more Plains Cotton Growers Quarterly Board Meeting Oct 14 Bayer Museum of Agriculture, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock, TX 79403 Learn more PCCA Board, Delegate Body & Marketing Pool Committee Meetings Oct 21 Lubbock, TX Learn more PCCA Board of Directors Meeting Nov 18 Lubbock, TX Learn more Cotton Board & Cotton Incorporated Joint Board Meeting Dec 8 Don Cesar, St. Pete Beach, FL Learn more
Ricky Clarke, a Memphis cotton merchant, serves as Cotton Council International president for in 2020. As vice president/senior merchant for Cargill Cotton, Business Unit of Cargill, Inc., his current merchandising responsibilities include sales to several Asian markets. Raised in Greenwood, Miss., Clarke graduated from Mississippi State University in 1980 and earned an MBA from Memphis State University in 1987. He started with Cargill’s Cotton Business Unit (Hohenberg Bros. Co.) in 1980 and has worked for Cargill Cotton in various merchandising capacities including: 1) managing the Phoenix office, 2) merchandising all of the major U.S. growth regions and 3) working a stint with Cargill Cotton’s Liverpool office. Active in the NCC, Clarke also is a director of the American Cotton Shippers Association. He is married to Terri Clarke and has four children.