Latest News Releases

Latest news releases from the National Cotton Council


U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Announces Levi Strauss & Co and Their Legacy Brands as New Members
MEMPHIS, TENN (July 7, 2021) - The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol welcomes new members Levi Strauss & Co, one of the most recognizable denim companies worldwide, and their legacy brands Levi’s®, Dockers®, Denizen® by Levi’s®, and Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ Learn more

2021 Cotton Acreage
In its June acreage report, USDA estimated 2021 U.S. cotton plantings at 11.72 million acres, 3.10% less than 2020.'s acreage. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Welcomes Tesco As New Member
Leading UK retailer, Tesco, has become a Trust Protocol member as it works towards 100% sustainable cotton by 2025. Learn more

Senate’s Climate Act Passage Welcome
The NCC appreciates the Senate’s solid 92-8 passage on June 24 of the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Welcomes Leading Global Apparel Manufacturer Gildan as New Member
The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol welcomes Gildan Activewear and their portfolio of company-owned brands, including Gildan®, Alstyle®, American Apparel®, and Comfort Colors®, as members. Learn more

NCC Congratulates Bronaugh on Confirmation
The NCC welcomed the Senate’s confirmation of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as USDA’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Learn more

Final 2020 USDA Crop Estimates
In its final estimate of the 2020-21 U.S. cotton crop, USDA placed total production at 14.61 million bales. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol and TextileGenesis™ Announce Collaboration
The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is pleased to announce that it is further enhancing the value of its program by delivering unparalleled supply chain transparency through its Protocol Credit Management System. Learn more

NCC: Climate Solutions Legislation Is Timely
The NCC says the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021 will help pave the way for producers and forest landowners to adopt carbon sequestration practices. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol announces membership in the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, which works to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Opens Grower Enrollment for 2021 Crop
Beginning today, U.S. cotton growers can enroll their 2021 cotton crop in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, which aims to set a new standard in more sustainably grown cotton. Learn more

USDA Prospective Plantings
USDA’s March Prospective Plantings Report indicates U.S. producers intend to plant 12.0 million acres of cotton in 2021. Learn more

A Year Into Lockdown, Research Finds Sharp Increase In Consumer Demand For Sustainable Products And Business Practices
A U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol survey of sustainability decision-makers at 1,000 brands and retailers in the U.S. and United Kingdom revealed a sharp increase in consumer demand for sustainable products and business practices. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Welcomes Over 300 Members In Six Months
The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol has reached the milestone of welcoming more than 300 brand, retailer, mill and manufacturer members since it opened enrollment six months ago. Learn more

NCC Welcomes Tai Confirmation
The NCC welcomed the March 17 unanimous Senate confirmation of Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative – a step that can protect U.S. cotton’s success in the global marketplace. Learn more

Sustainable Denim Manufacturer, Advance Denim, Joins U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol
One of the top three denim manufacturers in China has officially become a Trust Protocol member as it continues to advance more sustainable denim worldwide. Learn more

NCC: Vilsack Confirmation Positive for Agriculture
The National Cotton Council welcomed the Senate’s confirmation today of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture and congratulated him on serving in this role for a second time following his previous tenure from 2009 to 2017. Learn more

Industry And Union Coalition Outlines Policy Recommendations In Letters To President Biden, Congressional Leaders
A broad coalition of industry organizations sent a letter on January 29 to President Biden and congressional leaders outlining recommendations on specific policy initiatives that must be adopted to re-establish a permanent PPE industry in the United States. Learn more

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Welcomes First Members in Latin America
Trust Protocol to help enable a fully transparent textile supply chain for brands working to improve their sustainability. Learn more

USDA January Production Report
In its January crop report, USDA estimated a 2020-21 U.S. crop of 14.95 million bales. Learn more

Dr. Jinfa Zhang Named 2020 Cotton Genetics Research Award Winner
Dr. Jinfa Zhang, a professor at New Mexico State University, is the 2020 Cotton Genetics Research Award winner. Learn more

Statement Regarding Seed Coat Fragments in Cotton Produced in the Southeast
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has directed the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service to collaborate with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to raise awareness and further examine the significant increase in seed coat fragments in cotton produced in the southeast region. Learn more