USDA Completes Review of Cotton Research and Promotion Program’s 1990 Amendments

Bill Gillon – President and CEO of The Cotton Board – says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has once again delivered some very good news for the cotton industry…

“We received a report from USDA that they had completed a five year review of the 1990 amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Act. They determined that there was widespread support for the Cotton Research and Promotion program across the belt. That means that they will not be conducting the referendum to determine whether producers still support the amendments that were passed in 1990.”

Gillon says there has never been a reason found to conduct a five-year referendum of the research and promotion program…

“The Department of Ag is required every five years to conduct a review of the 1990 amendments, they are the ones that made the program mandatory. They conduct this review to determine if there is widespread support for the program. They just completed their fourth review and every time they have come back and concluded there is great support by cotton producers and importers for the program.”

Gillon says this speaks volumes about the cotton industry…

“We take it as a compliment to the way we run the programs and to what we are accomplishing in terms of increasing demand for cotton and profitability. We have economic analysis that are also conducted on a routine basis and they continue to come back and say the program is pushing the price of cotton higher and increasing returns to producers and importers who pay into the program.”

Gillon says this program is doing good things for cotton in the U.S. and around the world.


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