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Cotton Newslines radio clips updated each Wednesday and Friday. Both TV and radio feature interviews with researchers, industry, Congressional and administrative officials.

Radio interviews with industry, congressional and administration officials.  Files are available for download in the MP3 format.

Broadcast Newsline: April 1, 2020 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Cotton Council has created a resource page on its website to provide its members continuous updates and resources from multiple federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor, the Department of Transportation, the Small Business Administration, and EPA. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: March 26, 2020 Wednesday night, the Senate unanimously approved a historic $2 trillion relief bill meant to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: March 25, 2020 The National Cotton Council is working to provide assistance and relief to farmers impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: March 20, 2020 This week in Washington, the National Cotton Council has been working closely with the Department of Agriculture and others within the federal government as agencies respond to the COVID-19 outbreak across the U.S. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: March 18, 2020 Last week, Patrick Johnson, a Mississippi cotton producer who chairs the National Cotton Council’s Environmental Task Force, testified at a Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry hearing on innovation in agriculture and the federal biotechnology regulatory framework. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: March 13, 2020 The U.S. cotton forecast for this month indicates lower production, price, and ending stocks relative to last month. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: March 11, 2020 The National Cotton Council is strongly urging cotton producers to enroll now in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: March 6, 2020 This week in Congress, House Agriculture Committee Member Representative Ted Yoho (FL-3) from Florida, along with a number of his colleagues, introduced a bipartisan bill to address the workforce shortage American farmers are facing. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: March 4, 2020 USDA Secretary, Sonny Perdue, testified before the House Committee on Agriculture this week. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: February 28, 2020 This week, the Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency announced the availability of a new hurricane crop insurance endorsement that can be added to underlying crop insurance policies. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: February 26, 2020 The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is a new standard developed to help the U.S. cotton production sector further reduce its environmental footprint by enabling producers to assess their performance against specific sustainability goals. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: February 21, 2020 The past year can be characterized as a year with significant uncertainty and volatility in the global economy and the world cotton market. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: February 19, 2020 U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 13.0 million cotton acres this spring, down 5.5 percent from 2019, according to the National Cotton Council’s 39th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: February 12, 2020 In its February report, USDA projected the 2019-20 U.S. cotton crop to reach 20.10 million bales, unchanged from the January report. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: February 7, 2020 This week the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments will be issued. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: January 31, 2020 Following approval from Congress, President Trump signed the U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement, or USMCA, at a ceremony in Washington this week. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: January 29, 2020 Last week the Trump Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, the new federal water regulation. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: January 24, 2020 This week the Administration announced and issued the new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: January 22, 2020 A lot of questions remain following the Administration’s signing of the phase one trade agreement with China. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: January 17, 2020 The U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) moved one step closer to implementation this week. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: January 15, 2020 The Phase One trade agreement between the U.S. and China was signed this week. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: January 10, 2020 The National Cotton Council continues its work with U.S. government officials to improve access for U.S. cotton and cotton products in overseas markets including China. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: January 8, 2020 2020 is shaping up to be another busy year for the National Cotton Council and the U.S. cotton industry. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: December 20, 2019 According to the Department of Agriculture, world cotton production is projected to be just over 121 million bales for the 2019-2020 crop year. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: December 18, 2019 In its December report, the Department of Agriculture made a large reduction, more than 600,000 bales, to its production estimate for the 2019 - 2020 U.S. cotton crop. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: December 13, 2019 This week in the House, representatives are expected to consider the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: December 11, 2019 There are a number of big ticket, “must pass” items Congress needs to address before the upcoming holiday recess. One of those is the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: December 6, 2019 This week at the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show in Amarillo, Texas, cotton farmers will participate in the inaugural “Cotton U” program. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: November 22, 2019 In its November crop report, USDA estimated a 2019-20 U.S. cotton crop of 20.82 million bales due to a smaller crop in the southwestern United States. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: November 20, 2019 This week, the Department of Agriculture will begin issuing the second tranche of payments for the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: November 15, 2019 If you are planning to attend the National Cotton Council’s 2020 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, set for January 8-10 in Austin, Texas, registration is now open on the Beltwide website. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: November 8, 2019 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, recently announced changes to the Worker Protection Standards for farms. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: November 1, 2019 Following reports of positive discussions between the U.S. and China, work continues between the negotiators to complete details on what is being referred to as the “phase one agreement.” Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: October 30, 2019 This week in the Senate, lawmakers are working to complete a funding package that includes four of the appropriations bills for the new fiscal year. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: October 25, 2019 On a visit to Tennessee to announce a $2.8 million-dollar investment in high-speed broadband infrastructure, the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, made a stop at Agricenter International in Memphis to visit with the west Tennessee agriculture community. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: October 18, 2019 In its latest report, the Department of Agriculture lowered its estimate for world cotton production. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: October 16, 2019 In its October report, the Department of Agriculture made a slight reduction in its U.S. cotton crop estimate for the current crop year. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: October 9, 2019 The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol pilot is underway. The protocol’s mission is to be the world leader for sustainable cotton production. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: October 4, 2019 If you are planning to attend the National Cotton Council’s 2020 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, set for January 8-10 in Austin, Texas, registration is now open on the Beltwide website. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: September 27, 2019 Members of the Congressional Western Caucus and stakeholders held a roundtable discussion this week in Washington. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: September 26, 2019 This week the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution funding bill. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: September 20, 2019 In its September crop report, USDA estimated a 2019-20 U.S. cotton crop of 21.86 million bales. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: September 18, 2019 Sign-up for the 2018 Farm Bill has begun, and the National Cotton Council wants to help. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: September 13, 2019 The National Cotton Council applauds the announcement by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler that the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule has been withdrawn. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: September 11, 2019 This week the Department of Agriculture released details on the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program Plus, or WHIP +. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: August 30, 2019 Congressman David Kustoff, United States Representative for Tennessee’s 8th District, addressed the National Cotton Council’s Mid Year Meeting last week. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: August 28, 2019 Dr. Jody Campiche, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council provided an economic update at the Council’s recent Mid Year Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: August 23, 2019 The National Cotton Council is working closely with the Department of Agriculture during the sign up and implementation process for the Market Facilitation Program, or MFP. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: August 21, 2019 The National Cotton Council is reminding cotton gins to watch for potential contamination sources during this harvest and ginning season. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: August 16, 2019 In its August crop report, USDA estimated a 2019-20 U.S. cotton crop of 22.52 million bales. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: August 14, 2019 According to the latest estimate from the Department of Agriculture, the U.S. cotton crop’s progress is on pace. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: August 9, 2019 Textile executives representing 20 Indonesian companies gained a deeper understanding of why U.S. cotton is the world's preferred fiber after recently traveling across the Cotton Belt. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: August 2, 2019 Trade negotiations resumed this week between the United States and China. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: July 31, 2019 Sign up is underway for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: July 26, 2019 Sign up for programs under the 2018 Farm Bill for both the 2019 and 2020 crops is expected to begin in September. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: July 24, 2019 Last week the Department of Agriculture announced the recipients and funding levels for the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP). Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: July 17, 2019 Policy updates have been made to the Department of Agriculture’s Cotton Storage Agreement. Implementation of the new policies will provide the department with additional resources when reviewing warehouse performance. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: July 10, 2019 The National Cotton Council has initiated a pilot of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a program designed to confirm and increase awareness of the fact that U.S. cotton producers farm responsibly and strive for continuous improvement. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: June 28, 2019 Thirteen U.S. cotton industry members chosen to participate in the National Cotton Council’s Emerging Leaders Program completed the first of three training sessions in Memphis, TN, and St. Louis, MO last week. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: June 20, 2019 In its latest report, USDA projects U.S. cotton production to be 22 million bales for the 2019-2020 season. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: June 14, 2019 The National Cotton Council is working with USDA to learn more about the structure and details of the Market Facilitation Program that was announced by the President a few weeks ago. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: June 12, 2019 USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced it has authorized non-recourse loan availability through June 30, 2019 – but this is limited only to crop year 2018 cotton crops. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: June 7, 2019 The supplemental disaster assistance package passed by the House, and approved by the Senate, includes more than $3.0 billion in assistance for lost crops, most of which will be administered through the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP) that was used in response to 2017 hurricane losses. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: May 31, 2019 The Senate passed a long-awaited supplemental disaster assistance bill (H.R. 2157) that includes important agricultural disaster relief for producers affected by hurricanes, flooding, and other natural disasters in both 2018 and 2019. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: May 29, 2019 President Trump held an event at the White House to announce the second round of trade mitigation payments for U.S. farmers. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: May 24, 2019 The Department of Agriculture released its first production estimate for the 2019 U.S. cotton crop. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: May 17, 2019 Since trade talks broke down between the U.S. and China, the President has directed the Department of Agriculture to begin work on an assistance package for U.S. farmers. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: May 15, 2019 The House Agriculture Committee's General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee held a hearing reviewing the "State of the Farm Economy" late last week. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: May 10, 2019 In addition to the activity surrounding the trade dispute with China, there is important work ongoing with respect to the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: May 8, 2019 This week could be a critical turning point in the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: April 26, 2019 Implementation is underway for the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol; an integrated data collection, measurement and verification procedure that will document U.S. cotton production practices and their environmental impact. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: April 12, 2019 Another round of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China ended last week. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: April 10, 2019 The Department of Agriculture continues its work to implement provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Broadcast details
Broadcast Newsline: April 5, 2019 USDA’s March Prospective Plantings Report indicates U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 13.8 million acres of cotton this year, which is 2.3% less than last year. Broadcast details

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