Together, cotton producers, grower organizations, researchers, ginners, textile mills and many more make up the American cotton industry. And together, we are growing the opportunities for a profitable, sustainable future for both our industry and our communities.
Learn about cotton sustainability goals, connect with grower organizations and stay up to date on cotton economics.
Cotton’s long-term success is directly linked to the health of the land on which it is grown. Being good stewards of the land requires continuous attention to reducing the impact at every link in cotton’s long supply chain, starting in the fields. These science-based industry goals were established in 2016 to help us keep pushing the frontier of stewardship and leading the world in responsible cotton production. Learn more about the 10-year goals overall or hear about each individual goal below.
Increasing soil carbon contributes to soil health (as well as a host of associated benefits) and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere.
Practices that reduce the amount of land under cultivation while maximizing yield are critical for growers to profitably meet the continually rising demand for food and fiber.
Excess nitrogen fertilizer can be lost to the air as harmful nitrous oxide. More precise fertilizer application helps increase operational efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
By adopting cover crops and other practices, growers can protect soil from intense rainfall, equipment pass-throughs, dry, windy conditions and more.
Improved water delivery systems and irrigation scheduling tools enable growers to efficiently produce more cotton using the same amount (or less) of water.
The industry will reduce its overall energy expenditure as ginners and growers increasingly adopt energy-saving technologies and practices such as conservation tillage.
American Cotton Producers (ACP) is an organization of 24 cotton producer leaders elected by their peers from across the Cotton Belt. The ACP advocates for producers within the National Cotton Council and develops recommendations on all matters affecting the production sector.Visit Website
The Cotton Board is the oversight and administrative arm of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program, representing U.S. Upland cotton. Upland cotton growers are automatically members and are encouraged to become involved and take full advantage of the Cotton Board’s services.Visit Website
As the international division of the National Cotton Council of America, this organization’s mission is to increase exports of U.S. cotton, cottonseed and U.S. manufactured cotton products by guiding marketing throughout the supply chain.Visit Website
The Agricultural and Environmental Research department at Cotton Incorporated works to improve cotton profitability by providing research and technical services to cotton growers, ginners and their support industries.Visit Website
As the central organization for the U.S. cotton industry, the Council’s mission is to ensure the ability of all industry segments to compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseeds and U.S.-manufactured products market at home and abroad.Visit Website
The National Cotton Ginners Association is the umbrella organization for eight state and regional ginner associations. It also represents more than 500 individual cotton ginning operations across the Cotton Belt.Visit Website
The Cotton Foundation provides avenues for U.S. cotton’s agribusiness allies to support innovative new cotton research and technology, as well as education and communication efforts that aid in the adoption of new, research-based solutions.Visit Website
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The National Cotton Council
The National Cotton Council provides cotton prices, market analysis, valuable economic resources and more. Many of the NCC resources are password-protected, but creating an account is worthwhile for growers and their advisors. Visit this site.
The Market Data section of the Cotton Incorporated website provides access to the monthly economic letter, the executive cotton update, and other cotton market analyses and indicators. Visit this site.
The Agricultural Marketing Service
The Agricultural Marketing Service regularly updates its Market News page to provide up-to-date classing and quality information, as well as cotton prices. Visit this site.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report
The monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report provides annual forecasts for supply and use of U.S. cotton and other commodity crops. Visit this site.