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How important is the support of allied industry partners during the current environment for
U.S. cotton?

 


Jeff Mink
Syngenta Crop Protection
Collierville, Tenn.

I think all of the industry groups will continue to support cotton. It’s a strategic and important crop in the South. A lot of us have very important products that we sell into the cotton market. We are talking about some important value. I feel strongly that cotton will make a comeback, and we need to support our producers as much as possible. We need a rebound in prices, and I think that will happen soon.


David Burns
Producer
Laurel Hill, N.C.

I think it’s important for us to keep the industry intact, especially as we deal with decreased acreage. We must always keep our cotton infrastructure in place, and our allied industry partners are helping us do that. They are our lifeline, and these relationships must continue as we look to the future. We rely on our allied friends for many things, including research and education projects funded through The Cotton Foundation. As an industry, we’re fortunate to have this kind of support.


Danny Moore
Consultant
Marion, Ark.

I think it’s more important than ever that our allied partners support cotton. They have been with us through good and bad times, and I know they’ll continue to be there for us. That’s what makes the cotton industry so unique. We have an amazing infrastructure, and these companies know that our cotton acreage will eventually increase. It’s just a question of riding out these difficult times. It’s very reassuring that crop protection and seed companies are there to support the industry through research and development. And I know that support will continue as we look ahead to the future.


Jimmy Webb
Producer
Leary, Ga.

We always stand together as an industry – especially in Washington. Our allied industry partners have and always will be there for us, and that’s why it’s good that they are united in their support of the National Cotton Council. We need these partners to keep making us low-cost producers. It’s this kind of support that keeps rural America thriving. A cotton bale turns over many times in the community and has a big economic impact. Cotton will come back, and I will be growing it then just like I am now.


Wally Darneille
Plains Cotton Cooperative
Lubbock, Texas

In today’s environment of economic uncertainty and extreme volatility, it is critical that agriculture maintain a united front to protect rural America’s interests. Agriculture creates jobs, produces goods of real value that all people need and preserves the environment. Farmers are the original environmentalists. We don’t cry and whine for someone to bail us out. Instead, we get up in the morning, put expensive diesel fuel into costly equipment to go out and put expensive seed and inputs into the soil to try to grow something of real value in order to make a modest living.


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