The National Cotton Council (NCC) has elected James F. “Jimmy” Dodson, a Robstown, Texas, cotton producer, as chairman for 2013. Named during the NCC’s annual meeting in Memphis, he served as the NCC’s vice chairman in 2012 and succeeds C.B. “Chuck” Coley, a Vienna, Ga., producer.
A third generation farmer, Dodson began farming in 1975. He and his family farm dryland cotton, sorghum and corn row crops in Nueces County near Chapman Ranch. He is a director of South Texas Cotton and Grain Association and the Gulf Coast Cooperative Gin and has been a sales representative for Pioneer Hi-Bred since 1982.
Dodson has served in a number of other NCC leadership positions, including as a director from 2009-11 and as chairman of the American Cotton Producers in 2010-11. He chaired the NCC’s Farm Program and Economic Policy Committee from 2008-11 and is a member and past chairman of the NCC’s Environmental Task Force. He also served as president of the Cotton Foundation in 2002-03 and as its chairman in 2003-04.
A 1974 summa cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, Dodson is active in his church and community. He served as a trustee of the Bishop Independent School District for six years, and he and his family are actively involved in the Corpus Christi Community Church. He and his wife, Barbara, have three grown children and five grandchildren.
China’s Policies Will Have Impact
National Cotton Council economists say cotton’s 2013 outlook will be influenced by China’s policy decisions and continued competition from man-made fiber (MMF).
Gary Adams, the NCC’s vice president Economics and Policy Analysis, says that recent data on fiber market share clearly demonstrates the many challenges in terms of competition from MMF that the cotton industry faces in 2013.
The NCC sees 2013 world mill use of 108.7 million bales, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2012. More specifically, international mill demand outside of China is estimated to increase by 5.7 percent for the 2013 crop year, with more than half of the growth being accounted for by India and Pakistan.
NCC economists assume for 2013 that China will continue to build government reserves, holding 38.8 million bales on July 31, 2014. In order to supply projected mill use of 34.3 million bales, China would import 6.8 million bales, which includes the WTO-required quota of 4.1 million bales. Under this scenario, total imports for the 2013 marketing year are slightly more than half the import level for the current marketing year.
With a reduction in exportable supplies, the United States is projected to see a decline in exports for the 2013 marketing year, down 1.6 million to 10.6 million bales.
Additional details of the 2013 Cotton Economic Outlook can be found at http://www.cotton.org/econ/reports/annual-outlook.cfm.
Sharp Re-elected ACP Chairman
Clyde Sharp, a Roll, Ariz., cotton producer, was re-elected as chairman of the American Cot-ton Producers (ACP). Sharp, who has serv-ed on and chaired various ACP and NCC committees, is a past president of The Cotton Foundation and Cotton Council International, the NCC’s export promotion arm.
Elected as an ACP vice chairman was Ted Schneider, Lake Providence, La. Re-elected as ACP vice chairmen were K. Michael Tate, Huntsville, Ala., and Barry W. Evans, Kress, Texas.
Survey Reveals 2013 Planting Intentions Of 9.01 Million Acres
U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 9.01 million acres of cotton this spring, down 26.8 percent from 2012, according to the National Cotton Council’s Early Season Planting Intentions Survey for 2013.
Upland cotton intentions are 8.81 million acres, down 27 percent from 2012, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of 203,000 acres represent a 15.0 percent decline.
Assuming slightly above-average abandonment in the Southwest region due to the dry conditions and all other states set at historical averages, total upland and ELS harvested area would be 7.65 million acres, which is 15.2 percent below planted area. Applying state-level yield assumptions to projected harvested acres generates a cotton crop of 12.86 million bales, compared with 2012’s total production of 17.01 million bales.
The NCC survey, mailed in mid-December 2012 to producers across the 17-state Cotton Belt, asked producers for the number of acres devoted to cotton and other crops in 2012 and the acres planned for the coming season. Survey responses were collected through mid-January.
More details on the 2013 Planting Intentions report can be found at http://www.cotton.org/econ/reports/annual-outlook.cfm.
Burch Elected CCI President
John A. Burch was elected the 2013 president of Cotton Council International (CCI). CCI is the National Cotton Council’s ex-port promotions arm and carries out programs in more than 50 countries globally under the COTTON USA trademark.
Burch, who moves up from CCI first vice president, succeeds James L. (Jimmy) Webb, a Leary, Ga., cotton producer, who is now CCI board chairman. As vice president of sales for Calcot, Ltd., one of the nation’s largest cotton marketing cooperatives, Burch is responsible for all direct and indirect cotton sales to mills and merchants inside and outside the United States.
Kelley To Lead NCGA
The National Cot-ton Ginners Associa-tion (NCGA) elected its 2013 officers during its annual meeting last month.
The new president is Richard Kelley, who moves up from NCGA first vice president. He is the owner of the Burlison (Tenn.) Gin Company. He has served on and chaired numerous NCGA committees. He is a NCC director, member of multiple NCC committees and member of Cotton Council International’s board.
In addition, Jimmy Roppolo, an El Campo, Texas, ginner, was named the 2012 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. Also recognized at the NCGA’s annual meeting was Dennis “Dusty” Findley, Jr., chief executive officer of the Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association. He received the 2012-2013 NCGA Distin-guished Service Award.
Eastland Wins Baker Award
Woods Eastland, board chairman of Staplcotn Cooperative Association and Staplcotn Discount Corporation in Greenwood, Miss. is the recipient of the 2012 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award.
The award, named for the late California industry leader and past NCC President Harry S. Baker, is presented annually to a deserving individual who has provided extraordinary service, leadership and dedication to the U.S. cotton industry.
Stone Receives Johnston Award
The late Jack Stone, a California cotton producer, industry leader and former National Cotton Council president, is the recipient of the 2012 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award. Accepting the award was Jack Stone’s son, Bill, who was accompanied by his wife, Ann. Bill runs the family’s farming operation.
Stone, who farmed in Stratford, Calif., served as a NCC producer delegate, director and its secretary-treasurer before being named NCC president in 1977.