PCG Renews Support For 6th annual
ATNT Conference In Tamilnadu, India Dec. 7-9

Friday, November 6, 2009                   By Shawn Wade

      To further market building opportunities for High Plains cotton, Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. (PCG) is proud to renew its sponsorship of the 2009 international conference on Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles (ATNT), hosted by the Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University.

      Supporting the development of new and innovative uses for cotton generally, and for cotton produced on the High Plains of Texas specifically, has been a central focus of PCG since the organization's inception in 1956.

      Over the years PCG has worked to identify new markets for High Plains cotton through education and by supporting research into the development of new textile technologies that can utilize the full range of cotton quality that is produced in the region.

      One of the most exciting research areas currently being explored are nonwoven textile technologies that are ideally suited to use cotton passed over by other textile operations.

      In its sixth year ATNT 2009 is being held in collaboration with Bannari Amman Institute of Technology in India (BIT), will run Dec. 7-9 at the institute's campus in Sathyamangalam, state of Tamilnadu, South India. The conference will feature papers from natural fibers to fashion design and nonwovens to technical textiles.

      The conference is expected to attract more than 250 people from around the globe, said Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, the organizing secretary for the conference and an associate professor of nonwoven materials at TIEHH. The international conference seeks to enhance professional interaction, enable future collaboration and improve business opportunities in fiber and textile disciplines.

      To date, more than 90 abstracts from different parts of the world have been received. Leading experts from the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, the Czech Republic, China and other nations are expected attend. Invitations have been extended to the Indian Government's federal minister of textiles to inaugurate the event.

      International and national organizations supporting the conference include PCG, The Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry (INDA), Industrial Fabrics Association International, Nonwoven Engineers and Technologists division of TAPPI, all from the United States; The Southern India Mills Association, Tiruppur Exporters Association and the Society of Dyers and Colorists (EC), all from India; and The Textile Institute from the United Kingdom.

      More information about the conference is available from the ATNT 2009 website: http://bit-atnt09.com or by contacting Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, manager of the Texas Tech University TIEHH Nonwoven and Advanced Materials Laboratory, at (806) 445-1925 or by email at s.ramkumar@ttu.edu.

 

U.S. Cotton Industry Focused On
Highlighting Cotton's Record of Sustainability

Source: Cotton Council International & Cotton Incorporated

      Consumer awareness of and interest in environmentally friendly products has increased in the past few years, as more products are labeled with "organic", "sustainable" or "green". In this increasingly environmentally-conscious world, cotton is the logical choice for today's consumer.

      To ensure people can continue to reap cotton's natural benefits, today and in the future, the U.S. cotton industry is committed to producing cotton in a sustainable manner, taking into account the economy, environment and social responsibility.

      Sustainable agricultural production must consider a growing economy, protection for the environment, and social responsibility. The most sustainable choice is the one where the net effects come closest to meeting these goals.

      Both conventional and organic cottons from the U.S. achieve this balance of quality of life, environment and economics sought for sustainability. Mills, brands, retailers and consumers can be assured that the U.S. cotton industry supports sustainability as defined above and the goal of environmental, economic, health and social responsibility for production agriculture.

 

U.S. Cotton Facts

¥  Modern technology minimizes the environmental impact of cotton production. U.S. farming with modern techniques means there is now less land, water and energy use, less soil erosion, and reduced pesticide application per unit output. Renewable production annually already saves over 1 billion liters of tractor fuel, 907 million metric tons of U.S. soil, and limits greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions.

¥  U.S. cotton can supply the world's increasing demand for natural fibers on less land. Modern seed technology and conservation tillage practices help U.S. farmers yield more cotton while using less land and resources. U.S. cotton farmers have been able to supply the market and meet annual rise in fiber demand on reduced land area, freeing land for conservation and other uses.

¥  U.S. cotton production uses fewer pesticides compared with other crops. Farmers who live and work on their land since generations have every personal and economic incentive to use fewer chemicals in production. Globally, only 8.5% of all pesticides applied to crops are used to grow cotton, while fruits and vegetables consumed about 29% and cereal crops including rice and corn about 35%.

¥  From a chemical residue standpoint, the amount on raw U.S. cotton fiber is as small as on organic cotton and satisfies eco-label standards. Latest 2008 test results for chemical substances on raw cotton fiber from the Bremen Cotton Exchange in Germany prove again that all tested cotton, including U.S. cotton, satisfies EU Eco-Label standards and clearly passes the regulation as a foodstuff. They state that cotton, under German law, theoretically could be used as a food.

¥  U.S. regulatory agencies treat cotton as a food crop. Cotton is a food and fiber crop. Since cottonseed is used for both human and animal food, in the U.S. any crop protection products that are used in the production of cotton must meet the same regulations as any food crop. Salad and cooking oils are made of cottonseed oil, and linters are used in soups and pharmaceuticals.

¥  U.S. cotton is very drought and heat-tolerant. Only 35 percent of U.S. cotton acreage uses some form of supplemental irrigation – the other 65 percent survive solely on natural rainwater.

 

Global Cotton Facts

¥  Cotton plays a role in reducing greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming. All cotton plants extract CO2 from the air and emit oxygen back into the atmosphere. The amount of cotton used in a pair of jeans (about 1 kg), takes 1.5 kg of CO2 from the atmosphere and generates 1 kg of O2. Carbon sequestered annually in the world cotton fiber supply is the oil equivalent of taking 7.25 million passenger vehicles from the highways.

¥  Cotton is a principal contributor to local economies. The production and processing of natural fibers worldwide employs hundreds of millions of people, particularly in developing countries. Cotton, alone, generates hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity as it moves from production at the farm level through processing and retail.

¥  Consumers consider cotton as safe. Results from the Global Lifestyle Monitorª show that consumers consider cotton to be the safest fiber for the environment, rating it a positive 8.58 on a 0 to 10 scale.

¥  Consumers prefer natural fibers such as cotton. Results from the Global Lifestyle Monitorª show that 64% of global consumers would pay more for clothes made of natural fibers such as cotton, and more than half of the consumers surveyed worldwide believe that better quality clothes are made from 100 percent natural fiber such as cotton.

 

2009 High Plains Cotton Quality Summary

      The following is a summary of the cotton classed at the Lubbock and Lamesa USDA Cotton Division Cotton Classing Offices for the 2009 production season.

 

Current Week:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

92,534

21+ - 66.2%

31 - 30.0%

2.79

35.59

Lubbock

204,301

21+ - 49.0%

31 - 45.6%

3.18

35.93

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

4.19

30.09

80.52

27.3%

Lubbock

3.92

30.26

80.33

16.4%

 

 

Season Totals To Date:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

251,035

21+ - 70.4%

31 - 36.5%

2.80

35.75

Lubbock

454,398

21+ - 48.3%

31 - 46.0%

3.18

35.89

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

4.16

29.96

80.61

26.3%

Lubbock

3.99

30.27

80.42

15.5%

Source: USDA AMS

 

November 5 Upland Cotton
Adjusted World Price (AWP) Announcement

      The Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation announced the adjusted world price (AWP) for Strict Low Middling (SLM) 1-1/16 inch (leaf grade 4, micronaire 3.5-3.6 and 4.3-4.9, strength 25.5-29.4 grams per tex, length uniformity of 79.5-82.4 percent) upland cotton (base quality), adjusted to U.S. quality and location, the fine count adjustment (FCA), the coarse count adjustment (CCA), and the loan deficiency payment rate that will be in effect from 12:01 a.m., Eastern Time, Friday, November 6, 2009, through midnight, Eastern Time, Thursday, November 12, 2009.

 

 

      The next announcement of the AWP, FCA, CCA, and LDP The next announcement of the AWP, FCA, CCA, and LDP rate for upland cotton will be on Thursday, November 12, 2009, at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

UPLAND COTTON ANNOUNCEMENT

October 29, 2009

                                                                                                   Cents/lb.

Adjusted World Price (AWP)                                                       52.78

Fine Count Adjustment (FCA) 2008 Crop                              0.00

Fine Count Adjustment (FCA) 2009 Crop                              0.00

Coarse Count Adjustment (CCA)                                                    0.00

Loan Deficiency Payment Rate                                                    0.00

 

This week's AWP, FCA, and CCA are determined as follows:

FE Price                                                                                    69.15

Adjustments:

         Avg. costs to market                             -13.07

         SLM 1-1/16 inch cotton                - 3.30

Sum of Adjustments                                                                 -16.37

ADJUSTED WORLD PRICE                                                52.78

 

Updated Texas AgriLife Extension/PCG
SURE Program Benefit Estimator Available For Use

      Even though the final rules governing the 2008 Farm Bill's Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) Program haven't been announced, an updated version of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service's SURE Benefit Estimator is available for download.

      Anyone that downloaded an earlier version of the SURE Benefit Estimator is encouraged to get the newest version from the PCG website (http://www.plainscotton.org) or from the South Plains Profitability Project website (http://southplainsprofit.tamu.edu). Like the original, version 2.0 of the SURE Benefit Estimator is a Microsoft Excel-based spreadsheet and a copy of Microsoft Excel is required to view and use the estimator.

      The Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service developed the SURE Benefit Estimator with assistance from Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. more than a year ago to familiarize producers with the processes involved in calculating a SURE program benefit and to start answering producer questions about the program.

      Since SURE was first approved Congress has passed legislation (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) that will modify implementation of SURE for 2008. Much of the work necessary to implement the SURE program appears to be nearly complete and details have been slowly emerging about how the program might be implemented.

      It is important to note that the final regulations governing the SURE program have not been released by FSA and any benefit calculated by the new version of the Texas AgriLIFE Extension SURE Benefit Estimator could still vary slightly from the calculation a producer obtains from FSA later on.

      This SURE benefit estimator is provided specifically to help producers calculate possible SURE payments. It does not calculate an exact actual payment due to the lack of a final set of program rules. It is also not designed to be a decision aid capable of helping producers decide whether or not to incur the cost of maintaining future SURE program eligibility.