Sourcing USA Summit Strengthens
Friday, November 21, 2014 From Cotton Council International
COTTON USA's Sourcing USA Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., on November 11-14 brought together more than 420 leading global sourcing companies to strengthen enduring partnerships. Internationally recognized speakers and premier networking opportunities ensured ongoing promotion of cotton and COTTON USA and increasing U.S. cotton sales. The Summit is organized in cooperation with Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated and USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.
"The Sourcing USA Summit will have a definite impact on U.S. cotton fiber exports," CCI President Jordan Lea said. "The whole industry met in one place, and the networking opportunities will pay off. We were able to spend quality time with customers from all over the world, and to tell our story to illustrate U.S. cotton's quality and our industry's value-added services."
Lea said an integral part of that story is that cotton is "a great product, is natural, comfortable, real and fashionable. And it adds value throughout the supply chain. It's cool and casual, as in denim jeans and cotton T-shirts and it is the fabric of choice for the hottest fashion designers. U.S. cotton producers and manufacturers use inventiveness, persistence and the latest technology to bring out the best in nature. By the time U.S. cotton gets to the market, it is a first-class, high-value material."
Among the many notable Summit speakers were Thomas Glaser, vice president, VF Corporation, and president, Supply Chain, and Steven Sare, senior vice president, Fast Retailing Group, and chief merchandising officer, UNIQLO USA. Both companies are avid cotton users. Each spoke of technology's importance and the need for responsibility in production - both of which are part of U.S. cotton's promise to the supply chain, all the way to consumers.
Gary Adams, the National Cotton Council's vice president, Economics & Policy Analysis, said rebuilding demand is important as the supply/demand forecast points to a continued large supply of stocks, especially in China. Jeff Rosensweig, an Emory University professor, forecast a global economic recovery that will drive demand for apparel, especially in developing countries.
The Summit is a biennial event that provides networking opportunities and features business forums on topics affecting the global cotton industry, including ways to seize market opportunities to overcome competition from man-made fibers. The U.S. cotton industry emphasized its commitment to responsible cotton production and its global cotton supply chain partners.
Farm Bill Meetings Scheduled in PCG Area
Mark your calendars for these upcoming Farm Bill meetings:
Dec. 1 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Brownfield Church of Christ Family Life Building, 506 N. Atkins, Brownfield. More info: (806) 637-4060
Dec. 4 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Hemphill Co. Exhibition Center, Canadian. More info: (806) 323-9114.
Dec. 8 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Armstrong County Activity Center, Claude. More info: (806) 226-3021.
Dec. 9 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 9 a.m., AgriLife Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Boulevard West, Amarillo.
Dec. 9 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 9 a.m.-Noon, Location TBD, Dimmitt. More info: (806) 647-4115.
Dec. 9 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 2:30 p.m. Plainview Country Club, 2902 West 4th Street, Plainview.
Dec. 10 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 8:30 a.m. Leroy Colgan Bldg., S. 10th St. & S. Houston St. at Forrest Park, Lamesa.
Dec. 10 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Oldham County Barn, Vega. More info: (806) 267-2692.
Dec. 10 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 1 p.m. Bayer Museum of Agriculture, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock.
Dec. 11 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Roberts County Annex, 122 Water Street, Miami. More info: (806) 868-3191.
Dec. 16 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., War Memorial Building, Panhandle. More info: (806) 537-3882.
Dec. 19 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 9 a.m.-Noon, Floyd County Friends Unity Center, 990 FM 786, Lockney. More info: (806) 983-4912.
Dec. 19 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Crosby Co. Extension Office, 201 W. Aspen, Crosbyton. More info: (806) 675-2347.
A complete list of all of these meetings is available on the Plains Cotton Growers website at http://www.plainscotton.org/mj/agconferences/agconferences.html.