Blockchain, Transparency, and the Future of Nonwovens

Blockchain, Transparency, and the Future of Nonwovens

Sir Francis Bacon was the first person attributed with saying, “Knowledge is power.” What was true in 1597 is certainly even truer still today! The fact that knowledge is power is no more evident than what we witness in the buying behavior of today’s consumer. With the universe of information in the palms of our […]

Economic Forecast: First Quarter 2019

Economic Forecast: First Quarter 2019

As the 2018 cotton crop comes to a close, the overriding theme continues to be the trade showdown with China.  On any given day, one might hear that trade talks are moving forward, and the very next day we hear that the trade talks are stalled or are even closed.  The only thing that’s clear […]

US Cotton Industry Implements 10-Year Sustainability Plan

The cotton industry in the United States, led by trade groups like National Cotton Council of America, Cotton USA, and Cotton Incorporated, is implementing a 10-year sustainability plan with support across the supply chain from producers, ginners, warehousers, merchants, cottonseed crushers, cooperatives, and manufacturers like Barnhardt.

Economic Recap: 2018 Cotton Crop Outlook & Market Prices

Cotton Economic Report 2018 Q2 Recap

As is always the case with a natural product such as cotton, there are important times during the growing season that will determine the outcome of the crop. In many areas of the country, the blooms are on the plant, meaning that the cotton boll will soon appear. Some areas of the US are still […]

Market Focus: the Trade War and the Global Cotton Market

Market Focus: the Trade War and the Global Cotton Market

How Will Tariffs Affect Cotton Worldwide? In a recent piece for Cotton Incorporated, senior economist Jon Devine outlined the current supply and demand factors for the global cotton trade, defining qualities of multi-year markets. Devine correctly notes that any discussion of the global cotton market, with regard to supply and demand, must start with China. […]

USDA Addresses Plastic Contamination in US Cotton

USDA Addresses Plastic Contamination in US Cotton

New Codes for Plastic found in Cotton Samples Plastic contamination in US-grown cotton is a significant issue throughout the supply chain, and the USDA has taken an initial step aimed at addressing this problem. The agency is implementing a new pair of extraneous matter codes for levels of plastic contaminants found in cotton samples.  The […]

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