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Tough times for cotton farmers

by Ben Nuelle

Times are tough for cotton farmers these days. Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing to examine the current state of the U.S. cotton industry. Members heard from a variety of stakeholders—producers, warehousers, ginners, and agricultural lenders—on the current situation unfolding in the cotton belt.

Back in November, I caught up with Dahlen Hancock, of Ropesville, Texas.

He is with the Cotton Council International and I spoke to him about the current situation of the cotton industry at the National Association of Farm Broadscaster’s Convention.

Also, as Congress was crafting the 2014 Farm Bill, reforming cotton policy to resolve the long-standing Brazil WTO cotton dispute, both China and India, the world’s largest cotton producers, were busy implementing policies which are now being felt in world cotton markets.