Background and Summary of Recent Cotton Policy Developments

Background and Summary of Recent Cotton Policy Developments

Don Shurley, Cotton Economist/Professor Emeritus of Cotton Economics

Under the 2014 farm bill, cotton is not a “covered commodity” and not eligible for the ARC and PLC programs. One of the things that the 2014 farm bill did do was to convert the cotton base on a farm to Generic Base.

The current farm bill is now in its 4th year and will expire with the 2018 crop year unless extended.  Over the past several years, cotton’s unfavorable policy position has been at the forefront and industry leadership has sought ways to improve the income safety net for cotton producers.  Policy options have included interim measures to bridge the gap until a new farm bill is in place and also efforts to get cotton back in Title I of the next farm bill.

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