The 2014 US Farm Bill and its Implications for Cotton Producers in Low-income Developing Countries

The Agricultural Act of 2014, the U.S. “farm bill,” will provide substantially less support to the cotton sector of the United States than has been provided under previous farm bills. Given that the government of the United States is mandating the use of biofuels in the US fuel supply, prices for corn and soybeans will probably remain higher on average than they were in the past. Accordingly, U.S. cotton production is likely to trend downward toward 3 million tons of lint per year over the next five years as harvested area in regions where cotton competes with corn and soybeans moves toward the biofuel crops. The increases in prices of corn and soybeans will also affect planting decisions in other major cotton producing countries. Accordingly, the supply of cotton from competing exporting countries, especially the United States, is likely to be reduced in the future.

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Response to Neil Young, Protect Earth Campaign

 

Dear Mr. Young,

 

Regarding your vow to Protect Earth via advocacy of organic cotton,

 

Based on the latest information from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), world cotton production accounted for 2.6% of world arable land in 2011, the latest data available. Your assertion that cotton accounts for almost 5% of earth’s arable land is in error by a factor of two, and this is actually one of the more benign and least inaccurate messages about cotton on your web site. Continue reading