The USDA has announced that amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Act have been successfully implemented and are operating as intended.

The Secretary of Agriculture determined it is not necessary to conduct a referendum among producers and importers on continuation of the amendments.

The review, conducted every five years by AMS, is required by the 1990 amendments to the Cotton Research & Promotion Act which made the Cotton Research and Promotion Program (the “Program”) mandatory and added importer representation on the Cotton Board.

This is the fourth such review conducted by the secretary since enactment of the 1990 amendments. Each review has concluded a referendum was not necessary.

The two major changes to the program made by these amendments were the elimination of producer assessment refunds and the establishment of an assessment on imported cotton and the cotton content of imported products.

The USDA announcement noted there is a general consensus within the cotton industry that the Cotton Research and Promotion Program and the 1990 amendments to the program are operating as intended. The announcement noted that written comments, economic data, and results from independent evaluations supported this conclusion.

“A self-funded research and promotion effort of this size and scope cannot be carried out by individual cotton producers and that’s the beauty and value of this program,” said Kevin Rogers, Cotton Board Chairman and Arizona cotton producer.