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April 2013 Cotton Leader

April 1st, 2013

April 2013 Cotton Leader

Cotton Incorporated recently announced actress and singer Hayden Panettiere as the newest face and voice to promote cotton in the latest "The Fabric of Our Lives®" television advertising campaign. The new commercials began airing as thirty and fifteen-second spots on television and select Internet outlets on April 15, 2013; and will be supported by digital assets linking consumers to a wide range of cotton fashion at a range of price points. "For this commercial we wanted a celebrity with an all-American, girl-next-door quality," says Ric Hendee, Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing for Cotton Incorporated. "Hayden had the look and the country cross-over sound we wanted." The criteria was strategic, building on the celebration of the American style theme of the second Cotton's 24 Hour Runway Show in South Beach, Miami this past
March. "The commercial celebrates American style and American originals like country music, cotton denim, and, of course, U.S. cotton growers who are the number one exporters of cotton to the global textile industry," adds Hendee. Supporting the commercials are a series of related digital assets on the campaign Web site, There, visitors can explore Hayden's closet to learn more about her individual style, and to link directly to online retailers with comparable apparel. "The campaign gets refreshed each year with new talent and new supporting assets that are designed to remind consumers cotton is the fabric of our lives," concludes Hendee.

Cotton Incorporated's TransDRY ™ apparel finishing technology has been adopted by Cotton Council International (CCI) COTTON USA Mark licensee Arnold Palmer for their line of cotton-rich pique golf shirts. "Arnold Palmer launched this new product at 100 retail stores across Korea," explains Kevin Latner, Executive Director of CCI. Golf shirts have traditionally been cotton-rich but the lion's share of them are today being manufactured using man-made fibers. "This promotion is specifically designed to expose consumers to new cotton performance apparel finishing technologies and hopefully regain some of that market share to cotton," concludes Latner. The promotion started this spring.

Since 2002, The Agricultural and Environmental Research Division of Cotton Incorporated has maintained a very unique and successful "Cotton Incorporated Fellowship" (CIF) Program. The goal of the Program is to attract and train the next generation of cotton breeders, entomologists, agronomists and agricultural engineers. To date, over 30 doctoral and post doctoral applicants have participated in the CIF Program. Evaluating the success of the Program and its participants can be done in a myriad of ways but getting published in the most prestigious science publication in the world, Nature, is an accomplishment few scientists attain. Cotton Incorporated Fellowship participant Corrinne Grover (Iowa State University) achieved that goal this past December. "This is a seminal moment for the cotton research community because this is the first time a cottoncentric research paper has been published in Nature in over 50 years," explains Dr. Don Jones, Director of Agricultural & Environmental Research for Cotton Incorporated. Another current CIF at Iowa State University is Dr. Rick Masonbrink. Dr. Masonbrink is an up-and-coming cytogeneticist. "Cytogeneticists, who deal with the study of the structure and function of cells, especially chromosomes, are underrepresented in cot-ton," explains Dr. Jones. Dr. Masonbrink recently had a research proposal selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for additional financial support for his work. The NSF is highly selective and only funds 10 percent of post-doc proposals.

Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network have produced two new webcasts for their "Focus on Cotton" resource that can be found at The two new webcasts are Bacterial Blight of Cotton During 2011 and 2012: Field Trash or Seed and Proper Handling of Round Cotton Modules - From Field to Gin. Mississippi State's Associate Professor and Extension Agent, Dr. Tom Allen, provides information on symptoms of bacterial blight as well as the mechanisms that allow the disease to occur, thrive and spread in cotton. Dr. Allen also covers management options to help control bacterial blight, including cotton varieties and tillage options, while also touching on new research to provide producers with a valuable method to screen commercially-available cotton varieties for the presence of the bacterium in planting seed. Dr. Tommy Valco, Cotton Technology Transfer Coordinator at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, provides insight to help producers, custom harvesters and ginners ultimately reduce the chance of plastic contamination. Dr. Valco reviews the proper methods of handling round modules not only at the gin but in the field as well. Both presentations are open access courtesy of Cotton Incorporated.

Economic update
After rising in the first half of March, global cotton prices declined in recent weeks. The May New York futures contract fell from values around 92 cents/lb to those near 86 cents/lb. The A Index retreated from levels approaching 100 cents/lb to 92 cents/lb. Chinese prices, represented by the CC Index (grade 328), moved marginally higher and reached 19,380 RMB/ton in the most recent data (142 cents/lb at current exchange rates). Officials from the National Development and Reform Committee (NRDC), the agency responsible for administering China's reserve program, confirmed that reserve purchases will continue without limit in the coming crop year. The purchase price in 2013/14 will be the same as in 2012/13 (20,400 RMB/ton, or about 150 cents/lb). Continued buying and stockpiling of the Chinese crop could support Chinese import demand. This month's USDA report featured a 1.5 million bale increase in the Chinese import figure. With Chinese production and consumption estimates unchanged, these additional imports are expected to result in China holding 1.5 million bales of additional ending stocks. Export projections for India (1.5 million bales), the U.S. (+250,000), and Australia (+200,000) all increased. China is forecast to hold 55.3% of global stocks at the end of the current 2012/13 crop year. Following China's announcement that unlimited purchases are to occur again in 2013/14, stocks should concentrate further in China in the coming crop year, with the implication that Chinese cotton policy will continue to be a major force determining the direction of world cotton prices.

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