Cotton Producers Goals and Issues
Goals of Alabama Cotton Producers are determined by a state committee, which is elected by other producers throughout the state. Issues and challenges facing producers are evaluated each year, and priority is placed on each to determine the focus for the division's efforts.
- Work to revise farm program to fit needs of cotton growers and put profitability back in cotton production.
- Work to maintain financial safety net as part of national farm policy.
- Work to revamp crop insurance/risk management program to make it more cost effective.
- Work to establish water management program for crop irrigation.
The Cotton Division works with the Alabama Cotton Commission, whose function is to administer the state's research and promotion program. The division also sponsors field days and farm tours in conjunction with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Alabama Cotton Producers also works closely with the Department of Agronomy and Soils at Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to provide information for Alabama's producers. The Alabama Cotton Picksack, a newsletter published monthly during cotton growing and harvest season by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, provides timely information to Alabama producers.
Dr. Dale Monks serves as the state's cotton specialist. Click here for an overview of cotton research and extension programs. You can also visit the Alabama Cooperative Extension System precision agriculture website for more information. The division works withAuburn University, and USDA Agricultural Research Service in identifying research needs and securing federal funds to address these needs.
In cooperation with the Alabama Farmers Federation's Wheat & Feed Grains Division, the division provides producer leadership oversight in directing the use of these funds so as to best serve the producers' needs. The Cotton Division assists the Alabama Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation in maintaining an eradicated state.