Step 2 proposal renews cotton debate

Laws, Forrest
August 2005
Southeast Farm Press;8/3/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 19, p14
Trade Publication
The article reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposal to eliminate Step 2 payments has re-ignited a debate in Washington and within the cotton industry over whether the U.S. Congress should retain the provision aimed at keeping U.S. cotton competitive in world export markets. After lengthy discussions within its executive committee, the National Cotton Council said it would oppose the USDA plan, saying it could change the terms and conditions of the cotton program in the middle of the marketing season.


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