As the 2018 cotton crop comes to a close, the overriding theme continues to be the trade showdown with China. On any given day, one might hear that trade talks are moving forward, and the very next day we hear that the trade talks are stalled or are even closed. The only thing that’s clear […]
As environmental sustainability continues to advance in the business world, we are all confronted with a fresh array of industry vernacular to understand. You may have run across the term, life cycle assessment, or its short form, LCA. Just what is life cycle assessment, and how is it affecting cotton?
The cotton industry in the United States, led by trade groups like National Cotton Council of America, Cotton USA, and Cotton Incorporated, is implementing a 10-year sustainability plan with support across the supply chain from producers, ginners, warehousers, merchants, cottonseed crushers, cooperatives, and manufacturers like Barnhardt.
As is always the case with a natural product such as cotton, there are important times during the growing season that will determine the outcome of the crop. In many areas of the country, the blooms are on the plant, meaning that the cotton boll will soon appear. Some areas of the US are still […]
How Will Tariffs Affect Cotton Worldwide? In a recent piece for Cotton Incorporated, senior economist Jon Devine outlined the current supply and demand factors for the global cotton trade, defining qualities of multi-year markets. Devine correctly notes that any discussion of the global cotton market, with regard to supply and demand, must start with China. […]
New Codes for Plastic found in Cotton Samples Plastic contamination in US-grown cotton is a significant issue throughout the supply chain, and the USDA has taken an initial step aimed at addressing this problem. The agency is implementing a new pair of extraneous matter codes for levels of plastic contaminants found in cotton samples. The […]
Barnhardt Cotton recently participated in the World of Wipes Conference in Chicago, an annual production of the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), taking in some interesting data and analysis on the nonwovens industry in North Carolina.
As part of an unprecedented crackdown on pollution from its manufacturing sector, the Chinese government has shut down nearly 40 percent of its manufacturing facilities nationwide, with a heavy impact on the textiles industry. The pollution reduction program, initiated in 2016, has applied fines and criminal charges, as well as shutdown orders, to more than […]