Cotton Board

The purpose of the Cotton R&P Program is to carry out an effective and continuous program of research and promotion in order to strengthen the competitive position of cotton by expanding domestic and foreign markets for cotton, improving fiber quality, and lowering costs of production. The program, including USDA administrative costs, is financed through producer and importer assessments, not taxpayer dollars.  The Cotton Research and Promotion Order (PDF) authorizes the Cotton Board to administer the program under AMS supervision. The Order created the program under the authority of the Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966 (PDF).

The Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966 (Act) authorized a national cotton research and promotion program that is both industry-operated and funded, with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Act allows the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a board of cotton producers and importers or their representatives.

 The Cotton Board is responsible for carrying out an effective and continuous program of research and promotion in order to strengthen the competitive position of cotton by expanding domestic and foreign markets for cotton, improving fiber quality, and lowering costs of production. The program, including USDA administrative costs, is financed through producer and importer assessments, not taxpayer dollars.

Visit the Cotton Board website

Visit the Cotton Inc website

Cotton R&P Sign-Up Information

The sign-up period for all eligible producers and importers is from Aug. 3 through Aug. 14, 2015. Cotton producers can request a continuance referendum in person at the county Farm Service Agency office or by mailing the form to AMS. Importers may request by submitting a CN-100 along with a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection form 7501. Requests, along with applicable supporting documentation, may be mailed to AMS at the address noted in the forms.