U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Deadline Extended

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Deadline Extended

Haylie Shipp
Haylie Shipp
With your Southeast Regional Ag News, I'm Haylie Shipp.

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol has recently announced that the deadline for growers to enroll and complete their data entry their 2021/22 crop has been extended until April 30.

Launched in the summer of 2020, the Trust Protocol is voluntary for U.S. cotton producers and allows reporting on six key sustainability metrics from the farm-level.

Dr. Gary Adams, president of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol...

"First off, we wanted to extend the deadline just because of the increased interest that we're seeing from U.S. cotton producers this year. And we know it's a busy time of the season, but we've now given them an extra month to provide that data to us and then get enrolled in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol."

By "provide data," Dr. Adams is referring to producer information regarding your 2021 harvest.

"We really need growers to participate in the program because it gives us the opportunity to demonstrate their sustainability credentials to the textile supply chain. We know the demand is growing for sustainable and responsibly produced fiber. We've already seen the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol receive a tremendous amount of traction with brands and retailers having more than 40 brands in the program now, so it’s important now that we meet that demand with additional supply."

Dr. Adams says they're also looking forward to a time when they are able to hopefully share revenue with those participating producers.

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