Rep. Arrington: 'Cotton fix is one step from becoming reality'

Rep. Arrington: 'Cotton fix is one step from becoming reality'

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It was a record year for cotton on the South Plains. 

Optimal rain fall with a late dry season provided ideal conditions for the above average yields across most of the region. Those conditions are not always favorable, though. And currently, cotton producers are experiencing the steepest decline in cotton prices since the Great Depression.

Cotton is not covered under Title 1 of the 2014 Farm Bill. Therefore it is excluded from many of the protections afforded to other crops, leaving farmers vulnerable. 

"It's a critical part of the ag ecosystem and infrastructure and cotton does not enjoy a sliver of that risk litigation safety net and we need to restore it," Rep. Jodey Arrington said.

He said a fix is "one step from becoming a reality."

Through a provision attached to the disaster relief fund for Harvey victims, Arrington hopes to have the cotton safety net restored and cover it as both a seed and a lint. 

Steve Verett with Plains Cotton Growers has been working on restoring these protections.

"We need that safety net, just like it's provided for the other commodities," Verett said. "Whether it's corn, sorghum, peanuts, wheat...cotton needs to be provided those same opportunities and that same safety net to try and help when prices get low for especially long times."

The bill is currently in the Senate where it awaits approval before going to the president's desk.

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