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USDA Considers Changes to Universal Cotton Standards Agreement

Thursday, January 16, 2014
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The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has announced the Universal Cotton Standards Advisory Committee’s recommendation to revise the Universal Cotton Standards Agreement by adopting USDA’s HVI (high volume instrument) cotton trash standards as universal standards. The UCSA is an agreement between USDA, the U.S. cotton industry and overseas cotton associations of merchants and textile manufacturers that provides for the trading of U.S. cotton on the official standards of the U.S. for Upland cotton. AMS states that adoption of the Universal HVI Cotton Trash Standard will ensure that the USDA’s cotton trash measurement serves as the internationally accepted universal language for cotton trash measurements.

AMS is also changing the frequency of Universal Cotton Standards conferences from once every three years to once every four years to provide improved cost efficiency while continuing to provide the necessary framework for future considerations to the universal cotton standards.

Comments on these recommended changes are due no later than Feb. 18.

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