CCI Chairman Represents U.S. Cotton Industry at Bremen Conference

CCI Chairman Represents U.S. Cotton Industry at Bremen Conference

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Cotton Council International (CCI) Chairman Dahlen Hancock and CCI Senior Advisor Allen A. Terhaar participated in the 33rd International Bremen Cotton Conference and related meetings representing the U.S. cotton industry in Bremen, Germany, from March 13 – 19. This conference provided a good venue for networking and discussing U.S. cotton issues with scientists, the trade and industry experts. 

CCI Chairman Hancock gave a keynote address at the Bremen Cotton Conference on responsible cotton production and sustainability efforts on a U.S. cotton farm, as well as sustainability in the industry. His presentation left a strong positive impression about U.S. cotton industry efforts and achievements in environmental responsibility, and he fielded numerous questions following the session and throughout the conference. 

Terhaar chaired a general session of the Bremen Cotton Conference on new technologies in seed breeding.  The session provided reasons for optimism on the future of cottonseed technology, but also indicated likely resistance from European non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and possibly consumers, to many of those technologies. 

Hancock and Terhaar also participated in an all-day forum on natural fibers put together by the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) of the German government. The session brought together cotton production experts from around the world to discuss standards for the effort that the German government started two years ago. The overarching objective of the Textile Partnership is to demonstrably improve social, economic and environmental conditions along the entire supply chain in the textile and apparel sector.