Groups Disappointed on Cotton
Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent
Wed Feb 3, 2016 03:26 PM CST

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Cotton industry groups and supporters expressed disappointment after Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA lawyers have determined the department does not have the authority to declare cottonseed an oilseed, as the cotton industry has asked.

The declaration would make cottonseed eligible for farm subsidies, but after a speech to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture early Wednesday, Vilsack said Congress did not grant the authority in the 2014 farm bill and through appropriations has forbidden it to use the Commodity Credit Corporation to provide the assistance to farmers or cotton gins.

The announcement would be ...

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