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Cotton Program

USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) marketing assistance loans (MAL) are a marketing tool producers can use to store their production after harvest, which increases their marketing opportunities. In place of using MALs, producers may elect to take a loan deficiency payment (LDP) that provides a payment equal to any net gain from a MAL.

The 2016 Loan Rate for Upland Cotton is $0.52 per pound.

About the Program

USDA Registry for Cotton Merchants

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) maintains an internal-use-only national registry to help cotton merchants efficiently redeem cotton held as collateral by USDA.

Cotton Online Redemption Instructions (pdf)