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Cotton LEADS™ – Australia & The United States: Pioneers & Partners In Progress
So maybe you do a little thinking in the headquarters of the PGA and say, hey, we could get some good publicity by playing this event outside the United States. Then there is money. There is some money floating around Asia, and some pretty golf-crazy fans over there, too. Do you think an Asian country would like to have one of golfs four biggest events played there? And just how much would that county be willing to pay for the rights to have the event played outside the United States? Certainly more than the PGA is getting from Whistling Straits or Quail Hollow. So there is a monetary reason to play overseas. Finally, there is the global nature of the game. Three of the four majors are played in the United States, even as the game grows around the world but is rather stagnant here.With an increasing number of top players from Europe and Asia, exposing a major championship to those countries would be a good thing for the PGA and for the game itself. There would be issues, of course. What about America television, which pays a lot of money for such events. I cant imagine CBS would be pleased with putting the event on at 3 a.m. eastern, midnight Pacific. I cant imagine American fans would be thrilled, either.
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Combined, Australia and the United States account for roughly 17% of global cotton production. More information can be found at www.cottonleads.org . “Cotton LEADS is designed to assist businesses along the cotton supply chain with their sustainability goals,” says Berrye Worsham, president and CEO of Cotton Incorporated. “Apparel brands, retailers, and manufacturers require large volumes and a reliable supply of responsibly-produced fiber, as well as proof of responsible production. Through Cotton LEADS we demonstrate how cotton grown in the United States and Australia can help meet these requirements,” adds Worsham. “Cotton producers in Australia and the U.S. pioneered practices that have resulted in impressive, country-wide environmental gains,” explains Adam Kay, CEO of Cotton Australia. “Both countries approach improvement on a national level. This includes national reporting and regulatory enforcement, but also facilitates the national implementation of best practices and the ability to collect data on a national level,” adds Kay. The national focus of Cotton LEADS differs from the range of farm-by-farm certification programs that have emerged in recent years, and which the International Cotton Advisory Committee has termed “identity cottons,” but the goals are parallel. “Cotton LEADS members are committed to providing the supply chain with greater volumes of responsibly-grown cotton, to ongoing improvement, and to the transparency of processes and metrics.” The Cotton LEADS program is founded on five core principles: COMMITMENT to the social, environmental, economic, and regulatory factors to produce world-class cotton. RECOGNITION that sustainable and responsible cotton production requires continual improvement, investment, research, and sharing of best practices information among growers and industry. UNDERSTANDING that leading change in a responsible and sustainable cotton practices will have the most positive impact when implemented in collaboration with farm, regional, national and international programs. BELIEF in the benefit of working cooperatively with similar programs that seek to advance responsible and sustainable cotton production in an effort to keep global cotton competitive in world fiber markets. CONFIDENCE in a cotton identification system that ensures traceability from farm to manufacturer. The National Cotton Council of America and its export promotion program Cotton Council International join Cotton Australia and Cotton Incorporated as founding members. Kevin Latner, Executive Director of Cotton Council International states, “Users of Australian and U.S. cotton can take confidence in these core principles, which are built upon a track record of responsible production practices and a commitment to continuing improvement.” Cotton LEADS currently has two member nations, Australia and the United States. A committee comprised of three members from each member nation, and two members from partnering industry organizations, will guide activities and the use of program funds.