​​​​Federal Policy Update

December 2018 | 40 min., 32 sec.
by Kody Bessent
Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

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Summary

​Bessent provides updates on federal policy initiatives related to cotton. First, he discusses the seed cotton program and reviews the signup process and key dates. Second, he reports the conference statuses of the House and Senate farm bills, including differences between the two. Third, he outlines elements of the tariff relief plan, designed to mitigate retaliation from China and the EU, and NAFTA renegotiation. Finally, Bessent discusses the 2018 elections and possible scenarios for highly contested House and Senate seats and for Texas, in particular.

About the Presenter

Kody BessentKody Bessent, a native of Acuff, Texas, currently serves as the Vice President of Operations and Legislative Affairs for Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., where he assists the PCG Executive VP, its Board of Directors, and staff with operations and on state and federal legislative matters. Additionally, Bessent administers and works to enhance the newly-established PCG political action committee. Prior to working for PCG, Bessent served as the Legislative Affairs Director for the High Plains Water District focusing on private property rights and Texas groundwater policy. Bessent also served as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Producer relations for the Texas Wheat Producers Board and Association prior to working for the High Plains Water District. He attended West Texas A&M University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and a master’s degree in agriculture emphasizing in business and economics. Bessent has a background in production agriculture and his family continues to produce cotton, wheat and grain sorghum on their family farming operation in Acuff, Texas.​

Contact Information:
Email: kody@plainscotton.org

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