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Hear from a leading engineer, Mike Rodriguez, Textile Engineering Consultant, as we discuss many of the latest innovations in the cotton and textile industries. For Mr. Rodriguez, it’s an exciting time to be in textiles as there’s so much change and opportunity while at the same time new innovations have helped cotton to maintain its status as a pr…
 
Hear from leading sustainability expert, Jessica Monserrate, PhD, Head of Sustainability North America for BASF as we discuss what’s necessary to define success in sustainability. For Ms. Monserrate, success is defined as applying scientific and real-world innovation to solving the challenging problems facing farmers today as they adopt sound susta…
 
Listen to Mr. Neeper as he discusses many of the challenges facing U.S. cotton growers as a new harvest gains momentum. He also focuses on the problems faced by farmers and textile mills as retailers struggle with considerable inventory and weakening consumer demand which, in turn, has resulted in slower sales of textiles throughout the supply chai…
 
Join us for a terrific program this week as we discuss made-in-america, sustainability, the economy, and changing consumer attitude with Pat Stewart, President of The General Standard (thegeneralstandard.com), a Los Angeles-based apparel company.In this podcast, we cover a wide range of topics including what Mr. Stewart sees as the major challenges…
 
Join us for an insightful podcast this week as we discuss sustainability, ESG, transparency, and environmental stewardship with a leading advocate of sustainable practices, Roian Atwood. Mr. Atwood has many years of experience in promoting and implementing sustainability programs throughout the apparel supply chain, from farm to fashion.In this pod…
 
Join us for an important podcast this week as we discuss the U.S. cotton situation with industry leader, Kevin Brinkley, President & CEO of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA). Mr. Brinkley has many years of experience in risk management, strategic analysis, and policy issues affecting the cotton business. In this podcast, we cover a wide …
 
Join us for a very special podcast this week as we introduce Ray Daniels, Sustainability Manager for North America Seeds at BASF, and the new manager of the e3 Sustainable Cotton program. Mr. Daniels has many years of experience as a marketer in agriculture, along with a deep knowledge of sustainability, as well the markets for cotton and other agr…
 
Welcome to a special episode of “The Modern Cotton Story” as we discuss a new environmental partnership between BASF and the conservation organization Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever to help farmers and ranchers achieve sustainability objectives on private lands, while supporting habitat improvements, public access, and outdoor education on a n…
 
From fluctuating prices, to uneven demand for their crops, U.S. farmers are facing many challenges this year. Macro-economic forces, like inflation, while problems caused by drought, and global competition, all add up to a year that has already tested growers in a variety of ways. These problems have growers searching for solutions — and that's whe…
 
The cotton, textile, and apparel industries are navigating rough waters these days. First there was the pandemic, but now changing trade policies, a major war in Europe, and other growing geopolitical tensions challenge the industries in many ways. So, join us to learn more about these challenges and the implications for domestic producers and glob…
 
FiberMax Cotton turns 25 this year, a milestone in the cotton industry, and a landmark for quality cotton. Join us to learn about the history of FiberMax Cotton with Mark Kelling, Area Manager for the Southwest at BASF, as he explains the importance of FiberMax cotton seed to growers across the American farm belt — and how FiberMax has been particu…
 
The cotton, textile, and apparel industries face significant challenges. The aftermath of the pandemic, changing trade policies, shifting sourcing patterns, economic uncertainty, and growing geopolitical concerns challenges the industries in ways not seen for many years. Join us to learn more about the issues at stake and the implications for domes…
 
Stoneville Cotton turns 100 this year, a milestone in the cotton industry. Join us to learn about the history of Stoneville Cotton with Don Threet, Cotton Operations Manager at BASF, as he explains the importance Stoneville cotton seed has had to growers across the the entire American farm belt. Don is the distinguished leader of the Stoneville bra…
 
Join us for a fascinating discussion about the global cotton markets with Kip Butts, a well-known and respected cotton economist and analyst, as he talks about the global markets for cotton — including the global supply and demand situation for cotton, and the outlook for cotton as it continues to compete for marketshare with synthetic fibers. List…
 
Join us for a dynamic conversation with well-known and respected economist Dr. Sheng Lu, Associate Professor of Fashion & Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, as he discusses the challenges and opportunities facing brands and retailers sourcing apparel from the CAFTA-DR region. According to Dr. Lu, sourcing from the CAFTA-DR region has ma…
 
Join us for a fascinating discussion with respected textile leader, Amrin Sachathep, Managing Director of Atlantic Mills (Thailand), as he describes the state of the global textile industry, its challenges and opportunities. According to Mr. Sachathep, the industry is recovering from the economic shock of the pandemic, but challenges remain for the…
 
Join us for a stimulating discussion with Auggie Tantillo, former CEO of Washington, DC-based National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), and a leading industry consultant, as he describes the state of America's textile industry. According to Mr. Tantillo, the industry is strong, made up of vibrant companies with world-class yarn, fabric and …
 
Join us for a preview of the 2022 cotton crop with leading agronomists Luke Etheredge and Will Groover of BASF. Indeed, cotton planting has just started in parts of the U.S., so it’s a very busy time for farmers across the American farm belt. Listen to an update from Luke and Will as they discuss the challenges faced by farmers this year. This is a…
 
We have an important podcast this week as we host a discussion about government forced labor policy with Eric Choy, Acting Executive Director, Trade Remedy Law Enforcement, Office of Trade at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He has worked in the government policy arena for many years, and has had a career in the U.S. military. Today, Mr. C…
 
For this week’s podcast, we have a far-ranging and important discussion with Crispin Argento, Managing Director of The Sourcery (thesourcery.io), about apparel supply chain transparency. Mr. Argento passionately discusses the importance of protecting and educating cotton farmers throughout the world so they can make a decent living growing their cr…
 
We have an enlightening and informative podcast this week as we host a discussion about the global textile industry with Navdeep Sodhi, a partner with the Gherzi Textil Organisation, the well-known Zurich-based global textile and apparel consulting firm. He has worked in the textile industry for many years, and is a leading expert on cotton, textil…
 
We have an important podcast this week as we host a discussion about government trade policy with Bill Jackson, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles . He has worked in government for many years, and is a leading expert of textile trade policy having worked on agreements such as the USMCA (the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), the …
 
We have a terrific podcast this week as we talk cotton and economics with Dr. Louis Rose, the respected cotton and commodities analyst who is the Director of Research & Analysis at the Rose Commodity Group. He has worked in the cotton industry for many years and publishes a popular daily newsletter on the cotton markets, as well as maintaining an i…
 
We have a very exciting podcast this week as we hosted La Rhea Pepper, CEO and Co-Founder of Textile Exchange, the influential nonprofit dedicated to industry advocacy, standards for preferred raw materials used in textile supply chains, development of industry data, and actionable metrics for brands and retailers.During our discussion with Ms. Pep…
 
We had a special podcast this week as we hosted Steve Lamar, President & CEO of the American Apparel and Footwear Association, for an enlightening discussion about the rapidly changing global apparel industry. We tackled topics including various challenges facing the industry today and tomorrow — such as problems at the ports and ensuing supply cha…
 
For this week's podcast, we had an engaging discussion with Trinidad Garcia, President and CEO of Trinidad3, a jeans and apparel maker based in Los Angeles. We covered an extensive range of topics including the challenges of creating a new brand from scratch, made-in-America production, and the importance of sustainability.Additionally, we discusse…
 
For this week's podcast, we had an amazing discussion with Eric Henry, President and CEO of TS Designs, an apparel maker in Burlington, NC. We covered a wide range of topics including supply chain transparency, sustainability, made-America production, and “dirt-to-shirt” manufacturing partnerships with cotton farmers.Additionally, we discussed the …
 
For this week's podcast, we had a special interview with Kerry Bannigan, Executive Director of The Fashion Impact Fund, and Lucie Brigham, Chief of Office at the United Nations Office for Partnerships. Together Ms. Bannigan and Ms. Brigham have coordinated their efforts to help the global fashion industry to be more sustainable. During our not-to-b…
 
For this week's podcast, we had an important and far-reaching discussion with Edward Hertzman, Founder and Publisher of the leading online publication, SourcingJournal.com. We explore an extensive range of issues facing today’s textile and apparel industries including supply chain disruptions, the importance of sustainability, the sales outlook for…
 
For this week's podcast, we had a terrific discussion with Mauro Scalia, the Director of Sustainable Businesses at the European textile organization, EURATEX. We covered a wide range of topics including with the importance of sustainability to so many companies in Europe and around the world, EURATEX’s efforts to encourage sustainable environmental…
 
For this week's podcast, we had an informative discussion with textile industry consultant and former CEO of NCTO, Auggie Tantillo, about trade policy, new developments in government policies, and the changing relations between the U.S. and China.Indeed, this week’s discussion pulled no punches regarding U.S. government policies related to the text…
 
For this week's podcast, we enjoyed visiting with Alex Helander, a consultant and Associate Professor at the Parson’s School of Design in New York City.Our discussion covered a wide range of topics where not only learned about Alex’s career beginning literally on factory floors of manufacturers throughout the U.S., to his experience with major bran…
 
For this week's podcast, we had the pleasure of interviewing Thom Boehm, who not only works for knitting company Stansfield Ltd in Nova Scotia, but is an influential blogger on LinkedIn. With a large and engaged following of industry professionals, Thom Boehm writes about all sorts of things on LinkedIn. One day he may discuss the intricacies of ru…
 
Listen to a special episode of our podcast series entitled “Authors and Editors Talk About Textiles and Sustainability,” with Virginia Postrel, author of the recently published book “The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World,” an important new history of textiles.From its earliest development in ancient times, through to the industria…
 
Listen to the first installment of our new podcast series entitled “Talking Textiles,” with Mark Ix, Director of North American Marketing for Advance Denim, as we discuss many of the challenges facing the global textile industry — such as coping with higher raw material and transportation costs, and supply chain bottlenecks. In an informative discu…
 
Listen to the first installment of our new podcast series entitled “A New Harvest: The Market for Cotton,” with Jarral Neeper, President of Trucott LLC, as we discuss many of the challenges facing U.S. cotton growers as a new harvest gains momentum. Our lively program discusses the competitive challenges faced by cotton from synthetic fibers, as we…
 
As a change of pace, join Jennifer Crumpler for our latest podcast with consultant and columunist, Robert Antoshak, as we discuss how the textile and apparel industry has changed over the years, it’s current problems with supply chain bottlenecks, the impact of the pandemic on consumers and businesses alike, as well as how sustainability has become…
 
Join us for our latest podcast with Sourcing Journal’s Senior Editor, Arthur Friedman, as we discuss how the apparel industry has changed in the wake of supply chain bottlenecks, Covid-19, and its use of technology to sell products to consumers. Our discussion also covers topics such as the post-Covid challenges facing the apparel industry, how the…
 
Join our special edition podcast with BASF agronomists, Will Groover and Luke Etheredge, as we discuss why cotton matters as a way of life for farmers and what makes cotton a superior fiber for today's consumers. We also hear about the current cotton crop in the U.S., how harvesting has begun in parts of the country, the prospects for this year's c…
 
Join our discussion with Devin Steele, publisher of the popular U.S. online and email newsletter news service, eTextileCommunications.com, as we discuss the challenges facing the U.S. textile industry, the outlook for the future, the importance of sustainability, and the impact the global pandemic has had on the industry. If you’re into U.S. textil…
 
Join our discussion with Jim Steadman, Senior Editor of the leading cotton magazine, Cotton Grower, as we examine topics important to cotton farmers, the challenges facing today’s cotton industry, the importance of sustainable cotton for brands and retailers, the impact of Covid, and the how various industry-wide sustainable cotton initiatives help…
 
Join our discussion with Maxine Bédat as we discuss her new book, “Unraveled: The Life and Death of a Garment,” and also discuss the role of her organization, The New Standard Institute. In her book, Ms. Bédat follows the global path of a pair jeans from the cotton fields of Texas, to the textile manufacturing centers of Asia, to cut-and-sew operat…
 
Join our discussion with Laura Husband, Managing Editor of the leading textile and apparel journal, just-style.com, as we explore topics including her new role as managing editor, the challenges facing today’s global textile and apparel industries, and importance of sustainable cotton for brands and retailers today. Also, have a listen as Laura int…
 
Join our discussion with with Dr. Robertson of the University of Arkansas as we explore topics including his role as an agronomist, teaching sustainability, the importance of cotton and raw material transparency in today’s textile supply chain, and the competition between cotton and synthetic fibers. Hosted by Jennifer Crumpler, Fiber Development M…
 
Our extensive conversation with Dr. Cao of the University of Delaware covers a wide range of topics including how his students are taught to understand and incorporate sustainable and supply chain transparency into their course learnings, the challenges that students face when entering the workforce, and how university programs will adapt in the fu…
 
Our wide-ranging conversation with Jamie Atlas of Nashville-based Belmont University explores the specialized programs offered by the school in fashion, design and merchandising, along with how Belmont's programs incorporate sustainable production practices into student course learnings, the challenges that students will face when they enter the wo…
 
Hear our insightful conversation with Dr. Little of North Carolina State University as we cover a wide range of topics including how his students ask about sustainably and, in turn, are taught to understand the importance of sustainable production in their coursework about textiles and apparel, as well as the role of transparency in supply chains. …
 
This week’s podcast is the first of a series entitled “Teaching Sustainability” where we will introduce a wide range of professors from higher education who educate today’s students at both the undergraduate and graduate school level about sustainability and transparency in the textile supply chain. Our extensive conversation with Dr. Freeman cover…
 
Please join us for a wide ranging discussion about growing cotton with Jon Devine, Senior Economist at Cotton Incorporated. Our conversation with Jon covers a variety of topics including the recent USDA cotton supply & demand report, the challenges facing cotton in a competitive fiber market, the health of the cotton industry, the importance of U.S…
 
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