Review Period Now Open

October 10 through October 30

The public consultation period for the revision of the Trust Protocol’s Principles & Criteria and Grower Enrollment questionnaire is now open for three weeks and will close on October 30th 2023.

We are excited to announce the completion of draft Version 2.0 of our Principles and Criteria and Grower Enrollment Questionnaire, a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to evolve the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol program. As valued stakeholders, your insights and expertise are important to ensuring the quality and effectiveness of this standard.
The Version 1.0 of Principles and Criteria and Grower Enrollment Questionnaire was developed over 3 years by a dedicated team of experts in collaboration with industry leaders. The new Version 2.0 aims to bring more clarity on the overall structure of the grower questionnaire and aims to address some of the on-going areas of interest. It focuses specifically on field practices for optimization of farm inputs, chemical management, and we believe it will have a positive impact on achieving the sustainability goals for all of our the key environmental metrics from Soil Health to GHG emissions.
We kindly request your participation in the review process:Your input is important in ensuring that the Version 2.0 truly reflects the needs and concerns of our industry.

Here's how you can participate in the review:

  1. Review Period: The public review period will commence on October 10th and conclude on October 30th.
  1. Review Materials:  You will find the Version 1.0, Version 2.0 draft of each of the two documents for review.
  1. Feedback Submission: please click below to provide your feedback online.

Your expertise and insights are important to us, and we greatly appreciate your time and contribution. Together, we can ensure that the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol program is a well-rounded and effective framework that benefits our entire industry.
Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out to

Feedback on Trust Protocol Standard

Thank you for participating in the review of the draft Trust Protocol Standard, Version 2.0. Your feedback is important in helping us improve the program. Please provide your comments, suggestions, or questions via the following survey.

Section 1: General Information

We kindly request that you provide some contact details so that we can identify you as stakeholders and follow up with you for further discussion if required.

Section 2: Overall Impression

Section 3: Specific Feedback

Section 4: General Comments

Section 5: Follow-up

Would you be open to being contacted by us to further discuss your feedback, should we wish to follow up with you? If yes, please ensure you have provided your contact details.(Required)

Section 6: Consent

I consent to my feedback being used for the purpose of refining the Trust Protocol Standard and associated documents. Please mark your consent(Required)

Trust Protocol’s Principles & Criteria and Grower enrollment questionnaire


Deepika Mishra

Standards and Data Lead (consultant)

Deepika Mishra is the Standards and Data Lead for the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, acting as a consultant for the program. As an accomplished scientist and data analytics specialist, Deepika leads on analysis of the Trust Protocol’s environmental metrics. She collaborates extensively with agricultural research institutions, conservation groups, and food and trade organizations, playing a vital role in the establishment of sustainability and social standards within the industry.

Deepika earned her Ph.D. in plant and soil science from Texas Tech University, specializing in cotton breeding and genetics. With over a decade of experience, she has spearheaded diverse agricultural projects in both India and the United States, covering crops like cotton, cowpeas, castor, sesame, guar, guayule, tomato, and field pennycress (cover crop). Her contributions also include the development and release of multiple cowpea varieties in India during her M.S. studies in vegetable breeding and genetics.