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Aug 20-22
NCC Mid-Year Board Meeting, Peabody Hotel, Memphis, TN

Aug 27
CALCOT Board of Directors Meeting, Bakersfield, CA

Sep 17
Plains Cotton Cooperative Assn. Annual Meeting, Lubbock, TX

Sep 17
Staplcotn Annual Meeting , Greenwood, MS

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NCC Commends RMA for Timely Implementation of STAX for Cotton
The NCC commended USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) after RMA announced on Aug. 12 that the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) will be available to upland cotton producers through the federal crop insurance program beginning with the '15 crop year.

USDA August Production Report
In its August crop report, USDA estimated a '14-15 US crop of 17.50 million bales. Upland production was estimated at 16.95 million bales and extra-long staple production at 556,000 bales. Harvested area was an estimated 10.24 million acres, implying a non-harvested area of roughly 1.13 million acres based on USDA’s revised June acreage report. The resulting abandonment rate is roughly 9.92%. The national average yield per harvested acre was estimated to be roughly 820 pounds, one pound higher than the five-year average.

Southeast Cotton Producers to See Texas Operations
Twelve Southeast cotton producers will see cotton and other agriculture-related operations in Texas on Aug. 17-21 as part of the NCC's '14 Producer Information Exchange.

Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Beginning
USDA's Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced on Aug. 7 that farmers can enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) from Aug. 11, '14 through Oct. 7, '14.

NCC Files Comments On EPA's Proposed Revisions To Agricultural Worker Protection Standard
The NCC says that it believes EPA, in its proposed revisions to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard, has failed to demonstrate benefits that outweigh the additional costs to farmers and has significantly underestimated the costs to farmers that these additional regulations will impose.

USDA Sending Acreage History And Yield Reports To Help Producers Prepare For New Farm Bill Programs
USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced on Aug. 1 that farmers should start receiving notices updating them on their current base acres, yields and '09-12 planting history. The written updates are an important part of preparing agricultural producers for the new safety net programs established by the '14 farm law.

Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Base Reallocation Provisions Released
USDA-FSA released Notice ARCPLC-7, which provides additional information regarding reallocation of base acres.

Producers Reminded of '14 Farm Law Conservation Compliance Changes
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminds producers that changes mandated through the '14 farm bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation Certification (WC) (AD-1026). USDA also made available a fact sheet on (HELC) and (WC) provisions.

Farm Bill Frequently Asked Questions
Following the series of farm bill education meetings, the NCC prepared a list of frequently asked questions on the The Agricultural Act of 2014.

Farm Bill Summary and Overview (click here)
This NCC-prepared document contains the basic preliminaries of The Agricultural Act of 2014 that passed out of the House/Senate Conference. The bill is subject to verification when legislative language is reviewed.

FSA Posts Farm Bill Fact Sheet
USDA's Farm Service Agency has created a fact sheet entitled, "What’s in the 2014 Farm Bill for Farm Service Agency Customers?" that includes highlights of The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Act), also known as the 2014 Farm Bill.