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Aug 5-7
Cotton Incorporated/ Cotton Board Meeting, Durham, NC

Aug 12-13
American Cotton Producers Summer Meeting, Hyatt Regency, Savannah, GA

Aug 19
Plains Cotton Cooperative Assn. Board of Directors and Delegate Body Meeting, Lubbock, TX

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

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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.

Southwestern Cotton Producers To See North Carolina, Virginia Operations
Ten Southwestern cotton producers will see cotton and other agricultural operations in North Carolina and Virginia on Aug. 3-7 as part of the NCC's '14 Producer Information Exchange program.

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.

NCC Responds to Interpretive Rule
In comments, the NCC urged the EPA and Corps of Engineers to withdraw their Interpretive Rule (IR) regarding the exemption from permitting under Section 404(f)(1)(A) of the Clean Water Act to certain agricultural conservation practices. The NCC disagrees with EPA’s assessment saying that the IR actually will restrict the exemptions that Congress intended for agriculture.

USDA June Acreage Report
In its June acreage report, USDA estimated '14-15 US cotton plantings at 11.37 million acres, up 9.2% from '13. Upland planted area is estimated to have increased 9.7% to 11.19 million acres. ELS cotton producers planted 178,000 acres, down 11.4%. USDA’s June projection is up 268,000 acres from their initial '14 estimate released in March.

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.