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2017

Letter Urges Increased MAP, FMD Funding
09/22/2017
In addition, the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports, in which the NCC participates, sent a letter to House Agriculture Committee members urging them to support an increase in funding for both MAP and FMD in the next farm bill. Both programs provide a critical funding source for Cotton Council International to conduct the U.S. cotton industry’s export promotion activities. Learn more


Letter Seeks Expediting of Sub-Cabinet Nominations
09/15/2017
The NCC was among a group of food and agricultural industry stakeholders which sent a letter to Sens. Roberts and Stabenow, chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee, stating that the organizations looked forward to the Committee’s upcoming action to consider USDA sub-cabinet nominations. Learn more


Letter Cites Export Protection Need
09/15/2017
The NCC joined a group of organizations representing U.S. food and agriculture on a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The groups asked that "as part of the efforts to 'do no harm' to our industry, a modernized NAFTA contain dispute settlement mechanisms that will protect U.S. exports from future trade barriers imposed counter to the market access goals of this agreement." Learn more


Northey, Ibach Nominations Urged
09/15/2017
The NCC joined with 36 other production agricultural organizations on a letter to Sens. Roberts (R-KS) and Stabenow (D-MI), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee endorsing 1) Bill Northey for USDA Undersecretary of Farm Production and Conservation and 2) Gregory Ibach as USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. Learn more


Letter Conveys NAFTA Concerns
09/01/2017
The NCC joined 25 other groups on a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn outlining concerns in current NAFTA negotiations including  a proposal to change trade remedy provisions in NAFTA to allow for antidumping duty cases to be brought based on seasonal or regional concerns. Learn more


Clarification on Harvested Cotton Multi-Peril Crop Insurance
08/29/2017
Clarification on Harvested Cotton Multi-Peril Crop Insurance Learn more


Coalition Answers GMO Labeling Questions
08/25/2017
The National Cotton Council, along with other members of the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, submitted a joint response to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service on the questions it provided for consideration in connection with the development of a rule to implement the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law. Learn more


NCC Provides WOTUS Comment Instructions/Template
08/11/2017
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Letter Seeks Rebuilding Rural America Infrastructure
08/11/2017
The NCC joined more than 200 groups that comprise the Rebuild Rural Coalition on a letter to President Trump in support of the Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure and requesting he include in the Council representatives with specific experience and expertise in rural infrastructure. Learn more


Letter to Senators From Trade Dialogue Group Supports Censky
07/28/2017
American Soybean Association CEO Steve Censky received support to be Deputy Secretary at USDA in a letter to Senators from 110 groups as part of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade. Learn more


Letter Supports Clovis For USDA Undersecretary Post
07/28/2017
A letter from 23 organizations was sent to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee in support of the nomination of Dr. Sam Clovis for USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. Learn more


Letter Supports Censky For USDA Post
07/28/2017
A letter from 44 organizations was sent in support of American Soybean Association CEO Steve Censky for Deputy Secretary at USDA. Learn more


Letter Supports CFTC Nominees
07/28/2017
A letter of support from 25 organizations was sent to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee on behalf of  three nominees for the CFTC. Learn more


Comments Filed on Multiple Pesticide Reviews
07/28/2017
The NCC filed with EPA six sets of comments on seven pesticides. Learn more


NCC Cites Need For Bringing Cotton Back Into Title I
07/25/2017
In his July 25 testimony before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee, Nick McMichen, an Alabama cotton producer, said it is imperative that the next farm bill bring cotton back into the Title I commodity policy so that cotton can access the same full complement of risk management tools as other crops. Learn more


NCC Supports Ozone Reform Bill
07/21/2017
The NCC was among 147 organizations, associations, chambers of commerce and companies which signed on to an industry support letter for the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 (H.R. 806), which the House passed 229-199 during the week of July 17. Learn more


Bill Contains Multiple Provisions of Industry's Cottonseed Proposal
07/20/2017
This Senate Appropriations Committee news release contains a summary of cottonseed provisions included in that Committee's appropriations bill approved on July 20. Learn more


Congress Calls on Administration for Economic Assistance for Cotton Producers
07/18/2017
A large, bipartisan block of 135 Senators and Representatives sent letters to President Trump today strongly urging the Administration’s support, through USDA, to operate the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program effective for the 2016 crop year and on an ongoing basis. Learn more


Agribusiness, Lender Groups Urge Assistance for U.S. Cotton Producers
07/18/2017
A July 18 letter to the President signed by 1,605 agricultural lenders, agribusinesses, and other rural businesses strongly recommended the Administration specifically authorize assistance similar to the recent Cotton Ginning Cost Share program. Learn more


Cotton Interest Groups Urge Administration to Provide Economic Relief for U.S. Cotton Producers
07/18/2017
The NCC and 82 other cotton interest organizations sent a letter to President Trump that requests his Administration to provide economic relief to U.S. cotton farming families. Learn more


Representatives Seek Economic Assistance for Cotton Producers
07/18/2017
A July 18 letter signed by 109 Representatives to President Trump strongly urged the Administration’s support, through USDA, to operate the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program effective for the 2016 crop year and on an ongoing basis. Learn more


Senators Seek Economic Assistance for Cotton Producers
07/18/2017
A July 18 letter signed by 26 Senators to President Trump strongly urged the Administration’s support, through USDA, to operate the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program effective for the 2016 crop year and on an ongoing basis. Learn more


NCC Comments on Reporting Rule Delay Proposal
07/14/2017
The NCC filed comments the week of July 10, 2017, supporting OSHA's decision to delay the implementation of a rule entitled ‘‘Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses’’ under which certain employers were required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A to OSHA electronically. OSHA's proposal would push back implementation from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. OSHA also announced its intention to issue a separate, future proposal to reconsider, revise or remove parts of the prior final rule, and the NCC will convey its concerns during that proposal stage of the rulemaking process. Learn more


Groups Defend Berry Amendment Textile Provision
07/13/2017
The NCC, along with 15 other organizations, including the National Council of Textile Organizations, sent a July 11 letter to the House Rules Committee's chairman and ranking member in opposition to an amendment filed by Rep. Sanford (R-SC) to the National Defense Authorization bill being considered by the House. Learn more


Mid-South Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture
07/10/2017
Twelve cotton producers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of July 17 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2017 Producer Information Exchange Program. Learn more


NCC Submits Pyrethroid Comments
07/07/2017
In comments filed to EPA's docket on pyrethroid insecticides, the NCC cited the long history of pyrethroids in integrated pest management programs for cotton. Learn more


Letter to Representatives Emphasizes Agriculture’s Importance in NAFTA
07/07/2017
A June 29 letter from 47 House Members to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer cited the importance of agricultural trade within NAFTA. Learn more


Letter to Senators Emphasizes Agriculture’s Importance in NAFTA
07/07/2017
A June 28 letter from 17 Senators to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stressed the significance of the North American market for U.S. agriculture. Learn more


Doud’s Timely Confirmation Urged
06/30/2017
The NCC joined onto a letter with 88 other organizations to all Senators urging the timely confirmation of the Trump Administration’s nominee for Chief Agricultural Negotiator. Learn more


USDA Issues June Acreage Report
06/30/2017
In its June acreage report, USDA estimated 2017-18 U.S. cotton plantings at 12.1 million acres, up 19.7% from 2016. Learn more


Letter Urges President To Fill USDA Posts
06/28/2017
The NCC joined with 16 other commodity and farm organizations on a June 28 letter to President Trump encouraging him to move quickly to fill key appointments within USDA saying the "absence of high-ranking officials at USDA puts our farmers and ranchers at a disadvantage." Learn more


NCC Comments on USDA Reorganization Plan
06/23/2017
The NCC submitted comments to the Federal Register Notice of USDA’s Reorganization proposal -- saying it believes this proposal will better align USDA’s mission areas and will improve the effectiveness of USDA in meeting the needs of cotton farmers throughout the country. Learn more


Letter to Senate Panel Urges Full Funding for MAP/FMD
06/23/2017
The NCC joined other members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports on a letter to Senate leadership of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee urging their strong support for maintaining vital funding for USDA’s important export programs, including the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development Program, when the Subcommittees consider the FY18 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Learn more


Letter to House Panel Urges Full Funding for MAP/FMD
06/23/2017
The NCC joined other members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports on a letter to House leadership of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee urging their strong support for maintaining vital funding for USDA’s important export programs, including the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development Program, when the Subcommittees consider the FY18 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Learn more


NCC Comments on FDA Genome Editing Proposal
06/23/2017
NCC comments addressed the Food and Drug Administration’s notice for a request for comments on “Genome Editing in New Plant Varieties Used for Foods.” Learn more


NCC Comments on APHIS' Biotech Proposal
06/23/2017
The NCC responded to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) request for public comment on the proposed revisions to its biotechnology regulations in 7 CFR part 340 (Part 340). Learn more


NCC Supports Giancarlo For CFTC Chairman
06/22/2017
The NCC joined with other commodity and agricultural organizations on a letter to Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee Chairman Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Stabenow (D-MI) expressing support for confirming Chris Giancarlo to be chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The letter said Giancarlo, if confirmed, will strike the right balance in overseeing CFTC’s regulation of the financial and commodity markets. Learn more


Letter Supports Early Port Agreement
06/16/2017
The NCC joined groups representing manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, wholesalers, retailers, importers, exporters, distributors, transportation and logistics providers, and other supply chain stakeholders on a letter to applaud the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association for agreeing to early discussions on a contract extension. Learn more


Adequate FSA Loan Programs Funding Urged
06/16/2017
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate appropriations committees urging them to match the high demand for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) farm loan programs with an appropriate level of resources in the FY18 appropriations package. Learn more


NCC Comments on NAFTA Negotiating Objectives
06/13/2017
The NCC was joined by the American Cotton Shippers Association and AMCOT on comments submitted June 12, 2017 to the Federal Register regarding the Administration’s negotiating objectives in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. Learn more


Letters Convey Tax Code Needs
06/02/2017
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on four letters to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Neal (D-MA) that conveyed support for specific provisions of the tax code as Congress begins to consider comprehensive tax reform. The May 31 letters each focused on a specific portion of the tax code: 1) the use of cash accounting; 2) Sec. 199 expensing; 3) capital gains and 4) the interest deduction provision. Learn more


NCC Agrees on Revised C&T Rule Extension
05/19/2017
In a May 19 letter to EPA's Docket Center, the NCC said it agrees with EPA that the effective date of the revised Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule (also known as the Certification and Training rule or C&T rule) should be extended from May 22, 2017 until May 22, 2018. EPA is taking this action to give recently arrived Agency officials the opportunity to conduct a substantive review of the revised rule. Learn more


NCC: Maintaining NAFTA Benefits is Crucial
05/19/2017
The NCC says the United States must remain a participant in a vibrant North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) because it has been and can continue to be a very positive trading platform for U.S. agriculture, including cotton and textiles. Learn more


NCC Asks Senators' Support For S. 951
05/17/2017
The NCC joined onto a May 15 letter to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs asking the Committee to support the Regulatory Accountability Act (S. 951,) that would add transparency, sound science, robust cost-benefit analysis and stakeholder engagement to the creation of regulations for agriculture and other industries. Learn more


Coalition Comments on EPA's Regulations Evaluation
05/17/2017
On May 15, 2017, the Pesticide Policy Coalition submitted comments to EPA on its evaluation of existing regulations in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 13777, "Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda." Learn more


Comments Submitted on Regulations Reasoning
05/17/2017
The NCC submitted comments to the federal docket regarding EPA's request for submitting evidence and reasoning for regulations that need to be revised, repealed or replaced. Learn more


Comments Submitted on Evaluation of Existing Regulations
05/17/2017
The NCC submitted comments on May 15, 2017, to EPA’s open docket for submitting evidence and reasoning for regulations that need to be revised, repealed or replaced. Learn more


NCC Extremely Disappointed With Exclusion of Cottonseed Policy From Omnibus
05/01/2017
NCC Chairman Ronnie Lee said the NCC “is extremely disappointed that the fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill does not include the cottonseed policy developed by the U.S. cotton industry in consultation with Congress.” Learn more


Cotton Organizations Urge Appropriations Committees' Leaders to Include NCC Cottonseed Policy
05/01/2017
The NCC joined with 57 other cotton organizations on a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees' chairmen and ranking members strongly urging them to include the NCC’s cottonseed policy in the omnibus appropriations package for fiscal year 2017. Learn more


Letter Supported Lighthizer Nomination
04/28/2017
The NCC joined more than 130 other agricultural organizations on an April 26, 2017, letter to all Senators in support of the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative. Soon after, the Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously to advance the nomination. Learn more


Letter Pushed For Regulatory Accountability Act
04/28/2017
The National Cotton Council was one of 616 co-signers of a multi-association letter sent in February 2017 to Senators urging them to introduce the Regulatory Accountability Act -- which eventually was introduced in the Senate on April 27. Learn more


2017-18 Emerging Leaders Program Class Announced
04/27/2017
Twelve U.S. cotton industry members have been chosen to participate in the NCC's Emerging Leaders Program for 2017-18. Learn more


NCC Pleased With Perdue Confirmation
04/24/2017
The NCC looks forward to working with Sonny Perdue who was confirmed on April 24 by the Senate as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Learn more


Trump Applauded for WOTUS Executive Order
04/13/2017
The Waters Advocacy Coalition, of which the NCC is a member, sent a letter on April 10 to President Trump applauding him for his recent Executive Order on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Learn more


Agriculture Labor Shortage Concerns Noted
04/07/2017
The NCC and the National Cotton Ginners Association joined other agriculture groups on a letter to President Trump regarding needed reforms to address the agricultural labor shortage. Learn more


NCC Conveys Farm Law Priorities in Testimony
04/06/2017
In April 4 testimony before a House panel hearing, NCC Chairman Ronnie Lee said U.S. cotton's central organization looks forward to working with the House and Senate agriculture committees and with other agricultural organizations to gain passage of a farm bill that effectively addresses the needs of all commodities. Learn more


NCC Conveys Farm Law Priorities
04/04/2017
In April 4 testimony before a House panel hearing, NCC Chairman Ronnie Lee said U.S. cotton's central organization looks forward to working with the House and Senate agriculture committees and with other agricultural organizations to gain passage of a farm bill that effectively addresses the needs of all commodities. Learn more


Letter Urges Timely Perdue Confirmation
03/31/2017
The NCC joined with other agricultural groups on a letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) urging them and their Senate colleagues to consider and approve the President’s nomination of Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture before the Senate begins its two-week recess. Learn more


Support For Regulatory Reform Bills Conveyed
03/31/2017
A NCC letter to House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) conveyed support for the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017 and the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Reform Act of 2017. Both bills emerged from the Committee before the House later passed them during the week of March 27. Learn more


NCC Pleased With EPA’s Chlorpyrifos Action
03/31/2017
EPA released an order on March 29 denying in full the petition requesting that the agency revoke all tolerances for chlorpyrifos. EPA now will move forward on updating and revising the human health assessment for chlorpyrifos under the standard procedures of the ongoing registration review process. Learn more


ELD, Speed Limiter Rules Elimination Sought
03/22/2017
The NCC joined with other industries which rely on trucking on a March 21 letter sent to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao encouraging DOT to prioritize the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate and speed limiter proposed rule when identifying regulations for elimination under President Trump's Executive Order, "Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs." Learn more


NCC: President’s Recognition of U.S. Agriculture Encouraging
03/21/2017
The NCC applauded President Donald Trump’s March 21 issuance of a National Agriculture Day proclamation that stated, “America's farmers and ranchers help feed the world, fuel our Nation's economy, and lead global markets in output and productivity.” Learn more


Support Conveyed For Lighthizer Confirmation
03/17/2017
The NCC joined with more than 100 other agricultural organizations on a letter to all Senators urging the timely confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade representative as an essential step in putting in place a U.S. government team that can robustly engage in trade negotiations to further enhance U.S. economic growth and job creation. Learn more


Letters Convey Need For Crop Insurance Preservation
03/16/2017
This document contains four March 13 letters that the NCC signed onto with other Crop Insurance Coalition members urging opposition to any proposed cuts to crop insurance. The letters were sent to: 1) the House/Senate budget committees, 2) the House/Senate appropriations committees, 3) Agriculture Secretary Designate Sonny Perdue and 4) Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. Learn more


Ag Groups Conduct ‘Substantive, Productive’ Meeting with Trump Administration on Trade
03/16/2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Executive staff leaders from 11 major U.S. agricultural and agribusiness organizations commended the Trump administration for engaging in a substantive and productive meeting on March 15 that was focused on the importance of continued growth of food and agriculture exports. Learn more


Strong Safety Net Needed
03/15/2017
The NCC joined with multiple agricultural organizations on a March 15 letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and the Senate budget and appropriations committees -- stating the clear need for a stronger farm safety net to help farmers and ranchers through this difficult, long-term period of depressed prices and income. Learn more


2017 High Cotton Winners Recognized
03/06/2017
The 2017 Farm Press-Cotton Foundation High Cotton Awards recipients are: Southeast – Ronnie Burleson/Andrew Burleson, Richfield, N.C. Mid-South – Byron Seward, Louise, Miss.; Southwest – Brent Hendon, Welch, Texas; and Far West – Mark McKean, Riverdale, California. Learn more


Budget Views and Estimates Letter Sent (443k pdf)
03/03/2017
The House Committee on Agriculture sent its Budget Views and Estimates Letter for FY18 to House Budget Committee Chairman Black (R-TN) urging that panel to consider the estimated $104 billion in savings from the current farm bill, more than four times what had been pledged previously. Learn more


Bee Listing Implementation Delay Sought (153k pdf)
03/03/2017
A March 1 petition signed by the NCC and other stakeholders has been delivered to the Secretary of the Interior and to the acting director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service asking them to delay implementation of the endangered listing of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee until January 2018. Learn more


NCC Grateful for Trump’s Special Assistant Appointment
02/27/2017
The NCC appreciates President Donald Trump’s appointment of Ray Starling to the position of Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance. Learn more


Rebuilding Nation’s Infrastructure Urged
02/24/2017
The NCC joined more than two hundred organizations from across the country on a letter to President Donald Trump encouraging him to prioritize rebuilding rural America’s infrastructure. Learn more


NCC Comments on FDA Animal Feed Rule Guidance
02/24/2017
The NCC and the National Cotton Ginners Association, along with eight other state and regional gin associations, filed comments with the FDA on their guidance titled, “Classification of Activities as Harvesting, Packing, Holding, or Manufacturing/Processing for Farms and Facilities.” Learn more


Don't Undermine 2018 Farm Bill Development (142k pdf)
02/21/2017
The NCC was among numerous organizations which signed onto a February 21 letter to key House and Senate budget and appropriations committee leaders urging them to reject calls for additional cuts to policies within the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry or the House Committee on Agriculture. The letter's signatories represented America’s agriculture, nutrition, conservation, rural development, finance, forestry, energy, trade, local government, plant/animal health, agricultural sciences and veterinary medicine, labor, outdoor recreation, equipment manufacturing, cooperatives, hunters, anglers and crop insurance sectors. Learn more


NCC Applauds Scott Pruitt Confirmation
02/17/2017
NCC Applauds Scott Pruitt Confirmation Learn more


NCC Submits Comments on ESA Reform
02/17/2017
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing to discuss reforming the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the NCC submitted comments for the record on the issues of registration delays, lack of water in the western states due to ESA restrictions, and the unscientific process used to list the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. Learn more


Letter Conveys Support for H.R. 953
02/17/2017
The NCC joined more than 100 organizations on a letter House Agriculture Committee members urging congressional support for the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017 (H.R. 953). Learn more


Letter Urges White House Focus on Rural Issues
02/10/2017
The NCC, along with a number of other agricultural organizations, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to designate a senior member of the White House staff and/or an Office of Rural Policy to focus specifically on issues affecting rural America. Learn more


Support Letter Urges Swift Perdue Confirmation
02/03/2017
More than 600 groups from across the agriculture community, including the NCC, signed onto a letter sent to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee urging that Committee to support and encourage an expeditious confirmation of Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be USDA Secretary. Learn more


EPA Publishes Regulatory Freeze List
02/03/2017
EPA published in the Federal Register a list of 30 regulations it believes fall under the regulatory freeze initiated by President Trump’s executive order, “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review.” Learn more


Estate Tax Bill Introduced
01/27/2017
The NCC joined more than 150 other organizations on a letter to House and Senate leaders supporting the “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017” (H.R. 631) introduced the week of Jan. 23 by Reps. Noem (R-SD) and Bishop (D-GA). Learn more


White House Memo Outlines Hiring, Regulatory Freezes
01/26/2017
President Trump issued a memo to federal government department and agency heads regarding a hiring freeze on most federal workers, (except military personnel) and a freeze on any new or pending regulations. Learn more


Support Conveyed For Pruitt As EPA Administrator
01/19/2017
A letter signed by the NCC and 28 other organizations and sent to the Senate respectfully requested that the Senate confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator. Learn more


Coalition's Comments Regarding Chlorpyrifos Include NCC's Input
01/19/2017
The NCC was part of the Pesticide Policy Coalition's comments to the public docket for the chlorpyrifos comment period which closed during the week of January 16. closed. Learn more


Concerns Relayed Regarding Chlorpyrifos
01/19/2017
The NCC was a signatory, along with 34 other agricultural stakeholders, on a letter to the EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy decrying the agency’s action regarding chlorpyrifos. Learn more


NCC Ready to Work With New Agriculture Secretary
01/19/2017
The National Cotton Council congratulates former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination for Secretary of Agriculture. Learn more


EPA Releases Enlist Duo Label
01/13/2017
EPA posted the new label for Enlist Duo, and the herbicide now can be used on Enlist cotton in all cotton growing states with the exception of California. Learn more


Letter Urged House Members' Support for Commodity End-User Relief Act
01/13/2017
The NCC joined 23 other organizations on a letter,  to all House Members urging their support for the Commodity End-User Relief Act, which eventually passed the House and was sent to the Senate for consideration. Learn more


Letter to Trump Highlights Importance of Exports
01/13/2017
The NCC, along with 15 other farm and commodity organizations, sent a letter to President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence outlining the importance of strong exports, open export markets, and positive trade promotion and agreements to U.S. agriculture. Learn more


NCC Comments on Biotechnology Products’ Coordinated Framework
01/06/2017
The NCC filed comments on the 2017 Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology released by the White House. Learn more


Dr. Peng Chee Receives 2016 Cotton Genetics Research Award
01/05/2017
Dr. Peng Chee, a professor of Cotton Molecular Genetics/Breeding at the University of Georgia’s Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, is the recipient of the 2016 Cotton Genetics Research Award. Learn more


2016 NCC Election Overview
12/30/2016
The NCC prepared an updated, full summary of the Presidential election, Administration transition update and updated House and Senate leadership as well as key Committee leadership. Learn more


NCC Seeks Malathion Comment Extension
11/11/2016
The National Cotton Council, along with a number of cotton producer interest organizations and boll weevil eradication foundations, submitted comments to EPA on its “Draft Malathion Human Health Assessment” requesting the agency to extend the comment period an additional 60 days from the announced deadline of November 21, 2016. Learn more


NCC Comments on Biotechnology Regulation Proposal
11/03/2016
On September 22, 2016, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy published a document titled, “Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology” which asked commenters to respond to any or all of four questions. Learn more


NCC Comments on Estate Tax Proposal
11/03/2016
The National Cotton Council filed comments on a draft IRS regulation change for Section 2704 of the estate tax law that sought to eliminate a valuation exception that occurs when someone dies who has made estate planning decisions within the prior three years. Learn more


Improved Decision-Making Is "Beltwide" Goal
10/28/2016
The 2017 Beltwide Cotton Conferences’ (BWCC) can help its attendees improve production, processing and marketing efficiency by providing them with insight into the latest available tools and research findings. Learn more


Overtime Rule Measure Lauded in Letter (277k pdf)
10/17/2016
The NCC, along with more than 200 other national, state and local organizations across various industries, cosigned a letter to Sen. Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, thanking him for introducing important legislation, the Overtime Reform and Review Act (S. 3464), that would provide significant relief from the negative impacts of the Department of Labor’s final overtime rule. Learn more


Immigration and Nationality Act Rulemaking Comments Submitted
10/14/2016
The National Cotton Council and National Cotton Ginners Association submitted comments to the Department of Justice regarding its notice of proposed rulemaking on the “Standards and Procedures for the Enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act.” The proposed rule threatens to impose penalties on employers far beyond what Congress ever intended or how the underlying statute has ever been applied. Learn more


Biotech Education Funding Supported (99k pdf)
10/07/2016
The NCC, along with other agriculture organizations, cosigned a letter that was sent to the chairman and ranking member of both the House and Senate appropriations committees expressing support for the $3 million in funding designated to better inform the public about the application of biotechnology to food and fiber production. <br /><br /> Learn more


NCC’s Comments Support Glyphosate
10/07/2016
In comments submitted to EPA, the NCC reiterated its strong support for the re-registration of glyphosate stating that cotton tolerant to herbicides such as glyphosate has “revolutionized” cotton production. Learn more


Coalition Letter Opposes Treasury's Proposal Regarding Estate Taxes (3mb pdf)
09/29/2016
The Family Business Coalition, of which the NCC is a member, sent a letter signed by 119 organizations to Treasury Secretary Lew opposing the Treasury Department’s proposed changes regarding Section 2704 on estate and gift tax valuation discounts. Learn more


Senators Oppose Treasury Proposal On Estate Taxes (1 mb pdf)
09/29/2016
A Sept. 29 letter signed by 41 Senators to Treasury Secretary Lew urges the withdrawal of a proposal regarding Section 2704 on estate and gift tax valuation discounts.<br /><br /> Learn more


NCC Cites Need for Broad Examination of Global Fiber Markets
09/13/2016
National Cotton Council President/CEO Dr. Gary Adams says, “The U.S. decision to pursue a challenge against Chinese agricultural subsidies for grain crops reflects a growing desire in the United States and abroad to address more effectively the range of policies in major developing countries that affect agricultural markets.” Learn more


NCC Comments on EPA's Proposal “Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Pesticide Resistance Management Labeling.”
09/02/2016
The NCC submitted comments on EPA's “Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Pesticide Resistance Management Labeling” proposal. Learn more


NCC Comments On EPA’s Proposed “Guidance for Herbicide Resistance Management, Labeling, Education, Training, and Stewardship
09/02/2016
The NCC submitted Comments on EPA’s Proposed “Guidance for Herbicide Resistance Management, Labeling, Education, Training, and Stewardship. Learn more


Rulemaking Notice Issued on Estate Tax (249k pdf)
08/19/2016
The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Public Hearing regarding the proposed limitations of valuation discounts that reduce the overall value of assets currently available to family-owned businesses which in turn lowers an individual’s estate and gift tax liability at death. Learn more


ELS Calculation Action Sought (78k pdf)
08/12/2016
Reps. Costa (D-CA) and Valadao (R-CA) initiated an Aug. 5 letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack regarding price quotes used in the Extra Long Staple (ELS) Cotton Competitiveness Program. Learn more


Letter Urges Port Stability (185k pdf)
08/12/2016
The NCC joined 127 other groups representing wholesalers, retailers, importers, exporters, distributors, transportation and logistics providers, and other supply chain stakeholders on a letter encouraging the ILWU and PMA to begin early discussions on either a contract extension or a new contract to ensure stability and predictability at West Coast ports. Learn more


Far West Cotton Producers to See Texas Operations
08/08/2016
Eight cotton producers from Arizona and California will see cotton and other agriculture-related operations in Texas on August 15-18 as part of the 2016 National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange. Learn more


Comments Submitted on Permitting Program (598k pdf)
08/05/2016
The NCC joined other members of the Waters Advocacy Coalition on comments to the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits. Learn more


Ag Groups Respond to NPDES Proposal (188k pdf)
08/05/2016
The NCC joined with other agricultural community members on comments to EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management on the agency’s proposed revisions to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations published on May 18, 2016. Learn more


Southwest Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture
07/26/2016
Eleven cotton producers from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of August 1 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2016 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more


Position Limits Rulemaking Comments Submitted (243k pdf)
07/22/2016
The NCC, AMCOT and the American Cotton Shippers Association filed a joint comment letter with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in response to the CFTC’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on position limits. Learn more


Southeast Cotton Producers to See Mid-South Operations
07/21/2016
Thirteen cotton producers from the Southeast will see cotton operations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee on July 24-28 as part of the NCC's 2016 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program. Learn more


U.S. Warehouse Act’s Contributions Recognized
07/15/2016
WASHINGTON, DC – USDA and industry stakeholders are commemorating a century of successful partnership with commodity warehouse operators that have made reliable agricultural storage and marketing possible since World War I. Learn more


Mid-South Cotton Producers to See Operations in Carolinas
07/13/2016
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Twelve Mid-South cotton producers will see cotton operations in North Carolina and South Carolina on July 18-21 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2016 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program. Learn more


NCC Leadership Delegation Completes Successful China Visit
07/01/2016
A National Cotton Council leadership delegation visited China from June 27–July 1 to share information with the Chinese cotton/textile industries and update them on the U.S. cotton industry. Learn more


Ag Groups Show GMO Bill Support (256k pdf)
07/01/2016
The NCC, along with more than 1,000 other agriculture organizations, signed on to a letter expressing support for the bill drafted by Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee Chairman Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Stabenow (D-MI) on biotech labeling. Learn more


Letter Seeks Meeting On Biomass Sustainability Discussion (253k pdf)
07/01/2016
Seven Senators wrote to EPA Administrator McCarthy requesting a meeting to discuss the issue of biomass sustainability and how EPA will determine the level of biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the processing of agricultural feedstocks for food, fiber, and fuel. Learn more


NCC Submits Aldicarb Comments
07/01/2016
The NCC submitted comments on June 27, '16, to EPA on the agency’s draft human health and ecological risk assessment for aldicarb and urged EPA to refine the risk assessment to reflect the appropriate biological information of the product. Learn more


NCC Submits Thidiazuron Comments
06/24/2016
The NCC submitted comments to EPA on June 20, '16 on the agency's proposed interim decision for registration of the defoliant Thidiazuron and urged EPA to ensure the risk assessment reflects real world scenarios rather than overstating the presence of pollinators in a precautionary manner. Learn more


FSA Issues Gin Cost-Share Program Notice (1m pdf)
06/17/2016
On June 17, '16, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) issued Notice CN-1057 – “Cotton Ginning Cost-Share (CGCS) Program for 2015 Cotton Crop” – to all FSA state and county offices in cotton producing regions. The notice contains additional program sign-up and payment details. Learn more


NCC Submits Sulfoxaflor Comments
06/17/2016
On June 17, '16, the NCC submitted comments to EPA on their proposed registration for sulfoxaflor and urged the agency to reconsider the proposed decision that removes cotton and other crops from the Section 3 label. Learn more


Letter Conveys NCC's Support of Tax Code Change
06/17/2016
The NCC sent a letter to Rep. Abraham (R-LA) conveying support for his introduction of the Fairness for Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Act that would make permanent a provision in the tax code to shorten the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System depreciation schedule for farm equipment from seven to five years. Learn more


Sunbelt Agricultural Leaders to See Idaho Agricultural Operations
06/15/2016
Sunbelt farmers will get a look at a diverse range of agricultural production and processing operations in southern Idaho on June 20-23 as part of the NCC's Multi-Commodity Education Program. Learn more


NCC Submits Comments to EPA on Fluometuron
06/10/2016
The NCC submitted separate comments on three crop protection products currently under review by EPA, including fluometuron (cotoran). Learn more


NCC Submits Comments to EPA on Malathion
06/10/2016
The NCC submitted separate comments on three crop protection products currently under review by EPA, including malathion. Learn more


NCC Submits Comments to EPA On Chlorpyrifos
06/10/2016
The NCC submitted separate comments on chlorpyrifos and two other crop protection products currently under review by EPA. Learn more


Letter Supports No Berry Amendment Weakening (516k pdf)
06/10/2016
The National Cotton Council, the National Council of Textile Organizations and 13 other organizations sent a letter the week of June 6, '16  to the Senate supporting Sen. Graham’s (R-SC) FY17 National Defense Authorization Act amendment that would ensure no weakening of the Berry Amendment, which has required the Dept. of Defense to purchase US-made and US-content textile and apparel and other specialty products. Learn more


NCC: Cost Share Program Provides Much-Needed Assistance
06/06/2016
The National Cotton Council expressed sincere gratitude to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for providing a one-time $300 million program that offsets a portion of a cotton producer’s '15 crop season ginning costs. Learn more


Senate Urged To Pass TSCA Reform Legislation (229k pdf)
06/03/2016
The National Cotton Council and National Council of Textile Organizations joined with other organizations on a May 24 letter to Senators urging them to pass legislation (as did the House) reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act. Learn more


Letter Urges House TSCA Reform Bill Passage (196k pdf)
06/03/2016
The NCC, National Council of Textile Organizations and 133 other organizations sent a May 24 letter to Representatives urging House approval of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (FRL-21) -- which they later passed by a 403-12 vote. Learn more


NCC Comments on Dicamba Label Approval
05/27/2016
The NCC, on May 26, '16, submitted comments on EPA’s notice, “Dicamba: New Use on Herbicide-Tolerant Cotton and Soybeans.” Learn more


DOL Issues Final Rule on Overtime (2mb pdf)
05/26/2016
The Labor Department published on May 23, '16, a final rule that updates the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations regarding the executive, administrative and professional exemptions. Learn more


DOL Overtime Final Rule Summary/Overview (104k pdf)
05/26/2016
The Dept. of Labor provided an overview/summary of its final rule on Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations on May 23, '16. Learn more


'16 PIE Program Tour Dates Set
05/24/2016
The NCC has scheduled tour dates and locations for the '16 Producer Information Exchange (PIE) Program. Learn more


EPA's Proposed Registration Decision For Sulfoxaflor (pdf)
05/20/2016
EPA announced the release of documentation proposing registration of sulfoxaflor (previously recognized by the tradename Transform®) for use on agricultural crops, ornamentals, and turf. Learn more


NCC Comments On Sulfoxaflor Section 18 Exemptions
05/20/2016
The NCC submitted comments on May 18 in support of Section 18 emergency exemptions from EPA for the use of sulfoxaflor on cotton to control plant bugs during the ’16 growing season. Learn more


Timely Sulfoxaflor Use Determination Urged (246k pdf)
05/13/2016
Sens. Cochran (R-MS), Inhofe (R-OK) and Wicker (R-MS) sent a letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy asking the agency to move swiftly on making a determination for emergency use requests of sulfoxaflor (Transform) for cotton. Learn more


Letter Seeks Deadline Extension on Actively Engaged Requirement (132k pdf)
05/11/2016
The NCC joined with other organizations on a May 11 letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack seeking an extension from the June 1, '16 deadline for producers to file any status changes within a farm structure with the Farm Service Agency. Learn more


Concerns On Short Comment Period Relayed (199k pdf)
05/11/2016
The NCC joined with 38 other organizations on a letter to EPA's Office of Pesticides Programs expressing concern with the agency's opening of only a 60-day comment period for the stakeholder community to provide meaningful input on the Draft Biological Evaluations of Chlorpyrifos, Diazinon and Malathion -- three critical organophosphates.  Learn more


Production Cost Factors Highlighted
05/06/2016
The NCC submitted a statement to be included in the record for the recent hearing of the House Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research on the factors affecting producers' production costs. Learn more


Berry Amendment Protections Defended (496k pdf)
04/28/2016
The NCC, National Council of Textile Organizations and ten other groups joined onto an April 26 letter to House Armed Services Committee members in support of an amendment sponsored by Rep. Jones (R-NC) to restore the original threshold for the Berry Amendment. Learn more


NCC Comments on EIS Notice Regarding GE Organisms
04/22/2016
The National Cotton Council submitted comments to USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service on its Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement in connection with potential changes to regulations regarding certain genetically engineered organisms. Learn more


Letter Supports Ag Biotech Educational Funding (97k pdf)
04/22/2016
The National Cotton Council joined other agriculture organizations on a letter to House Appropriations Committee members in support of an appropriations bill provision that would provide $3 million to USDA and FDA to promote the understanding and acceptance of agricultural biotechnology. Learn more


Support Conveyed For Ozone Standards Bill (188k pdf)
04/21/2016
The NCC joined a diverse group of more than 200 organizations on a letter of support for the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016” (H.R. 4775), a bill introduced by Rep. Olson (R-TX). Learn more


NCC Announces '16-17 Emerging Leaders
04/21/2016
Twelve US cotton industry members have been chosen to participate in the NCC's Emerging Leaders Program for '16-17. Learn more


Actively Engaged Management Regulation — Questions and Answers (Information Only) (796k pdf)
04/19/2016
This document is aimed at helping NCC members more thoroughly understand the actively engaged rule. Learn more


NCC Disputes Findings in Turkish Anti-Dumping Investigation
04/18/2016
A three percent CIF (cost, insurance and freight) duty has been imposed on all US cotton fiber imports into Turkey after the Turkish government released on April 16 its final decision on its anti-dumping investigation of US cotton. Learn more


Ag Groups' Letter Ask EPA to Postpone SAP Meeting (217k pdf)
04/15/2016
The NCC, along with 42 other agriculture organizations, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on April 13 requesting a postponement of the agency’s planned Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meeting, currently scheduled for April 19-21, until there is appropriate attention given to the scientific validity of the studies and data that EPA plans to use in its assessment. Learn more


NCC Joins Onto Letter Supporting CFTC Reauthorization (156k pdf)
04/15/2016
The NCC joined 23 other organizations on an April 12 letter to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee in support of the “Commodity End User Relief Act” to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Learn more


NCC Comments on EPA's Draft “Pollinator Ecological Risk Assessment: Imidacloprid Registration Review”
04/14/2016
On April 14, '16, the NCC filed comments with EPA on the agency's draft “Pollinator Ecological Risk Assessment: Imidacloprid Registration Review.” The NCC reiterated the importance of the neonicotinoid chemistry for control of piercing, sucking pests, and urges the EPA to recognize the limited chemistries that provide control of these pests. Learn more


Crop Reporting Initiative Completion Urged (105k pdf)
04/01/2016
The NCC joined other commodity groups on a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack urging completion of the Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative. Learn more


Ag Sustainability’s Importance Conveyed (163k pdf)
03/24/2016
The NCC, working with other agriculture organizations in the Biogenic CO2 Coalition, sent a letter to Congressional Members urging them to contact EPA and express their support for American agriculture as a provider of 21st century solutions in the form of bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts. Learn more


Senators' Letter Conveys Turkish Investigation Concerns (329k pdf)
03/18/2016
Eight Senators joined onto a letter to USTR Ambassador Froman and Commerce Secretary Pritzker urging them to bring up concerns with the Turkish government's disclosure report on the US cotton anti-dumping investigation during an upcoming WTO trade review session. Learn more


Appropriations Committees' Leaders Urged To Protect Crop Insurance (83k pdf)
03/18/2016
The NCC joined with other agricultural organizations on a letter to the House and Senate agriculture appropriations committee chairs and ranking members urging them to protect crop insurance and recognize its central importance to farmers, lenders and all of rural America. Learn more


NCC Signs Onto Letter Regarding Container Weight Amendment (203k pdf)
03/17/2016
The NCC joined with 48 other associations  representing agriculture, forest products, manufacturing, recycling industries and others on a March 14 letter to US Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul F. Zukunft conveying support of the Coast Guard’s interpretation of the container weight amendment to the Safety Of Life At Sea Convention (2014) and appreciation for Rear Admiral Thomas’ interest in balancing the need to assure safety at marine terminals and on ships, while allowing cargo to move into and through US marine terminals without disruption and delay, and to enable US exports to be globally competitive. Learn more


Coalition Comments on NPDES Proposal
03/11/2016
The Pesticide Policy Coalition (PPC), of which the NCC is a member, submitted comments in a letter to EPA on their proposed reissuance of its five-year National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Pesticide General Permit. Learn more


Letter Seeks Budget Preservation (122k pdf)
03/11/2016
The NCC joined more than 250 other organizations representing the agriculture, nutrition, conservation, rural development, finance, forestry, energy, trade, local government, labor, equipment manufacturing and crop insurance sectors on a letter to the House and Senate budget and appropriations committees chairmen and ranking members urging rejection of calls for additional cuts to programs within the jurisdiction of the Senate and House agriculture committees. Learn more


FSA Notice Issued Regarding Certs Availability (648k pdf)
03/08/2016
USDA's Farm Service Agency posted notice CN 1054 which includes a copy of letter sent to cotton producers about availability of commodity certificate exchanges (CCE) and the required form to sign for 2015 crop loans and additional CCC-694-2 filing instructions and CCE registers. The letter provides producers with basic information about CCE’s and instructs them to contact their MAL disbursement office for additional CCE information. Learn more


Letter Expresses Ag Groups WPS Concerns
03/04/2016
The NCC joined with other commodity and agricultural groups on a letter in early March to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN) expressing the agricultural industry’s concerns with EPA’s new Worker Protection Standards. Learn more


Uniform GMO Labeling Solution Urged (131k pdf)
02/26/2016
The NCC joined with numerous other commodity, agricultural and food industry organizations on a letter thanking Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee Chairman Roberts (R-KS) for his leadership on developing a uniform solution to biotech labeling. Learn more


Letter Asks For Crop Insurance Preservation (84k pdf)
02/26/2016
The NCC joined a coalition of commodity, conservation, crop insurance and lending associations on a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Budget committees urging them to protect crop insurance. Learn more


NCC Files Comments With EPA Regarding Three Important Chemical Crop Inputs
02/24/2016
In response to EPA's Sept. 25, 2015 Federal Register notice, the NCC provided comments regarding the importance of tribufos as a critical harvest management product, dimethoate and dicrotophos as important insect management products. Learn more


Letter Asks That Freight Rail Customers’ Concerns Be Addressed (91k pdf)
02/19/2016
The NCC joined the Rail Customer Coalition on a letter to the Surface Transportation Board urging the Board to follow the direction of Congress and implement a set of new reforms that were included in S. 808 without delay. Learn more


Letter Seeks Extension on Biotech Regulations Comments (201k pdf)
02/19/2016
The NCC, along with other agriculture organizations, sent a letter to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) requesting a 60-day extension on the comment period for APHIS’ Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement in connection with changes to the agency’s biotechnology regulations. Learn more


Budget Views/Estimates Letter Approved (24k pdf)
02/04/2016
The House Agriculture Committee unanimously approved its FY17 Budget Views and Estimates Letter, which was sent to the House Budget Committee. Learn more


NCC Praises Efforts to Reinstate Commodity Marketing Certificates
02/04/2016
USDA announced the implementation and availability of commodity marketing certificates as part of the Marketing Loan Program (MLP) available to all loan eligible commodities. Learn more


NCC Statement Regarding Secretary's Cottonseed Remarks
02/03/2016
The National Cotton Council said in a statement that it is extremely disappointed in Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s Feb. 3 comments that USDA believes its legal interpretation of the farm bill does not provide the authority to make the cottonseed designation. Learn more


Letter Expresses Concerns With EPA Actions (224k pdf)
01/22/2016
The NCC, along with other agriculture organizations, sent a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN) highlighting concerns with EPA actions. Learn more


NCC Comments Regarding Pesticide Applicator Certification
01/22/2016
NCC comments to EPA's proposed changes for Certification of Pesticide Applicators opposed most of the proposed changes noting that EPA provided no justification nor demonstrated any deficiencies in the current process and that the proposed changes would add tremendous cost and burden on state budgets because the state regulatory agencies are tasked with the training and enforcement. Learn more


Flammability Test Methods Comments Submitted
01/07/2016
AHFA submitted comments regarding flammability Learn more


AHFA Comments To California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (171k pdf)
01/07/2016
The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), representing a coalition including the NCC, submitted comments regarding the California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control’s methodology to screen for flame retardant chemicals in upholstered furniture in accordance with the requirements contained in California S.B. 1019. Learn more


Flammability Test Methods Comments Submitted (859k pdf)
01/07/2016
The American Home Furnishings Alliance, representing a coalition including the NCC, submitted comments to the National Fire Protection Assoc. (NFPA) regarding NFPA’s development of a new standard for evaluating fire and ignition resistance of upholstered furniture. Learn more


Weaver Receives 2015 Cotton Genetics Research Award
01/07/2016
Dr. David B. Weaver, a cotton breeder who has dedicated his career conducting plant breeding research and educating generations of undergraduate and graduate students at Auburn University, is the recipient of the 2015 Cotton Genetics Research Award. Learn more


NCC Appreciates Senators’ Cottonseed Designation Request
01/05/2016
The NCC appreciates Senator John Boozman’s (R-AR) initiative in getting his Cotton Belt colleagues to sign onto a Jan. 4 letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack urging him to designate cottonseed as an ‘other oilseed’ as a means to bring some “much needed stability and support to cotton producers and the broader cotton industry.” Learn more


Senators' Letter Presses Cottonseed Designation Request (431k pdf)
01/05/2016
Nineteen Senators signed onto a January 4 letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack urging him to designate cottonseed as an ‘other oilseed’ as a means to bring some “much needed stability and support to cotton producers and the broader cotton industry.” Learn more


NCC Comments On Four Specific Chemicals
12/30/2015
The NCC submitted comments on four chemicals important to US cotton production. Learn more


NCC Comments On Tribenuron-methyl
12/30/2015
The NCC submitted comments regarding EPA's review of four chemicals, including tribenuron-methyl, which have a significant impact on the cotton industry. Learn more


NCC Comments On Thifensulfuron-methyl
12/30/2015
The NCC submitted comments regarding EPA's review of four chemicals, including thifensulfuron-methyl, which have a significant impact on the cotton industry. Learn more


NCC Comments On Rimsulfuron
12/30/2015
The NCC submitted comments regarding EPA's review of four chemicals, including rimsulfuron, which have a significant impact on the cotton industry. Learn more


NCC Comments On Trifloxysulfuron-sodium
12/30/2015
The NCC submitted comments regarding EPA's review of four chemicals, including trifloxysulfuron-sodium, which have a significant impact on the cotton industry. Learn more


NCC Comments On Chlorpyrifos Tolerances Revocation Plan
12/30/2015
The NCC submitted comments to EPA on their proposal to revoke the tolerances for the pesticide chlorpyrifos based on current science. Learn more


USDA Response To '12 AC21 Meeting (76k pdf)
12/30/2015
Attendees at the December meeting of USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) heard a summary of USDA activities initiated in response to the Nov. ’12 AC21 report. Learn more


NCC Commends US Trade Negotiators on WTO Outcome
12/22/2015
NCC Chairman Sledge Taylor, a Mississippi producer and ginner, expressed appreciation for US trade negotiators’ diligent efforts in resisting pressure for further concessions on cotton during the 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, last week. Learn more


NCC Thanks Lawmakers for Cottonseed Designation Push
12/15/2015
The NCC greatly appreciates House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN) for their leadership in getting 100 House Members signed onto a letter urging Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to use the authority granted in the '14 farm law to designate cottonseed as an ‘other oilseed.’ Learn more


Representatives Push For Cottonseed Designation (615k pdf)
12/15/2015
100 Representatives sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Dec. 15 urging him to use the authority granted in the ’14 farm law to designate cottonseed as an ‘other oilseed.’ Learn more


Lubbock Banker Mike Wright's Testimony (177k pdf)
12/11/2015
Lubbock banker Mike Wright testified Dec. 4 before the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee. Learn more


NCC Director Cannon Michael's Testimony (177k pdf)
12/11/2015
NCC Director Cannon Michael testified at a Dec. 9 “Stress In Cotton Country” hearing before the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee. Learn more


Shawn Holladay's Testimony (177k pdf)
12/11/2015
NCC Director Shawn Holladay testified at a Dec. 9 “Stress In Cotton Country” hearing before the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee. Learn more


Nathan Reed's Testimony (177k pdf)
12/11/2015
Nathan Reed, Arkansas state chairman, American Cotton Producers, testified at a Dec. 9 “Stress In Cotton Country” hearing before the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee. Learn more


Kent Wannamaker Testimony (177k pdf)
12/11/2015
NCC Director Kent Wannamaker testified  at a Dec. 9 “Stress In Cotton Country” hearing before the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee. Learn more


Shane Stephens Testimony
12/11/2015
NCC Vice Chairman Shane Stephens testified  at a Dec. 9 “Stress In Cotton Country” hearing before the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee. Learn more


Industry Leaders' Testimonies at “Stress In Cotton Country” Hearing
12/11/2015
Shane Stephens, NCC Vice Chairman and warehouser, a group of producer leaders and a West Texas banker outlined numerous market, policy, and regulatory issues that threaten to undermine US cotton’s health in testimony on Dec. 9 before the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee. Learn more


Letter Urges GMO Labeling Fix Inclusion (60k pdf)
12/11/2015
The NCC, along with 44 other agricultural organizations in the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, sent a letter to House and Senate leadership on Dec. 4, urging them to include language in the omnibus appropriations bill that addresses the patchwork of state genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling laws. Learn more


U.S. Cotton Sector Facing Difficult Economic Conditions
12/09/2015
Cotton industry leaders, testifying before a House Agriculture Committee subcommittee on Dec. 9 stated that Congress’ and the Administration’s assistance are crucial for U.S. cotton to weather the current economic and regulatory climate. Learn more


Separate Comment Period Sought On Organophosphate Assessments (113k pdf)
12/04/2015
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on a letter asking EPA to provide a separate comment period to determine if justification exists to include a Food Quality Protection Act 10X Safety Factor in the human health risk assessments of all organophosphate chemicals. Learn more


More Comment Time Sought For Chlorpyrifos Proposed Rule (112k pdf)
12/04/2015
The NCC, along with other agricultural organizations, submitted a Nov. 23 letter to EPA asking the agency to extend the comment period for its proposed rule to revoke all tolerances for chlorpyrifos. Learn more


Surface Transportation Bill Supported (82k pdf)
12/04/2015
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on a letter to all House and Senate Members supporting passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (H.R. 22). Learn more


NCC Raises Indemnity Concern
12/04/2015
In a letter to Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Brandon Willis regarding historic rains and floods in the Southeast, the NCC specifically noted that many producers who have accepted an appraisal for their loss still have not been able to destroy their crop due to moisture – which is required before receiving an indemnity check. Learn more


Letter Seeks Support For NCC’s Cottonseed Policy (154k pdf)
11/20/2015
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN) circulated a letter to their House colleagues across the Cotton Belt seeking signatures in support of the cottonseed policy being pursued by NCC. Learn more


Attention To Tax Code Provisions Urged (55k pdf)
11/20/2015
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting that they act as soon as possible to address the numerous provisions of the tax code (i.e. tax extenders) that expired on Dec. 31, ’14. Learn more


Senators Urged to Keep Crop Insurance Intact (84k pdf)
11/20/2015
As part of a coalition representing a cross section of agricultural organizations, the NCC signed onto a letter delivered to all Senators thanking those who came to the defense of crop insurance during the recent budget debate and urging Senators to uphold the promise to make the crop insurance program whole again without re-opening the farm bill. Learn more


Extension Sought On Pesticides Registration Review
11/13/2015
The NCC submitted a 60-day extension request for more time to review EPA’s pesticide registration review of draft human health and ecological risk assessments for sulfonylureas and other pesticides -- including organophosphates. The request highlighted seven specific chemicals used in crop protection products that are of significant importance to the cotton industry. Learn more


Letter Urges Swift Surface Transportation Enactment (98k pdf)
11/13/2015
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on a letter to House and Senate conferees expressing support for prompt enactment of multi-year surface transportation legislation. Learn more


Letter Urges CFTC Agriculture Representation (9k pdf)
11/06/2015
The NCC, along with 16 other agricultural organizations, sent a letter to the President citing a need for someone with agricultural markets knowledge in regards to the current open position for a democratic commissioner on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Learn more


Letter Supports Amendment Creating CDL Pilot Program (82k pdf)
11/06/2015
The NCC joined a coalition of other agriculture organizations on a letter in support of Rep. Crawford’s (R-AR) amendment that would create a commercial driver's license pilot program as part of six-year surface transportation legislation. Learn more


Letter Conveys Port Performance Act Support
11/06/2015
The NCC joined with numerous agricultural, agribusiness, transportation and other organizations on a letter to House Members in support of an amendment to include the “Port Performance Act” in a six-year surface transportation bill. Learn more


STAX Modifications Bulletin Issued (32k pdf)
11/03/2015
USDA's Nov. 3 information memorandum PM-15-052 to all approved insurance providers, Risk Management Agency (RMA) field offices and all other interested parties, stated that after considering feedback and input from various program participants during the 2015 insurance year, RMA is making several modifications to the STAX program as follows: 1) allow producers to elect a zero percent coverage range by practice; 2) allow Written Agreements that affect insurable acreage to apply to STAX; and 3) make STAX coverage available for cottonseed through an optional endorsement. Learn more


Surface Transportation Bill Support Letter Sent (202k pdf)
11/03/2015
The NCC joined with multiple agricultural producer, commodity and agribusiness organizations on a Nov. 3 letter to all House Members urging them to support passage of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763) when it is considered on the House floor (via H.R. 22). Learn more


Letter Urges Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization (12k pdf)
10/30/2015
Prior to House passage of a bill to reauthorize the Ex-IM Bank, the NCC sent a letter to all Cotton Belt House Members’ offices urging support for the bill. Joining the NCC on the letter were Amcot, the American Cotton Shippers Association and the National Council of Textile Organizations. Learn more


Privacy Principles Developed For Farmers' Data (89k pdf)
10/30/2015
Over the past year, a number of farm groups, including the NCC, worked together with agriculture technology providers to develop a set of privacy principles to protect farmers from having their data utilized in an unknown way. Learn more


Midwest, Western Farmers to See High Plains Cotton Operations
10/28/2015
Midwestern and Western farmers will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in the Lubbock area on Nov. 1-4, as part of the NCC's Multi-Commodity Education Program. Learn more


Budget Bill Provision Would Undermine Crop Insurance
10/27/2015
An Oct. 27 Action Alert from NCC President/CEO Gary Adams to the American Cotton Producers Executive Committee, NCC Crop Insurance Implementation Working Group and producer interest organizations asks those groups to promptly contact their House of Representative member/delegation and Senators and request that they work with the House and Senate agriculture committees' leadership to strike a provision in the just announced two-year federal budget agreement that would require USDA to renegotiate the Standard Reinsurance Agreement with crop insurance companies and reduce the target rate of return to 8.9%. The NCC believes the provision would cripple the private sector delivery system and result in company consolidation. Learn more


NCC Says Budget Bill Provision Harmful To Crop Insurance
10/27/2015
NCC President/CEO Gary Adams sent a letter to Congressional Members on Oct. 27 stating that the NCC is strongly opposed to a provision included in the just announced two-year budget agreement that would have devastating impacts on the private sector delivery of crop insurance. He urged Members to work with the House and Senate agriculture committees' leadership to either strike the provision (Section 201) from the budget agreement or oppose the agreement if it remains in the bill. Learn more


Administration Thanked For Biotech Regulatory Framework Review (338k pdf)
10/23/2015
Prior to a Senate agriculture committee hearing on biotechnology, the NCC joined with other agriculture groups on a letter to the White House expressing their appreciation for the Administration’s initiative to review and assess the coordinated framework for regulating biotech products. Learn more


NCC Supports Surface Transportation Bill (127k pdf)
10/23/2015
The NCC joined numerous other agriculture organizations urging support for a six-year surface transportation bill from the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Those Committee members later approved by voice vote the legislation that will help US agriculture and which could come to the House floor as early as the week of Oct. 26. Learn more


NCC: No More Constraints on US Cotton Policy
10/22/2015
The NCC opposes any efforts to further limit US cotton policy in the World Trade Organization’s December Ministerial in Nairobi, Kenya. That was one of the key messages NCC President/CEO Gary Adams delivered at an Oct. 21 House Agriculture Committee hearing. Learn more


Letter Requests Emergency Loss Adjustment
10/16/2015
The NCC joined with the North Carolina Cotton Producers Assoc., the South Carolina Cotton Board and the Southern Cotton Growers on a letter to Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Brandon Willis requesting the RMA implement emergency loss adjustment procedures to help expedite the claim process for growers affected by the recent floods and excessive rains in North Carolina and South Carolina. Learn more


Chart Outlines TPP Approval Timeline (183k pdf)
10/16/2015
The final text of the recently negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) had not been released as of Oct. 16, but this chart contains the timelines for notifications to Congress, the release of the text, and consideration by Congressional committees and the House and Senate. Learn more


WOTUS Rule Clarification Sought (244k pdf)
10/08/2015
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on a letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy and Secretary of the Army McHugh seeking clarification on the practical implications of the final rule defining “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. Learn more


Global Spinners See US Cotton Operations
09/25/2015
Six members of the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) Spinners Committee visited various US cotton operations and research facilities, on Sept. 13-18, immediately following the ITMF’s Annual Conference in San Francisco. Learn more


NCC: Report on U.S. Cotton Policies Very Misleading
09/18/2015
NCC: Report on U.S. Cotton Policies Very Misleading Learn more


Comments Filed on USDA’s CRP Final Rule
09/18/2015
The NCC joined other national commodity organizations on joint comments to USDA on its Conservation Reserve Program final rule that makes changes required from passage of the ’14 farm law. Learn more


Letter Conveys Support For Regulatory Process Modernization Bill (113k pdf)
09/18/2015
A letter signed by NCC and 386 other groups from various industries was sent to leadership of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee applauding the introduction of the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015 (S. 2006). Learn more


“Beltwide” Aims to Enhance Decision-Making
09/15/2015
“Beltwide” Aims to Enhance Decision-Making Learn more


Letter Urges Congressional Tax Provisions Action (191k pdf)
09/11/2015
The NCC joined more than 2000 other agriculture, business and manufacturing groups on a letter to all Representatives and Senators urging them to act on a multiyear or permanent extension of the expired and expiring tax provisions, including appropriate enhancements as soon as possible this year. Learn more


Letter Urges China Engagement on Ag Innovation, Trade (116k pdf)
09/04/2015
The NCC, along with other agriculture industry members, sent a letter to President Obama expressing the need for his continued engagement with China’s President Xi Jinping on agricultural innovation and trade. Learn more


NCC Comments Regarding Monarch Butterfly Proposal
08/21/2015
NCC filed a comment letter in response to EPA’s request to identify risk management options to protect monarch butterflies. Learn more


NCC Comments on Pollinator Proposals
08/21/2015
NCC's comments to EPA in response to the agency’s proposal to address pollinator health and mitigating bee exposure to pesticides included addressing EPA’s proposed pesticide label changes to protect bees from pesticide use. Learn more


Notice Outlines Payment Limit Reconciliation Process (165k pdf)
08/21/2015
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently issued notice CMA-138 regarding the process and instructions for FSA county offices, Cooperative Marketing Associations, Loan Servicing Agents and Designated Marketing Associations to conduct an interim reconciliation of marketing loan gains and loan deficiency payments attributed to the $125,000 per person payment limit. Learn more


Biofuel Production Analysis Comments Submitted
08/14/2015
The NCC submitted comments to the Federal Register on Aug. 13 in support of EPA’s notice on analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to production and transport of cotton (Gossypium spp.) seed oil for use in biofuel production. Learn more


Southwest Cotton Producers to See Mid-South Cotton Operations
08/10/2015
Twelve cotton producers from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas will see cotton operations in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee on Aug. 17-20 on the last of four tours of NCC's '15 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program. Learn more


Far West Cotton Producers to See Georgia Operations
07/31/2015
Ten Far West cotton producers will see cotton operations in Georgia on August 3-6 as part of the 2015 National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange program (P.I.E.). Learn more


Mid-South Cotton Producers to See Texas Operations
07/31/2015
Ten cotton producers from the Mid-South will see cotton and other agriculture-related operations in Texas on July 26-30 as part of the 2015 National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.). Learn more


Letter Sought Senators' Support of Highway Bill (160k pdf)
07/31/2015
The NCC joined with other agricultural groups on a letter to Senators asking for their support of the Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act -- which passed by a 63-34 vote during the week of July 27. The multi-year surface transportation legislation contains numerous provisions that will help agriculture producers get their products to market in an efficient manner. Learn more


Letter Sought Support On House-Passed Food Labeling Bil
07/24/2015
Prior to House passage on July 23 of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599), the NCC sent out a letter of support to all Cotton Belt Members to express the importance of this legislation to the cotton industry and the agriculture community. Learn more


Senate Panel Approves Tax Extenders Bill (65k pdf)
07/23/2015
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Wyden (D-OR) supporting important provisions contained in tax extender legislation approved by that Committee during the week of July 20. Learn more


Letter Conveys Support For Water Delivery Legislation
07/17/2015
During the week of July 13. the NCC sent a letter in support of the Western Water and American Food Security Act (H.R. 2898) to the bill's sponsor, Rep. Valadao (R-CA), as well as its co-sponsors, Reps. Costa (D-CA), Denham (R-CA), LaMalfa (R-CA), McCarthy (R-CA) and Nunes (R-CA). Learn more


Memo Addresses Improved Biotech Regulation (217k pdf)
07/10/2015
On July 2, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a memorandum on modernizing the framework and regulatory system for biotechnology products which was last updated in '92. Learn more


Southeastern Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture
07/07/2015
Thirteen Southeastern cotton producers will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of July 12 as part of the NCC's '15 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more


Support Conveyed For Port Transparency (42k pdf)
06/26/2015
The NCC joined other farm and business organizations on a letter to Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman Thune (R-SD) in support of the “Port Transparency Act” (S. 1298). Learn more


Letter Urges Swift Action on Bonus Depreciation Bill (145k pdf)
06/26/2015
The NCC joined other farm and business groups on a letter to House Ways and Means Committee members urging swift action on  H.R. 2510 that would permanently extend bonus depreciation. Learn more


NCC Submits Comments on GE Organisms
06/26/2015
The NCC submitted comments to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in response to their stakeholder message on Feb. 27 when they announced the withdrawal of the ’08 proposed rule that would have amended the regulations for certain genetically engineered organisms. Learn more


AFBF Summarizes Final WOTUS Rule (225k pdf)
06/19/2015
The American Farm Bureau Federation prepared a summary of EPA’s final "Waters of the US" rule. Learn more


Letter Conveys Support For Federal Water Quality Protection Act (119k pdf)
06/19/2015
After the Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S. 1140) passed in Committee last week, 383 state businesses, organizations, associations, and chambers of commerce co-signed a letter to all Senate members expressing their support for this important legislation and urging all Senators to become co-sponsors. Learn more


Letter Touts Benefits of Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (1.42mb pdf)
06/19/2015
The NCC and other agriculture community members worked with House Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Davis (R-IL) to get signatures from House Agriculture Committee members for a letter sent to leadership of the Energy & Commerce Committee that explained the positive aspects of the newly amended Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599). Learn more


Letter Addresses Shipping Fee Concerns (38k pdf)
06/12/2015
The NCC joined more than 90 other organizations representing a wide range of industries on a follow up letter to the chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) regarding the FMC’s report on Rules, Rates, and Practices Relating to Detention, Demurrage, and Free Time for Containerized Imports and Exports Moving Through Selected United States Ports. Learn more


Support Urged For WOTUS Withdrawal Bill (83k pdf)
06/12/2015
The NCC, along with other members of the Waters Advocacy Coalition, sent a letter to all Senators urging them to support the Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S. 1140), which would require the withdrawal of the rulemaking finalized by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers redefining “waters of the Unites States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. Learn more


Letter Urges No Berry Amendment Weakening (473k pdf)
06/12/2015
As part of the ongoing effort to ensure the Berry Amendment protections are not weakened by Congress in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, the NCC and other textile and manufacturing associations sent a letter to all Senators in support of two amendments filed by Sen. Ayotte (R-NH). Learn more


Ag Groups Convey CFTC Reauthorization Support
06/09/2015
The NCC was among a group of 33 organizations which sent a letter to House Agriculture Committee members and other Congressional Members in support of the Commodity End-User Relief Act (H.R. 2289) that the House was expected to consider the week of June 8. Learn more


Compliance Interim Rule Comments Filed
06/05/2015
The NCC joined with more than 40 agriculture, lending, crop insurance and conservation groups on comments regarding USDA’s Interim Rule on conservation compliance. Learn more


Letter Outlines Berry Amendment Threshold Concerns (446k pdf)
05/15/2015
A letter from a coalition of nine cotton, textile and apparel associations to all Senate Armed Services Committee members outlined the industry’s concerns with the increase in the Berry Amendment threshold. Learn more


Letter Highlights Berry Threshold Restoration Importance (448k pdf)
05/15/2015
A letter from nine cotton, textile and apparel associations sent to all House offices during the debate on the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act, highlighted the importance of restoring the Berry threshold. Learn more


Cotton LEADS™ Program Hosts Event For US Partners
05/15/2015
Since its establishment in '13, the Cotton LEADS™ program has attracted more than 300 partners from across the global supply chain. A recent luncheon in Gastonia, NC, was held to update the US-based partners on program activities and to announce the latest additions to the Cotton LEADS™ partner list: HanesBrands; Jo-Ann Fabrics; Kohl’s®; and Life Is Good®. Learn more


NCC Submits Crop Insurance Comments
05/08/2015
The NCC submitted detailed comments to USDA’s Risk Management Agency regarding proposed changes to Section 508(h) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act. Learn more


Letter Urges No TPA Bill Amendments
05/08/2015
The NCC joined 15 other agriculture and commodity organizations on a letter to the Senate Finance Committee leadership urging no amendments to the TPA bill and other trade measures that were approved by the Committee. Learn more


Ag Groups Convey Support For S. 1140 (86k pdf)
05/01/2015
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on a letter to leadership of the Senate agriculture and environment and public works committees urging their support of the Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S. 1140). Learn more


Support Conveyed For S. 1140 (68k pdf)
05/01/2015
The NCC joined a broad coalition of industries in support of the Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S. 1140), which would require EPA to withdraw its proposed “Waters of the US” rule and rewrite the rule after consultation with stakeholders. Learn more


Letter Conveys H.R. 1732 Support
05/01/2015
The NCC urged Cotton Belt Representatives to oppose any amendment that would weaken the Regulatory Protection Integrity Act of 2015 (H.R. 1732). Learn more


Science-Based Labeling Sought (49k pdf)
05/01/2015
The Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food  sent a letter to all House Members urging them to co-sponsor and support the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599). Learn more


More Honey Bee Research Needed (83k pdf)
05/01/2015
The NCC and other agricultural industry members cosigned and submitted comments to leadership of the House and Senate agriculture appropriations subcommittees expressing support for increases in the President’s FY16 budget for honey bee research activities. Learn more


Berry Amendment Preservation Sought (235k pdf)
05/01/2015
The NCC, along with six other organizations representing the textile and manufacturing sectors, conveyed US textile industry concerns in sent a letter to House Armed Services Committee leaders in advance of that Committee’s consideration of the FY16 National Defense Authorization bill. Learn more


Flubendiamide Registration Urged (30k pdf)
04/30/2015
The NCC submitted a comment letter to EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs asking the agency to consider the weight of scientific evidence for retaining the registration of flubendiamide (Belt) for use on cotton. Learn more


NCC Comments on Chlorpyrifos Assessment (36k pdf)
04/30/2015
In an April 30 comment letter, the NCC asked EPA to consider all submitted studies and continue reliance on credible scientific data before making any risk assessment and regulatory decisions regarding chlorpyrifos. Learn more


Comments Submitted on UAS Proposed Rule (89k pdf)
04/24/2015
The NCC and other agriculture organizations co-signed a letter that was sent to the Federal Aviation Administration commenting on the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems proposed rule. Learn more


2015-16 Emerging Leaders Program Class Announced
04/23/2015
Twelve US cotton industry members have been chosen to participate in the NCC Emerging Leaders Program for '15-16. Learn more


Letter Supports WOTUS Rule Withdrawal (67k pdf)
04/17/2015
The Water Advocacy Coalition, of which the NCC is a member, sent a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership urging Members to vote for the “Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015” (H.R. 1732). This bill, if enacted, would require EPA and the Corps to withdraw the “WOTUS” rule within 30 days. Learn more


Comments Conveyed on Tax Provisions (72k pdf)
04/17/2015
The NCC joined other agriculture organizations on a letter to the Senate Finance Committee leadership to comment on several tax provisions important to the agriculture industry. Learn more


NCC Opposes Prevented Planting Provisions Changes
04/16/2015
In response to a study conducted by USDA’s Risk Management Agency on prevented planting coverage levels, the NCC was joined by producer and ginner organizations in submitting comments to the agency opposing any change to coverage levels for upland and extra-long staple cotton. Learn more


NCC Comments on Rootworm Resistance Proposal
04/16/2015
The NCC filed comments on EPA’s proposal to change corn rootworm resistance management provisions saying the agency has proposed a mandate for resistance management without recognizing its detriment to the farming industry. Learn more


'15 PIE Program Tour Dates Set
04/10/2015
The NCC scheduled tour dates and locations for the '15 Producer Information Exchange Program. Learn more


Letter Asks EPA About Pollinator Protection Activities (710k pdf)
04/10/2015
Twelve Senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking to learn more about steps the agency is taking to protect pollinator health. Learn more


Biotech Comments To EPA (331k pdf)
04/10/2015
The NCC signed on to a letter regarding EPA’s request for public input on the agency’s regulatory review process that specifically focused on the importance of biotechnology and plant-incorporated protectants. Learn more


Letters Conveys Industry Appropriations Priorities
04/02/2015
A NCC letter to Sens. Moran (R-KS) and Merkley (D-OR), the chairman and ranking members, respectively, of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, transmitted the cotton industry’s request for FY16 funding for selected programs under the Subcommittee's jurisdiction. An identical letter was sent to leaders of the corresponding House subcommittee. Learn more


Ag Committee Leaders Input On Biotech Labeling Debate Appreciated (12k pdf)
03/27/2015
The NCC joined onto a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson thanking them for engaging and being helpful on the biotech labeling debate. Learn more


NCC Letter Shows Support For Ag Innovation, Biotechnology (160k pdf)
03/27/2015
the NCC showed their support for agriculture innovation and biotechnology by signing on to a letter to all Senators that explained the importance of technology to the agriculture industry and urged them to oppose any budget or appropriations amendments that would deny agriculture producers access to modern technology. Learn more


Letter Conveys NCC's Support of Death Tax Repeal Bill (65k pdf)
03/27/2015
The NCC joined other agriculture organizations on a March 24 letter to Reps. Brady (R-TX) and Bishop (D-GA) in support of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 (H.R. 1105). Learn more


NCC Joins On Letter Supporting HR 897 (195k pdf)
03/20/2015
The NCC joined with nearly 100 organizations on a letter to the House Agriculture Committee urging support for the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015 (HR 897). Learn more


Letter Conveys E-Verify Concerns (38k pdf)
03/20/2015
The NCC joined a broad cross section of agriculture on a letter to the House  leadership to express and explain the coalition’s strong opposition to the Legal Workforce Act. Learn more


NCC: “Waters of the U.S.” Proposed Rule Overly Burdensome
03/17/2015
NCC Chairman Sledge Taylor, in March 17 testimony before a House panel, said that a rule proposed by the EPA and Corps of Engineers to define “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act would require costly federal permits for many commonplace and essential farming practices. Learn more


NCC Urges No Budget Reductions For Farm Law (125k pdf)
02/27/2015
The NCC joined with a wide-ranging group of organizations representing production agriculture, conservation, credit, rural development, nutrition, and energy on a Feb. 23 letter to the leadership of the House and Senate budget committees urging no reductions to the Agricultural Act of 2014. Learn more


Letter to National Academy of Sciences Regarding Biotech Crops
02/27/2015
The NCC, along with other members of the Agriculture Biotech Alliance (ABA), signed onto a letter regarding biotech crops and products to Dr. Fred Gould and the National Academies of Sciences in response to their most recent biotech study: A Science-Based Look at Genetically Engineered Crops. Learn more


Letter to EC Commissioner Touts Biotech Ag Products, Crops (49k pdf)
02/27/2015
The NCC, along with other members of the Agriculture Biotech Alliance (ABA), signed onto a letter to Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis of the European Commission calling on the European Union to act without delay on drafting decisions authorizing importation for food and feed processing of 13 new biotechnology products. Learn more


NCC: No Adverse Farm Law Changes or Budget Reductions
02/24/2015
NCC Director Ronnie Lee testified at a Senate agriculture committee hearing that with producers now making critical decisions on the new farm law’s various program options and with program election and sign-up deadlines still ahead, it would be highly disruptive and punitive to make adverse policy changes or budget reductions while the new farm law is being implemented. Learn more


PEP Bolstering US Cotton’s Advocacy
02/06/2015
Thirteen US cotton producers have been selected to participate in the '15 NCC Policy Education Program (PEP). Learn more


NCC Files Statement on Trade Priorities
01/30/2015
The NCC outlined US cotton's key trade concerns in a statement of record it filed as part of the Senate Finance Committee's Jan. 27 hearing on the US trade policy agenda. Learn more


Comments Filed On CFTC Proposal (67k pdf)
01/23/2015
The NCC, along with AMCOT and the American Cotton Shippers Assoc., filed comments with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in response to a proposal to impose position limits on market participants in commodities markets. Learn more


Commodity Groups Respond to Negative Editorial
01/16/2015
The NCC recently led a group of commodity organizations in responding to a misleading Wall Street Journal op-ed entitled, “Harvesting Crop Insurance Profits.” Learn more


Cotton Belt Senators -- 114th Congress (pdf)
01/15/2015
A list of Cotton Belt Senators and their key staff members for the 114th Congress. Learn more


Key Trade Issues Affecting U.S. Cotton (2 mb pdf)
01/15/2015
The National Cotton Council prepared a presentation on key trade issues that are currently affecting the U.S. cotton industry. Learn more


Trade Issues Affecting the U.S. Cotton Industry
01/15/2015
The NCC prepared a powerpoint presentation on current trade issues affecting U.S. cotton Learn more


Letter Urges West Coast Port Negotiations Conclusion (30k pdf)
12/31/2014
The NCC joined onto a letter to President Obama with associations representing US manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, importers, exporters, and transportation and logistics providers to express the coalitions continued concerns with the status of the West Coast port labor negotiations and the impact the ongoing congestion and slowdowns are having on all segments of the economy. Learn more


FSA Announces New Yield Data for Safety Net Calculations
12/22/2014
USDA's Farm Service Agency is offering farmers new information to update program payment yields that will help them better select protections offered by the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. Learn more


Senators' Letters Convey Concerns On Turkish Anti-Dumping Case (149k pdf)
12/22/2014
Eight Senators, including incoming Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Corker (R-TN), signed onto letters sent on Dec. 19 to US Trade Representative Froman, Secretary of Commerce Pritzker, and Turkish Ambassador Kılıç, noting, among other points, their concerns that the Turkish government's anti-dumping investigation is being driven by factors unrelated to the import of US cotton and there is no clear evidence of US cotton exports dumping. Learn more


Letters Convey Concerns on Turkish Anti-Dumping Issue (1.1mb pdf)
12/19/2014
Congressional letters have been sent to US Trade Representative Froman, Secretary of Commerce Pritzker, and Turkish Ambassador Kılıç, noting the apparent political nature of the anti-dumping case, the lack of transparency in the basis used to initiate the case, and the potential WTO violations that may occur if Turkey proceeds to assess duties on US cotton imports. Learn more


Senate Makes Assignments For Four Key Committees
12/18/2014
Assignments were made for the Senate committees on agriculture, appropriations, finance, and environment and public works for the 114th Congress. (Cotton Belt members are in bold and freshman members are noted with an asterisk.) The complete House and Senate committee and subcommittee memberships will be available once the new Congress convenes in January '15. Learn more


STAX/Farm Bill Workshop/Webinar Information Available
12/18/2014
Cotton industry members and agribusiness personnel are encouraged to access information recently presented at the NCC's 25 STAX/Farm Bill workshops as well as information (including audio/video) presented in the NCC's four regional webinars held on Dec. 17-18. Among important elements of The Agricultural Act of 2014 covered in those sessions were an in-depth look at the new Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) and the Supplemental Coverage Option along with regional examples of insurance rates and county yields. Learn more


NCC Conducting STAX/Farm Bill Webinars
12/12/2014
As a follow-up to its STAX/Farm Bill workshops, the NCC is hosting four regional information webinars. Each session will include regional examples of insurance rates, county yields and information regarding farm programs. Learn more


NCC Conveys Support for House California Drought Legislation
12/04/2014
A letter to House Majority Leader McCarthy (R-CA) on behalf of the NCC and its grower, gin, warehouse and merchandizing members based in California thanked him for co-sponsoring the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 (H.R. 5781) that was introduced the week of Dec. 1 and for his ongoing efforts to address that critical situation. The NCC said it strongly supports the bill, which is to be considered by the House the week of Dec. 8. Learn more


Cotton LEADS™ Fiber Deemed 100% Certified Bio-based
12/04/2014
Cotton fiber represented by the Cotton LEADS™ program, which promotes the responsible production practices of Australian and US cotton producers, is deemed 100% bio-based amid changes to USDA's BioPreferred Program guidelines. Learn more


NCC Submits Pollinator Health Comments
11/21/2014
In its comments to the President’s Pollinator Health Task Force, the NCC informed EPA of activities that the NCC has been engaged towards improving honey bee health and offered suggestions for federal actions. Learn more


Letter Conveys Support For Restoring Higher Section 179 Expensing Limit, Bonus Depreciation (11k pdf)
11/18/2014
The NCC joined with a group of other farm and ranch organizations representing small businesses on a Nov. 18 letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner, and House Minority Leader Pelosi encouraging the Senate and the House to carefully consider the importance of including Section 179 Small Business Financing and bonus depreciation in a multi-year tax extenders package. Learn more


President Asked To Intervene On West Coast Port Labor Negotiations (108K pdf)
11/17/2014
The NCC joined onto a letter with associations representing United States agriculture and forest products producers asking President Obama to resolve this critical situation. The Nov. 17 letter asked the President to reach out to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association to insist that they immediately restore the ports to full operation while they continue negotiations. Learn more


Letter Calls For WOTUS Rule Withdrawal (857k pdf)
11/17/2014
The NCC joined with a large contingent of other agricultural and agribusiness organizations on a letter to EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers asking those agencies to withdraw their proposed rule to define “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act. Learn more


Notice ARCPLC-14 Provides State/County Offices' Guidance On ARC, PLC Elections (1.2 mb pdf)
11/13/2014
USDA's Farm Service Agency issued Notice ARCPLC-14, which provides guidance to state and county Offices on Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) elections. As authorized in the new farm law, current producers on farms with base acres have the opportunity to elect ARC or PLC that will be in effect for the life of the '14 farm law. The election period is Nov. 17, '14-March 31, '15, and the election will be made on CCC-857. Learn more


Notice ARCPLC-13 Provides ARC, PLC Timeline (22k pdf)
10/31/2014
USDA's Notice ARCPLC-13 has a summary of the phases for ARCPLC and dates for when phases or actions are expected to occur or be complete. Learn more


FSA Issues Revised AD-1026 Regarding HELC, WC (2.8mb pdf)
10/30/2014
Revised versions of AD-1026 and AD-1026 Appendix (dated 6-30-14) were issued by USDA's Farm Service Agency to reflect the linkage for any premium subsidy eligibility for crop insurance policy or plan paid by FCIC to compliance with Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification provisions as required by the Agricultural Act of 2014. Learn more


NCC Reminds Its Members to Vote
10/30/2014
NCC members are reminded that U.S. elections are being held throughout '14, with the general elections scheduled for Tuesday, November 4. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be contested. As many of those Cotton Belt state races are tightly contested, the NCC urges its members to get out and vote!! Learn more


Timeline for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) (22k pdf)
10/27/2014
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NCC Appreciates Timely APH Announcement
10/21/2014
The National Cotton Council commended USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) for implementing a farm law provision important to cotton production areas that have been hit with drought and other adverse weather in recent years. Learn more


NCC Responds To Post Editorial Regarding Brazil WTO Case
10/09/2014
The NCC sent a letter to the editor to the Washington Post in response to the newspaper's editorial that was critical of the Brazil WTO Dispute resolution. Learn more


NCC Conducting STAX/Farm Bill Workshops
10/06/2014
The NCC scheduled 25 educational meetings across the Cotton Belt to provide its members with in-depth information regarding insurance options for cotton under The Agricultural Act of 2014. The first meeting was on Nov. 10 and the last two on Dec. 10. Learn more


Beltwide Cotton Conferences Offer Effective Decision-Making Help
10/06/2014
Attendees at the '15 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will have access to individual reports and panel discussions containing information useful for helping them make key cotton research, production and marketing-related decisions. Learn more


NCC Commends Resolution of Brazil WTO Dispute
10/01/2014
The NCC appreciates the US government’s successful efforts to conclude the US-Brazil trade dispute in the WTO through negotiation, thereby avoiding retaliation. Learn more


COTTON TRANSITION PAYMENT SIGN-UP DEADLINE HERE!
09/24/2014
Producers are reminded that sign-up for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) is underway at county Farm Service Agency offices. The deadline for application is Oct. 7, '14. Learn more


CTAP Details, ARC/PLC Program General Provisions (222k pdf)
09/24/2014
Details of the Cotton Transition Assistance Program, along with general provisions for ARC and PLC programs, are contained in Federal Register notice 7 CFR Part 1412. Learn more


NCC Comments on China WTO Compliance (110k pdf)
09/19/2014
This document has a summary of NCC Chairman Wally Darneille's oral testimony and the NCC's full written comments submitted to the Office of the US Trade Representative in advance of an Oct. 1 public hearing in Washington, DC, on China’s compliance with its WTO obligations. Learn more


NCC Urges APH Adjustment Implementation
09/12/2014
In a letter to Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis, the NCC urged the RMA to make every effort to implement for the '15 cotton crop the farm bill provision allowing a producer to adjust their APH insurance yield. The letter is based on an American Cotton Producers resolution subsequently approved by the NCC Board. Learn more


NCC Comments on RMA’s Interim Rule Regarding Farm Law Provisions
09/05/2014
The NCC submitted comments on the Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) Interim Rule published on July 1 that addressed implementation of enterprise units by practice, coverage by practice, beginning farmer provisions and the new linkage of crop insurance and conservation compliance. Learn more


Southeast Cotton Producers to See Texas Operations
08/14/2014
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. Learn more


NCC Commends RMA for Timely Implementation of STAX for Cotton
08/12/2014
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. Learn more


NCC Files Comments On EPA's Proposed Revisions To Agricultural Worker Protection Standard
08/04/2014
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. Learn more


House Passes H.R. 935
07/25/2014
The House on July 31 passed H.R. 935, “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act,” by a 267-161 vote. The NCC had issued an action alert on July 25 asking leadership to contact several Congressional offices and urge support for the legislation. Learn more


Far West Cotton Producers to See Mid-South Cotton Operations
07/24/2014
Nine cotton producers from Arizona, California and New Mexico will see cotton operations in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee on July 28-31 as part of the NCC’s '14 Producer Information Exchange program. Learn more


Producers Reminded of '14 Farm Law Conservation Compliance Changes
07/23/2014
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. Learn more


Cotton LEADS™ Partners Now Exceed 200
07/23/2014
Cotton LEADS™, a joint program established by the Australian and US cotton industries, now has attained more than 200 partners across the global cotton textile supply chain. Learn more


NCC Letters Convey California Water Legislation Support
07/18/2014
In letters to several members of California’s congressional delegation, the NCC urged the House and Senate to work to resolve the differences between S. 2198 and H.R. 3964 and work together in the remaining days of the 113th Congress to approve comprehensive drought relief legislation. Learn more


California Drought Relief Bill Recommendations Forwarded (202k pdf)
07/18/2014
Producers from several different areas and water districts in California developed a list of recommendations to guide the House and Senate negotiations on the “Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act”. The recommendations were contained in a letter sent to the California Congressional delegation that urged their inclusion in legislation that can be presented to the House and Senate for approval and sent to the President for his signature in the near future.<br /> Learn more


Compliance Form 1026 (1mb pdf)
07/11/2014
The Agricultural Act of 2014 ('14 farm law) links eligibility for any premium subsidy paid by the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. on a policy or plan of federally reinsured crop insurance to compliance with HELC and WC provisions. This necessitates the completion of this compliance form -- the revised AD-1026, Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification. Learn more


Mid-South Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture
07/03/2014
Thirteen Mid-South cotton producers will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of July 13 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2014 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more


NCC Responds to Interpretive Rule
07/03/2014
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. Learn more


President Issues Pollinator Protection Memo
06/20/2014
President Obama issued a memorandum on June 20 directing US government agencies to take additional steps to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies – critical contributors to our nation’s economy, food system, and environmental health. Learn more


NCC Supports CFTC Reauthorization Bill (92k pdf)
06/20/2014
The NCC joined other organizations representing a very broad cross-section of US production agriculture and agribusiness on a letter to House Members urging them to cast an affirmative vote on H.R. 4413, the “Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act,” when it moves to the House floor for consideration. Learn more


Statement Calls For Withdrawal of CWA Interpretive Rule (280k pdf)
06/20/2014
The NCC joined with other agricultural organizations in submitting a statement conveying concerns with and calling for withdrawal of the Interpretive Rule regarding the Clean Water Act's agricultural exemptions. The statement was sent to House Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry Chairman Thompson (R-PA) and Ranking Member Walz (D-MN) prior to the Subcommittee's review of that Rule. Learn more


Concerns Conveyed Over EPA's Waters Of The US Rule (113k pdf)
06/11/2014
The Waters Advocacy Coalition, of which NCC is an active member, submitted a "Statement for the Record" to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment raising it's serious concern over the EPA’s proposed Waters of the United States rule. Learn more


Congress Urged To Support Targeted Truck Weight Provisions (70k pdf)
06/11/2014
The NCC joined a group of organizations, including several agricultural groups, on a letter to House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Pelosi (D-CA) in which Congressional Members were urged to support the targeted truck weight provisions included in Section 125 of the FY15 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Act (H.R. 4745). Learn more


Cotton Producers to Examine Montana Agricultural Operations
06/10/2014
Cotton producers from the Carolinas to California will get a look at a diverse range of agricultural production and processing operations in Montana on June 23-26 as part of the NCC's Multi-Commodity Education Program. Learn more


No Farm Law Modifications Urged
06/10/2014
The NCC joined commodity and general farm organizations on a letter urging House Members to reject any amendments to change farm law when the FY15 Agriculture Appropriations measure is debated beginning on June 11. Modifications would create instability and uncertainty for farmers who have to make large investments and complex cropping and marketing decisions in increasingly volatile markets. The '14 farm law required three years of debate, includes far-reaching policy reform and achieves significant budget savings. Learn more


NCC Supports America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014 (96k pdf)
06/09/2014
The NCC joined onto a letter with other organizations representing millions of businesses from every state and from every industry sector to Reps. Kind (D-WI) and Tiberi (R-OH) conveying support for H.R. 4457, legislation they introduced that would restore the small business expensing—sometimes called Section 179 expensing—level to $500,000, including limited improvements to real property and permanently index the level to inflation. Learn more


'14-15 Emerging Leaders Program Participants Chosen
04/30/2014
The NCC Emerging Leaders Program's 2014-15 class members have been selected. Learn more


'14 PIE Program Tour Dates Set
04/24/2014
The NCC has scheduled tour dates and locations for the '14 Producer Information Exchange (PIE) Program. Learn more


USDA Announces ’14 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials (See Corrections Made on April 16)
04/17/2014
USDA's Farm Service Agency announced on April 15 the '14-crop loan rate differentials, also referred to as loan rate premiums and discounts, for upland and extra-long staple cotton. On April 16, USDA re-released page 3 of the upland cotton tables, which includes corrected numbers for extraneous matter, strength, length uniformity and micronaire. Learn more


NCC Rebuttal to Roll Call Honeybee Decline Commentary
04/11/2014
Dr. Don Parker, the NCC's manager, Integrated Pest Management, submitted on April 10 a rebuttal to a commentary targeting neonicotinoids that appeared in the DC-based online newspaper, Roll Call. Learn more


Cotton LEADS™ Acknowledged By More Than 100 Textile Businesses
03/13/2014
Launched in October of last year, the Cotton LEADS™ program continues to resonate with global textile businesses as a supply chain program committed to responsibly-produced cotton. Learn more


Farm Bill Education Meetings (click here for listing)
02/20/2014
A listing is now available of the 49 education meetings in 15 Cotton Belt states the NCC has scheduled to provide its members with a greater understanding of The Agricultural Act of 2014. Learn more


NCC Believes Brazil WTO Case Resolved
02/20/2014
In response to Brazil’s decision to request a panel at the WTO to assess the new US farm bill, the NCC stated that the new Stacked Income Protection Plan was developed specifically to bring the United States into compliance with the '08 WTO Appellate Body decision thus resolving the long-standing dispute. Learn more


NCC Applauds Timely Varroa Mite Forum
02/19/2014
The NCC applauded USDA for holding its “Varroa Mite Summit” saying the forum is a key step for stopping honey bee health decline. Learn more


NCC Applauds Senate’s Farm Bill Passage, Urges President's Signature
02/04/2014
The NCC is pleased that the Senate acted swiftly to approve the Farm Bill Conference Report (Agricultural Act of 2014) and appreciates the leadership provided by Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Cochran (R-MS). Learn more


NCC Appreciates House Moving Farm Law Closer To Reality
01/29/2014
The NCC commended the House of Representatives for their strong bi-partisan approval of The Agricultural Act of 2014. Learn more


NCC Urges Swift Farm Bill Passage
01/28/2014
The NCC is urging Representatives to vote for the Farm Bill Conference Report when the House considers it on Jan. 29. Learn more


NCC Responds To Brazilian Cotton Growers Delegation Comments
01/15/2014
The NCC is deeply disappointed and disturbed by statements to the press made by representatives of the Brazilian cotton industry while they were in Washington, DC, on Jan. 13-15. Learn more


News Release On Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014
01/10/2014
A news release was issued on The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014 by the bill's co-sponsors: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Learn more


Bee Protection Presenting Crop Protection Challenge
01/06/2014
The NCC reminds its members that for the past five years it has closely monitored the escalating events surrounding bee protection -- and will stay involved in pollinator protection activities that challenge crop protection product usage. Learn more


FSA Issues Notice On Cotton MAL/LDP Policy For '14 Crop Year (28k pdf)
12/30/2013
USDA's Farm Service Agency issued a notice advising their cotton state/county offices, CMA’s, LSA’s, and cotton clerks that legislation authorizing '14 crop year MAL’s and LDP’s had not been enacted. Learn more


Cotton LEADS™ Embraced By Global Textile Supply Chain
12/19/2013
Just two months after its launch, the Cotton LEADS™ program continues to gain momentum along the global textile supply chain. Learn more


Cotton Ministerial Draft On Cotton Policies And Objectives
12/06/2013
The Ministers at the WTO meeting in Bali are set to approve a document concerning cotton policies and objectives of future negotiations. Learn more


Timely Completion of Long Term, Comprehensive Farm Bill Critical
11/27/2013
The NCC was joined by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and USA Rice Federation in expressing appreciation of the continued efforts of the leaders and members of the House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee to complete work on a new comprehensive, multi-year farm bill – but the groups reiterated their opposition to extending current farm law. Learn more


Peru Determines No CVD on U.S. Cotton
11/22/2013
The National Cotton Council (NCC) welcomes the decision by the Peruvian commission on competition and intellectual property (INDECOPI) not to impose a countervailing duty (CVD) on imports of U.S. cotton. Following an 18-month investigation, the commission found no causal link between the imports of U.S. cotton fiber and the economic situation of Peru’s cotton farmers. Learn more


Midwest, Southwest Farmers to See Georgia Agricultural Operations
11/04/2013
Midwest and Southwest producers will see agricultural operations in Georgia on November 11-14, as part of the NCC's Multi-Commodity Education Program. Learn more


NCC Lauds USDA’s Prompt Payment Distribution
10/21/2013
The NCC thanked USDA after the agency announced on October 21 that it had begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments to this nation’s participants and that it will begin distributing 2013 Direct Payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program payments on October 24. Learn more


Senators Thanked For Letter Seeking Clarification on Marketing Assistance Loans Reduction
10/18/2013
The NCC expressed appreciation to Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and 12 of their Sunbelt colleagues for their bipartisan communication to USDA Secretary Vilsack requesting clarification of the basis for the decision to reduce Marketing Assistance Loans by 5.1% and to shut down loan processing until software modifications are made. Learn more


Sen. Sessions' Letter Seeks Clarification on MALs (2.1mb pdf)
10/18/2013
Sen. Sessions (R-AL), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, send a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack regarding concerns with unanticipated changes to Marketing Assistance Loans and ongoing delays in the processing of MAL applications. Learn more


Senators' Letter Seeks MAL Reduction Clarification (555k pdf)
10/18/2013
Sens. Cochran (R-MS) and Chambliss (R-GA) were joined by 12 colleagues on a bipartisan letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack requesting clarification of the basis for the decision to reduce Marketing Assistance Loans by 5.1% and to shutdown loan processing until software modifications are made. Learn more


US, Australian Cotton Industries Escalating Commitment to Responsibly-Grown Fiber
10/16/2013
The NCC and its export promotion arm, Cotton Council International, have joined with Cotton Australia and Cotton Incorporated as founding members of COTTON LEADS™ -- an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the responsible growing practices among U.S. and Australian cotton producers. Learn more


BRAZTAC Urges Solution To US-Brazil WTO Cotton Case (48k pdf)
10/04/2013
A letter to Congress from the Brazil Trade Action Coalition (BRAZTAC), conveyed support for a definitive solution to the US-Brazil World WTO cotton case in the context of the 2013 farm bill in order to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in Brazilian trade retaliation against US goods and intellectual property rights. Learn more


USDA Summary Of Actions Affected By Shutdown (31k pdf)
10/04/2013
Although most USDA activities will be shut down or significantly reduced and most USDA employees will be furloughed, certain USDA activities would continue because they are related to law enforcement, the protection of life and property, or are financed through available funding (such as through mandatory appropriations or user fees). Learn more


Decision-Making Help Offered At 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences
10/04/2013
Those involved in helping producers make key cotton production/marketing-related decisions – including consultants, researchers, Extension specialists/agents and industry sales/support personnel – will find an abundance of information at the 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences. Learn more


NCC Relays Concerns Over CFTC Proposed Customer Protection Rules
09/20/2013
The NCC joined with more than 20 other agriculture and financial trade associations in a letter to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gary Gensler expressing concern over proposed customer protection rules affecting participants in the futures markets. Learn more


NCC Reiterates Call for New Farm Bill
08/07/2013
The NCC has consistently recognized that a new multi-year farm bill is the way to achieve a final resolution of the cotton portions of the longstanding trade dispute with Brazil. Learn more


Letter Urges House Passage of Immigration Bill (36k pdf)
08/02/2013
The NCC joined nearly 100 other agriculture organizations on a letter to House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Pelosi (D-CA) that also was circulated to each Representative -- urging them to support passage of immigration legislation that addresses the labor crisis facing American agriculture. Learn more


Far West Producers to See Texas Operations
07/25/2013
Nine cotton producers from Arizona and California will see cotton and other agriculture-related operations in Texas on Aug. 5-8 as part of the '13 NCC’s Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.). Learn more


Southwest Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture
07/16/2013
Thirteen cotton producers from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of July 22 as part of the NCC’s '13 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more


NCC Welcomes Farm Law Progress
07/11/2013
The NCC welcomed the July 11 House action on new farm legislation (H.R. 2642) because it is an important step towards enactment of new multi-year legislation. Learn more


TPP Letter Signatories By State/Congressional District
07/11/2013
This document lists the 167 House Members by state and Congressional District that signed on to a letter to the US Trade Representative urging inclusion of strong rules of origin for textile and apparel products in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement currently being negotiated. Learn more


Letter To Ambassador Froman Cites Concerns With TPP Textiles Negotiations (1.76mb pdf)
07/10/2013
A letter to US Trade Representative Michael Froman signed by 167 Congressional Members conveyed concerns with the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, specifically the Vietnamese government's position regarding textile negotiations. Learn more


Letter Urging Senate Passage Of Immigration Reform Bill (55k pdf)
06/28/2013
The NCC, along with the National Cotton Ginners Assoc. and other agricultural organizations, sent a letter to the full Senate urging passage of immigraton reform legislation. Learn more


Southeast Producers to See Louisiana, Mississippi Operations
06/27/2013
Ten cotton producers from the Southeast will see cotton operations in Louisiana and Mississippi on July 7-12 as part of the NCC’s '13 Producer Information Exchange (PIE) program. Learn more


Cotton Industry Deeply Disappointed House Rejects Bipartisan Farm Legislation
06/20/2013
The farm legislation rejected by the House would have provided a predictable, long-term safety net while saving more than $40 billion over the next 10 years; reforming and streamlining programs; and providing a basis for the resolution of a long standing trade dispute. Learn more


Mid-South Cotton Producers to See Georgia Operations
06/18/2013
Eight Mid-South cotton producers will see cotton operations in Georgia on June 24-28 as part of the '13 NCC’s Producer Information Exchange program (P.I.E.). Learn more


Brazil WTO Case Framework Agreement Summary/Background
06/14/2013
A NCC-prepared summary/background document on the Framework Agreement in the Brazil World Trade Organization Case notes that the Agreement delays Brazilian retaliation. Learn more


US Textile Industry Working for Acceptable TPP
06/14/2013
According to reports from the National Council of Textiles, the recently completed round of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations conducted in Lima, Peru began to focus on a textile rule of origin. Learn more


Congressional Letter To USTR Expressing TPP Concerns
06/14/2013
Multiple Congress Members, including several from the Cotton Belt, have signed onto a letter to the US Trade Representative expressing their collective concern regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations -- and urging support for a yarn forward rule in the final TPP. Learn more


NCC Welcomes Senate Farm Bill Passage
06/11/2013
The NCC appreciates the timely action by the US Senate in approving the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 by a 66-27 vote. Learn more


SURE Disaster Program Deadline Approaches for '11 Crops
06/03/2013
USDA's Farm Service Agency reminds producers they have until Friday, June 7, '13 to apply for assistance for '11 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. The program provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible producers on farms that have incurred crop production or quality losses. Learn more


2013 Farm Bill Saves Money, Reforms Policy
05/29/2013
The farm bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee saves nearly $40 billion in mandatory funds while providing reforms to farm policy. Learn more


NCC Lauds House Committee’s Farm Bill Action
05/16/2013
The NCC congratulated House Agriculture Committee Chairman Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN) for their efforts in moving new farm legislation through that Committee. Learn more


NCC Welcomes Senate Ag Panel’s Timely Action
05/14/2013
The NCC appreciates the work of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee for producing a farm bill that includes provisions supported by the cotton industry. Learn more


2013 P.I.E. Program Tours Announced
05/10/2013
The NCC has scheduled dates and locations for the 2013 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the program is now in its 25th year of helping its U.S. cotton producer participants maximize on-farm efficiency. Learn more


NCC Conveys Opposition To Labeling Legislation (62k pdf)
05/10/2013
The NCC joined with other agricultural organizations on a letter to Congressional members opposing the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act. Learn more


NCC Letter Seeks EAAP Funds Release Date
05/10/2013
NCC President/CEO Mark Lange sent a letter to FSA Administrator Garcia expressing gratitude for the release of farm program payment funds and requesting a date for release of EAAP funds, which have been similarly placed on hold due to budget constraints. Learn more


EAAP Successfully Restored In Senate Farm Bill Mark-Up Document
05/09/2013
In a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Cochran (R-MS), nine Cotton Belt Senators successfully urged inclusion of the Economic Adjustment Assistance Program (EAAP) for domestic textile manufacturers in the Senate farm bill document. Learn more


Letter Urges Restoration of EAAP (353k pdf)
05/09/2013
A letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Cochran (R-MS), nine Cotton Belt Senators urged inclusion of the Economic Adjustment Assistance Program (EAAP) for domestic textile manufacturers in the Senate farm bill document. Learn more


Reference Documents Regarding Restoration Of Upland Cotton Provisions of S.3240
05/09/2013
The NCC prepared a document outlining provisions of the Economic Adjustment Assistance Program (EAAP) for domestic textile manufacturers. Learn more


Senate Panel Approves Pryor Amendment To Revise EPA’s SPCC Rules
05/09/2013
Sen. Pryor’s (D-AR) amendment 801 to the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 -- a revision to the EPA Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) rule for farms and ranches -- was accepted by unanimous consent in the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on May 8. Learn more


Effective Crop Insurance Importance Conveyed (43k pdf)
05/03/2013
The NCC joined with 43 other organizations on a letter to Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Chairman Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Cochran (R-MS) conveying support for crop insurance and opposition to provisions that will limit its effectiveness as their Committee and the full Senate prepare to consider a comprehensive farm bill. Learn more


NCC Statement Regarding USDA/EPA Honey Bee Report
05/02/2013
The NCC is aware that the scientific community is in agreement that there are multiple factors involved with bee health decline and more study is necessary to determine which of these factors are the most important. Learn more


Inaugural Emerging Leaders Class Chosen
04/30/2013
The NCC has selected the first class of its new Emerging Leaders Program -- an effort aimed at ensuring the US cotton industry benefits from a continuity of sound leadership. Learn more


NCC Testifies on China Policies (68k pdf)
04/26/2013
NCC President/CEO Dr. Mark Lange testified on the current situation regarding cotton trade with China and the impacts of China’s cotton policies at an April 25, '13 hearing in Ames, IA, on China’s agriculture policy and US access to China’s market held by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Learn more


Immigration Bill Unveiled In Senate (268k pdf)
04/19/2013
A summary of an immigration reform bill, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013,” includes provisions for agricultural employers. Learn more


'13 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials Announced
04/15/2013
USDA's Farm Service Agency announced the '13 crop loan rate differentials (and their tables) for upland and extra long staple cotton. Learn more


NCC Stresses Importance of Effective STAX
04/10/2013
In a statement, the NCC says farm policy should maintain the underlying structure of the shallow loss crop insurance product known as the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX). Learn more


Letters Aimed At Getting Much-Needed TPP Provisions
04/09/2013
The NCC is joining the National Council of Textile Organizations in urging Representatives to cosign an important letter to Acting USTR Marantis that provides specific guidance to US negotiators on key provisions which must be included in any Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement presented to Congress for approval -- in order to earn industry's support and avoid disrupting the significant volume of trade built between the United States and the Western Hemisphere. Learn more


Letter Urges Support For Sound Crop Insurance Protection (104k pdf)
03/12/2013
The NCC joined 42 other commodity and agribusiness organizations on letters to both the Senate and the House agriculture committees' leaders expressing support for "strong, meaningful, and affordable crop insurance protection" and opposition to any crop insurance changes that would discourage producer participation or undermine private sector delivery. Learn more


House Approves Six-Month Continuing Resolution
03/06/2013
The House on March 6 approved (267-151) a six-month continuing resolution which, if enacted, would fund the government for the remainder of FY13. Learn more


Appreciation Conveyed For H.R. 935 Introduction
03/06/2013
Reps. Gibbs, Scott, Schrader and McIntrye were thanked, in a letter signed by the NCC and 84 other affected organizations, for their leadership on introducing the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013 (H.R. 935) -- and clarifying that Clean Water Act permits are not required for the lawful application of FIFRA-approved pesticides. Learn more


Letter Expressing Concerns With American Family Economic Protection Act (27k pdf)
02/19/2013
The NCC joined with 13 other commodity organizations on a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) expressing deep concerns regarding the farm bill component of the American Family Economic Protection Act. More information on that measure is in the 2/15/13 issue of Cotton's Week (members only). Learn more


Explanation of American Family Economic Protection Act
02/15/2013
Senate Democratic leaders are expected to introduce “The American Family Economic Protection Act” which, if enacted, would eliminate sequestration (across-the-board cuts) in '13. The American Family Economic Protection Act would eliminate through January 2, 2014, any of the deep, across-the-board spending cuts known as “sequestration.” Learn more


Farm Service Agency Form CCC-933 (161k pdf)
02/15/2013
Farm Service Agency (FSA) issued a new form (CCC-933) which will be required before individuals may receive any ’13 crop farm program benefits -- and signup for ’13 crop programs begins on Feb. 19. Learn more


Policy Education Program Raising Producer Awareness
01/25/2013
The Policy Education Program (PEP) is now in its 15th year of giving US cotton producers an opportunity to learn more about the NCC policy development/implementation process and the issues affecting the industry. Learn more


NCC: Senator Chambliss Will Be Missed
01/25/2013
NCC Chairman Chuck Coley said US agriculture will be losing a true champion with Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) not running for '14 re-election. Learn more


FSA Announces Signup Dates For '13 DCP/ACRE Programs
01/22/2013
USDA's Farm Service Agency reminds producers that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the '08 farm bill) for many Commodity Credit Corporation commodity, disaster, and conservation programs through '13. Learn more


Stabenow Applauds Reid For Prioritizing Farm Bill
01/22/2013
In a Jan. 22 statement, Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, applauded Majority Leader Harry Reid for his commitment to making a new farm bill priority legislation for the 113th Congress. Learn more


USTR Kirk Announces Plans to Depart
01/22/2013
Ambassador Ron Kirk announced on Jan. 22 that after nearly four years of service as United States Trade Representative, he intends to depart the position in late February. Learn more


Payment Eligibility and Payment Limitation Provisions for '13
01/18/2013
USDA issued a notice to county and state offices regarding the payment eligibility and payment limitation provisions for '13 as stipulated in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012's amending of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Learn more


Summary of Food Safety Modernization Act
01/11/2013
The NCC prepared a summary of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Signed into law on Jan. 4, ’11 by President Obama, it is the most significant expansion of food safety requirements and FDA authorities since the original enactment of the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act in ’38. Learn more


Text of H.R. 8 -- The American Taxpayer Relief Act (215 k pdf)
01/04/2013
Early on Jan. 1, the Senate approved (89-8) The American Taxpayer Relief Act (H.R. 8) and the House, after a day of intense internal debate, followed suit 257-167. Learn more


Agriculture Committees’ Leaders Commended For Farm Policy Efforts
01/02/2013
Cotton industry leaders commend the leaders of the respective agriculture committees and Cotton Belt Senators and Representatives for their unwavering efforts to enact predictable farm policy in a timely manner for the '13 crop year and beyond. Learn more


NCC Expresses Concern With Potential East/Gulf Coast Ports Strike (28k pdf)
12/20/2012
The NCC was one of 107 local, state and national trade associations that signed on to a letter to President Obama urging immediate action to ensure that a strike affecting the East and Gulf Coast ports does not occur when the current contract extension between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the US Maritime Alliance, LTD expires on December 29, '12. Learn more


ILA Authorizes Strike at Year End
12/11/2012
ILA Authorizes Strike at Year End Learn more


Letter Urges Aversion of East/Gulf Coast Port Shutdown (25k pdf)
12/11/2012
The NCC joined onto a multi-industry group letter to the heads of the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. urging both parties to make every attempt possible at reaching an agreement on a new contract beginning with next week’s scheduled negotiating session. Learn more


L.A., Long Beach Ports Strike Ends
12/05/2012
Harbor employers representatives and officers with the the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (OCU) reached agreement on Dec. 4 on terms of a new labor contract, ending the OCU's eight-day strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Earlier, a coalition representing U.S. manufacturers, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, and transportation and logistics (that included the NCC) sent <a href=issues/2012/upload/westcoaststrikelet120412.pdf>a letter</a> to the President Obama expressing deep concerns about the situation and urging the Administration to use whatever means necessary to get labor back to work. Learn more


Administration Urged to Halt Port Workers' Strike (29k pdf)
12/04/2012
The NCC joined with a coalition representing U.S. manufacturers, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, and transportation and logistics in expressing to the President deep concerns about the labor situation in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA. In their letter, they urged the Administration to use whatever means necessary, including Taft-Hartley, to get labor back to work. Learn more


NCC: Emerson Retirement Will Be Loss to US Agriculture
12/03/2012
The NCC said U.S. agriculture is losing a strong advocate in Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), who announced her retirement from Congress on December 3. Learn more


Biotech Advisory Committee Completes Report
11/30/2012
The USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) recently submitted to Secretary Vilsack their final recommendations on coexistence among organic, biotech and conventional farming operations. Learn more


RMA Discusses '13 Crop Insurance With Commodity Groups
11/27/2012
USDA's Risk Management Agency held a conference call with commodity groups on Nov. 27 to discuss 2013 crop insurance premium rates. Nationally, average premium rates for upland cotton will not change but the average of individual states will see varying increases and decreases. Learn more


Global Cotton Executives Explore Factors Affecting Industry
11/20/2012
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Cotton Council International and Cotton Incorporated, in cooperation with USDA, jointly presented the seventh biennial Sourcing USA Summit in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Learn more


Ex-Im Bank Announces FY13 Advisory Committee Members
11/19/2012
The Board of Export-Import Bank of the United States appointed 16 members to the Bank’s Advisory Committee for '13, including John Bakane, CEO of Frontier Spinning Mills (NC). The Committee advises Ex-Im Bank on its policies and programs, in particular on the extent to which the Bank helps US exporters to compete. Learn more


Estate Tax Exemption Extension Urged (53k pdf)
11/14/2012
The NCC joined 34 other agricultural organizations on letters to Congress urging Senators and Representatives to act immediately and permanently renew the current estate tax provision, until such time as full repeal is possible -- a move that will give farmers and ranchers the certainty they need to conduct business. Learn more


NCC 2012 Election Results\Analysis (361k pdf)
11/12/2012
This NCC-prepared document includes new House and Senate members as well as a list of potential chairmen and ranking members of key House and Senate committees. Learn more


Brazil's Statement to the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body
10/26/2012
Brazil's Statement to the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body Learn more


US Cotton Seeks Action on Contract Defaults
09/26/2012
US cotton industry leaders met this week with senior US government officials to discuss the serious financial losses accruing in all industry segments as a result of massive defaults on cotton export contracts. Learn more


Mid-South Cotton Producers to See Texas Operations
08/16/2012
Eight cotton producers from Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi will see cotton operations in Texas on August 20-23 in the '12 National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.). Learn more


Far West Cotton Producers to See North Carolina Operations
08/01/2012
Ten Arizona and California cotton producers will see cotton operations in North Carolina August 6-9 as part of the 0'12 NCC Producer Information Exchange program (P.I.E.). Learn more


Letter Regarding Support for H.R. 3158 (43k pdf)
07/27/2012
The NCC joined 12 other organizations on a letter to Reps. Mica, chairman, and Rahall, ranking member, of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, expressing support for the FUELS Act.<br /><br /> Learn more


Southwestern Cotton Producers to See Mid-South Operations
07/26/2012
Eleven cotton producers from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas will see cotton operations in Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi on July 30-Aug. 2 as part of the NCC’s '12 Producer Information Exchange program. Learn more


Southeastern Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture
07/16/2012
Twelve cotton producers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley on July 22-25 as part of the NCC’s 2012 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more


Cooperation Reinforced Between U.S., African Cotton Industries
06/21/2012
Discussions between U.S. cotton industry leaders and high ranking government officials representing West and Central African countries will build a foundation for enhanced communication and establish the necessary groundwork for cooperation on issues of mutual interest. Learn more


NCC Letter to Sen. Hagan Regarding H.R. 872 Amendment
06/14/2012
The Honorable Kay Hagan United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Hagan: The National Cotton Council strongly supports your amendment #2367 to the 2012 farm bill, and we look forward to working with you to ensure its adoption. Learn more


H.R. 872 Background and Talking Points
06/14/2012
The NCC prepared an updated backgrounder and talking points on H.R. 872. Learn more


NCC, ABRAPA Issue Joint Statement
05/23/2012
The NCC and ABRAPA issued a joint statement following a recent meeting in Atlanta of US and Brazilian cotton industry leaders. Learn more


Congressional Members Urge Strong Textile Rules in the TPP Agreement
05/02/2012
The Textile and Apparel Alliance for the TPP (TAAT) expressed its deep appreciation to the 76 U.S. Representatives, led by Reps. Gowdy (R-SC) and Kissell (D-NC), who sent a letter on May 2 to US Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk stressing the need for job-creating textile rules in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Learn more


Letter Urges Prompt Action on Estate Tax (138k pdf)
04/13/2012
The NCC has joined a large number of commodity, general farm, livestock and agribusiness organizations in a letter to the House and Senate urging prompt action to ensure that the existing estate tax provisions are not allowed to expire on Dec. 31. Learn more


Letter Urging Senators To Vote Yes on Ex-Im Amendment
03/23/2012
The NCC joined with NCTO and AAFA on a letter to Senators urging them to vote yes on an Export Import Bank Reauthorization amendment to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. Learn more


USDA Warns of Fraudulent Letters
03/20/2012
USDA officials learned late on March 16 that fraudulent letters are being sent by FAX to individuals and businesses in at least four states, among them Alabama. Learn more


USDA Announces Plan to Consolidate 131 FSA Offices
02/27/2012
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack informed Congress on Feb. 27 that in 90 days he plans to approve consolidation of 131 Farm Service Agency offices with other USDA service centers, consistent with provisions of the ’08 farm law. Learn more


FCC Moves to Block LightSquared’s Network
02/15/2012
Based on conclusions by the National Telecommunications Information Administration, the Federal Communications Commission moved on Feb. 14 to block LightSquared’s planned nationwide wireless network. Learn more


Brazil’s Claims Against Farm Bill Proposals Unfounded
02/07/2012
Contrary to the recent farm policy criticisms by Brazil, the NCC Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) represents a positive step forward in efforts to resolve the longstanding trade dispute between the two countries. Learn more


DOL Re-Proposing Part of Child Labor Rule
02/01/2012
In response to requests from Congressional Members and the public, including comments submitted by the NCC and other agricultural organizations, the Department of Labor is “re-proposing” the portion of their proposed child labor rule regarding the agricultural parental exemption. Learn more


USDA Publishes AGI Fact Sheet (413k pdf)
01/23/2012
USDA recently published a fact sheet that explains the current requirements for farm program eligibility relative to a producer’s adjusted gross income. Learn more


USDA Announces Blueprint for Stronger Service
01/10/2012
Saying USDA must be built to meet the evolving needs of a 21st century agricultural economy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the agency's plan to streamline operations and cut costs. Learn more


Administration Commended for Efforts to Resolve Trade Tensions
12/14/2011
NCC Chairman Charles Parker commended efforts by the US Trade Representative to resolve cotton trade issues with Least Developed Countries by extending duty-free, quota-free access for upland cotton and by obtaining support to continue the West African Cotton Improvement Program. Learn more


Commodity Checkoff Support Reiterated
12/13/2011
The NCC joined 19 other agricultural organizations on identical letters to the chair and ranking member of both the Senate and House agriculture committees and to Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack, reiterating their strong support for the various state and federally authorized research and promotion programs, commonly known as checkoffs, in which those organizations’ members participate. Learn more


USDA Issues AGI Implementation Notice
12/09/2011
The FY12 agriculture appropriations bill that was recently signed into law includes a provision requiring USDA to implement an additional adjusted gross income (AGI) test to determine eligibility for ’12 direct payments. Learn more


AGI Implementation Notice (286k pdf)
12/09/2011
USDA issued a Notice that provides Farm Service Agency offices with instructions to implement the new AGI test. Learn more


Pesticide Policy Coalition Letter Regarding H.R. 872 Advancement
12/05/2011
On Nov. 30, '11, the Pesticides Policy Coalition sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) stating that Congress should act to restore the appropriate scope of the NPDES permitting process through adoption of H.R. 872. The NCC is a member of that coalition, which includes 39 agricultural and agribusiness organizations. Learn more


Letter Asks For Comment Period Extension on DOL child Labor Proposal
12/02/2011
The NCC joined with other agricultural organizations on a letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) seeking an extension of the comment period on the DOL's published notice of proposed rulemaking that would make significant and sweeping changes to regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Learn more


NCC Co-Signer of Comments Regarding DOL Child Labor Proposal (363k pdf)
12/02/2011
The NCC co-signed comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise child labor regulations in agricultural and non-agricultural occupations, including regulations for determining and assessing civil penalties in child labor enforcement proceedings. Learn more


Recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (616k pdf)
11/18/2011
House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders submitted detailed policy recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction on Nov. 18, '11. The recommendations detail policy changes to begin in '13 that are necessary to achieve the $23 billion in budget deficit reduction recommended earlier by the ag leadership. Learn more


Cotton Research, Promotion Program Benefits Everyone
11/17/2011
In response to a proposed amendment to legislation under Senate consideration to terminate all commodity check-off programs, the NCC said the highly successful Cotton Research & Promotion Program (CR&P) should be continued. Learn more


Ag Groups Letter Urging Senate Rejection Of FY12 Ag Appropriations Bill Amendments (87k pdf)
10/21/2011
The NCC joined with agriculture groups in a letter urging the Senate to reject amendments to the FY12 agriculture appropriations bill under consideration as part of the minibus. The groups were alarmed by the number of amendments that, if enacted, would make significant changes to current farm law. Learn more


NCC Letter Conveying Concern Over McCain Amendment (119k pdf)
10/21/2011
The NCC's letter expressed concern that an amendment filed by Sen. McCain (R-AZ) to the mini-omnibus appropriations measure that includes the FY12 agriculture appropriations measure would, if enacted, result in the United States violating terms of the US-Brazil Framework Agreement and trigger retaliation against US exports. Learn more


Letter to EPA Administrator Jackson Regarding Air Quality (59k pdf)
10/21/2011
In an Oct. 14 letter to Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN), EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson proposed retention of the current PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Learn more


Latner Named Executive Director of NCC’s Export Promotions Arm
10/13/2011
The NCC announced that Kevin Latner, a veteran Foreign Agriculture Service attache, will become executive director of Cotton Council International. Learn more


Crop Insurance is Extremely Important Risk Management Tool
10/11/2011
Texas cotton producer Jimmy Dodson told a Farm Foundation forum audience that risk management tools, particularly crop insurance, “are extremely important to cotton producers.” Learn more


Cotton Industry Urges Prompt Approval of U.S.-Colombia FTA
10/03/2011
The NCC welcomes the news that the enabling legislation necessary for Congress to approve the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been formally transmitted to Congress. The US cotton industry urges immediate approval of the legislation by the House and Senate. Learn more


Obama Administration's Budget Deficit Plan (1.33mb pdf)
09/30/2011
Further details regarding the Obama Administration’s budget deficit plan emerged when The President's Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction was announced. Learn more


’12 DCP/ACRE Enrollment Begins Jan. 23
09/28/2011
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that enrollment for the ’12 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program and Average Crop Revenue Election program will begin Jan. 23, ’12. The agency said signup is beginning later than normal to provide FSA offices with an opportunity to process ’10 crop Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program applications and finalize supplemental agricultural disaster assistance programs but because the ’08 farm law does not authorize advance direct payments for ’12, there is no incentive for producers to sign up early. Learn more


President Sends Deficit-Reduction Plan to Congress
09/21/2011
The $4.4 trillion deficit-reduction plan includes $33 billion in savings from agriculture subsidies by: 1) eliminating direct payments, 2) reducing subsidies to crop insurance companies and 3) targeting of agricultural conservation assistance. Learn more


NCC Comments on Area-Wide Insurance Rule (47k pdf)
09/21/2011
The NCC submitted comments to a Federal Crop Insurance Corporation proposed rule that will expand the availability of area-wide insurance products. Learn more


Deficit Reduction Committee Schedules First Meeting
09/06/2011
The joint congressional committee charged with developing a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit by at least $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years has set its first meeting for Sept. 8. Learn more


National Cotton Council 2012 Farm Policy Statement
08/26/2011
In response to the upcoming budget debate and the resulting impact on new farm legislation, the NCC Board of Directors has adopted an NCC farm policy statement. Learn more


USDA Federal Register Notice Regarding Information Reporting (186k pdf)
07/22/2011
USDA published a request for comments in the Federal Register “to help us improve services and reduce duplication of effort, including collecting information from the public.” Learn more


NCC Letter to President Regarding Debt Ceiling
07/19/2011
The NCC joined with 33 other organizations on a letter to President Obama urging a timely resolution to the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations. Learn more


Farm Sector Urges Resolution of Budget Issues
07/19/2011
Farm Sector Urges Resolution of Budget Issues Learn more


NCC Pleased With Appropriations Bill’s GPS Amendment
06/23/2011
The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY12 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. It includes an amendment from Reps. Austria and Yoder on GPS devices. Learn more


Senate Passage of H.R. 872 Will Lessen Regulatory Uncertainty
06/22/2011
The NCC is urging swift Senate passage of H.R. 872 following the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee’s voice vote passage of the legislation. Learn more


NCC Applauds Defeat of Amendment to Terminate Key Cotton Provisions; Disappointed With Adoption of Amendment to Violate U.S.-Brazilian Agreement
06/16/2011
The NCC said it was deeply appreciative for efforts by leaders of the House appropriations and agriculture committees to successfully convince the House to reject a series of amendments to the FY12 agriculture appropriations bill (H.R. 2112). Learn more


Farm Groups Concerned About Deficit Reduction Efforts (21k pdf)
06/14/2011
The NCC joined with 132 other farm organizations on a letter to President Obama, House Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid expressing strong opposition to any deficit reduction package that would disproportionately affect US farmers/ranchers and rural America -- noting particular concern with the depth/timing of cuts to agricultural policies reportedly being considered for inclusion in legislation to increase the debt limit. Learn more


NCC Opposes Damaging FY12 Ag Appropriations Bill Amendments
06/01/2011
The NCC strongly opposes amendments to the FY12 Agriculture Appropriations bill that (1) rewrite provisions of the '08 Farm Bill and (2) violate a government-to-government agreement established between the United States and Brazil. Learn more


FY12 Ag Appropriations Bill Moves to Full Committee
05/26/2011
A FY12 agriculture appropriations bill, reported by the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee without amendment on May 24, will be considered by the full Appropriations Committee on May 31 with numerous amendments expected. Learn more


Morganza Floodway Bulletin Issued
05/20/2011
The USDA bulletin was issued on May 19 regarding the Morganza Floodway, which is part of the Mississippi River Valley Project located about 20 miles south of Natchez, Mississippi. Learn more


Senate Democrats Send Budget Letter to President (573k pdf)
05/20/2011
In a letter signed by Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee Chairman Stabenow (D-MI) and nine colleagues from that panel, the Senators expressed their “serious concerns that the on-going budget negotiations impose imprudent cuts at the expense of the real needs of rural America and the 16 million jobs that come from agriculture.” Learn more


NCC Supports Textile Research Funding Quest
05/17/2011
The NCC joined 13 other organizations representing the nation’s nearly 500,000 fiber, yarn, fabric, apparel, home furnishings and specialty fabrics applications workers on letters to: 1) the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee (CJS) and 2) North Carolina House leaders <a href=/issues/2011/cobkisslet.cfm>Coble and Kissell</a>. The letters asked that the CJS include $5 million in FY12 for a competitive textile research program specifically designed to advance the technological capabilities and overall competitiveness of the US fiber, textile and apparel industries. Learn more


Letters to Reps. Coble, Kissell Regarding Textile Research Funding
05/17/2011
The NCC joined 13 other groups on letters to North Carolina Reps. Coble and Kissell in support of FY12 textile research funding. Learn more


Flooding of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway
05/11/2011
The Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway (Floodway) is a component of the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri just below the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Learn more


Flood and Drought Disaster Concerns Continue (Updated: 5/20/11)
05/11/2011
Questions have arisen regarding the crop insurance coverage for flooding that resulted from the Army Corps of Engineers’ actions to relieve pressure on the Mississippi River Levee system. Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Murphy issued bulletins clarifying crop insurance indemnity eligibility for cropland flooded as a result of the Corps’ levee breach at Birds Point/New Madrid and the opening of the Morganza Spillway. Learn more


Opening Statement by Ag Committee Ranking Member Peterson to Consider H.R. 1573
05/04/2011
An opening statement also was provided by Ag Committee Ranking Member Peterson to consider H.R. 1573. Learn more


Opening Statement of House Ag Committee Chairman Lucas On H.R. 1573
05/04/2011
Chairman Lucas, during the Ag Committee's Business Meeting to Consider H.R. 1573, said the Committee was moving forward with legislation that is a product of four hearings in this Committee. Learn more


H.R. 1573 Co-Sponsors
05/04/2011
There were 18 co-sponsors of H.R. 1573, "Extending the Deadline for Implementation of Title VII of Dodd-Frank," which was passed on May 5 by the House Agriculture Committee. Learn more


House Finance Panel Passes H.R. 1573 (Updated 5/25/11)
05/04/2011
On May 24, the House Financial Services Committee amended and subsequently passed legislation that would delay implementation of a major portion of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, until Sept. ’12. Learn more


President Signs H.R. 4 into Law
04/25/2011
On Thursday, April 14, 2011, the President signed into law H.R. 4, the “Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011,” which repeals the expansion of requirements for businesses to report information to the Internal Revenue Service on payments for goods of $600 or more annually to other businesses. Learn more


NPDES Michigan Coalition Letter to Senator Stabenow
04/25/2011
The final letter that was sent today to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) from 35 Michigan based organizations regarding their support for H.R. 872. Learn more


2011 P.I.E. Program Tours Set
04/15/2011
The NCC has scheduled dates and locations of the '11 Producer Information Exchange Program's four tours. Learn more


FY11 Continuing Resolution Program Cuts For Agriculture(346k pdf)
04/15/2011
This is a complete list of cuts to agriculture in (H.R. 1473), which completes work on FY11 appropriations and is expected to be signed by President Obama. Learn more


Letter to Senators Regarding Ag Equipment Depreciation (389k pdf)
04/06/2011
The NCC joined onto a letter with 11 other agricultural and commodity organizations to Senators urging them to co-sponsor S.700, a tax initiative that would make the five-year ag equipment depreciation schedule permanent. Learn more


Ag Equipment Depreciation Amendment Introduced
04/06/2011
Sens. Stabenow (D-MI), Roberts (R-KS), Moran (R-KS) and Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced S.700 that would amend the tax code to permanently establish a five-year depreciation schedule for agricultural equipment placed in service after December 31, '09. Learn more


Senate Passes 1099 Reporting Requirements Repeal Bill
04/06/2011
The Senate on April 5 approved HR 4, which repeals the 1099 reporting requirements. Because the House and Senate have approved identical legislation, the bill now goes to the President who has announced he will sign it. The provision would have required companies to file an IRS 1099 form each time they conducted $600 worth of business with a vendor. Learn more


Letter Conveys Opposition to Farm Bill, Crop Insurance Cuts (81k pdf)
04/06/2011
The NCC joined with 21 other agricultural and commodity organizations on a letter to House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NC) expressing strong opposition to the inclusion of cuts to farm bill and crop insurance mandatory funding in any compromise package on FY11 appropriations. Learn more


NCC Concerned That Budget Proposal Weakens Agriculture
04/05/2011
The NCC is deeply concerned by the extent of the cuts to commodity, conservation and nutrition programs proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). Learn more


USDA Announces '11 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials
04/01/2011
USDA's Farm Service Agency has announced the '11 crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra long staple cotton. Learn more


Vote Tally On H.R. 872
03/31/2011
The House vote was 292-130 on H.R. 872, a bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes. Learn more


USDA Proposes No Fee Increase for Classing '11 Cotton Crop
03/23/2011
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service proposed on March 23 that fees charged to cotton producers for classification services will remain the same as in '10. <a href=/issues/members/2011/classlet.cfm>See NCC letter</a> to USDA. (Members Only) Learn more


Short Temik® Supply Forces Prompt Action by Producers
03/23/2011
An already short supply of Temik®, coupled with Bayer CropScience’s recent announcement terminating production of methyl isocyanate (MIC), the active ingredient in Temik® and Sevin®, caught many producers by surprise. Learn more


NCC: Do Not Undermine FAS in Government Streamlining Initiative
03/17/2011
NCC Chairman Charles Parker complimented an initiative to streamline and make government more efficient, but cautioned against making changes that would undermine the effectiveness of agencies including the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Learn more


Letters Regarding EPA Dust Rule (158k pdf)
03/17/2011
Rep. Fincher (R-TN) has joined fellow freshman Rep. Noem (R-SD) in circulating a Dear Colleague letter urging House Members to co-sign their letter to EPA Administrator Jackson – a letter that expresses opposition to EPA considering any proposal to reduce the current standard for coarse particulate matter (dust). Learn more


Rep. Fincher Takes Lead On EPA Dust Rule Opposition
03/17/2011
Rep. Fincher (R-TN) has joined fellow freshman Rep. Noem (R-SD) in circulating a Dear Colleague letter urging House Members to co-sign their letter to EPA Administrator Jackson – a letter that expresses opposition to EPA considering any proposal to reduce the current standard for coarse particulate matter (dust). Learn more


Temporary Funding Bill Passed by House and Senate
03/15/2011
On March 17, the Senate passed (87-13) a sixth resolution (H.J. Res. 48) which will keep the government running through April 8. Learn more


House Ag Panel Urges No Significant Ag Programs Spending Cuts
03/15/2011
The House Agriculture Committee is urging House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan (R-WI) not to include significant spending cuts to agriculture programs in the FY12 budget, citing projected crop-insurance savings and past multi-year reductions in other areas. (Press Date 3/15/11) Learn more


New Spending Bill Going to House Floor
03/14/2011
On March 11, House Republican leaders said they would bring a new three-week funding bill (summary of program reductions and terminations included) to the House floor on March 15 as the current two-week continuing resolution expires on March 18. <a href=/issues/2011/crup.cfm> Status Update:</a> On March 17, the Senate passed (87-13) a sixth resolution (H.J. Res. 48) which will keep the government running through April 8. (Press Date 3/17/11) Learn more


H.R. 872 Co-Sponsors (Posted 3-28-11)
03/11/2011
The list of co-sponsors for H.R. 872 a bipartisan bill introduced on March 2 to reduce the regulatory burdens imposed by the court case, National Cotton Council v. EPA (Posted 3-28-11). Learn more


Senate Leaders Urged to Advance H.R. 872
03/11/2011
A letter from the Pesticides Policy Coalition, of which the NCC is a member, urged Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) to promptly advance H.R. 872 to preempt EPA implementation of the overreaching and unneeded expansion of EPA regulatory authority. The coalition noted that “we legitimately question the need for this tremendous expansion of the NPDES permit program in view of the additional burden and unwarranted legal jeopardy it now imposes on pesticide users.” Learn more


NCC Joins Onto Letter Supporting Repeal Of 1099 Reporting Rule (24k pdf)
03/03/2011
The NCC joined with other agricultural and business organizations on a letter to House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Pelosi (D-CA) in support of the repeal of new IRS Form 1099 information return filing requirements. (Press Date 3/2/11) Learn more


House Defeat of Kind Amendment Supports U.S. Government Agreement with Brazil
02/18/2011
The House of Representatives on Feb. 18 defeated an amendment offered by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) that would have prevented payments from the CCC to the Brazilian Cotton Institute. Learn more


NCC Joins Onto Letter Regarding Continuing Resolution For FY11 Budget
02/18/2011
The NCC joined with organizations representing US agriculture producers and industry in a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee expressing concern with H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY11. Learn more


Sen. Roberts Becomes Top Senate Ag Committee Republican
02/02/2011
Sen. Pat Roberts made history after being voted the top Republican on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Learn more


NCC Names Christy Birdsong General Counsel
02/01/2011
Christy Birdsong, who has served as counsel for the House Committee on Agriculture since '05, joins the NCC as general counsel. Learn more


Letters Sent In Support of Paperwork Elimination Legislation (26k pdf)
02/01/2011
The NCC has joined with other farm, livestock and commodity organizations on letters supporting one House bill and two Senate bills aimed at repealing form 1099 information reporting requirements. The NCC supported similar efforts last year. Learn more


Congress Acts on Food Safety, FY10 Funding Measures (updated Dec. 22)
12/20/2010
The lame duck Congress is still working on various issues from food safety to federal government funding. Learn more


Summary of the Reid Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (491k pdf)
12/10/2010
This 12-page summary of the Reid Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 includes a section on the estate tax. Learn more


Disaster Program Deadline Is Dec. 9
11/30/2010
USDA's Farm Service Agency reminds producers they have until close of business on Thursday, Dec. 9, to apply for assistance for '09 losses under the Crop Assistance Program. Up to $550 million in disaster assistance will be issued to producers of rice, upland cotton, soybeans and sweet potatoes for eligible losses because of excessive moisture or related conditions in '09. Learn more


Estate Tax Reinstatement Will Harm Producers, Associated Agribusinesses
11/30/2010
The NCC says that if estate taxes are allowed to be reinstated at the beginning of '11 with only a $1 million exemption and top rate of 55%, US agriculture will be affected very negatively. Learn more


Influence of India's Export Restrictions on the World Cotton Market (332KB)
10/29/2010
NCC staff, along with representatives of the NCTO, ACSA, and AMCOT, met with Administration officials to raise concerns regarding India’s ongoing restrictions on cotton exports. Learn more


Final ’09 Cotton CCP Announced
10/25/2010
The final counter-cyclical payment (CCP) for ’09 upland cotton is 1.68 cents/lb. The CCP rate is based on the USDA-NASS final marketing year average price of 62.9 cents/lb. Producers who took the advance CCP of 1.03 cents in March will receive an additional 0.65 cents. Learn more


Crop Assistance Program Announced
10/22/2010
The NCC prepared a summary/outline of the Crop Assistance Program under which up to $550 million in disaster assistance will be issued, beginning on Oct. 22, to producers of rice, upland cotton, soybeans and sweet potatoes who suffered losses because of excessive moisture or related conditions in '09. Learn more


NCC Responds to Washington Post’s Misleading Editorial
10/18/2010
In a letter to the editor, the NCC says an Oct. 18 Washington Post editorial, “Cotton Candy” is full of errors, insinuations and political posturing. Learn more


Fact Sheet on Currency Reform For Fair Trade Bill
09/24/2010
The House Ways and Means Committee prepared a fact sheet on the Currency Reform For Fair Trade bill (H.R. 2378 as amended). Learn more


NCC Leadership Delegation Concludes Successful China Visit
09/15/2010
A NCC leadership team visited China on Sept. 4-12 to gather information from Chinese cotton industry officials and update them on key facets of the US cotton industry. Learn more


NCC Responds to Administration Disaster Program
09/15/2010
The NCC says the special disaster assistance program announced by USDA does not represent the type of "comprehensive" assistance the NCC sought, and the NCC urges program expansion to provide assistance to producers in all areas who suffered weather-related losses in '09. Learn more


USDA Accepting 4.3 Million Acres Into CRP
09/14/2010
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Sept. 14 that that USDA will accept 4.3 million acres offered by landowners under the Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up. Learn more


Sunbelt Farmers to See Midwest Operations on MCEP Tour
09/10/2010
Key commodity organization leaders and executives will see agricultural operations in Illinois on Sept. 13-16, as part of the NCC’s Multi-Commodity Education Program (MCEP). Learn more


NCC: Repeal Burdensome 1099 Reporting Requirement
09/09/2010
The NCC joined 25 state and national farm, livestock and commodity organizations in urging Congressional repeal of a proposed 1099 reporting requirement. Learn more


Letters to Congressmen Regarding IRS Reporting Requirement (26k pdf)
09/09/2010
The NCC joined 25 state and national farm, livestock and commodity organizations on letters to Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) and to Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) in urging Congressional repeal of a proposed 1099 reporting requirement. Learn more


Final Rule Issued on Cotton Program/CCC-Approved Warehouses (62k pdf)
08/20/2010
USDA's Commodity Credit Corp. is amending a previous final rule that implemented the '08 farm bill provisions for the cotton program. The correction removes definitions that are no longer used concerning Northern Europe prices for cotton. CCC also is making clarifying changes to the regulations for the cotton program and for CCC-approved warehouses. CCC is clarifying the payment calculation for upland cotton that is eligible for the Economic Adjustment Assistance Program (EAAP) and clarifying the definition of ‘‘active shipping order.’’ Learn more


USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching CRP Sign-Up Deadline
08/16/2010
Producers are reminded that they can offer eligible land for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) competitive general sign-up (enroll) until close of business on Friday, Aug. 27, '10. (<a href=http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/crp_signup39_072610.pdf>see fact sheet - 278k pdf</a>) Learn more


NCC Applauds Bill Preventing Burdensome Pesticide Permitting
08/06/2010
The NCC fully supports the concept embraced in legislation introduced by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Lincoln (D-AR) and Ranking Member Chambliss (R-GA) that would overturn the decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of NCC, et al, v. EPA. Learn more


USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-up
07/26/2010
A general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on Aug. 2, '10 and continue through Aug. 27, '10. During that period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general sign-up at their county Farm Service Agency office. (<a href=http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/crp_signup39_072610.pdf>see fact sheet - 278k pdf</a>) Learn more


Southeast Cotton Producers to See Mid-South Operations
07/13/2010
Southeast cotton producers will see cotton operations in the Mid-South on July 18-22 as part of the NCC Producer Information Exchange program. Learn more


USDA Report Boosts US '10 Cotton Acreage Estimate
06/30/2010
In its June acreage report, USDA estimated '10-11 US cotton plantings at 10.91 million acres, up 19.20% from '09. Upland planted area is estimated to have increased 18.80% to 10.70 million acres while ELS cotton producers planted 209,000 acres, up 47.80% from '09. USDA’s June number is up 404,000 acres from their initial '10 estimate released in March. Learn more


NCC Statement on U.S.-Brazil Framework Agreement
06/18/2010
The NCC expressed appreciation for Administration efforts to conclude a framework agreement with Brazil in the WTO dispute involving the export credit guarantee programs and certain provisions of the cotton program. Learn more


Senate Approval Urged on Resolution Preventing Greenhouse Gas Regulation Under Clean Air Act
06/08/2010
The NCC is urging Senators to vote yes on adoption of S. J. Res. 26, a resolution to disapprove EPA regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Learn more


USDA Announces Final Rule for Conservation Stewardship Program
06/03/2010
Producers are reminded that the ranking period for '10 CSP acres will end on June 25, and eligible producers must have filled out the basic NRCS application prior to that date. NCC staff created a <a href=issues/2010/cspsumm.cfm>summary</a> of the program. Learn more


NCC Summary of Conservation Stewardship Program Final Rule
06/03/2010
The NCC summarized the Conservation Stewardship Program final rule carried in the Federal Register. Learn more


NCC Responds to Post Editorial on Brazil WTO Case
06/03/2010
The NCC's letter response to a June 3 Washington Post editorial said the newspaper is quick with inflammatory adjectives but short on facts when it comes to agricultural policy and trade disputes. Learn more


Lincoln: Farm Bill Reauthorization Hearings to Begin this Month
06/02/2010
Senator Blanche Lincoln, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced that the Committee will begin hearings on the reauthorization of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (“Farm Bill”) this month. The first hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in DC and will focus on maintaining a strong U.S. farm policy. Learn more


NCC Responds to WSJ Editorial's Misinformation
05/26/2010
The NCC sent its leadership a document that responds in detail to the misinformation contained in a May 21 Wall Street Journal editorial about the US-Brazil WTO case. Learn more


Vote Looming on Climate Change Policy
05/25/2010
The Senate is expected to conduct a highly significant vote on climate change policy when it returns from the Memorial Day recess. Senator Murkowski (R-AK) reached an agreement with Senate leaders for a vote on the Resolution of Disapproval (S J Res 26) which, if passed by the House and Senate and signed into law, would roll back EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more


Disaster Relief Legislation Consideration Expected
05/21/2010
The House Committee on Ways and Means website contains details and an explanation of The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, which includes $1.5 billion in agriculture disaster relief for ’09 crop losses and is expected to be considered by the House during the week of May 24. Learn more


Producers: June 1 Is ACRE, DCP Signup Deadline
05/21/2010
USDA is reminding farmers and landowners they have until June 1, '10, to sign up for the '10 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program and the Average Crop Revenue Election Program. Learn more


2010 P.I.E. Program Tours Set
05/19/2010
The NCC has set locations and July/August dates for the '10 Producer Information Exchange Program tours. Learn more


USDA Announces Ranking Period for CSP
05/11/2010
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that June 11 is the cut-off for new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications. Producers are encouraged to apply for CSP now to ensure their applications will be considered during the next funding and ranking period -- although final decisions to participate can be made once the CSP final rule is issued. Learn more


House Ag Committee Adds Farm Bill Hearings
04/29/2010
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Peterson (D-MN) began a series of public field hearings to get input about US farm policy in advance of the '12 farm bill. Learn more


User Fees for 2010 Crop Cotton
04/27/2010
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to maintain user fees for cotton producers for 2010 crop cotton classification services under the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act at the same level as in 2009. Learn more


USDA Reminds Producers to File Annual Report of Acreage
04/22/2010
Producers are reminded to submit their annual report of acreage to their local FSA county office to meet FSA program eligibility requirements. Learn more


House Agriculture Committee Posts Farm Bill Hearing Schedule
04/21/2010
The schedule includes a full Committee public hearing Monday, May 3rd at 9:00 am PDT at the Fresno City Hall Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, Fresno, CA, to review US agriculture policy in advance of the '12 farm bill. Learn more


NCC Statement on Brazil-U.S. WTO Case
04/21/2010
The NCC is pleased to see progress along the previously agreed path and welcomes Brazil's April 20 announcement that retaliation has been suspended for 60 days. Learn more


USDA Amends GSM-102 Credit Guarantees
04/20/2010
USDA on April 20 amended availability of credit guarantees for sales of U.S. agricultural commodities to selected countries and regions throughout the world under the Commodity Credit Corporation's Export Credit Guarantee Program (GSM-102) for fiscal year '10. Learn more


USDA Announces Program Differentials For '10 Cotton
04/20/2010
USDA announced on April 19 the availability of loan rate differential schedules for the '10 crops of upland and extra long staple (ELS) cotton. Learn more


USDA Changes Guarantee Fee Rates For The GSM-102 Program
04/19/2010
USDA announced on April 19 new guarantee fee rates to be charged for coverage under the CCC Export Credit Guarantee Program (GSM-102). The rates will apply to applications for payment guarantees and amendment requests received on or after April 20, '10, 12:01 am (EST). See Notice to GSM-102 Program Participants release on the Foreign Agricultural Service newsroom page. Learn more


Food Safety Bill Concerns Conveyed
04/15/2010
The NCC and the NCGA joined with other agricultural organizations on a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee urging the Senate not to establish a traceability requirement that would be impossible for bulk commodities to handle. Learn more


Ag Groups Convey Estate Tax Needs (24k pdf)
04/12/2010
The NCC joined with other agricultural organizations on a letter to Senate majority leader and Senate Republican leader stating support for permanent and meaningful estate tax relief, including permanently raising the exemption to no less than $5 million per person and reducing the top rate to no more than 35%. Learn more


Lincoln-Chambliss Issue Statement on Cotton Case Announcement
04/06/2010
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairman Lincoln (D-AR) and Ranking Member Chambliss (R-GA) stated, “We believe it is appropriate on the part of both governments to take steps to avoid the imposition of retaliatory tariffs and other countermeasures." Learn more


US-Brazil Agreement in WTO Trade Dispute Is a Positive Step Forward
04/06/2010
NCC Chairman Eddie Smith stated that the US cotton industry viewed the agreement between the United States and Brazil regarding the ongoing WTO dispute as a meaningful way forward for the two countries. Learn more


Senators Urge Thorough SRA Review (525k pdf)
03/29/2010
A Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee letter, signed by 30 Senators, to USDA's Risk Management Agency Administrator William Murphy strongly encouraged a thorough review of comments on proposals contained in the second draft of the Standard Reinsurance Agreement to ensure the federal crop insurance program remains a viable risk management tool for producers. Learn more


Recess Appointments to Key Administration Positions Announced
03/29/2010
President Obama announced 15 recess appointments including Michael Punke to serve as deputy trade representative based in Geneva; Islam A. Siddiqui to serve as chief agricultural negotiator, Office of the US Trade Representative; and Jill Long Thompson to serve as a member of the Farm Credit Administration Board. Learn more


NCC Expresses Opposition to Farm Safety Net Cuts (40k pdf)
03/16/2010
The NCC was among 35 organizations on a letter to Senate and Budget Committee leaders expressing opposition to farm safety net cuts proposed by the President. Learn more


Senators Convey Agriculture Budget Cut Opposition to President
03/16/2010
Senators Chambliss (R-GA) and Roberts (R-KS), ranking member and a senior member of the Agriculture Committee, respectively, sent a letter to the President opposing budget cuts to farm programs in a tough economy. Learn more


Agricultural Organizations Band Together In Support of Resolutions Opposing EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulation Plan
03/12/2010
The NCC coordinated a letter, signed by 175 agricultural organizations, to Representatives Joe Barton (R-TX) and Ike Skelton (D-MO) acknowledging support of their actions against a greenhouse gas regulation plan. Learn more


Greenhouse Regulation Disapproval Resolutions Supported
03/11/2010
The NCC was among 175 organizations which signed onto a letter to Reps. Barton (R-TX) and Skelton (D-MO) conveying support for those legislators' introduction of resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act regarding EPA's decision to move forward on regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Learn more


Sens. Lincoln-Chambliss Issue Statement on Brazil Retaliation Efforts Aimed at US Cotton
03/09/2010
US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), expressed disappointment after Brazil said it is moving forward on retaliation for injuries due to the US cotton program and the export credit guarantee program (GSM-102). Learn more


NCC's Statement on Brazil Retaliatory Trade Measures Announcement
03/08/2010
The NCC said that given world cotton market conditions and the dramatic changes that have been made in the U.S. cotton program, the latest actions by Brazil are imposing unwarranted harm on Brazilian and American interests in times of economic hardship for all. Learn more


USDA To Issue Partial '09-CCP
03/05/2010
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on March 5 that USDA will issue approximately $121 million in partial '09-crop counter-cyclical payments to producers with upland cotton and peanut base acres enrolled in USDA's Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment program. Learn more


Input Applications Face Uncertain Future
02/23/2010
The NCC expressed concern that the Supreme Court's determination to allow a clearly incorrect lower court decision to stand would have significant negative repercussions on US agriculture. Learn more


Administration’s FY11 Budget Proposal Undermines Farm Safety Net
02/02/2010
The NCC says the President Obama FY11 USDA budget ignores the extensive changes to production agriculture support that were embodied in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Learn more


Representatives' Letter to Secretary Vilsack Urging MAP Funding Retention (3mb pdf)
01/26/2010
A group of Representatives sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack urging him to retain Market Access Program funding in the 2011 budget proposal. Learn more


Vilsack Announces Millions to Promote US Food and Agricultural Exports
01/26/2010
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced the allocation of $234.5 million to 70 US trade organizations, including Cotton Council International, to help promote US food and ag products overseas. See Representatives (<a href= issues/2010/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=102338>letter to Vilsack.</a>) Learn more


Letters to Senate, House Panels In Support Of TC2 and National Textile Center Funding
01/25/2010
The NCC joined with other trade associations representing the overwhelming majority of US fiber, yarn, fabric, apparel and home furnishings workers on letters to the Senate and House subcommittees on Commerce, Justice and Science to express strong support of continued funding for both the Textile/Clothing Technology Corp. [TC] ² and the National Textile Center. Learn more


NCC Commends Distinguished Service of Rep. Berry
01/25/2010
NCC leaders commended Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR), who has decided not to seek another term in Congress, for his distinguished public service noting that he has been a tireless and effective advocate for family farmers and rural Americans. Learn more


Letter to Senate Finance Committee Leaders Regarding Siddiqui Nomination (26k pdf)
01/22/2010
The NCC joined with other agricultural organizations on a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley expressing strong support for the President Obama selection of Dr. Isi Siddiqui as chief agricultural trade negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Learn more


Letter to Senate Leaders Regarding Siddiqui, Punke Nominations (26k pdf)
01/22/2010
The NCC and other agricultural organizations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid and Republican Leader McConnell expressing their deep concern with the continuing delay in formal Senate approval of the nominations of Michael Punke to be Deputy US Trade Representative based in Geneva, and Dr. Isi Siddiqui to be chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the US Trade Representative. Learn more


Letter to Producers Receiving CCC-1099-G’s for 2009 Tax Year (27k pdf)
01/22/2010
The FSA letter says that an insert will be included with the '09 tax year CCC-1099-G mailing explaining that additional resources were committed to ensuring that the '09 CRP annual rental payments and '09 DCP payments were timely and accurately processed, and that it is recommended the amounts shown on CC-1099-G be verified with the producers records. Learn more


NCC Coordinates Letter to Sen. Murkowski Regarding Greenhouse Gases Regulation
01/21/2010
The NCC was joined by 137 other commodity and agricultural organizations on a letter to Senator Murkowski declaring support for her introduction of a resolution opposing an EPA plan to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Learn more


NCC Seeks Congressional Action on EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulation Plan
01/21/2010
The NCC declared its support for Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduction of a resolution opposing EPA’s current plan to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and urged Senate resolution approval. Learn more


NCC Supports Extension of Trade Preferences for Andean Region
12/11/2009
The NCC is urging support for a House bill that would extend the Generalized System of Preferences and provide a one-year extension of the Andean Trade Preferences Act. Learn more


NCC Chairman Commends USTR and Urges African Cooperation
12/04/2009
NCC Chairman Jay Hardwick and Vice Chairman Eddie Smith, on behalf of the US cotton industry, commended US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and the entire US delegation for defending US agriculture’s interests during the recent WTO meeting in Geneva. Learn more


NCC Joins on Appreciation Letters for House Disaster Assistance Bill
12/04/2009
The NCC joined with other agricultural organizations to express their strong support and the urgent need for legislation to provide funding for emergency financial assistance. Learn more


Ag Groups Urge Prompt Action on House Disaster Bill
12/03/2009
The NCC and other national commodity organizations expressed appreciation to Reps. Childers (D-MS) and Berry (D-AR) for introducing legislation on Dec. 2 that will deliver urgently needed emergency financial assistance to growers who have suffered '09 crop yield and quality losses. Learn more


Ag Groups Join NCC to Convey Urgent Disaster Assistance Need
11/20/2009
The NCC has been joined by other national commodity organizations representing producers, processors and related agri-businesses in expressing strong support for the prompt passage of legislation to provide funding for emergency disaster assistance. Learn more


NCC Letter to Senate HELP Committee Regarding Food Safety (64k pdf)
11/20/2009
The NCC joined commodity, livestock, general farm organizations and the grain trade on a letter to the Senate HELP Committee in advance of the markup outlining concerns about the Senate bill and making recommendations for improvements. Learn more


NCC Joins on Letter Urging Support of Emergency Disaster Assistance Legislation
11/20/2009
The NCC joined with other agricultural groups in urging Senators to support emergency disaster assistance. Learn more


Summary of Arbitration Decision in Brazil WTO Case
11/19/2009
As the result of an earlier compliance panel decision that the United States had failed to fully comply with the original WTO panel’s findings in the ongoing dispute with Brazil, an arbitration panel established the level of retaliation Brazil may take with respect to the U.S. export credit guarantee program (also known as General Sales Manager or GSM-102) and selected provisions of the U.S. cotton program. Learn more


NCC Statement on Action by WTO Dispute Settlement Body
11/19/2009
The NCC submitted a statement today on the action taken by the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body brought by Brazil against the US export credit gaurantee program and portions of the US cotton industry. Also available is a <a href=/issues/2009/panelsummary.cfm>summary</a> of the arbitration decision. Learn more


NCTO Says Duty-Free Access to Cambodia Damages Textiles
11/17/2009
David Hastings, chairman of Mount Vernon Mills, urged the House Ways & Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Trade to keep in mind that the United States’ manufacturing sector is hurting badly and not to take action that could potentially cause further job losses in this country. Learn more


Hardwick Tells Congress of Crop Distress
11/16/2009
NCC Chairman Jay Hardwick met with key Members of Congress and staff, including Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Lincoln (D-AR) and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Peterson (D-MN) to discuss a number of critical issues and concerns including disaster assistance. Learn more


Letter Urges Andean Trade Preference Act Renewal (16k pdf)
11/16/2009
The NCC joined with multiple trade groups and apparel retailers on a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Committee on Ways and Means urging them to seek expeditious renewal of the Andean Trade Preference Act. Learn more


Textile Benefits Concerns Re: Bangladesh/Cambodia Conveyed (72k pdf)
11/16/2009
The NCC joined with 43 organizations from 28 trade preference countries and free trade areas on a letter to a House trade subcommittee expressing opposition to a proposal that has been made to extend new textile duty benefits to Bangladesh and Cambodia as part of that panel's review of trade preference rules. Learn more


Petition Filed in Court’s Clean Water Ruling
11/03/2009
The NCC and other agricultural groups filed a petition for certiorari to the U.S Supreme Court seeking a Sixth Circuit decision reversal in NCC v. EPA that imposes unnecessary and hampering regulations on producers/health officials. Learn more


Corrections to '09 DCP/ACRE Direct CCC-1099G Reporting Notice Issued
10/26/2009
FSA issued a notice informing its state and county Offices of actions being taken to provide correct CCC-1099G reporting for '09 DCP and ACRE direct payments. Learn more


West Texas Site of Multi-Commodity Education Tour
10/23/2009
Key commodity organization leaders will see cotton production and processing operations on the Texas High Plains Oct. 26-28 as part of the NCC’s Multi-Commodity Education Program. Learn more


Ag Secretary Vilsack Announces $1.7 Billion in CRP Rental Payments
10/07/2009
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced on Oct. 7 that USDA will distribute approximately $1.7 billion in Conservation Reserve Program rental payments to participants across the country in FY10. Learn more


FSA Announces New $1.1 Million Maximum Guaranteed Loan Amount
10/07/2009
USDA's Farm Service Agency on Oct. 7 announced the loan limit for its Guaranteed Loan Program has been increased to $1,112,000, effective Oct. 1. Learn more


Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces '10 DCP and ACRE Signup Begins
10/07/2009
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced on Oct. 7 that enrollment for the '10 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program has begun and will continue through June 1, '10. Learn more


Letter Notes Disruptions Due to Honduran Political Crisis (30k pdf)
09/25/2009
In a letter to Secretary of State Clinton, leading fiber, textile, apparel, retail and importing groups, along with the NCC, detailed plant slowdowns, production cuts and worker impacts because of the disruptions to the enormous fiber, textile and apparel trade that flows through Honduras caused by the political crisis there. Learn more


New Compliance Panel Sought For Updating WTO Ruling (12.6k pdf)
09/21/2009
The NCC and 34 other agricultural groups wrote the US Trade Representative urging the US government request a new compliance panel to update the recent WTO ruling on USDA's GSM-102 export credit guarantee program. Learn more


NCC Statement on Arbitration Determination
09/10/2009
Responding to the WTO Arbitration Panel decision released Aug. 31, NCC Chairman Hardwick said, "We are pleased that the arbitration award is far less than requested by Brazil, that the Panel provided no award with respect to the Step 2 cotton program, and that Brazil is not authorized to cross-retaliate at this time." Learn more


U.S. Cotton Industry Congratulates Senator Lincoln on New Post
09/09/2009
The NCC, on behalf of the U.S. cotton industry, congratulates Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) on being named to chair the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Learn more


WTO Arbitration Panel Ruling Fails to Recognize Changes to GSM Program; Punishes USA Despite Compliance with WTO
09/02/2009
In response to the WTO Arbitration Panel decision on the USDA export credit guarantee (“GSM-102”) program released August 31, the North American Export Grain Association, NCC, CoBank, Farm Credit Council, US Rice Producers Association, and National Council of Farmer Cooperatives released a statement. Learn more


EPA Approves BOLLGARD® Cotton Phase-out Plan
08/31/2009
The U.S. EPA has approved an amendment to the registration of Bollgard® cotton that will allow the planting of Bollgard® varieties in the 2010 growing season, and provides detail on the steps necessary to facilitate the final discontinuation Bollgard® varieties in the U.S. Learn more


FSA Issues Notice CN-1040 (21k pdf)
08/24/2009
On Aug. 24, USDA's FSA issued Notice CN-1040 regarding modifications to cotton loan software systems for the upland cotton fine count adjustment and 10% maximum storage-credit rate reduction. Learn more


$760 Million In Direct Loans Available For Producers
07/16/2009
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on July 16 that $760 million from the Supplemental Appropriations Act signed by President Obama is available for approved but previously unfunded USDA direct farm ownership and operating loans throughout the country. Learn more


NCC Issues Statement on Energy Bill
06/25/2009
The NCC commends House Agriculture Committee Chairman Peterson’s (D-MN) stalwart efforts to successfully negotiate amendments to The American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) which authorizes USDA to develop and administer agricultural offsets in a cap-and-trade program. Learn more


NCC: Farm Law Implementation Needs Clear Direction
06/25/2009
The NCC told a House Agriculture Committee subcommittee that critical parts of the regulations implementing payment limitations and gross income eligibility limits are inconsistent with the '08 farm law or are unclear – causing uncertainty and concern among producers. Learn more


House Panel Asked Not to Terminate Cotton Storage Credits (44k pdf)
06/05/2009
A letter from Cotton Belt Congressional leaders urged House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee members not to accept the Administration's proposal to terminate cotton storage credits. Learn more


Groups Say No Farm Law Amendments Wanted
06/05/2009
The NCC joined 42 other organizations in urging the House Appropriations Committee to refrain from including amendments to the farm law in the FY10 appropriations measure. Learn more


June 1 Critical Deadline For Farm Organization
05/28/2009
Although USDA has extended the '09 farm program sign-up deadline from June 1 to Aug. 14 -- June 1, '09 is still the deadline that will be used to determine ownership interest in a legal entity that receives payment subject to limitation. Learn more


Use of Certificates For 2009 Crop Clarified (20.7k pdf)
05/15/2009
USDA issued a notice clarifying that commodity certificates will continue to be exchanged for a '09 crop marketing assistance loan commodity up to the individual loan maturity date for that '09 crop commodity. Learn more


Safe Trucking Guide Now Available (246k pdf)
05/01/2009
The American Trucking Associations has developed the Manager’s Guide to Safe Trucking During Agricultural Planting and Harvest Season - a publication directed toward managers in the agricultural industry. Learn more


NCC: India’s Subsidies Major Impediment to Cotton Trade
04/22/2009
The NCC says India’s cotton subsidies coupled with its failure to notify the WTO of those subsidy levels is a major impediment to cotton trade. Learn more


NCC Says Crop Insurance Important Risk Management Tool
04/22/2009
The NCC urged a House panel to continue its risk management oversight, including the federal crop insurance program, to ensure a meaningful tool is available for producers. Learn more


Senators Urge US Officials to Halt China's Cotton Registration Policy (1.1m pdf)
02/27/2009
Senators Chambliss (R-GA), Harkin (D-IA), Lincoln (D-AR), Cochran (R-MS) and Roberts (R-KS) sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack requesting immediate action to stop China from implementing a new registration system exclusively for imported cotton. They sent a similar letter to Acting US Trade Representative Peter Allgeier and Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong. Learn more


President’s Budget Undermines Confidence in Farm Policy
02/26/2009
The NCC says the proposed program changes included in President Obama’s FY10 budget for USDA fail to recognize the work recently completed by Congress on the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Learn more


Strong Support For Safety Net Expressed
02/23/2009
The NCC joined with other agricultural organizations on a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack expressing strong and continuing support for the farm safety net that was included in the recently-passed farm bill. Learn more


Farm-State Senators Urge USDA to Implement Payment Limit Rules
02/09/2009
Sen. Chambliss (R-GA), ranking Republican member on the Senate Agriculture Committee; Sen. Lincoln (D-AR), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Production, Income Protection and Price Support; and others sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting USDA to implement the rules and regulations pertaining to new Adjusted Gross Income and payment limit reforms to accurately reflect Congressional intent. Learn more


NCC Submits Comments to a Key Farm Program Interim Rule
02/04/2009
The National Cotton Council submitted comments to USDA-FSA's interim rule regarding amendments to the regulations governing farm program payment limitations and payment eligibility for the '09 and subsequent crop, program or fiscal years. Of particular concern is that the issuing delay makes it very difficult for US farmers and ranchers to adjust their operating plans in accordance with these new rules. Learn more


NCC Urges Senate to Retain Buy American Provision (79k pdf)
01/30/2009
This provision's language requires that iron, steel and other manufactured goods procured in the stimulus package be sourced from US producers. Earlier in the week, the House adopted by voice vote an <a href=issues/2009/upload/kissell.pdf>amendment</a> offered by Rep. Kissell (D-NC) to H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, that would mandate that any textile and apparel products purchased by the US Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) be made with 100% US content. The NCC earlier joined onto a <a href=upload/09KissellAmendmentletter.pdf>letter</a> urging Representatives' support of the amendment. Learn more


Kissell Amendment Support Urged (87k pdf)
01/28/2009
NCC joined with other industry trade associations and labor unions on a letter to Representatives urging their support of Amendment #198 to H.R. 1 that would create new U.S. jobs right away. Learn more


NCC Letter Urges Availability of Partial CCP For '08 Upland Cotton
01/28/2009
NCC Chairman Larry McClendon wrote Agriculture Secretary Vilsack requesting on behalf of NCC members that he utilize the authority available under the '08 farm law to make available to eligible producers a partial counter-cyclical payment for '08 upland cotton, effective January 27 -- and that it be made at the maximum level of 5.03 cents/lb. Learn more


USDA Issues Partial '08 CCPs for Upland Cotton
01/28/2009
The Commodity Credit Corp. will make $490 million available in partial '08 Counter-cyclical Program (CCP) payments to eligible producers with enrolled upland cotton base acres in the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program. The projected partial CCP rate for producers with enrolled upland cotton base acres is 5.03 cents per pound or 40% of the projected total rate of 12.58 cents per pound. NCC Chairman McClendon had sent a <a href=issues/2009/ccplet09.cfm>letter</a> to Secretary Vilsack requesting the partial payment be made. Learn more


Comment Period Extension Follows Organizations' Request (21k pdf)
01/23/2009
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Jan. 26 that he will extend the comment period for the '08 farm bill farm program payment limitation and payment eligibility rulemaking process. The NCC had joined with 12 other commodity and general farm organizations on a letter to him requesting a 30-day extension of that Jan. 28 comment submission deadline. Learn more


NCC Issues Statement on CFTC Investigation
01/06/2009
The National Cotton Council welcomes the release of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission investigation into the abnormal price fluctuations which occurred in the cotton market in February and March of 2008. Learn more


FR Notices on Program Payment Limitation and Payment Eligibility (112k pdf)
12/29/2008
On December 29, USDA published a Federal Register notice pertaining to farm program payment limitation and payment eligibility for 2009 and subsequent crop, program and fiscal years. Learn more


FR Notice on DCP, CCP and ACRE Programs (138k pdf)
12/29/2008
On December 29, USDA published a notice on regulations regarding provisions implementing the direct and counter-cyclical payment program (DCP) for the 2008-12 crop years and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program payments for the 2009-12 crop years. Learn more


Letters Urge Action on Export Credit Cap (152k pdf)
12/19/2008
The NCC has joined commodity and farm organizations on letters to the chairmen and ranking members of: 1) the House/Senate agriculture committees and 2) the House/Senate agriculture appropriations committees urging Congress to eliminate or suspend the $5.5 billion cap on export credit guarantees. Learn more


Sunbelt Agriculture's Challenges Must Be Understood
12/17/2008
In response to President-elect Obama's nomination of Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as next Secretary of Agriculture, the NCC said US cotton leaders are awaiting the nomination of individuals to serve in key positions at USDA and other agencies who are familiar with Sunbelt agriculture and who understand the challenges of diverse crop production on commercially viable farms capable of competing in domestic and international markets. Learn more


Textile Mills Economic Assistance Clears Hurdle
12/12/2008
USDA made available the User Agreement for textile mills participating in the Economic Adjustment Assistance Program authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Learn more


Commodity and General Farm Organizations Urge Immediate Release of Farm Law Regulations
12/09/2008
The NCC joined every major commodity and farm organization in conveying serious concerns about the significant delay in publishing the regulations implementing numerous commodity and conservation provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Learn more


Letter to Secretary Schafer Expressing Regulations Implementation Delay Concerns
12/09/2008
The NCC joined multilple farm groups whose members produce a significant portion of the U.S. food, fiber and feed in the United States on a letter to Agriculture Secretary Schafer to express concern about the significant delay in publishing the regulations implementing numerous commodity and conservation provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Learn more


Baucus, Grassley, Rangel, McCrery Letter to Administration on Doha Concerns
12/09/2008
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA), along with House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Ranking Member Jim McCrery (R-La), sent a letter to President Bush, urging the administration to stand firm in the Doha Round negotiations. Learn more


Doha Negotiations Concerns Conveyed to President Bush (435k pdf)
12/08/2008
A December 8 letter to President Bush from Senate agriculture committee chairman Harkin and ranking member Chambliss and signed by multiple Senators expressed concerns about the agricultural trade negotiations in Geneva. Learn more


NCC Issues Statement on Revised Falconer Text
12/08/2008
The NCC says the revised Falconer Text unfortunately incorporates most of the loopholes in agricultural market access contained in the failed Lamy compromise package offered in July. Learn more


Senator Chambliss Re-Election Encouraging for Agriculture
12/03/2008
In a statement, the NCC congratulated Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), on his re-election to a second term noting that U.S. farmers, businesses and rural communities will continue to benefit from his leadership. Learn more


China and India Distorting World Market (424k pdf)
11/26/2008
China and India are the two largest producers and processors of cotton fiber. Over the past few years, increased government support has spurred an increase in cotton and textile production in both countries, even as the rest of the world decreases production and mill use. Learn more


Special Products Undermine WTO Market Access (369k pdf)
11/21/2008
NCC analysis indicates that exemptions for Special Products in the latest World Trade Organization Doha negotiating text could dramatically undermine potential market access gains. Learn more


Doha in December
11/20/2008
In a column appearing in Farm Press publications, NCC Chairman Larry McClendon says if a December meeting of the WTO Doha Round is held, and the Lamy text used as a starting point, the haste to conclude the negotiations would work against a balanced agreement and the result would be a text that cannot pass Congress. Learn more


Cotton Organizations Convey Concern Over Farm Law Regulation
10/24/2008
In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, the NCC, the National Council of Textile Organizations, AMCOT, the American Cotton Shippers Association and the American Cotton Producers conveyed serious concern about the delay in publishing the regulation necessary to implement the cotton provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. Learn more


Rangel Orders Monitoring of Textile and Apparel Imports from China
10/10/2008
House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY)formally requested the U.S. International Trade Commission to initiate an investigation to monitor certain U.S. textile and apparel imports from China beginning in 2009. Learn more


Congressional Members, U.S. Textile Industry Seek Greater Monitoring of Chinese Textile Imports
10/01/2008
Cotton Belt Congressional members joined their colleagues and the U.S. cotton and textile industry in a call to broaden a key textile import monitoring program. Learn more


Hazardous Materials Transport Rules
09/22/2008
U.S. Department of Transportation rules require agricultural producers who transport certain hazardous materials to develop and implement a transportation security plan. Learn more


NCC Statement on Brazil-U.S. Cotton WTO Case
08/27/2008
The NCC issued a statement in response to Brazil's notice that it will move forward on its requests for authorization for retaliation. Learn more


USDA Sees 13.77 Million '08 US Cotton Bales
08/12/2008
In its first survey-based estimate of the current crop year, USDA projects a '08-09 US cotton crop of 13.77 million bales. Upland production was estimated at 13.25 million bales and ELS production at 521,800 bales. Learn more


Letter Urges Support of H.R. 6604
07/30/2008
The NCC joined with other agricultural organizations on a letter to US Representatives strongly urging them to vote for the Commodity Markets Transparency and Accountability Act of 2008. Learn more


NCC Statement on Collapse of Doha Negotiations
07/29/2008
The NCC is encouraged that the United States held firm to its commitments to U.S. agriculture in the Doha negotiations. Learn more


Letter Sent in Support of Keenum FCA Nomination
07/16/2008
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee expressing support for the nomination of Dr. Mark Keenum to serve as a member of the Farm Credit Administration Board for the remainder of a six year term expiring May, 2014. Learn more


Ag Groups Convey WTO Ministerial Concerns to President Bush
07/16/2008
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on a letter to President Bush expressing their continuing deep concern about the status and direction of the Doha Round of WTO agricultural negotiations -- including some remarks reportedly made by Administration officials, suggesting that concessions on U.S. agriculture are to be traded off for gains in NAMA (Non-Agricultural Market Access) and Services. Learn more


NCC Dispels Myths About U.S. Support to Cotton Farmers
07/10/2008
This NCC document summarizes several myths/facts regarding US support to cotton farmers, including the fact that US programs have not caused low cotton prices and hurt foreign growers. Learn more


NCC Vice Chairman Jay Hardwick to Lead Cotton Leadership Delegation in Exchange with China
06/16/2008
A NCC leadership team will visit China June 20-30 to see its cotton industry development and continue building a relationship with US raw cotton’s No. 1 customer. Learn more


NCC Reiterates Call For Improved Commodity Markets Regulation
06/03/2008
The NCC remains concerned about the ability of the futures to provide meaningful risk management and price discovery – so that commodity market participants can be better protected against manipulation. Learn more


NCC Disappointed in WTO Appellate Body Ruling
06/02/2008
The US cotton industry is disappointed the WTO Appellate Body failed to overturn the Compliance Panel's previous report regarding US compliance with the WTO’s rulings in the original cotton dispute brought by Brazil. Learn more


NCC Conducting Farm Law Informational Meetings
05/30/2008
NCC staff will review key provisions of the new Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 in 45 informational meetings across the Cotton Belt during the weeks of June 16 and June 23. Learn more


USDA Moves AWP Calculation to Far East Quotes
05/27/2008
USDA has issued a final rule outlining the switch to Far East (FE) quotes for the purposes of determining the Adjusted World Price (AWP). The use of FE quotes better reflects cotton trade patterns and is necessitated by the pending elimination of North Europe quotes by Cotton Outlook. The change, which will be reflected in the announced AWP on Thursday, May 29, would allow the commencement of the 6-week blending period of current and forward quotes. Learn more


NCC Welcomes Conference Committee Agreement
05/08/2008
NCC Chairman Larry McClendon expressed appreciation to House and Senate Conference Committee leaders and members for their work on the '08 farm bill. Learn more


Timely Action Urged at CFTC Forum
04/23/2008
Testifying at a Commodity Futures Trading Commission Forum, American Cotton Producers Chairman Chuck Coley said the cotton futures market is totally dysfuntional and decisive action is needed short term to restore confidence in the markets for all US cotton industry segments. (The public also can submit comments for the official record by sending statements to agforum@cftc.gov by 5 pm EDT, May 7, '08). Learn more


Southwest Cotton Growers Urged to Attend BMP Workshop
03/11/2008
Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico cotton producers and consultants are urged to reserve a seat at either of two special workshops aimed at increasing their awareness of best management practices. Learn more


NCC Concerned With Peterson-Goodlatte Farm Bill Conference Proposal
02/13/2008
The NCC has serious reservations regarding the Peterson-(Bob) Goodlatte (R-VA) farm bill package announced by House Agricultural Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN). Learn more


NCC Praises USTR’s Filing of Appeal in U.S.-Brazil Cotton Case
02/13/2008
NCC Chairman Larry McClendon praised the US Trade Representative’s Office for filing a notice of appeal in the WTO Brazil – US cotton case. Learn more


USDA Announces Partial '07-Crop-Year Counter-Cyclical Payments
02/11/2008
Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer announced to NCC Annual Meeting attendees that USDA will soon begin issuing about $315 million in partial '07-crop-year counter-cyclical payments for producers with upland cotton and/or peanuts base acres enrolled in USDA's direct and counter-cyclical program. Learn more


President's '09 Budget (52k pdf)
02/04/2008
President Bush released a summary and detailed fact sheet of his 2009 budget and its overall goals of: 1) addressing immediate economic challenges; 2) ensuring sustained prosperity; 3) keeping America Safe; and 4) balancing the Budget by '12. Learn more


Sen. Dole Letters Regarding ATPA Renewal (324k pdf)
01/28/2008
Sen. Elizabeth Dole is circulating the second of two letters aimed at garnering Senate support for expedited Congressional approval of the Andean Trade Preferences Act renewal. Learn more


WTO Panel Finding Inconsistent with World Cotton Market
12/18/2007
The WTO Compliance Panel decision in the Brazil–U.S. cotton case was made public on Dec. 18, and the NCC's initial response is that the ruling is unfortunate, does not adequately consider the changes in the U.S. cotton program that were made, and is inconsistent with both the current world cotton market situation and the U.S. cotton program’s current operation. Learn more


NCC Lauds Senators Chambliss, Lincoln For Strong Efforts to Preserve Farm Bill
12/14/2007
NCC leaders welcome Senate passage of farm legislation and applaud Senators Chambliss (R-GA) and Lincoln (D-AR) for convincing their colleagues to reject damaging amendments. Learn more


Letter to Congressional Leaders Regarding Export Program Funding (334kb pdf)
12/07/2007
The NCC joined with other agricultural organizations on a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate subcommittees on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies --urging them to provide for the FY08 funding of three critical USDA programs. Learn more


Letters to Congressional Leaders Regarding Peru FTA (570kb pdf)
12/07/2007
Beginning in July 2007, the NCC sent or joinned onto three different letters urging Congressional approval of the Peru FTA. Learn more


Agricultural Organization Letter to Sen. Reid
12/06/2007
The NCC joined with other agricultural organizations on a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) strongly urging the Senate's farm bill consideration before adjourning for the year. Learn more


Ag Groups Send Second Letter to Sens. Reid, McConnell
11/13/2007
The NCC joined other ag organizations on another letter to the Majority and Minority Leaders urging a prompt resolution to the amendment process for the 2007 farm legislation and expressing disappointment by the lack of progress made during the Thanksgiving recess. Learn more


NCC Responds to Misinformation About Cotton Program
11/09/2007
In response to recent press accounts regarding the U.S. cotton program's impact on the international cotton market, a NCC report affirms that the program has not caused economic harm to West African cotton producers. Learn more


Senator Chambliss Criticizes Washington Post Editorial
11/09/2007
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), ranking Republican member of the Senate agriculture committee, blasted a recent Washington Post editorial regarding domestic cotton production and the global market. Learn more


Agricultural Groups' Letter to Senators Harkin, Chambliss
11/05/2007
The NCC joined with other ag organizations in urging Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) to support the comprehensive, bipartisan packages recently passed from the Senate agriculture and finance committees. The groups also encouraged producers to contact their Senators and urge opposition to the Grassley-Dorgan amendment. <a href=/issues/members/07farmbill/index.cfm>Additional correspondences</a> from NCC and concerned cotton producers can be found under the NCC's '07 Farm Bill section. Learn more


NCC Statement on Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Markup
10/25/2007
The National Cotton Council deeply appreciates the successful efforts of Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) in guiding farm legislation through the Senate's Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry committee with strong bipartisan support. Learn more


Representatives Convey Serious Concerns with Doha Cotton Text
10/18/2007
A group of House Members has sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab citing their concerns with the cotton language in the draft text released by WTO Agriculture Negotiating Chairman Crawford Falconer. Learn more


Commodities Letter to Senate Ag Committee Chairman Harkin, Ranking Member Chambliss (10.3k pdf)
10/18/2007
The NCC joined other commodities in urging Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Chambliss to expedite action on 2007 farm legislation. Learn more


Compliance Panel’s Ruling Disappointing
10/15/2007
The NCC expressed disappointment with a decision, as reported by the news media from USTR Office statements, that a WTO compliance panel maintained the findings of the interim report released in July regarding a ruling in the case brought by Brazil against U.S. cotton. Learn more


Senators Urge Rejection of WTO Cotton Provisions
09/21/2007
A group of Cotton Belt Senators, led by Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), has written Ambassador Susan Schwab of the U.S. Trade Representative’s office urging U.S. negotiators to reject the cotton provisions in the draft WTO text released in late July by Agriculture Negotiating Chairman Crawford Falconer. Learn more


NCAE Alert Memo Regarding Recent DHS No-Match Rule (75k pdf)
09/04/2007
A federal court in San Francisco blocked the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) no-match rule from taking effect as scheduled -- providing employers with additional time to make sure they are ready to comply if and when the rule does become effective. Learn more


National Cotton Council Statement on the Doha Draft Modalities
07/17/2007
The NCC is alarmed by the draft modalities text issued today by Crawford Falconer, the chairman of the WTO agricultural negotiations. Learn more


Letter to President Bush Urging Peru, Colombia Trade Pact Approval
05/11/2007
The NCC, as part of the U.S. textile and apparel supply chain, joined onto a letter to President Bush asking his assistance in ensuring that the U.S./Peru Trade Promotion Agreement and that the U.S./Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement are approved and enacted into law before June 30, 2007. Learn more


Ag Groups Letter to Congress Regarding Disaster Assistance Bill
05/11/2007
A letter to Congressional Members urging them to vote for an Agricultural Disaster Assistance Bill was signed by 23 agriculture groups, including the National Cotton Council. Learn more


112th Congress -- Cotton Belt U.S. Representatives
05/08/2007
This is a list of Cotton Belt U.S. Representatives and their contact information, including agricultural and trade liaisons and schedulers. Use 202 area code when calling and first name.last name@mail.house.gov when emailing a staffer. Ex: jane.doe@mail.house.gov Learn more


Cotton Session Undermines WTO Process; Is Unfair to U.S. Cotton Farmers
02/22/2007
NCC Chairman John Pucheu says an upcoming WTO cotton session coupled with other WTO activities “is an unfortunate turn of events that can severely undermine the credibility of the WTO dispute settlement process.” Learn more


NCC Joins in Support of Colombia, Peru FTAs
02/21/2007
The NCC is part of a coalition of food and agriculture organizations urging prompt Congressional consideration and passage of the free trade agreements recently concluded and signed with Colombia and Peru. Learn more


USDA Issues Farm Bill Proposal
01/31/2007
USDA Issues Farm Bill Proposal Learn more


Peterson to Chair House Ag Committee
12/08/2006
The House Democratic Caucus selected Rep. Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota as the chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture for the 110th Congress. Learn more


NCC Urges Disaster Assistance for Cotton Producers
09/13/2006
The NCC is urging Congress and the Administration to address the cotton production losses of 2005 and 2006. Learn more


Summary of 2006 U.S. Cotton Crop Conditions (85k pdf)
09/08/2006
NCC economists have summarized the ’06 Cotton Belt crop conditions, which will be provided to Congressional members and their staff. Learn more


NCC Response to 2006 Crop Storage, Handling and Ginning Regulations
09/01/2006
NCC Chairman Allen Helms said it is clear USDA gave serious consideration to the industry’s consensus positions offered in the NCC’s comments to the proposed rule. Learn more


New Provisions for Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Program
08/31/2006
A fact sheet summarizes USDA Commodity Credit Corporation's new provisions for the 2006 and subsequent crop-year cotton marketing assistance loan program. Learn more


New Provisions for Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Program (73k pdf)
08/31/2006
USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation announced new provisions for the 2006 and subsequent crop-year cotton marketing assistance loan program. Learn more


NCC Statement Regarding Doha Round Suspension
07/24/2006
NCC Statement Regarding Doha Round Suspension Learn more


NCC Statement on Conclusion of WTO Meetings in Geneva
07/01/2006
NCC Chairman Allen Helms hopes WTO member countries can regain focus on trade liberalization as a path to a successful agreement after WTO ministers concluded without a breakthrough. Learn more


Senators' Letter Signals Support for Positive WTO Ag Agreement (699k PDF)
06/23/2006
A letter to President Bush signed by 57 Senators lends strong bi-partisan support for a sound agreement for U.S. agriculture in the WTO negotiations. Learn more


FSA County Committee Election Process Begins
06/15/2006
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced that agricultural producers throughout the nation can nominate eligible candidates to serve on USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees beginning June 15-Aug. 1, 2006 for the county committee elections to be held in the fall. Learn more


Mark Lange Letter to Trade Ambassador Schwab and Agriculture Secretary Johanns Regarding Doha
06/02/2006
NCC President/CEO Mark Lange sent a letter thanking Trade Ambassador Susan Schwab and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns for their support of U.S. agriculture throughout the prolonged WTO Doha negotiations. Learn more


Ag Coalition Letter to President Bush Conveying Doha Concerns
06/02/2006
The NCC joined into a coalition of agricultural organizations on a letter to President Bush conveying the group's concerns with the Doha negotiations. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Chambliss also issued a statement on the negotiations. Learn more


Sen. Chambliss Thanked for Support in WTO Negotiations
05/03/2006
NCC Chairman Allen Helms thanked Sen. Chambliss for standing behind U.S. agriculture during the WTO negotiations. Learn more


Letter to Key Senate Committees Regarding Agriculture Disaster Assistance
04/25/2006
The NCC and other organizations joined onto a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate agriculture and appropriations panels urging them to oppose any efforts to delete the agricultural disaster assistance provisions from the FY06 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill when it is considered by the full Senate. Learn more


Senate Expected to Take Up Ag Disaster Legislation in April
04/06/2006
Following the Easter recess, the full Senate is expected to take up an agricultural disaster bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee as part of the Supplemental Appropriations bill. Learn more


Letters to House/Senate Panels Re: Disaster Assistance (55k pdf)
03/09/2006
NCC joined with other agricultural organizations onto letters to the chairmen/ranking members of the House and Senate agricultural and appropriations committees urging that they support and pass emergency ag disaster assistance as part of the upcoming supplemental appropriations bill. Learn more


African Proposal is Untimely Diversion
03/03/2006
NCC says the C-4 West African cotton-producing countries' issuance of a new proposal for disciplines on domestic cotton support in the Doha negotiations is an unfortunate diversion from the world’s trade ministers' important work. Learn more


Letter to House, Senate Budget Committees' Chairmen Regarding Discretionary Spending
02/28/2006
A coalition of agricultural organizations, including the NCC, urge that a discretionary spending level be adopted that does not require agricultural programs to take additional budget reductions. Learn more


USDA Notice to Trade Regarding Temporary Cotton Storage
01/20/2006
The notice said that the production of ’05-crop upland cotton has exceeded available commercial cotton storage space in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and parts of Texas. Learn more


Chambliss Issues Final Observation on Hong Kong Ministerial
12/21/2005
"The conclusion of the World Trade Organization Ministerial in Hong Kong leaves many questions open for farmers and ranchers in the United States" said Senator Saxby Chambliss today. Learn more


NCC: Hong Kong Text Inequitable; Abandons Single Undertaking for Agriculture
12/19/2005
The NCC is extremely disappointed in the Declaration approved by the participants in the Ministerial Conference recently concluded in Hong Kong. Learn more


Hong Kong Draft Text Abandons Single Undertaking
12/17/2005
The National Cotton Council is extremely disappointed in the draft Ministerial text developed by Director General Lamy. NCC Chairman Woods Eastland said that the draft text is not consistent with the concept of a single undertaking for agriculture and establishes an unwise precedent for WTO trade negotiations. “The draft text could be interpreted as asking the EU and the U.S. to take larger cuts quicker, to give total access to Least Developed Countries with nothing in return, and demands an end to export subsidies for cotton before the implementation period of the agreement is likely to begin. The Lamy text is not a single undertaking for agriculture. Instead, it singles out cotton. Learn more


NCC STATEMENT at Ag Trade Coalition Press Conference in Hong Kong
12/16/2005
The NCC issued a statement outlining the U.S. cotton industry’s perspectives of the WTO ministerial meeting. Learn more


NCC Responds to Second Commercial Appeal Attack on Cotton Program
12/16/2005
The National Cotton Council sent another letter to The Commercial Appeal in response to the second article of its two-part series on cotton that ran December 11. Learn more


Oxfam: Fabrication, Flaws and Fallacies
12/11/2005
The NCC prepared a paper entitled "Oxfam: Fabrication, Flaws and Fallacies" in response to Oxfam's claim that Chinese cotton farmers are beset by U.S. cotton subsidies. Learn more


NCC Responds to CA Attack on Cotton Program
12/09/2005
The NCC sent a letter and background material to The Commercial Appeal in advance of the Memphis newspaper's December 11 publication of an article focusing on the U.S. cotton program and its impact on African cotton-producing nations. Learn more


USDA Energy Commitments and Highlights
12/08/2005
A fact sheet outlines how USDA Rural Development has invested nearly $290 million in renewable energy Bioenergy/Biomass ventures since the start of the Bush Administration. Learn more


U.S. Program Will Help Rural Africans Live Better
11/11/2005
NCC Chairman Woods Eastland commended Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Portman for their efforts in developing a program to improve the conditions confronting West African cotton producers. Learn more


U.S. and China Sign Textile Agreement
11/09/2005
The United States and China signed a broad agreement on Chinese textile imports into the United States that goes into effect on January 1, 2006 and ends on December 31, 2008. Learn more


Letter to Sens. Gregg, Chambliss Regarding 2006 Budget Reconciliation
11/01/2005
The NCC joined other agricultural groups on a letter to Sens. Gregg, Chambliss regarding the 2006 Budget Reconciliation and strongly encourage rejection of any amendments which would substantially alter the fundamental policies and delicate balance and allocation of financial resources embodied in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Learn more


NCC Commends Work on Reconciliation Packages
10/28/2005
The NCC complimented House Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) for his leadership in achieving a responsible and balanced budget reconciliation package. Learn more


NCC Commends Chairman Chambliss on Developing Balanced Reconciliation Package
10/19/2005
The NCC expressed appreciation to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) for his leadership in developing a balanced reconciliation package and steering it through the committee. Learn more


STATEMENT - On The U.S. Proposal For WTO Agricultural Negotiations
10/12/2005
Reacting to the latest agricultural proposal by the USTR, as outlined on its web site, NCC Chairman Woods Eastland said that “the proposals represent a very aggressive stance by the United States in the Doha Negotiations and would require significant cuts in U.S. farm programs if agreed to by the Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the U.S. Congress.” Learn more


Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Letter Regarding Upcoming WTO Negotiations (312k PDF)
10/12/2005
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) expressed concerns over proposals from the EU and others that would dramatically reduce U.S. farm support. Learn more


CRP Re-Enrollments Offered
10/07/2005
Ag Secretary Mike Johanns announced USDA's plan for re-enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program. Learn more


STATEMENT: Senate Budget Reconciliation Package
10/06/2005
NCC Chairman Woods Eastland reacted to the proposed budget reconciliation package developed by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, calling it “painful, but equitable." Learn more


Brazil Cotton Case and the WTO
09/30/2005
NCC President/CEO Mark Lange addressed the International Cotton Association meeting in Liverpool regarding the Brazil cotton case and the WTO. Learn more


The Challenge: Building Greater Global Cotton Demand
09/26/2005
In an address at the International Cotton Advisory Committee’s 64th Plenary Meeting in Liverpool, NCC Chairman Woods Eastland challenged the world’s cotton-producing countries to grow global demand for the fiber by five million bales per year for the next five years. Learn more


The Case for Producer Support for Consumer Promotion
09/26/2005
NCC Chairman Woods Eastland, in an address to the 64th ICAC Plenary Meeting in Liverpool, emphasized the need for the world's major cotton-producing countries to build demand for cotton products at retail. Learn more


The Doha Development Round of WTO Negotiations – Issues Confronting Cotton
09/21/2005
NCC Vice Chairman Allen Helms, Jr., testified about WTO issues confronting cotton before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Learn more


Successful Conclusion of China Textile Negotiations Beneficial to All Parties
09/02/2005
The NCC supports the efforts of the United States and China to complete a comprehensive agreement on textiles and apparel -- that will bring certainty and manageable growth to trade in these products through the end of 2008. Learn more


NCC Producer Leaders Attend Pro-CAFTA Rally
07/21/2005
NCC Producer Leaders Attend Pro-CAFTA Rally Learn more


NCC Opposes Administration’s Step 2 Cotton Program Proposal
07/06/2005
The NCC opposes the Bush Administration’s plan proposing statutory changes in the Step 2 cotton program to comply with a WTO dispute decision. The NCC distributed <a href=/issues/members/2005/step2letter.cfm >a letter</a> to the House and Senate ag committees and Cotton Belt Congressional members on USDA's proposal on the U.S. Cotton and Export Credit Guarantee Programs. Learn more


ELS Competitiveness Payment Formula Changing August 5
06/23/2005
The CCC has decided to change the regulations governing how payment rates are calculated under its ELS Cotton Competitiveness Payment Program. The interim final rule, effective Aug. 5, '05, provides that the “U.S. spot quotes” currently used in the payment formula will be replaced by the “American Pima c.i.f. Northern Europe quote.” Learn more


Economic Importance of DR-CAFTA to Cotton Belt
05/26/2005
Economic Importance of DR-CAFTA to Cotton Belt Learn more


NCC Sees Beef Checkoff Court Ruling as Positive
05/24/2005
The NCC sees the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the beef marketing campaign as a favorable development for the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. Learn more


NCC Pleased With Administration’s Swift Safeguard Action
05/13/2005
The NCC is gratified by the Administration’s swift and decisive action to impose safeguards on certain categories of textile and apparel imports from China. Learn more


Industry Affirms Support for DR-CAFTA
05/10/2005
The National Cotton Council's board of directors, in a May 9 special session, announced its support for the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement. Learn more


U.S. Cotton Economic Situation and Issues Update (149k PDF)
05/09/2005
Response to the WTO ruling in the Brazil case can also have implications on the ongoing negotiations of the Doha round. The Council supports a comprehensive agreement that involves all member countries and all commodities and does not single out the U.S. cotton program. Learn more


EU Abandons Single Undertaking, Jeopardizing Doha Round
04/20/2005
NCC Chairman Woods Eastland expressed disappointment at posturing by the European Union concerning the Doha Round Negotiations saying, “the EU Trade Commissioner’s call for cotton’s early harvest is divisive and holds the potential to send the Doha round into a chaotic free-for-all.” Learn more


NCC: Cultivation of China as Customer Imperative
04/15/2005
NCC Vice President Robert Weil, II, told the House Ways and Means Committee that it is imperative that the U.S. cotton industry continue to cultivate China as a good customer. Learn more


NCC Supports Industry Safeguard Petitions, Commends Administration
04/06/2005
The NCC announced its support of plans to file new safeguard petitions regarding Chinese imports and reiterated its commendation of the Administration's decision to self-initiate safeguards on six apparel categories. Learn more


NCC Commends Textile Safeguard Proceedings’ Initiation
04/04/2005
The NCC commended the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements' announcement that the U.S. government will self-initiate textile safeguard proceedings against China in six product categories to determine whether they are contributing to U.S. market disruption. Learn more


Major Factors Affecting World Cotton Price Behavior (97k PDF)
03/16/2005
An executive summary prepared in response to Brazil’s WTO challenge of the U.S. Cotton Program. Learn more


Brazil/Cotton WTO Dispute - Ruling of the Appellate Body
03/16/2005
A summary of the Appellate Body ruling in the Brazil/U.S. Cotton WTO dispute. Learn more


Textile and Apparel Imports from China Flood U.S. Market
03/11/2005
Citing actual damage from the flood of textile and apparel imports into the U.S. market, the U.s. textile industry and Union call on the U.S. government to self-initiate safeguards. Learn more


NCC Statement on WTO Appellate Ruling
03/03/2005
The NCC is disappointed with the ruling by the appellate body of the World Trade Organization in the Brazil/U.S. cotton case. Learn more


NCC’s New Cottonseed Segment: What Cotton Ginners Should Know
03/02/2005
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Letters to House and Senate Budget Committees Defending Farm Bill
02/21/2005
The NCC is encouraging producers to contact their Senators and Representatives urging them to sign these letters. Learn more


Coalition Letter to Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns
02/18/2005
A coalition of ag and other organizations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns to convey concerns with the Administration's budget proposal's impact on farm and other programs. Learn more


House Agriculture Committee Budget Views/Estimates Letter
02/18/2005
The House Agriculture Committee sent a Budget Views and Estimates letter to the House Budget Committee Chairman. Learn more


Farm-Level Impacts of the Administration’s Budget Proposal
02/11/2005
The NCC conducted a farm-level impact analysis of the Administration’s budget proposal. Learn more


NCC Talking Points on Budget Issues for Agriculture
02/10/2005
The NCC issued talking points on budget issues for agriculture. Learn more


NCC Issues Statement on Budget Proposal
02/07/2005
NCC Chairman Woods Eastland said the Administration's budget outline is just the first step in a long, important budget process, and he emphasized the importance of Congress evaluating these proposals and other options as it seeks ways to trim the federal deficit. Learn more


Clarifying Delinquent Status for Administering Provisions of The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA) (21k PDF)
01/07/2005
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) issued a clarification of guidelines on program eligibility for delinquent borrowers on January 6 in response to a request by NCC and Plains Cotton Growers. Learn more


NCC: Senator Chambliss Extraordinary Choice for Agriculture Panel
12/21/2004
The NCC expressed its congratulations to Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on being named to chair the Agriculture Committee in the 109th Congress. Learn more


USDA, NCC Re-Schedule West African Meeting
12/13/2004
ADecember meeting aimed at furthering cooperative ties between the U.S. and the West African countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali, has been postponed. Learn more


NCC Comments on the Long Term Policy of the Conservation Reserve Program
12/08/2004
The submitted comments to USDA's Farm Service Agency regarding the long term policy of the Conservation Reserve Program. Learn more


NCC: Nominee Johanns Should Prove Positive for Production Agriculture
12/02/2004
NCC Chairman Woody Anderson said the U.S. cotton industry is pleased that President Bush nominated Mike Johanns as the new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture – a move that should prove positive for U.S. production agriculture. Learn more


Cotton Subcommittee Must Enhance Goal of Comprehensive Agreement
11/19/2004
NCC Chairman Woody Anderson said he hoped the creation of a subcommittee to monitor trade policy and trade developments in cotton would not be turned into a sideshow that will take away from the overall goal of comprehensive agricultural trade reform. Learn more


Veneman Gave U.S. Agriculture Resolute Service, Leadership
11/17/2004
NCC Chairman Woody Anderson said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman provided dedicated leadership for U.S. agriculture and served with distinction. Learn more


CITA Announces Acceptance of Safeguard Petitions
11/01/2004
The Committee for Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) announced late Friday, October 29, its acceptance of the first of the seven threat-based China textile safeguard petitions that have been formally filed to date. Learn more


NCC Firmly Behind USTR Appeal in Brazil/U.S. Dispute
10/18/2004
The National Cotton Council agrees with today’s filing by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office of an appeal in the Brazil/U.S. World Trade Organization (WTO) case. Learn more


Market Disruption Relief Sought Through Safeguard Petitions
10/12/2004
U.S. textile and apparel manufacturers, with the support of the labor unions and U.S. cotton and man-made fiber industries, are seeking protection from the clear threat of market disruption as set out in the Chinese WTO accession agreement. Learn more


NCC Letter Regarding Proposed Rules for the Implementation of the Conservation Security Program
10/05/2004
NCC submitted a letter to NRCS regarding additional comments to the proposed rules for the implementation of the CSP. Learn more


Hurricanes Rendering Severe Economic Losses to Cotton Farms
09/30/2004
Cotton farmers in Georgia, Florida and Alabama are facing multi-million dollar losses after the southeastern crop was battered by four hurricanes over a six-week period. Learn more


NCC Disagrees With Brazil/U.S. Dispute Panel’s Decision
09/08/2004
NCC Chairman Woody Anderson said the NCC's initial review of the just-released decision in the Brazil/U.S. WTO cotton dispute indicates that the Panel made some surprising assumptions and reached conclusions the NCC believes are not supportable. Learn more


NCC Backs New Endangered Species Rule
08/03/2004
The NCC strongly supported a federal government rule that formalizes a process for the Environmental Protection Agency’s pesticide registration program to be fully compliant with the Endangered Species Act. Learn more


CSP Sign Up Deadline is July 30
07/29/2004
Producers in selected watersheds have until July 30 to complete the 2004 sign up for the CSP Learn more


U.S./Brazil Dispute Final Report Expected
06/18/2004
The WTO Panel hearing the U.S./Brazil cotton dispute was expected to issue its Final Report June 18 to the parties in the dispute. Learn more


NCC Calls For Preservation of Successful Farm Law
05/21/2004
NCC is urging Congress to keep the 2002 farm law intact for the remainder of its term. Learn more


NCC Committed to WTO-Compliant Federal Cotton Program
05/20/2004
The NCC pledged to do its part at maintaining an effective U.S. cotton program that complies with WTO obligations. Learn more


NCC Concerned with Reports of Panel Decision
04/27/2004
The National Cotton Council says that it is concerned about the Interim Report released by a panel hearing the U.S./Brazil cotton dispute decision. Learn more


IRS Reminds Farmers About Marketing Loan Gain Reporting Procedures
03/19/2004
Farmers who pledge part or all of their production to secure a CCC loan may not be properly reporting market gain when they use CCC certificates in connection with paying off their loans. Farmers who pledge part or all of their production to secure a CCC loan can make a special election to treat the loan proceeds as income in the year received and obtain a basis in the commodity for the amount reported as income. Learn more


NCC Comments on Proposed Rule – Standards for Approval of Warehouses for CCC Interest Commodity Storage – 7 CFR Part 1423
03/12/2004
The NCC submitted its response to the proposed rule concerning the consolidation of regulations governing the standards for approval of warehouses for Commodity Credit Corporation interest commodity storage. Learn more


Testimony Regarding the Field Investigation on China’s Impact on the U.S. Manufacturing Base
01/30/2004
South Carolina textile manufacturer Evans Tindal testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission that the loss of industrial jobs and plant closings in Cheraw, SC, are directly tied to China and all have been significantly influenced by the surge of cheap goods into the American market from the Peoples Republic of China. Learn more


NCC Joins in Trade Priorities Reaffirmation and Push
01/30/2004
The NCC joined a number of textile and fiber organizations in the adoption of several trade priorities that will be communicated to the Administration, Congress and all candidates for public office during 2004. Learn more


Letter to President Bush Regarding Objection to "Carryforward"
01/16/2004
NCC is one of 20 fiber, textile and labor organizations which conveyed their objection to any increase in textile quotas in 2004 as a result of a practice known as “carryforward.” (151KB PDF file) Learn more


Letter to Senators Regarding 2004 Omnibus Appropriations
01/16/2004
NCC co-signed letter to Senators in support of support H.R. 2673, the FY 2004 omnibus appropriations bill. Learn more


Conservation Security Program Implementation
12/17/2003
USDA issued a proposed rule to implement the Conservation Security Program, the agency's first program to provide payments to farmers for historical stewardship in areas such as soil and water quality. Learn more


UNITE Letter to Commerce Secretary Regarding CAFTA and China Safeguards
12/09/2003
UNITE organizations sent letter to Undersecretary of Commerce Aldonas which reviewed the unified textile industry’s priorities for the CAFTA talks and for trade in general. Learn more


Industry Letter to Commerce Secretary Regarding Free Trade Study
12/05/2003
Letter to Undersecretary of Commerce Aldonas notes the findings of an independent research organization's study of the impact of various potential scenarios for a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and includes findings bearing on scenarios under consideration for CAFTA as well – particularly the issue of “cumulation” with non-CAFTA countries in the Western Hemisphere. <BR> Learn more


The Application of Textile Safeguards in the China WTO Accession Agreement: Fundamentals of the Raw Cotton Market
11/26/2003
A NCC analysis shows that the U.S. application of the textile safeguards announced on November 18, 2003 has virtually no impact on the raw cotton supply/demand situation in China for the 2003 marketing year. Learn more


NCC Applauds Much-Needed China Textile Safeguard Decision
11/18/2003
The National Cotton Council said approval of the textile/fiber coalition’s China safeguard petitions on knit fabric, brassieres and dressing gowns is a significant step toward stabilizing the U.S. textile, apparel and cotton sectors. Learn more


Textile/Fiber Coalition Wins Victory on China Safeguards
11/18/2003
Textile/Fiber Coalition Wins Victory on China Safeguards Learn more


NCC Memo/Fact Sheet on FDA’s Food/Feed Bioterrorism Rule
11/10/2003
The NCC issued a memo and fact sheet to the ginner and cottonseed sectors regarding FDA’s Food/Feed Bioterrorism Rule. Learn more


NCC Continues Push for Fair Trade Policy
10/29/2003
NCC Vice Chairman Woody Anderson says the U.S. cotton industry’s survival hinges on having both farm policy and trade policy that provide fair and equitable provisions for competing in the international arena. Learn more


Textile/Fiber Coalition and 165 Senators and Representatives Urge Action on China Safeguard
10/29/2003
139 U.S. Representatives and 26 U.S. Senators signed letters urging the Administration to invoke the special textile China safeguard. Learn more


NCC Comments Regarding Notice of Intent To Request a Revision to a Currently Approved Information Collection
10/20/2003
The NCC submitted comments regarding the notice and request for comments related to the National Agricultural Statistics Service intent to revise the Cotton Ginning Survey. Learn more


NCC Testimony on Crop Insurance Before the House Agriculture General Commodities Subcommittee
09/25/2003
NCC Vice Chairman Woody Anderson, in testimony at at House Agriculture General Commodities Subcommittee hearing regarding implementation of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act (ARPA) of 2000, said the NCC strongly supported its passage. Learn more


USTR Praised for Attempts to Get Good WTO Agreement
09/15/2003
WTO trade negotiations ended in Cancun without progress toward a framework for further talks, and the breakdown was widespread in that disagreements ranged from topics such as investment, transparency and government procurement to antitrust policy, trade facilitation and agricultural subsidies. Learn more


USTR Proposal on Trade Distortion Discussions Much Needed
09/11/2003
The recent proposal offered by the Office of the USTR to link discussions of fiber market and textile product distortions is a significant step in WTO proceedings. Learn more


Cochran Letter to USTR, Agriculture Secretary
09/09/2003
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) letter to U.S. Trade Representative and Agriculture Secretary Veneman regarding the Cancun WTO agriculture negotiations. (94k PDF file) Learn more


NCC Lauds Cochran’s Declaration on WTO Ag Trade Negotiations
09/09/2003
A letter from Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick says that a sectoral initiative, separate from the multilateral WTO negotiations, focusing solely on global cotton subsidies and the U.S. cotton program will be too limited in scope and would distract from meaningful progress towards multilateral reform of agricultural trade. Learn more


Trade and U.S. Cotton - Facts and Objectives
09/08/2003
This fact sheet, which says the economics of cotton production are inextricably linked to textile policy and production, both in the United States and around the world, also lists U.S. cotton's WTO objectives. Learn more


Commission Report Says No Mid-Term Changes to Farm Law’s Payment Limit Provisions, Eligibility Rules
09/05/2003
The NCC agreed with the conclusion of a special Congressionally-appointed panel’s report – that more restrictive payment limits would have a negative impact on U.S. agriculture and cause instability in that sector’s production, financing and marketing segments. Learn more


Labor Union UNITE Joins Textile/Fiber Coalition
09/03/2003
More than 70 textile/fiber industry senior executives and officials with the labor union UNITE announced a grassroots lobbying campaign in support of the unified textile/fiber coalition’s campaign to slow the surge of job-destroying Chinese imports. Learn more


NCC Statement Regarding Payment Limits Amendments
08/22/2003
NCC issued a statement regarding Sen. Grassley's announcement he plans to introduce payment limits amendments to 2004 ag appropriations legislation. Learn more


Grassroots Lobbying Campaign Aimed at Slowing Job-Destroying Textile Imports
08/12/2003
AMTAC announces campaign aimed at slowing job-destroying textile imports. Learn more


Textile/Fiber Coalition CEOs Announce Grassroots Lobbying Campaign to Slow Job-Destroying Imports
08/11/2003
More than 40 textile/fiber industry senior executives announced a grassroots lobbying campaign in support of the textile/fiber coalition’s campaign to slow the surge of job-destroying Chinese imports. Learn more


NCC Joins Coalition Effort Aimed at Stemming Tide of Chinese Imports
07/07/2003
The NCC has joined with 13 other fiber and textile organizations in a coalition effort to persuade the Bush Administration to self-initiate safeguards to curb the massive flow of textile imports from China. Learn more


United Textile Industry Urges Presidential Action
07/07/2003
A united textile and fiber industry sent a letter to President Bush July 7 urging the U.S. government to self-initiate the China special textile safeguard, reject any pro-China tariff TPLs in the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and other free trade agreements, and maintain current U.S. textile tariffs in the Doha Round of WTO negotiations. Learn more


AMTAC Letter to President Bush Regarding China Textile Import Concern
07/07/2003
Members of the AMTAC Coalition, a united textile industry, including cotton, man-made fiber, yarn spinners and fabric manufacturers, sent a letter to President Bush asking him to reaffirm his Administration’s commitments to a healthy U.S. textile sector by taking strong specific actions regarding the enormous threat from China. Learn more


NCC Supportive of Progressive Trade Policy; Concerned With Division Within World Trade Organization
06/18/2003
NCC Chairman Bobby Greene told the House Agriculture Committee that if U.S. agriculture is to continue to support Administration trade policies, assurances must be provided that “our trading partners will adhere to their agreements.” Learn more


National Cotton Council Testimony on International Trade Policy Impact on U.S. Cotton Before the House Agriculture Committee
06/18/2003
NCC Chairman Bobby Greene testified before the House Agriculture Committee regarding the impact of international trade policy on U.S. cotton. Learn more


Statement to Commission on the Application of Payment Limits To Agriculture
06/17/2003
NCC President/CEO Dr. Mark Lange's June 17 statement at a workshop of The Commission on the Application of Payment Limits To Agriculture urged no changes be made to the farm law's payment limits provisions and the accompanying regulations. Learn more


NCC Urges No Changes in Payment Limit Provisions, Eligibility Rules
06/17/2003
The NCC reiterated here today that payment limits are sufficiently restrictive and further restrictions would be tremendously destabilizing to U.S. cotton – a sector only in its second year of recovery from the lowest prices in 40 years. Learn more


United Textile Industry Demands Action on China Trade Policy
06/11/2003
Officers from the six largest trade associations representing the U.S. textile and fiber industry met in Washington, DC on June 10 and unanimously approved an aggressive, coordinated lobbying campaign designed to ensure the industry’s survival. Learn more


NCC Cites Western Hemisphere Trade Agreements’ Potential and Pitfalls for U.S. Cotton Industry
05/21/2003
The National Cotton Council testified before a Senate subcommittee that increased trade with countries in the Western Hemisphere was of great importance to the U.S. cotton industry but cautioned that free trade agreements and preferential trading arrangements needed to be carefully constructed. Learn more


NCC President/CEO Lange Chosen to Address Payment Limits Commission Workshop
05/20/2003
NCC President/CEO Lange Chosen to Address Payment Limits Commission Workshop Learn more


U.S. Offer on Vietnam Market Access Damages U.S. Cotton/Hemispheric Partners
04/22/2003
The U.S. government reportedly has negotiated textile and apparel quota levels in bilateral negotiations with Vietnam that the NCC believes will adversely affect the U.S. cotton industry’s production and manufacturing sectors. Learn more


NCC: Grassley Amendment Adds Unnecessary Burden to Production Agriculture
03/14/2003
The NCC expressed its disappointment with an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution that moves funds from production agriculture to an untested conservation program that has not yet been implemented. Learn more


Letter to Agriculture Secretary Veneman Regarding Counter-Cyclical Payment Rate
01/23/2003
NCC letter expressing appreciation for favorable response to NCC request for establishment of the initial advance counter-cyclical payment for the 2002 upland cotton crop at the maximum allowable rate of 4.81 cents/lb. (35% of 13.73 cents/lb.). Learn more


Cotton Council Joins in Call for Disaster Assistance
01/09/2003
Cotton producers Ronnie Fleming and Rickey Bearden were among a group of more than 100 farmers, ranchers and rural business leaders across the nation who urged lawmakers on Capitol Hill to approve legislation to provide financial assistance to cover losses due to weather-related disasters in 2001 and 2002. Learn more


USTR Report Confirms China’s Non-Compliance Under WTO
12/13/2002
NCC Chairman Hood called for the U.S. should to take steps to ensure China abides by its trade agreements under the WTO after a USTR report confirms China’s non-compliance. Learn more


NCC Letter to USTR Robert Zoellick Regarding Concerns With China's WTO Commitments
12/13/2002
Letter to USTR Zoellick reiterates NCC concerns that China is not living up to its commitments with respect to trade in cotton fiber despite repeated entreaties by the U.S. cotton industry, USDA and USTR. Learn more


NCC Statement Regarding Rep. Combest Resignation
11/12/2002
The NCC issued a statement regarding Rep. Larry Combest's resignation from the House of Representatives and his expected December resignation as House Agriculture Committee chairman. Learn more


NCC Comments on RMA's Common Crop Insurance Regulations and the Group Risk Plan of Insurance Regulations
10/21/2002
NCC submitted comments to USDA's Risk Management Agency's proposed changes to basic provisions of federal crop insurance. Learn more


Remarks By President George Bush On West Coast Ports
10/09/2002
President George Bush comments on the West Coast ports work stoppage, its effects on the economy and the injunction to halt the stoppage temporarily. Learn more


Letter From President Bush to The Attorney General Regarding the West Coast Ports Shutdown
10/09/2002
President Bush's letter to The Attorney General regarding an Order he issued for creating a Board of Inquiry to report on certain labor disputes affecting the maritime industry of the United States. Learn more


NCC Co-Signed Letter to Congress Regarding West Coast Ports Shutdown
10/08/2002
NCC co-signed a letter with other ag and agribusiness organizations to Congress conveying concerns about the prolonged shutdown of the West Coast ports. Learn more


Bush Administration Prepares to Seek Court Order Opening Port
10/08/2002
Bush Administration Prepares to Seek Court Order Opening Port Learn more


Letter to President from Senators Hayes, Pickering, Thune and Moran
10/07/2002
Letter expresses concern about critical West Coast Ports situation and requests that President utilize all resources to quickly resolve matter. Learn more


Statement of Senator Tim Hutchinson Urging President to Invoke Taft Hartley Emergency Dispute Resolution Procedures
10/04/2002
Statement of Senator Tim Hutchinson Urging President to Invoke Taft Hartley Emergency Dispute Resolution Procedures in response to the complete shutdown of twenty-nine West Coast ports due to a labor dispute. Learn more


Letter Regarding Preferential Trade Benefits for Haiti
10/04/2002
NCC, ATMI and AYSA convey in letter to Sen. Baucus strong opposition to any effort to extend preferential trade benefits under the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) to apparel assembled in Haiti using fabric or yarn from outside the U.S. or the Caribbean region. Learn more


Letter to President Concerning West Coast Ports Shutdown
10/04/2002
NCC joined 68 other farm organizations in a letter to President Bush urging him to use all options available for reopening ports. Learn more


Letter to USDA Ag Secretary Veneman Regarding Counter-Cyclical Payment for the 2002 U.S. Upland Crop
09/19/2002
The provisions of the new farm law authorize the Secretary to make an advance counter-cyclical payment, if any is projected based on projected season average market prices, available to eligible producers in October of the year of harvest. A second advance can be made in February of the next calendar year and for cotton, the final payment, if any, would be made in October . . .one month after the marketing year for cotton ends. The NCC sent a letter to the Secretary urging her to make the maximum possible advance available to eligible producers for the 02 crop of upland cotton. Learn more


Committee Delays Formal Action on Disaster Assistance
08/02/2002
The Senate Agriculture Committee took no formal action in a meeting to review disaster assistance legislation (S. 2800, Emergency Agricultural Act of ’02) introduced by Sens. Baucus (D-MT), Burns (R-MT), Daschle (D-SD) and Johnson (D-SD). Committee members acknowledged that disaster assistance would be considered when Congress returns in September. Learn more


Disaster Assistance Legislation Introduced
07/31/2002
Disaster assistance legislation has been introduced by Sens. Baucus (D-MT), Burns (R-MT), Daschle (D-SD) and Johnson (D-SD). The bill would provide disaster assistance to farmers for 2001 and 2002 crop losses (yield and quality) resulting from severe weather, pests and diseases. Learn more


A Review of the Trade Promotion Authority Conference Report
07/30/2002
The Trade Promotion Authority conference report passed by the House and scheduled for Senate consideration the week of July 29 generally increases regional fabric quotas beyond levels that were proposed by a coalition comprised of the National Cotton Council, the American Textile Manufacturers Institute and the American Yarn Spinners Association; includes no U.S. yarn requirements; and weakens the textile negotiating language the coalition had recommended. Learn more


U.S. Cotton Reiterates Opposition to Farm Law Amendments
07/17/2002
At a Commodity Roundtable news briefing, the NCC restated its strong support of the new farm law and opposition to any efforts that would alter the law’s structure before it is implemented. Learn more


Letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman From Reps. Combest (R-TX) and Stenholm (D-TX)
07/10/2002
In a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Young (R-FL), Reps. Combest (R-TX) and Stenholm (D-TX) ask that any amendments to the farm law that would weaken farmers' safety net be rejected. (94k PDF file) Learn more


NCC Joins Other Farm Groups in Urging Rejection of Provisions That Would Alter New Farm Law Policy
07/09/2002
The NCC joined 21 other commodity and general farm organizations in a letter to two House chairmen urging rejection of efforts to include provisions in the FY2003 appropriations measure that would substantially alter policies in the new farm law. Learn more


Letter to House Committee on Appropriations
07/09/2002
The NCC joined 21 other commodity and farm groups in a letter to Rep. Young (R-FL), chair of the House Appropriations Committee and to Rep. Bonilla (R-TX), chair of its subcommittee on ag, strongly opposing any substantial changes to the policies embodied in the 2002 farm law and asking them to do likewise. Learn more


Cotton Policies and Prices - NCC Provides Missing Information and Clarification of Misinformation in WSJ Article
06/27/2002
On Wednesday, June 26, 2002, the Wall Street Journal ran "U.S., Cotton Farmers Thrive; In Africa, They Fight to Survive," an article vilifying the U.S. cotton industry. The article is incomplete in its reporting of the world cotton situation, fails to accurately depict the system of marketing for West African cotton growers, implies that U.S. cotton producers single-handedly brought down world cotton prices, and suggests that U.S. agricultural policy could be the cause of greater global terrorism. Because the analysts could not accurately characterize the cotton situation, the implications drawn in the remainder of the article are simply speculative hypotheticals. Learn more


NCC Testimony at the House Agriculture Committee Hearing Concerning the Establishment of the Department of Homeland Security
06/26/2002
James Dodson presented NCC's testimony regarding a proposal to transfer APHIS into the new Department of Homeland Security at a House Agriculture Committee hearing. Learn more


NCC Review of Selected Provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
05/14/2002
A summary analysis that will be provided to attendees at the NCC's upcoming farm bill educational meetings across the Cotton Belt. The new farm bill provisions are subject to final USDA interpretations and regulations. Learn more


Proposed Rule - Non-Recourse Cotton Loan and Loan Deficiency Payment Programs; Upland Cotton First Handler Marketing Certificate Program; Seed Cotton Loan Program
05/10/2002
Several changes to the cotton loan and loan deficiency payment (LDP) proposed by the Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC) for the ’02 crop were published May 9 in the Federal Register. A 60-day public comment period follows. Learn more


NCC to Review Key Farm Law Provisions in Cotton Belt Meetings
05/10/2002
MEMPHIS, TN (Special) – The National Cotton Council will review key provisions of the new Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 during 44 educational meetings across the Cotton Belt beginning May 17 and continuing through the weeks of May 20 and 27. Learn more


NCC Commends Senate Farm Bill Passage, Urges President's Swift Action
05/08/2002
- The National Cotton Council is urging President Bush to sign farm legislation after the Senate approved a new six-year measure on a 64-35 vote. Learn more


Farm Bill Cotton Provisions Reviewed in Report to NCPA
05/06/2002
With the long process of developing new farm legislation almost complete, NCC Chairman Kenneth Hood sounds a more optimistic note in addressing the National Cotton Products Assn. Annual Meeting. Learn more


Cotton, Textile Groups Urge Correction of Strong Dollar
05/03/2002
NCC, along with manufacturer and shipper organizations, sent a letter to President Bush asking the Administration to take immediate steps to bring the dollar back down to normal, historic levels as a way to help the ailing U.S. textiles sector. Learn more


Letter to USTR Zoellick on Implementation of the TRQ Agreement by the People’s Republic of China
05/03/2002
The NCC conveyed serious concerns to the USTR with the way China has chosen to implement its obligations contained in the bilateral and multilateral agreements on that country's accession to the World Trade Organization with respect to cotton and cotton products. Learn more


Letter to President Bush Regarding Strong Dollar
05/02/2002
The NCC joined ACSA, ATMI and other manufacturing organizations in a letter to President Bush asking the Administration to take immediate steps to alleviate the over-valued dollar's devastating effect on the U.S. textile sector. Learn more


NCC Pleased with Farm Bill Agreement, Urges Swift Approval
04/26/2002
The National Cotton Council said its members are pleased that a framework agreement has been reached by House and Senate conferees on new farm legislation that can become effective in 2002. Learn more


NCC Commends House Conferees’ Farm Bill Proposal and Urges Timely Acceptance by Senate Leadership
04/18/2002
The National Cotton Council declared its appreciation for the House conferees’ “extraordinary efforts” to reach agreement on U.S. farm policy and called for Senate acceptance so 2002 crop year implementation can be achieved. In a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-TX), NCC Chairman Kenneth Hood said the package proposed today by House conferees “reflects a continuing commitment to develop new farm policy that addresses the critical problems facing U.S. production agriculture. Learn more


NCC Letter to House Ag Committee Chairman Combest (R-TX)
04/18/2002
NCC Chairman Kenneth Hood declared its appreciation for he and the House Agriculture Committee's efforts to reach agreement on U.S. farm policy. Learn more


U.S. Cotton Encouraged By Conferees’ Farm Bill Budget Allocation
03/20/2002
NCC Chairman Kenneth Hood said the U.S. cotton industry is pleased that the House/Senate Farm Bill Conferees reached an agreement on the budget allocation between the commodity titles and will continue to press for industry priorities in the final package. Learn more


NCC Welcomes Texas Senate Members’ Action
03/18/2002
A Senate delegation registered its opposition to the controversial Grassley-Dorgan amendment that would limit benefits to farmers as the House and Senate conference committee began debating new farm legislation. Learn more


NCC Welcomes Louisiana House Members’ Action
03/18/2002
Recent action taken by members of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation drew the full support of the National Cotton Council. Learn more


Letters to Senate Conferees Regarding Payment Limits
03/08/2002
Two letters sent by Cotton Belt Senate members regarding payment limits. Learn more


California, Arizona Congressional Delegation Letters to Conferees Regarding the Grassley-Dorgan Amendment
03/08/2002
Two letters sent by Cotton Belt House members to Chairman Combest and Ranking Member Stenholm. Learn more


Letters to Congress from Osborne, Pence, Boyd, and Berry
03/08/2002
Letters to Congress regarding budgeted funds for farm bill commodity programs. Learn more


NCC Chairman's Report to Southern Cotton Ginners Association
03/01/2002
NCC Chairman Kenneth Hood provide an update on the U.S. cotton industry and new farm law status to the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. Learn more


Letter to House/Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen
02/27/2002
NCC and other commodity groups sent letter to House/Senate Agriculture Committee chairmen urging they ensure that commodity programs receive adequate and stable funding in new farm law. Learn more


Letter to U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Regarding Pakistani Textile Concessions
02/15/2002
NCC and other organizations, representing a substantial majority of U.S. fiber, textile, and textile machinery interests, commended U.S. Commerce Dept. Secretary Evans and the Administration for creating an interagency textile working group to focus on the devastating economic conditions facing the U.S. textile industry. Learn more


NCC: WTO Negotiation Goals Workable
11/15/2001
National Cotton Council Chairman James Echols said the U.S. cotton industry was glad the U.S. delegation was successful in launching a new round of World Trade Organization trade negotiations at their meeting in Doha, Quatar. Learn more


Senate Ag Committee Urged to Fund Farm Bill at House-Approved Level
10/16/2001
The NCC joined with other commodity and farm organizations in a letter urging the Senate Agriculture Committee to fund a farm bill at the House-approved level and to view the bill as a package. Learn more


Impact of USDA Farm Policy Book Uncertain
09/21/2001
USDA's farm policy book, "Food and Agricultural Policy,Taking Stock for the New Century," is prompting debate within the agriculture community. Learn more


Bush Signs $5.5 Farm Aid Legislation
08/13/2001
President Bush signed a bill authorizing $5.5 billion in farm aid. The action ensures growers will receive their payments before Sept. 30. Learn more


NCC Chairman's Report to the American Cotton Producers
08/10/2001
NCC Chairman James Echols sumarized NCC work with Congress regarding obtaining supplemental income assistance and NCC priorities on enactment of new farm bill. Learn more


CY01 Emergency Agriculture Assistance
08/08/2001
<b>(Members Only)</b> NCC paper outlining what the $5.5 billion package, passed by the House and Senate, includes. Learn more


NCC: Senate Adoption of House Emergency Assistance Bill Imperative
08/03/2001
The NCC implored the Senate to pass H.R. 2213 without amendment and send the bill to the President in order to get emergency agricultural assistance in U.S. farmers’ hands. Learn more


U.S. Cotton Joins Other Farm Organizations in Urging Senate Action on Emergency Assistance for Agriculture
08/02/2001
The National Cotton Council joined other farm organizations in urging the Senate to complete work on 2001 emergency assistance legislation for U.S. agriculture, which is facing a severe economic crisis. Learn more


NCC Says House Agriculture Committee’s Proposal Provides Good Foundation for Effective Farm Law
07/18/2001
The National Cotton Council told House Agriculture Committee members today that the farm policies outlined in that panel’s concept paper establish a very credible foundation from which to build new farm programs that will contain an effective safety net for farmers and enhance their competitiveness. Learn more


Testimony of Mark Williams on Behalf of the National Cotton Council before the House Agriculture Committee
07/18/2001
Williams presents NCC response to the committee's concept paper on new farm legislation. Learn more


Testimony Of James Echols, Chairman of the National Cotton Council, before the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry of the U.S. Senate
07/17/2001
Echols testified about what U.S. cotton industry would like to see in the next farm bill, specifically regarding the commodity titles. Learn more


NCC Outlines Farm Bill Needs to Key Senate Panel
07/17/2001
The NCC described to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry the farm policy concepts that can support cotton farmers while indirectly underpinning U.S. cotton’s processing and handling infrastructure. Learn more


NCC Says House Panel’s Farm Bill Concept Solid First Step
07/13/2001
The National Cotton Council said a farm bill concept paper offered by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-TX) and ranking member Charlie Stenholm (D-TX) is a good first step and focuses on the right issues for the next farm program. Learn more


U.S. Cotton Needs Viable Government Partnership to Meet Stiff International Trade Competition
06/28/2001
For the U.S. cotton industry to meet some of the stiffest competition it has ever faced, it needs a U.S. government partnership for help in securing markets against sometimes unfair international competitors, NCC International Trade Policy Committee Chairman Robert Weil, II told the House Subcommittee on Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture Programs. Learn more


Testimony of Robert S. Weil, II, on behalf of the NCC to House Subcommittee on Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture Programs
06/28/2001
Weil relayed NCC's trade priorities and need for viable government export programs to House panel. Learn more


NCC Will Continue to Seek Improvement in Agriculture Relief Package
06/20/2001
NCC will work to improve a $5.5 billion agriculture relief package that passed the House Agriculture Committee by a 31-14 vote. Learn more


NCC: Trade Policy Should Keep U.S. Cotton Competitive Worldwide
04/25/2001
National Cotton Council President James Echols told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry that the U.S. cotton industry was dealing with the dual pressures of stiff international competition and a strong dollar and urged them not to abandon effective U.S. export programs. Learn more


House Ag Committee Letter Supports Additional Funding
03/16/2001
Points made to Budget Committee about needs for current-year as well as long-term policy needs. Learn more


USDA Announces Start of Crop Disaster Payments
03/16/2001
More than $1.1 billion will be distributed. Learn more


Efforts to Secure Immediate Assistance Reviewed in Texas Meetings
02/23/2001
In media briefing and in presentations at Farmers Cooperative Compress and Plains Cotton Cooperative Assn. in Lubbock, National Cotton Council (NCC) staff and officers of Plains Cotton Growers Assn. (PCGA) reviewed industry efforts in Congress to bring immediate financial assistance to growers while addressing long-term farm policy issues Learn more


Cottonseed Assistance Payment Estimated at $15.53 Per Ton
02/16/2001
With ginning season nearing completion, USDA will soon begin implementing ‘00-01 cottonseed assistance program. Given $100 million allocation for program, payment would be approximately $5.89 per bale of lint ($15.53 per ton of cottonseed) based on latest USDA estimates of cotton and cottonseed production. Learn more


NCC: Farm Programs Must Provide Income Support
02/15/2001
The National Cotton Council outlined farm policy concepts it could support but urged Congress to continue cotton’s three step competitiveness provisions and the marketing loan program, including the issuance of marketing certificates. Learn more


Testimony (Full) of Robert E. McLendon, Chairman, NCC Executive Committee, Before the House Ag Committee
02/15/2001
NCC President Bob McLendon’s testimony regarding what the cotton industry would like to see in new legislation when commodity titles are amended. Learn more


Testimony (Oral Version) of Robert E. McLendon, Chairman, NCC Executive Committee, Before House Ag Committee
02/15/2001
NCC President Bob McLendon emphasized that the primary focus of testimony is on recommendations for amending commodity titles. However, until amendments to long term agricultural policy are enacted, it is important that Congress continue to address the immediate, short-term financial needs of producers, he said. For the short term, he urged Congress to continue to provide relief similar to the emergency assistance enacted during the last three marketing years. Learn more


Sleepwear Standards Reduce Consumer Confusion, Enhance Safety
02/01/2001
As National Burn Awareness Week kicks off Feb. 4-10, the National Cotton Council (NCC) reiterated its support of the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Children’s Sleepwear Flammability Standards. Learn more


NCC Working to Improve Cotton Yield/Quality; Shape Future Farm Policy
01/10/2001
National Cotton Council President Robert McLendon told 2001 Beltwide Cotton Production Conference attendees here today that the NCC is devoting considerable resources to technology advances, including efforts to improve cotton yield and quality. Learn more


Comments of the National Cotton Council on Bt Resistance Management and Benefits of Bollgard Cotton
10/04/2000
Because of the many benefits of Bollgard and Bt technology, and its widespread adoption, U.S. cotton farmers have a vested interest in maintaining its efficacy and assuring that the potential for insect resistance is mitigated, according to NCC comments concerning Bollgard, Bt resistance and refuge requirements. Learn more


Testimony of Robert E. McLendon NCC President Before the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives
07/19/2000
Adequate budget authority that will enable the House Agriculture Committee to craft responsible, effective policy is the most important priority facing agriculture, NCC President Robert E. McLendon says in testimony. Learn more


Testimony of Phillip J. Wakelyn, Ph.D. before the Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee
05/16/2000
NCC reiterates position on snug-fitting and infant-sized sleepwear in hearing before subcommittee of House Commerce Committee. Learn more