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October 2014
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.
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.
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.
NCC Conducting STAX/Farm Bill Workshops 10/06/2014
The NCC has 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 will be on Nov. 10 and the last two on Dec. 10.
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.
September 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.