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December 2014
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.
 
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 December 17-18. Among important elements of The Agricultural Act of 2014 that were 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
November 2014
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.