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September 2014
NCC Comments on China WTO Compliance (110k pdf) 09/19/2014
This document contains a summary of NCC Chairman Wally Darneille's oral testimony and the full written comments that the NCC 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.
August 2014
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.
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.
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.
July 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.