|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.