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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.
 
October 2014
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.
 
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.
 
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!!
 
Timeline for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) (22k pdf) 10/27/2014
 
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.