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|Preliminary Retaliation List Published|
In the ongoing World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute regarding export credit programs and certain aspects of the upland cotton program,
Under the Aug. 31 ruling by the WTO Arbitration Panel,
Among the 222 items, which are listed based on their code under the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS), there are three cotton categories. Two of the HTS codes are raw cotton fiber imports, and the third category represents cotton that is carded or combed. The product list also includes more than 60 textile codes, including fabric, cotton socks and cotton t-shirts.
In addition to the products list publication,
According to the Global Trade Atlas, the value of
|Changes Issued for Storage Credits After CCR Invoice Date|
A recent USDA communication has alerted cotton industry members of an upcoming change to the calculation of upland cotton storage credits for redemptions processed through the Centralized Cotton Redemption (CCR) process.
From the onset of CCR, storage credits for all CCR transactions have been calculated from the bale storage-start date to two days beyond the CCR invoice date. These extra two days of credits have been provided to compensate merchants for credits not provided if bales are released after the invoice date. This practice was initiated for various reasons but primarily because at the time, it was considered impractical to develop an invoice correction process.
A recent CCR invoice processing review indicates that very few bales are released past the invoice date. As a result, USDA is taking the following actions: 1) effective for CCR redemptions processed starting Nov. 20, ’09, the storage credits provided for all CCR transactions will be calculated from the bale storage-start date to one day beyond the CCR invoice date; and 2) CCC will revise CCR, to be effective likely within the next six months or so, so that if any bales are released beyond the invoice date, a refund equal to the correct storage credits will be calculated and disbursed to the party redeeming the cotton.
|Cotton’s Week Email Exclusive|
Beginning on Jan. 8, ’10, the Cotton’s Week newsletter will be distributed to NCC members by email only and no longer by regular mail. NCC members who have not yet provided the NCC with their email addresses should send them to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
The newsletter will continue to be posted on the NCC’s website, www.cotton.org, under the News and Events section, but will require a password. Passwords will be provided upon completion of the short form located at http://www.cotton.org/register/request-password.cfm.
Questions or requests for assistance should be directed to email@example.com, area membership representatives or Marjory Walker in the Memphis office at 901-274-9030.
|USDA Lowers ’09 Crop Expectations|
In its November report, USDA estimated a ’09
In the report, USDA projected the ’09-10
USDA’s ’09-10 world production estimates were lowered 1.04 million bales from the October report to 102.74 million bales. World mill use was raised 880,000 bales from the October report to a projected 113.52 million bales. Consequently, world ending stocks for ’09-10 are seen at 53.72 million bales for a stocks-to-use ratio of 55.8%.
|Climate Change Bill Introduced|
A bill introduced on Nov. 4 by Sen. Stabenow (D-MI), a member of the Senate agriculture committee, would establish a domestic emissions offset program that would be incorporated into the cap-and-trade program proposed in the climate change bill (S. 1733) that was introduced by Sen. Boxer (D-CA).
Sen. Stabenow’s bill includes a list of 15 categories of emissions offset projects, such as methane capture from landfills, reduced tilling of farmland to reduce the release of greenhouse gases, afforestation or reforesting of land that was not forested as of Jan. 1, ’09, and carbon capture and storage. The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Baucus (D-MT), Klobuchar (D-MN), Brown (D-OH), Harkin (D-IA), Begich (D-AK) and Shaheen (D-NH).
The Clean Energy Partnerships Act (S. 2729) would create a Scientific Advisory Committee that would recommend additional types of projects that would be eligible to produce offsets beyond those listed in the legislation. The projects would be overseen by USDA and EPA. USDA would oversee forestry and agriculture projects and EPA would oversee all other projects.
The bill also would establish three other programs: one designed to reward landowners for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, one that would expand funding for energy programs in the farm bill, and a research program for forestry and agricultural projects.
The program for landowners would be administered by the departments of Agriculture and the Interior and would provide incentives for owners to carry out projects such as no-till farming practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or projects that sequester greenhouse gases below the land. It is designed to help landowners who are not eligible to produce offsets either because they had greenhouse gas reduction programs in place early and are therefore not considered to have implemented additional practices, or because the methods used to reduce or sequester greenhouse gases are not yet included on the list of eligible project types.
The rural clean-energy program would authorize expanded funding for several existing programs that aim to “accelerate the development and deployment of technologies for expeditiously expanding domestic biofuels and bioenergy production.”
The research program would provide funding for research and demonstration projects designed to find new ways to reduce emissions or to implement carbon sequestration through agricultural and forestry projects.
|Sales, Shipments Slip|
Net export sales for the week ending Nov. 5 were 120,800 bales (480-lb). This brings total ’09-10 sales to about 4.4 million bales. Total sales at the same point in the ’08-09 marketing year were about 7.1 million bales. Total new crop (’10-11) sales are 157,000 bales.
Shipments for the week were 160,000 bales, bringing total exports to date to 2.5 million bales, compared with the 3.5 million bales at the comparable point in the ’08-09 marketing year.
|Revised Congressional Schedule Set|
House Majority Leader Hoyer (D-MD) has issued a new legislative calendar which includes roll call votes up to Christmas Eve.In a notice sent to members on Nov. 12, Hoyer advised that the House will be in session the weeks of Nov. 16, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. He also told members that votes are possible the week of Christmas, on Monday Dec. 21 and on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
The announcement seems to confirm the push by Democrats to pass health care legislation this year.
The House also has other business to complete this year, including finishing work on the remaining FY10 appropriations bills, so that an omnibus spending bill is not necessary. The current stopgap appropriations bill, which funds agencies and programs not covered by appropriations measures that already have been enacted, expires on Dec. 18. The appropriations measure funding USDA and related agencies for FY10 has been passed.
|Export Promotion Funding Announced|
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that 70
The funding was allocated under the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Cooperator Program, both administered by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. The MAP uses funds from USDA's Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC) to share the costs of overseas market development and promotional activities with US nonprofit agricultural trade organizations, state regional trade groups and cooperatives. Activities conducted with MAP funding include market research, consumer promotions for retail products, technical capacity building and seminars to educate overseas customers.
For more information about FAS's market development programs, contact the Office of Trade Programs at (202) 720-4327, or visit www.fas.usda.gov/mos/marketdev.asp.
|Prices Effective Nov. 13-19, '09|