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Materials Clarify Conservation Compliance Provisions
The Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management Agency and Farm Service Agency developed materials to clarify conservation compliance provisions for crop insurance participants. Included are pdfs and web versions of a fact sheet and FAQ section with the FAQ web version allowing users to select each question individually and expand to see the answer.
NCC Comments on China WTO Compliance (110k pdf)
This document has a summary of NCC Chairman Wally Darneille's oral testimony and the NCC's full written comments 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
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.
USDA September Production Report
In its September crop report, USDA estimated a '14-15 US crop of 16.54 million bales. Upland production was estimated at 15.96 million bales and extra-long staple production at 578,000 bales. Harvested area was an estimated 9.88 million acres, implying a non-harvested area of roughly 1.13 million acres based on USDA’s revised acreage report. The resulting abandonment rate is roughly 10.25%. The national yield per harvested acre was estimated to be roughly 803 pounds, 16 pounds less than the five-year average.
NCC Comments on RMA’s Interim Rule Regarding Farm Law Provisions
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.
NCC Commends RMA for Timely Implementation of STAX for Cotton
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.
Farm Bill Frequently Asked Questions
Following the series of farm bill education meetings, the NCC prepared a list of frequently asked questions on the The Agricultural Act of 2014.
Farm Bill Summary and Overview (click here)
This NCC-prepared document contains the basic preliminaries of The Agricultural Act of 2014 that passed out of the House/Senate Conference. The bill is subject to verification when legislative language is reviewed.
FSA Posts Farm Bill Fact Sheet
USDA's Farm Service Agency has created a fact sheet entitled, "What’s in the 2014 Farm Bill for Farm Service Agency Customers?" that includes highlights of The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Act), also known as the 2014 Farm Bill.
Cotton Newsline: September 19, 2014 The National Cotton Council is urging USDA’S Risk Management Agency (RMA) to assure that cotton producers will be able to adjust their actual production history (APH) insurance yield for the 2015 cotton crop.