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USDA June Acreage Report
In its June acreage report, USDA estimated '15-16 US cotton plantings at 9.0 million acres, down 18.5% from '14. Upland planted area is estimated to have decreased 18.4% to 8.85 million acres. Extra-long staple producers planted 148,000 acres, down 22.9%. USDA’s June projection is down 551,000 acres from their initial '15 estimate released in March.
Enrollment Period Opening For ARC, PLC Programs
USDA Secretary Vilsack announced that eligible producers may formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for '14 and '15 from June 17, '15 through Sept. 30, '15. Cotton is no longer a covered commodity under the ARC and PLC programs.
Ag Groups Convey CFTC Reauthorization Support
The NCC was among a group of 33 organizations which sent a letter to House Agriculture Committee members and other Congressional Members in support of the Commodity End-User Relief Act (H.R. 2289) that the House was expected to consider the week of June 8.
Online Conservation Assistance Available
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on May 27 that farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service through a new online portal -- the Conservation Client Gateway -- which will give these groups the ability to work with conservation planners online to access farm law programs, request assistance and track payments for their conservation activities.
Cotton LEADS™ Program Hosts Event For US Partners
Since its establishment in '13, the Cotton LEADS™ program has attracted more than 300 partners from across the global supply chain.
A recent luncheon in Gastonia, NC, was held to update the US-based partners on program activities and to announce the latest additions to the Cotton LEADS™ partner list: HanesBrands; Jo-Ann Fabrics; Kohl’s®; and Life Is Good®.
STAX/Farm Bill Workshop/Webinar Information Available
Cotton industry members and agribusiness personnel are encouraged to access information recently presented at the NCC's 25 STAX/Farm Bill workshops as well as information (including audio/video) presented in the NCC's four regional webinars held on Dec. 17-18. Among important elements of The Agricultural Act of 2014 covered in those sessions were an in-depth look at the new Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) and the Supplemental Coverage Option along with regional examples of insurance rates and county yields.
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: October 22, 2014 The National Cotton Council has scheduled 25 educational meetings across the Cotton Belt to provide its members with in-depth information regarding insurance options for cotton under the Agricultural Act of 2014.
Cotton Newsline: October 17, 2014 USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) has released premium rates and expected area-wide yields for the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) and the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), both of which will be available for '15 upland cotton crop.