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Jul 7-9
Cottonseed & Feed Association/ National Cottonseed Products Association Joint Annual Meeting, Hilton Hotel, Omaha, NE

Jul 18-20
Southern Cotton Ginners Assoc. Annual Summer Meeting , Little Rock Marriott, Little Rock, AR

Jul 21
Calcot Ltd Board of Directors Meeting, Phoenix, AZ

Jul 31-3
Southern Southeastern Mid-Year Board Meeting , Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, FL

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Don't Miss June 20-Aug. 5, '16 CGCS Signup!
Producers are urged to sign up for the FSA-administered Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program that provides cost-share assistance payments to Upland and extra-long staple cotton producers with a share in the '15 cotton crop. The sign-up window of June 20-Aug. 5, '16, will not be extended.

NCC: Cost Share Program Provides Much-Needed Assistance
The National Cotton Council expressed sincere gratitude to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for providing a one-time $300 million program that offsets a portion of a cotton producer’s '15 crop season ginning costs.

Sunbelt Agricultural Leaders to See Idaho Agricultural Operations
Sunbelt farmers will get a look at a diverse range of agricultural production and processing operations in southern Idaho on June 20-23 as part of the NCC's Multi-Commodity Education Program.

NCC Urges Producers' Participation In Conservation Planning Survey
In an effort to improve conservation planning services for farmers and ranchers, the National Association of Conservation Districts is conducting a brief online survey of farmers and ranchers -- with July 1, '16, the deadline for completing the questionnaire.

Actively Engaged Management Regulation — Questions and Answers (Information Only) (796k pdf)
This document is aimed at helping NCC members more thoroughly understand the actively engaged rule.

STAX Modifications Bulletin Issued (32k pdf)
USDA's Nov. 3 information memorandum PM-15-052 to all approved insurance providers, Risk Management Agency (RMA) field offices and all other interested parties, stated that after considering feedback and input from various program participants during the 2015 insurance year, RMA is making several modifications to the STAX program as follows: 1) allow producers to elect a zero percent coverage range by practice; 2) allow Written Agreements that affect insurable acreage to apply to STAX; and 3) make STAX coverage available for cottonseed through an optional endorsement.

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.