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February 2016
Budget Views/Estimates Letter Approved (24k pdf) 02/04/2016
The House Agriculture Committee unanimously approved its FY17 Budget Views and Estimates Letter, which was sent to the House Budget Committee.
NCC Praises Efforts to Reinstate Commodity Marketing Certificates 02/04/2016
USDA announced the implementation and availability of commodity marketing certificates as part of the Marketing Loan Program (MLP) available to all loan eligible commodities.
NCC Statement Regarding Secretary's Cottonseed Remarks 02/03/2016
The National Cotton Council said in a statement that it is extremely disappointed in Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s Feb. 3 comments that USDA believes its legal interpretation of the farm bill does not provide the authority to make the cottonseed designation.
January 2016
Letter Expresses Concerns With EPA Actions (224k pdf) 01/22/2016
The NCC, along with other agriculture organizations, sent a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN) highlighting concerns with EPA actions.
NCC Comments Regarding Pesticide Applicator Certification 01/22/2016
NCC comments to EPA's proposed changes for Certification of Pesticide Applicators opposed most of the proposed changes noting that EPA provided no justification nor demonstrated any deficiencies in the current process and that the proposed changes would add tremendous cost and burden on state budgets because the state regulatory agencies are tasked with the training and enforcement.
AHFA Comments To California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (171k pdf) 01/07/2016
The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), representing a coalition including the NCC, submitted comments regarding the California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control’s methodology to screen for flame retardant chemicals in upholstered furniture in accordance with the requirements contained in California S.B. 1019.
Flammability Test Methods Comments Submitted 01/07/2016
AHFA submitted comments regarding flammability
Flammability Test Methods Comments Submitted (859k pdf) 01/07/2016
The American Home Furnishings Alliance, representing a coalition including the NCC, submitted comments to the National Fire Protection Assoc. (NFPA) regarding NFPA’s development of a new standard for evaluating fire and ignition resistance of upholstered furniture.
Weaver Receives 2015 Cotton Genetics Research Award 01/07/2016
Dr. David B. Weaver, a cotton breeder who has dedicated his career conducting plant breeding research and educating generations of undergraduate and graduate students at Auburn University, is the recipient of the 2015 Cotton Genetics Research Award.
NCC Appreciates Senators’ Cottonseed Designation Request 01/05/2016
The NCC appreciates Senator John Boozman’s (R-AR) initiative in getting his Cotton Belt colleagues to sign onto a Jan. 4 letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack urging him to designate cottonseed as an ‘other oilseed’ as a means to bring some “much needed stability and support to cotton producers and the broader cotton industry.”