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March 2017
ELD, Speed Limiter Rules Elimination Sought 03/22/2017
The NCC joined with other industries which rely on trucking on a March 21 letter sent to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao encouraging DOT to prioritize the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate and speed limiter proposed rule when identifying regulations for elimination under President Trump's Executive Order, "Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs."
 
NCC: President’s Recognition of U.S. Agriculture Encouraging 03/21/2017
The NCC applauded President Donald Trump’s March 21 issuance of a National Agriculture Day proclamation that stated, “America's farmers and ranchers help feed the world, fuel our Nation's economy, and lead global markets in output and productivity.”
 
Support Conveyed For Lighthizer Confirmation 03/17/2017
The NCC joined with more than 100 other agricultural organizations on a letter to all Senators urging the timely confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade representative as an essential step in putting in place a U.S. government team that can robustly engage in trade negotiations to further enhance U.S. economic growth and job creation.
 
Letters Convey Need For Crop Insurance Preservation 03/16/2017
This document contains four March 13 letters that the NCC signed onto with other Crop Insurance Coalition members urging opposition to any proposed cuts to crop insurance. The letters were sent to: 1) the House/Senate budget committees, 2) the House/Senate appropriations committees, 3) Agriculture Secretary Designate Sonny Perdue and 4) Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.
 
Ag Groups Conduct ‘Substantive, Productive’ Meeting with Trump Administration on Trade 03/16/2017
Executive staff leaders from 11 major U.S. agricultural and agribusiness organizations commended the Trump administration for engaging in a substantive and productive meeting on March 15 that was focused on the importance of continued growth of food and agriculture exports.
 
Strong Safety Net Needed 03/15/2017
The NCC joined with multiple agricultural organizations on a March 15 letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and the Senate budget and appropriations committees -- stating the clear need for a stronger farm safety net to help farmers and ranchers through this difficult, long-term period of depressed prices and income.
 
Stakeholders Send Letter to Defend Chlorpyrifos 03/09/2017
A group of 43 agricultural stakeholders, including the NCC and the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt containing a simple message, “retain the current crop tolerances and availability of use of the Chlorpyrifos” in all its forms.
 
2017 High Cotton Winners Recognized 03/06/2017
The 2017 Farm Press-Cotton Foundation High Cotton Awards recipients are: Southeast – Ronnie Burleson/Andrew Burleson, Richfield, N.C. Mid-South – Byron Seward, Louise, Miss.; Southwest – Brent Hendon, Welch, Texas; and Far West – Mark McKean, Riverdale, California.
 
Budget Views and Estimates Letter Sent (443k pdf) 03/03/2017
The House Committee on Agriculture sent its Budget Views and Estimates Letter for FY18 to House Budget Committee Chairman Black (R-TN) urging that panel to consider the estimated $104 billion in savings from the current farm bill, more than four times what had been pledged previously.
 
Bee Listing Implementation Delay Sought (153k pdf) 03/03/2017
A March 1 petition signed by the NCC and other stakeholders has been delivered to the Secretary of the Interior and to the acting director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service asking them to delay implementation of the endangered listing of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee until January 2018.