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October 2014
FSA Issues Revised AD-1026 Regarding HELC, WC (2.8mb pdf) 10/30/2014
Revised versions of AD-1026 and AD-1026 Appendix (dated 6-30-14) were issued by USDA's Farm Service Agency to reflect the linkage for any premium subsidy eligibility for crop insurance policy or plan paid by FCIC to compliance with Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification provisions as required by the Agricultural Act of 2014.
NCC Reminds Its Members to Vote 10/30/2014
NCC members are reminded that U.S. elections are being held throughout '14, with the general elections scheduled for Tuesday, November 4. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be contested. As many of those Cotton Belt state races are tightly contested, the NCC urges its members to get out and vote!!
NCC Appreciates Timely APH Announcement 10/21/2014
The National Cotton Council commended USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) for implementing a farm law provision important to cotton production areas that have been hit with drought and other adverse weather in recent years.
NCC Responds To Post Editorial Regarding Brazil WTO Case 10/09/2014
The NCC sent a letter to the editor to the Washington Post in response to the newspaper's editorial that was critical of the Brazil WTO Dispute resolution.
Beltwide Cotton Conferences Offer Effective Decision-Making Help 10/06/2014
Attendees at the '15 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will have access to individual reports and panel discussions containing information useful for helping them make key cotton research, production and marketing-related decisions.
NCC Conducting STAX/Farm Bill Workshops 10/06/2014
The NCC 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. The first meeting will be on Nov. 10 and the last two on Dec. 10.
NCC Commends Resolution of Brazil WTO Dispute 10/01/2014
The NCC appreciates the US government’s successful efforts to conclude the US-Brazil trade dispute in the WTO through negotiation, thereby avoiding retaliation.
September 2014
Producers are reminded that sign-up for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) is underway at county Farm Service Agency offices. The deadline for application is Oct. 7, '14.
CTAP Details, ARC/PLC Program General Provisions (222k pdf) 09/24/2014
Details of the Cotton Transition Assistance Program, along with general provisions for ARC and PLC programs, are contained in Federal Register notice 7 CFR Part 1412.
NCC Comments on China WTO Compliance (110k pdf) 09/19/2014
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.