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July 2014
Cotton LEADS™ Partners Now Exceed 200 07/23/2014
Cotton LEADS™, a joint program established by the Australian and US cotton industries, now has attained more than 200 partners across the global cotton textile supply chain.
 
USDA Reminds Farmers of 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance Changes 07/23/2014
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminds producers that changes mandated through the '14 farm bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation Certification (WC) (AD-1026). USDA also made available a fact sheet on (HELC) and (WC) provisions.
 
California Drought Relief Bill Recommendations Forwarded (202k pdf) 07/18/2014
Producers from several different areas and water districts in California developed a list of recommendations to guide the House and Senate negotiations on the “Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act”. The recommendations were contained in a letter sent to the California Congressional delegation that urged their inclusion in legislation that can be presented to the House and Senate for approval and sent to the President for his signature in the near future.<br />
 
NCC Letters Convey California Water Legislation Support 07/18/2014
In letters to several members of California’s congressional delegation, the NCC urged the House and Senate to work to resolve the differences between S. 2198 and H.R. 3964 and work together in the remaining days of the 113th Congress to approve comprehensive drought relief legislation.
 
Compliance Form 1026 (1mb pdf) 07/11/2014
The Agricultural Act of 2014 ('14 farm law) links eligibility for any premium subsidy paid by the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. on a policy or plan of federally reinsured crop insurance to compliance with HELC and WC provisions. This necessitates the completion of this compliance form -- the revised AD-1026, Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification.
 
Mid-South Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture 07/03/2014
Thirteen Mid-South cotton producers will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of July 13 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2014 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.
 
NCC Responds to Interpretive Rule 07/03/2014
In comments, the NCC urged the EPA and Corps of Engineers to withdraw their Interpretive Rule (IR) regarding the exemption from permitting under Section 404(f)(1)(A) of the Clean Water Act to certain agricultural conservation practices. The NCC disagrees with EPA’s assessment saying that the IR actually will restrict the exemptions that Congress intended for agriculture.
 
June 2014
NCC Supports CFTC Reauthorization Bill (92k pdf) 06/20/2014
The NCC joined other organizations representing a very broad cross-section of US production agriculture and agribusiness on a letter to House Members urging them to cast an affirmative vote on H.R. 4413, the “Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act,” when it moves to the House floor for consideration.
 
President Issues Pollinator Protection Memo 06/20/2014
President Obama issued a memorandum on June 20 directing US government agencies to take additional steps to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies – critical contributors to our nation’s economy, food system, and environmental health.
 
Statement Calls For Withdrawal of CWA Interpretive Rule (280k pdf) 06/20/2014
The NCC joined with other agricultural organizations in submitting a statement conveying concerns with and calling for withdrawal of the Interpretive Rule regarding the Clean Water Act's agricultural exemptions. The statement was sent to House Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry Chairman Thompson (R-PA) and Ranking Member Walz (D-MN) prior to the Subcommittee's review of that Rule.