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August 2014
Southeast Cotton Producers to See Texas Operations 08/14/2014
Twelve Southeast cotton producers will see cotton and other agriculture-related operations in Texas on Aug. 17-21 as part of the NCC's '14 Producer Information Exchange.
NCC Commends RMA for Timely Implementation of STAX for Cotton 08/12/2014
The NCC commended USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) after RMA announced on Aug. 12 that the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) will be available to upland cotton producers through the federal crop insurance program beginning with the '15 crop year.
NCC Files Comments On EPA's Proposed Revisions To Agricultural Worker Protection Standard 08/04/2014
The NCC says that it believes EPA, in its proposed revisions to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard, has failed to demonstrate benefits that outweigh the additional costs to farmers and has significantly underestimated the costs to farmers that these additional regulations will impose.
July 2014
House Passes H.R. 935 07/25/2014
The House on July 31 passed H.R. 935, “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act,” by a 267-161 vote. The NCC had issued an action alert on July 25 asking leadership to contact several Congressional offices and urge support for the legislation.
Far West Cotton Producers to See Mid-South Cotton Operations 07/24/2014
Nine cotton producers from Arizona, California and New Mexico will see cotton operations in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee on July 28-31 as part of the NCC’s '14 Producer Information Exchange program.
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.
Producers Reminded of '14 Farm Law 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.