Farm Bill Summary and Overview (click here)
This NCC-prepared document contains the basic preliminaries of The Agricultural Act of 2014 that passed out of the House/Senate Conference. The bill is subject to verification when legislative language is reviewed.
NCC Believes Brazil WTO Case Resolved
In response to Brazil’s decision to request a panel at the WTO to assess the new US farm bill, the NCC stated that the new Stacked Income Protection Plan was developed specifically to bring the United States into compliance with the '08 WTO Appellate Body decision thus resolving the long-standing dispute.
USDA January Production Report
In its January report, USDA estimated a '13-14 US crop of 13.19 million bales. Upland production was estimated at 12.55 million bales and extra-long staple production at 636,000 bales. Harvested area was an estimated 7.66 million acres, implying a non-harvested area of roughly 2.74 million acres based on numbers revised from USDA’s June acreage report. The resulting abandonment rate is roughly 26.35%. The national average yield per harvested acre was estimated to be roughly 826 pounds, eight pounds more than the five-year average.
Bee Protection Presenting Crop Protection Challenge
The NCC reminds its members that for the past five years it has closely monitored the escalating events surrounding bee protection -- and will stay involved in pollinator protection activities that challenge crop protection product usage.
Cotton Newsline: March 7, 2014 According to the latest report released by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, the global planting of biotech crops continues to grow annually.
Cotton Newsline: March 5, 2014 During its 47th annual meeting in Memphis last week, the National Cotton Council's Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee (JCIBPC), chaired by California ginner Stan Creelman, tackled a handful of issues concerning bale packaging test programs.
Cotton Newsline: February 26, 2014 In response to Brazil's decision to request a panel at the World Trade Organization to assess the new U.S. farm bill, the National Cotton Council’s Gary Adams says that the new Stacked Income Protection Plan was developed specifically to bring the United States into compliance with the 2008 WTO Appellate Body decision which would resolve the long-standing dispute