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Sep 17
Staplcotn Annual Meeting , Greenwood, MS

Sep 17
Plains Cotton Cooperative Assn. Annual Meeting, Lubbock, TX

Sep 22
CALCOT Board of Directors Meeting, Litchfield Park, AZ

Sep 23
CALCOT Board of Directors Meeting/ Annual Meeting, Litchfield Park, AZ

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NCC Urges APH Adjustment Implementation
In a letter to Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis, the NCC urged the RMA to make every effort to implement for the '15 cotton crop the farm bill provision allowing a producer to adjust their APH insurance yield. The letter is based on an American Cotton Producers resolution subsequently approved by the NCC Board.

USDA September Production Report
In its September crop report, USDA estimated a '14-15 US crop of 16.54 million bales. Upland production was estimated at 15.96 million bales and extra-long staple production at 578,000 bales. Harvested area was an estimated 9.88 million acres, implying a non-harvested area of roughly 1.13 million acres based on USDA’s revised acreage report. The resulting abandonment rate is roughly 10.25%. The national yield per harvested acre was estimated to be roughly 803 pounds, 16 pounds less than the five-year average.

NCC Comments on RMA’s Interim Rule Regarding Farm Law Provisions
The NCC submitted comments on the Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) Interim Rule published on July 1 that addressed implementation of enterprise units by practice, coverage by practice, beginning farmer provisions and the new linkage of crop insurance and conservation compliance.

Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Beginning
USDA's Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced on Aug. 7 that farmers can enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) from Aug. 11, '14 through Oct. 7, '14.

NCC Commends RMA for Timely Implementation of STAX for Cotton
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
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.

USDA Sending Acreage History And Yield Reports To Help Producers Prepare For New Farm Bill Programs
USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced on Aug. 1 that farmers should start receiving notices updating them on their current base acres, yields and '09-12 planting history. The written updates are an important part of preparing agricultural producers for the new safety net programs established by the '14 farm law.

Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Base Reallocation Provisions Released
USDA-FSA released Notice ARCPLC-7, which provides additional information regarding reallocation of base acres.

Producers Reminded of '14 Farm Law Conservation Compliance Changes
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.

Farm Bill Frequently Asked Questions
Following the series of farm bill education meetings, the NCC prepared a list of frequently asked questions on the The Agricultural Act of 2014.

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.

FSA Posts Farm Bill Fact Sheet
USDA's Farm Service Agency has created a fact sheet entitled, "What’s in the 2014 Farm Bill for Farm Service Agency Customers?" that includes highlights of The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Act), also known as the 2014 Farm Bill.