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Feb 28-1
Cotton Board March Meeting , San Antonio, TX

Mar 2
SCGA Annual Meeting , Peabody Hotel, Memphis, TN

Mar 3-4
Mid-South Farm & Gin Show , Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis, TN

Mar 15
Staplcotn/ Stapldiscount Board Meeting , Greenwood, MS

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Don't Undermine 2018 Farm Bill Development (142k pdf)
The NCC was among numerous organizations which signed onto a February 21 letter to key House and Senate budget and appropriations committee leaders urging them to reject calls for additional cuts to policies within the jurisdiction of the House and Senate agriculture committees.

NCC Applauds Scott Pruitt Confirmation
NCC Applauds Scott Pruitt Confirmation

NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 11.0 Million Acres of Cotton in 2017
U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 11.0 million cotton acres this spring, up 9.4 percent from 2016, according to the National Cotton Council’s 36th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. (see table attached)

Demand Growth, China’s Reserve Auctions and Global Supply Response Hold Keys for the Coming Year
National Cotton Council economists point to a number of key questions that will shape the 2017 economic outlook for the U.S. cotton industry.

NCC Ready to Work With New Agriculture Secretary
The National Cotton Council congratulates former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination for Secretary of Agriculture.

USDA January Production Report
In its January crop report, USDA estimated a 2016-17 U.S. crop of 16.96 million bales. Upland production was estimated at 16.40 million bales and extra-long staple production at 558,000 bales. Harvested area was an estimated 9.52 million acres implying a non-harvested area of about 553,000 acres based on USDA’s revised acreage report. The resulting abandonment rate is about 5.49%. The national yield per harvested acre was estimated to be about 855 pounds, 33 pounds more than the five-year average.

Actively Engaged Management Regulation — Questions and Answers (Information Only) (796k pdf)
This document is aimed at helping NCC members more thoroughly understand the actively engaged rule.

STAX Modifications Bulletin Issued (32k pdf)
USDA's Nov. 3 information memorandum PM-15-052 to all approved insurance providers, Risk Management Agency (RMA) field offices and all other interested parties, stated that after considering feedback and input from various program participants during the 2015 insurance year, RMA is making several modifications to the STAX program as follows: 1) allow producers to elect a zero percent coverage range by practice; 2) allow Written Agreements that affect insurable acreage to apply to STAX; and 3) make STAX coverage available for cottonseed through an optional endorsement.

STAX/Farm Bill Workshop/Webinar Information Available
Cotton industry members and agribusiness personnel are encouraged to access information recently presented at the NCC's 25 STAX/Farm Bill workshops as well as information (including audio/video) presented in the NCC's four regional webinars held on Dec. 17-18. Among important elements of The Agricultural Act of 2014 covered in those sessions were an in-depth look at the new Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) and the Supplemental Coverage Option along with regional examples of insurance rates and county yields.

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.