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Oct 8
Plains Cotton Growers Quarterly Meeting, Lubbock, TX

Oct 15
Plains Cotton Cooperative Assn. Board of Directors and Delegate Body Meeting, Lubbock, TX

Oct 21-22
CGWA Midyear Meeting, Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South, Irving, TX

Nov 11-12
Pink Bollworm Action Committee Meeting , Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes, Phoenix, AZ

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NCC Commends Resolution of Brazil WTO Dispute
The NCC appreciates the US government’s successful efforts to conclude the US-Brazil trade dispute in the WTO through negotiation, thereby avoiding retaliation.

Cotton Transition Payment Sign-up Deadline Nearing
Producers are reminded that sign-up for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) is underway at county Farm Service Agency offices. The deadline for application is Oct. 7, '14.

Materials Clarify Conservation Compliance Provisions
The Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management Agency and Farm Service Agency developed materials to clarify conservation compliance provisions for crop insurance participants. Included are pdfs and web versions of a fact sheet and FAQ section with the FAQ web version allowing users to select each question individually and expand to see the answer.

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.

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.

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.

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.