Friday, July 13, 2007 By Shawn Wade
PCG's support continues the41-county organization's long-standing efforts to promote the use of HighPlains cotton internationally.
Direct U.S. cotton industryfinancial support, such as that provided by PCG, is just one part of the CCIfunding mechanism. The majority of CCI's support is provided through non-cashand public funds contributions. A significant portion of the annual CCI budgetis provided through the USDA Market Access Program, which provides matchinggrants for export market building activities benefiting U.S. agriculturalproducts.
The Cotton USA program relieson a mixture of industry generated funds and MAP funds authorized by the 2002Farm Bill. Cotton is only one of several commodities receiving MAP funds.
PCG joins the National CottonCouncil, Amcot, American Cotton Shippers Association, the Cotton Foundation,Cotton Incorporated, Supima Association of America, the New York Board ofTrade, National Cottonseed Products Association, Southern Cotton Growers, andthe SJV Cotton Growers Association as CCI supporters.
To learn more about theactivities of Cotton Council International and the Cotton USA program go totheir website at www.cottonusa.org
Friday, July 13, 2007 By Shawn Wade
Development of the 2007 FarmBill has become every bit as tough as our supporters in Congress predicted itwould become and the U.S. cotton industry needs your help to support cotton'sfriends in Congress.
Tight budgets andwell-organized opponents have increased the pressure on the cotton industry'sstaunchest Congressional supporters, leaders who are now carrying the load andmaking sure cotton's interests are protected in the next farm bill.
One of the most effectiveways to help spread cotton's message is through a donation to the industry'sPolitical Action Committee (PAC) - the Committee for the Advancement of Cotton(CAC).
By pooling the resources ofcotton producers across the nation, the CAC is an effective way to collectivelysupport members of Congress that support cotton and make a difference on issuesaffecting our industry.
When sending a donation tothe CAC, growers are reminded that CAC contributions can only come fromindividuals or partnerships. No corporate contributions can be accepted.
Checks should be made payableto "Committee for the Advancement of Cotton" and can be sent to the PCG Officeor mailed directly to the NCC at:
Friday, July 13, 2007
Earlier this week U.S.Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator TeresaLasseter reminded farmers and other landowners that several important dates areon the horizon.
Lasseter explained thatfarmers and other landowners with base acres and yields have only until August3, 2007, to enroll in the 2007 Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program(DCP) without incurring a late enrollment fee. Producers failing to sign up byAug. 3, 2007, but before Sept. 30, 2007, will pay a late-file fee of $100. Thefinal date to enroll in the 2007 DCP is Sept. 30, 2007.
Enrollment in DCP for the2007 contract period began Oct. 1, 2006. FSA extended the DCP sign-up deadlinein March 2007 to August 3, 2007. The original DCP enrollment deadline was June1, 2007.
The deadline to enroll in the2007 Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program is rapidly approaching andLasseter encouraged all eligible producers to enroll in DCP before the August 3deadline to avoid paying a late fee."
DCP provides payments toeligible producers on farms enrolled for the 2002 through 2007 crop years.There are two types of DCP payments – direct payments andcounter-cyclical payments. USDA computes payments using the base acres andpayment yields established for the farm. The Farm Security and Rural InvestmentAct of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill) authorized DCP.
Lasseter also remindedfarmers and ranchers that the also have until August 1, 2007, to nominateeligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
FSA county committees assistlocal farmers through their decisions on commodity price support loans,conservation programs and disaster programs, and by working closely with countyexecutive directors.
To hold office as a countycommittee member, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administeredby FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in thelocal administrative area in which the person is a candidate.
A complete list ofeligibility requirements and additional information are posted online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov
Individuals may nominatethemselves or others as candidates. Also, organizations representing minoritiesand women are encouraged to nominate candidates.
All nomination forms for the2007 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Centerby close of business on August 1, 2007.
The county committeenomination period began June 15. Voting takes place in the fall. Ballots willbe mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 2. The final day to return voted ballotsto the local USDA Service Center is December 3. Newly elected county committeemembers take office January 1, 2008.