Support Sought for Cottonseed Policy
Friday, November 20, 2015 From the National Cotton Council
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN) circulated a letter to their House colleagues across the Cotton Belt seeking signatures in support of the cottonseed policy being pursued by NCC.
The letter, addressed to Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack, notes the severe economic challenges currently facing producers and other industry segments. The letter also specifically asks the Secretary to take all policy actions available to provide assistance to the U.S. cotton industry, and specifically calls for USDA to utilize its existing authority in the 2014 farm law to designate cottonseed as an "other oilseed." This action would make cottonseed eligible for the PLC/ARC programs. The leaders also note that such action is viewed as consistent with the intent of the 2014 farm law.
The NCC is working to secure as many signatures as possible on the letter, which is expected to be sent to Secretary Vilsack the week of Nov. 30. A copy of the letter being circulated is on the NCC's website at http://www.cotton.org/issues/2015/upload/15cseedletnov.pdf.
The NCC urges all cotton industry members and interest organizations to contact their Congressional Representative to review the industry's current economic conditions and this effort's importance – and request that they sign the letter. The NCC also is continuing discussions with USDA and Senate Cotton Belt offices.
Upcoming Area Ag Conferences
December 8 – Swisher County Ag Day, 8 a.m., Swisher County Memorial Building, 127 SW Second Street. Five CEUs available. Individual registration $10, including lunch. RSVP by December 1 to the AgriLife Extension office in Swisher County, (806) 995-3726.
December 11 – High Plains Ag Conference, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294, Lubbock. Five CEUs available. Preregistration with lunch: $35 by December 9 and $45 thereafter and at the door, with no lunch guarantee. More information: Robert Scott, (806) 775-1740, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a conference to add to this list, please call (806) 792-4904 or email email@example.com.
USDA to Collect Final 2015 Crop Production
and Crop Stocks Data
Monday, November 23, 2015 From USDA-NASS
As the 2015 growing season comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact producers nationwide to gather final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseed they store on their farms. At the same time, NASS will survey grain facility operators to determine year-end off-farm grain and oilseed stocks.
"These surveys are the largest and most important year-end surveys conducted by NASS," explained Deputy Director of the NASS Southern Plains Regional Field Office, Quentin Hart. "They are the basis for the official USDA estimates of production and harvested acres of all major agricultural commodities in the United States and year-end grain and oilseed supplies. Data from the survey will benefit farmers and processors by providing timely and accurate information to help them make crucial year-end business decisions and begin planning for the next growing and marketing season."
The information will be compiled, analyzed and then published in a series of USDA reports, including the Crop Production Annual Summary, the quarterly Grain Stocks report, and the Winter Wheat Seeding report, all to be released January 12, 2016.
"Responses to the survey will be included in the County Agricultural Production Survey and used in calculating county yields," explained Hart. "USDA uses county yield information from the survey to evaluate and administer vital farm disaster mitigation and insurance programs such as Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage. Farmers who receive this survey are not included in the County Agricultural Production Survey; therefore this is their only opportunity to be included in the calculation of Texas county yields."
As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential, as required by federal law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified. These and all NASS reports are available online at http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/.
For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Southern Plains Regional Field Office at 1-800-626-3142.