Latest List of Issues

2022

NCC Conveys Concerns With Experimental Populations Proposal
08/11/2022
The NCC filed comments with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on their proposal to move experimental populations of endangered species into habitats where the species were never found before. Learn more


NCC Conveys Ag Workforce Reform Legislation Support
08/04/2022
The NCC was among more than 440 members of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition that co-signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Minority Leader McConnell urging the Senate to pass an agriculture workforce reform bill in this Congress. Learn more


Draft Freight Rail Bill Supported
07/28/2022
The NCC joined other Agricultural Transportation Working Group members on a letter to leadership of the House Transportation Committee and the House Railroads, Pipelines, & Hazardous Materials Subcommittee in support of the draft Freight Rail Shipping Fair Market Act. Learn more


Support Conveyed For Beagle Brigade Act of 2022
07/21/2022
The NCC was part of a coalition of 50 plus organizations who signed onto a letter to House and Senate leadership urging swift passage of S. 3678/H.R. 8432 that authorizes creation of the National Detector Dog Training Center which helps protect America’s natural resources and agriculture producers from foreign animal and plant diseases and pests. Learn more


Net Investment Tax Increase Opposition Conveyed
07/15/2022
The NCC, along with the American Cotton Producers and National Cotton Ginners Association, joined numerous other business organizations on a letter to both House and Senate Leaders regarding proposed tax increases. Learn more


Letter Urges West Coast Port Labor Negotiations To Continue
07/07/2022
The NCC, along with 157 local, state and national trade organizations, signed a letter to President Biden urging Administration involvement in the ongoing West Coast port labor negotiations. Learn more


Alexis Taylor Nomination Supported
06/24/2022
The NCC joined 94 other groups in signing a letter urging the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee to quickly advance the nomination of Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor to serve as the USDA’s Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. Learn more


ACP Chair Testifies at Farm Bill Hearing
06/17/2022
See full testimony of Arkansas Producer Nathan Reed, chairman of the American Cotton Producers, before a June 17 Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee hearing, “2023 Farm Bill: Perspectives From The Natural State.” Learn more


SEC Climate Comments Submitted
06/17/2022
The NCC, along with nine other agricultural stakeholders, submitted comments to the Securities and Exchange Commission on their proposed rule for the enhancement and standardization of climate-related disclosures for investors. Learn more


Rep. Comer's Letter Conveys Glyphosate Brief Concerns
06/10/2022
Reacting to the Solicitor General's brief to the Supreme Court that state laws should usurp federal laws, specifically on the glyphosate case, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) sent a letter to the U.S. Solicitor General expressing his concerns over this breach of the government's longstanding position. Learn more


Representatives Seek Glyphosate Amicus Brief Withdrawal
06/10/2022
Reps. James Baird (R-IN) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA) sent a letter signed by 56 Representatives to President Biden urging the Administration to withdraw the amicus brief immediately. Learn more


Senators' Letter Conveys Rail Disruption Concerns
06/02/2022
A group of 21 Senators, led by Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board expressing their concern over the significant rail disruptions occurring throughout the U.S. freight rail network. Learn more


Report Includes Shipping Recommendations Issued
06/02/2022
Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca Dye released her Final Report for Fact Finding 29, “The Effects of COVID-19 on the U.S. International Ocean Transportation Supply Chain.” Learn more


NCC Co-Signs Letter to POTUS
05/27/2022
The NCC joined other stakeholders on a letter to President Biden regarding his Solicitor General's recent brief to the Supreme Court on glyphosate. Learn more


Emergency Relief Program Summary
05/20/2022
The NCC prepared a summary of the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) after FSA's May 16 announcement that under the ERP it would make payments to producers who suffered eligible crop losses due to a qualifying natural disaster event for the 2020 and 2021 crop year. Learn more


Strong, Workable Emissions Rule Sought
05/13/2022
The NCC, American Cotton Producers and the National Cotton Ginners Association joined numerous other associations and industry groups on a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan expressing interest in working with EPA to develop a strong and “workable” national rule that will “further reduce [nitrogen oxide (NOx)] emissions [from commercial vehicles], protect American jobs, and result in cleaner air and healthier communities for all.” Learn more


Agriculture Appropriations Request Conveyed
05/06/2022
The NCC submitted its FY23 agriculture appropriations request in letters to both the House and Senate appropriations committees. Learn more


Tax Proposals Opposed
04/29/2022
The NCC joined other agriculture organizations on a letter to the leadership of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees regarding concerns with several provisions contained within the recently released Department of Treasury Greenbook, General Explanations of the Administration’s FY23 Revenue Proposals. Learn more


Extension Sought on Climate Change Reporting Proposal Comments
04/29/2022
The NCC joined 100 other organizations in asking the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an extension of several months on a massive proposal to begin requiring agriculture and other businesses to publicly report their climate change risks. Learn more


Letter Seeks Congressional Leaders Action on Ligado Order
04/29/2022
The NCC joined numerous other organizations on a letter to Congressional leaders regarding the Ligado Order and its implications on private GPS usage. Learn more


Letter to Biden Requests Stay of Ligado Order
04/29/2022
The NCC joined numerous other organizations on a letter to President Biden regarding the Ligado Order and its implications on private GPS usage.<br /><br /> Learn more


Rail Issues Highlighted
04/29/2022
The NCC joined other members of the Agricultural Transportation Working Group on a letter strongly urging the Surface Transportation Board to immediately seek resolution of the current nationwide freight rail service challenges. Learn more


NCC Joins Onto Supreme Court Brief Regarding Wetlands
04/21/2022
The NCC joined 13 other national agricultural organizations in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the petitioners in the Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency (Sackett) case. Also filing a separate amicus brief in that case were 155 House Republicans and 46 Senators. Learn more


Farm Stress Network Funding Urged
04/21/2022
The NCC joined other agriculture, rural, and mental health professional organizations on a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate agriculture committees’ appropriations subcommittees urging full funding for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network for FY23. Learn more


Manufacturing Bills Supported
04/21/2022
The NCC joined the National Council of Textile Organizations and others on a letter to House and Senate leadership thanking them for their comprehensive approach to the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act and House-passed America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (America COMPETES) Act – saying this was a significant step forward toward providing American manufacturers and employers with the necessary resources to compete in the evolving global marketplace. Learn more


Boozman Conveys Crop Input Cost Concerns
04/14/2022
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee, recently wrote to USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack about the continuing rise in food prices, global food supply concerns, and the tools producers need for responding to the growing food demands. Learn more


Congress Conveys Fertilizer Cost Concerns
04/07/2022
Nearly 100 Members of Congress, including 35 from the Cotton Belt, sent a letter to President Biden asking him to “review all available options to lower the cost of fertilizer.” Learn more


Letter Seeks Swift Port Contract Negotiations
03/24/2022
The NCC joined other members of the Agricultural Transportation Working Group on a letter to President Biden requesting the administration take an active role in ensuring the upcoming contract negotiations for West Coast ports don’t result in any labor disruptions. Learn more


Senators Convey Fertilizer Cost Concern
03/18/2022
A group of Senators led by Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and including 13 other Cotton Belt Senators, sent a letter to President Biden expressing fertilizer cost concerns. Learn more


Rail Strike, Cross-Border Vaccine Concerns Conveyed
03/10/2022
The NCC joined other Agriculture Transportation Working Group members on a letter to President Biden regarding the 1) possibility of a worker strike affecting the Canadian Pacific railway and 2) continued cross-border vaccine mandate for workers moving essential goods. Learn more


NCC Supports CFTC Commissioner Nominees
03/04/2022
The NCC, along with the American Cotton Shippers Association and AMCOT, joined numerous other agriculture organizations on a letter requesting that the Senate confirm Christy Goldsmith Romero, Kristin N. Johnson, Summer Kristine Mersinger, and Caroline D. Pham as soon as practical. Learn more


NCC Offers Testimony at Farm Bill Hearing
03/04/2022
The NCC was one of several national commodity organizations asked to testify before the House Agriculture Committee’ hearing, “A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Commodity Group Perspectives on Title 1.” Learn more


Border Crossing Rules Flexibility Urged
02/24/2022
The NCC, American Cotton Producers and National Cotton Ginners Association joined other agriculture organizations on a letter to the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator regarding the new border vaccination requirements. Learn more


House Members Send Dicamba Letter to EPA, USDA
02/11/2022
Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN), ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotech, Research, & Horticulture, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan regarding the issue of dicamba and EPA's recent actions affecting the pesticide. Learn more


PPC Files WOTUS Comments
02/11/2022
The Pesticide Policy Coalition, which the National Cotton Council chairs, submitted comments regarding unintended consequences the EPA/Corps' plan to revert to 1986 water regulations would have on the use of pesticides. Learn more


WAC Files WOTUS Comments
02/11/2022
The NCC, as a member of the Waters Advocacy Coalition, also joined in comments directly tackling the legal issues surrounding EPA's and the Corps' decisions and their interpretations of Supreme Court decisions in the water arena. Learn more


NCC Submits WOTUS Comments
02/11/2022
The NCC submitted comments to EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on their plan to temporarily revert to the 1986 water regulations. Learn more


Members' Letter Conveys H-2A Vaccine Mandate Concerns
02/07/2022
A dozen House Members sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas citing labor and supply chain concerns regarding the Department’s final rule on temporary travel restrictions into the United States. Learn more


NCC Joins Groups on Crop Insurance Support Letter to Budget Committees
01/28/2022
As the budget and appropriations process begins for FY23, the NCC joined numerous other agricultural organizations on crop insurance support letters to the House and Senate appropriations and budget committees as well as to the executive branch. Learn more


Crop Insurance Support Letters Sent to Appropriations Panels Leaders
01/28/2022
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on crop insurance support letters to the House and Senate appropriations committees. Learn more


NCC Joins Groups on Crop Insurance Support Letter to Administration
01/28/2022
The NCC joined other agricultural organizations on crop insurance support letters to the executive branch as well as to House and Senate appropriations and budget committees. Learn more


Overtime Regulations Stakeholder Input Sought
01/28/2022
The NCC joined more than 100 employer organizations on a letter to Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh urging the Department of Labor to hold stakeholder meetings prior to the development and issuance of its anticipated proposed rulemaking on the “white collar” exemptions to the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Learn more


Study Notes Yarn Forward Rules Importance
01/28/2022
The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) released an independent study examining the economic and societal impact of the U.S.-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement. Learn more


NCC Comments on OSHA Heat Rule
01/27/2022
The NCC filed comments with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking for heat-related illness and death in businesses, including agriculture.<br /> Learn more


Enlist Duo Supplemental Label Published
01/14/2022
EPA published a supplemental label for Corteva's Enlist pesticides, including Enlist Duo, that comes prepackaged with mitigation measures for protecting waters of the U.S., pollinators and endangered species.<br /> Learn more


Enlist One Label Published
01/14/2022
EPA finally published a supplemental label for Corteva's Enlist pesticides, including the Enlist One labels that comes prepackaged with mitigation measures. Learn more


DRIVE Safe Program Comments Filed
01/13/2022
The NCC joined numerous other organizations on comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding a recent Federal Register notice. Learn more