NCC in Discussions on 2012 Farm Bill
The new policy addresses expected reductions in the agricultural budget baseline arising from deficit-reduction efforts,and the findings in the trade dispute with Brazil.
September 21, 2011
National Cotton Council (NCC) Vice Chairman Chuck Coley joined American Cotton Producers Chairman Jimmy Dodson in meetings with members of the House and Senate agriculture committees in Washington, DC, to discuss the NCC’s upland cotton policy proposal approved at the mid-year meeting of the NCC’s board of directors. The new policy addresses expected reductions in the agricultural budget baseline arising from deficit-reduction efforts. Additionally, the new policy proposal is intended to address the findings in the longstanding trade dispute with Brazil.
They were joined in the meetings by NCC President Mark Lange, Senior Vice President John Maguire, and Gary Adams, vice president of economics and policy analysis. In addition, leaders from several regional cotton organizations participated in meetings with Congressional staff.
The NCC farm policy proposal was presented to officials of USDA and the US Trade Representative in preparation for scheduled quarterly meetings with Brazilian officials conducted as part of the Framework Agreement. The Framework, put in place in June 2010, temporarily suspends any trade retaliation by Brazil but also calls for the dispute to be resolved as part of the development of the 2012 farm bill.
Future actions by the agriculture committees will, in part, be determined by the activities of the newly created Joint Committee. According to the timetable outlined in the Budget Control Act of 2011, the agriculture committees must submit recommendations to the Joint Committee by Oct. 14.