Some farm state lawmakers are discussing plans to start work on the next farm bill.
For cotton growers, the current 2014 U.S. Farm Bill includes the new Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX), which offered revenue protection.
The National Cotton Council (NCC) says it will continue to push for cotton seed to be designated as an “other” oil seed, therefore making it a “covered commodity” under the current Farm Bill.
“That would be a way to provide assistance to cotton producers through the FSA-delivered PLC and ARC programs under the Farm Bill,” said Gary Adams, president and CEO of the NCC. “We worked on it in 2016 and will continue to look for avenues in 2017.”
According to Adams, the industry was fortunate that USDA approved the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program (CGCS) in early 2016. The program was one-time only.
While it helped producers, it didn’t fill all the holes in the balance sheet, he said.