Letters & Testimony
Official NCGA testimony at congressional and other government-related meetings, comments in response to regulatory proposals, and correspondence to government and other officials.
In a follow-up to the Nov. 19 letter, NCGA and others urged a resolution of the farm bill debate. Click here to read the letter.
NCGA and allies wrote a joint letter to congressional conference committee leadership, proposing a compromise to help move the 2013 farm bill forward. Click here.
NCGA wrote to certain members of Congress to support their amendment to ensure that American corn farmers continue to have sufficient quantities of seeds each planting season. Their amendment to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act will clarify the roles of EPA and USDA. Click here.
NCGA and others wrote to the White House to express our deep concern over reports that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is considering closing the agency entirely for a number of normal working days between the end of May and September 30. Click here.
NCGA and others wrote to Senate Agriculture Committee leadership with a compromise position supporting linking conservation compliance with crop insurance premium assistance and opposing means testing, payment limitations or premium subsidy reductions for crop insurance. Click here.
NCGA wrote to Sens. Pryor and Inhofe to support the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act and urge its inclusion in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in the Senate. Click here.
NCGA and others wrote to leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee, opposing a crop insurance proposal that would limit coverage to producers of a certain size. Click here.
NCGA and others wrote to certain members of the House Ways and Means Committee to warn
against reducing the number of farms and ranches eligible to use cash accounting, and support
maintaining the current $500,000 Section 179 small business expensing limitation and the $2
million acquisition limit. Click here.
NCGA and others wrote to the chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade of the House Ways and Means Committee to express strong support for requiring that future trade agreements’ sanitary and phytosanitary provisions be subject to dispute settlement, particularly in areas that build upon or clarify existing World Trade Organization commitments. Click here.
NCGA and others wrote the White House to express strong support for negotiation of a comprehensive, high-standard Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and state that strong sanitary and phytosanitary provisions are a critical element to achieving that goal. Click here.
NCGA submitted a response to leadership of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to issues raised in the Committee’s White Paper Examining the so-called “Blend Wall.” Click here.
NCGA submitted comments to the acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding a proposed rule for the “Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards.” Click here.
As part of the Big River Coalition, NCGA sent a letter to leadership of the House Committee on Environment and Public Works supporting the Water Resources and Development Act of 2013 (S. 601). Click here.
NCGA signed onto a joint letter to the president strongly supporting the entry of Japan into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and urging the United States and the other members of the TPP to welcome Japan as a full member as quickly as possible. Click here.
NCGA sent a joint letter to congressional leadership urging opposition to Senate Amendment 254 offered by Senators Begich and Flake, dealing with the security of crop insurance information. Click here.
NCGA joined a coalition in a letter to congressional leadership supporting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) longstanding food labeling policy that requires food labeling information to be science-based and accurate, not misleading, fraudulent, or deceptive and, therefore, opposing any legislative effort that would undermine FDA’s labeling requirements for foods derived from modern biotechnology. Click here.
NCGA joined a coalition letter to Congress to express its support for strong, meaningful, and affordable crop insurance protection for this nation’s farmers and ranchers, and opposition to any changes to crop insurance that would discourage producer participation or undermine private sector delivery. Click here.
NCGA joined a coalition thanking certain members of Congress for working to clarify that Clean Water Act permits are not required for the lawful application of FIFRA-approved pesticides. Click here.
NCGA was part of a trade coalition writing the U.S. Trade Representative to applaud the decision to launch negotiations with the European Union (EU) on a transatlantic free trade agreement (FTA) and commend him for his insistence that the agreement be comprehensive and ambitious. Click here.
NCGA joined a coalition writing the president to to express its concerns regarding the draft “Safe Harbor Proposal,” a summary of which the administration released in May 2012. The proposal is to introduce language in the “general exceptions” chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement that would allow “health authorities to adopt regulations, even if those regulations otherwise would be inconsistent with the trade agreement’s rules.” The organizations signing the letter are concerned that the proposal would create a new and troubling precedent undermining existing trade disciplines. Click here.
NCGA and others wrote to Senate leadership, urging them to extend the FDIC’s successful Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program, which provides full insurance coverage for non-interest bearing transaction accounts. Click here.
NCGA and others wrote the president, urging his immediate action to maintain navigation on the Mississippi River between St. Louis, Mo., and Cairo, Ill. Click here.
NCGA and others wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to remind him that, carried out properly, a U.S.-EU FTA would generate economic growth and create many thousands of new jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. Click here.
NCGA joined a coalition writing to House leadership to request passage of a new five-year farm bill to be signed into law before the end of the legislative session in December 2012. Click here.
As part of the Coalition for U.S.-Russia Trade, NCGA joined with others to urge Congress to pass legislation to establish Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia and remove Russia from the provisions of the Jackson-Vanik amendment. Click here.
As a member of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports, NCGA wrote House leadership to urge action by the House of Representatives on a new five-year Farm Bill, specifically to provide support for the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program. Click here.
NCGA and the Natural Gas Supply Association submitted comments to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organization of Securities Commissions regarding the organizations’ study on margin requirements for non-centrally-cleared derivatives. Click here.
NCGA and others wrote Senate leadership, asking the Senate to find a path forward to reaching agreement on a new five-year farm bill before current program authorities expired, and expressing disappointment the House did not consider the House Agriculture Committee’s bill before the August recess. Click here.
NCGA provided comments to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. Click here.
NCGA sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requesting an extension of its public comment period regarding the RFS waiver petition. Click here for the letter.
NCGA recently submitted comments in support of the addition of DDG data to the USDA’s Weekly Export Sales reporting. Click here.
NCGA and others urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reject petitions submitted to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to require an environmental impact statement (EIS) to consider the cumulative impacts of the deregulation of auxin herbicide tolerant crops. Click here.
NCGA wrote to members of the House of the Representatives to set the record straight on a letter lawmakers sent the EPA regarding ethanol and the RFS. Click here.
NCGA wrote the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide comments on the Corps of Engineers’ draft Area-wide Environmental Impact Statement (AEIS) on phosphate mining permits in Florida. Click here.
NCGA joined with other farm groups to commend the House Ag Committee for moving forward with a farm bill proposal and urged Congress to pass a new bill this year. Click here to download.
NCGA joined a coalition of groups in a letter to President Obama stressing the importance of biotechnology for fighting global hunger. Click here to download.
NCGA and other farm organizations sent a letter supporting Senate Ag Committee leadership and raising several issues related to commodity and risk management programs. Click here.
NCGA and other biofuels advocates wrote Congressional leaders about the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Click here for the letter.
NCGA and several other agriculture industry groups today sent comments to the Federal Communications Commission on LightSquared’s conditional authorization. Click here.
NCGA submitted comments to the EPA on Clothianidin, asking the agency to continue the registration of the product, which is used on approximately 60 percent of seed corn in the United States. Click here.
NCGA joined with more than 80 other ag organizations to send a letter to congressional leaders urging passage of a farm bill in 2012. Click here for the letter.
NCGA and the Natural Gas Supply Association submitted a letter to the White House supporting the responsible implementation of CFTC’s Swap Dealer definition. Click here for the letter.
NCGA and other farm groups submitted letters urging the Obama administration to work quickly and closely with Japan to smooth the way for Japan’s full participation in the TPP. Click here to read the letters to Secretary Vilsack and Ambassador Kirk.
NCGA and 47 other agricultural organizations, sent comments to the Department of Labor outlining concerns with proposed child labor regulations. Click here for the comments.
NCGA was part of an ag coalition writing Senate leadership, urging the Senate to act promptly to advance H.R. 872 to preempt an unneeded expansion of EPA regulatory authority. Click here for the letter.
NCGA joined with other farm organizations on a letter to Ag Committee leadership reagrding current proposals for the 2012 farm bill. Click here for the letter.
NCGA signed onto a joint letter to House and Senate ag committee leadership supporting a revenue-based risk management program that would replace several parts of the existing farm safety net. Click here for the letter.
NCGA submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding their proposed guidance on the “Applicability of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to Operators of Certain Farm Vehicles and Off-Road Agricultural Equipment.” Click here to download.
National Corn Growers Association signed a letter sent to all members of the House of Representatives this week, urging opposition to amendments that would weaken efforts to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cost U.S. jobs. Click here to read
National Corn Growers Association outlined concerns about EPA guidance regarding the Clean Water Act, including the new proposal could expand EPA’s authority over isolated waters such as ditches and farm ponds. Click here for the letter.
NCGA and the Natural Gas Supply Association filed joint comments with the Commodity Futures Trading Association regarding commodity options and agricultural swaps, and regarding product definitions (such as for “swap’). Click here to read.
NCGA sent a letter to the president and Congressional leaders expressing concern about any requirement that cuts be implemented for 2012, effectively reneging on commitments already made to and relied upon by producers and their lenders under the 5-year 2008 farm bill. Click to read
National Corn Growers Association Board Member and Michigan Corn Growers Association President Clark Gerstacker testified during the first Farm Bill field hearing hosted by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich). Focused on the upcoming reauthorization of the farm bill, the hearing examined commodity programs, energy conservation and rural development.To read his entire testimony, click here.
On May 25, NCGA First Vice President Garry Niemyer testified before the Senate Finance Committee about the importance of the Panama Free Trade Agreement. U.S. corn producers stand ready to develop and provide corn products to meet the demands of modern global consumption. Click here for the submitted testimony.
NCGA CEO Rick Tolman testified before the House Agriculture Committee during a hearing to review pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. The hearing focused on the impact and advantages these agreements would have for the agriculture industry. To read Tolman’s entire testimony as submitted to the committee, click here.
NCGA sent a letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission stating the organization’s opposition to a proposed rule change that would increase daily price limits on corn futures and options. A petition filed by the CME Group requests approval to increase the daily cap on corn futures and options trading from $0.30 per bushel to $0.40 per bushel. NCGA believes that this will not aid price discovery and that, ultimately, growers will bear the cost. Click here for the letter.
The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees held a joint hearing to review the Endangered Species Act interagency consultation process when approving pesticides for use in the United States. The Pesticide Policy Coalition, chaired by National Corn Growers Association Director of Public Policy Rod Snyder, submitted written testimony raising concern about inconsistent scientific studies between the three federal agencies charged with overseeing the ESA. Click here.
NCGA and the Natural Gas Supply Association jointly wrote to the House Agriculture Committee prior to the mark-up of (H.R. 1573) which would require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to revisit the sequence and timing of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd Frank) rulemakings. It is the view of NCGA that extending the timeline gives regulators more time to assess the economic impact and to sequence rules in a more orderly way. Click here.
NCGA submitted letters supporting repeal of the new IRS Form 1099 information return filing requirements. Farms, ranches and related agri-businesses already are overburdened with tax paperwork and reporting requirements. Under existing law, a Form 1099 must be issued to unincorporated service-providers that are paid more than $600 during a tax year. To see the letters, click here and click here.
NCGA submitted a comment to the Federal Register on the proposed determination of nonregulated status by the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspections Service (APHIS) on Pioneer Hi-Bred International’s Seed Production Technology (SPT) process petition. Click here.
As part of a broad coalition, NCGA submitted a letter to Congressional leaders applauding the recent agreement between the United States and the Republic of Korea on issues that have delayed approval by Congress of the Korea- U.S. Free Trade Agreement. To read the letter, click here.
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