This Week's "COTTON NEWS"
Friday,April 4, 2003 By Shawn Wade
The46th gathering of the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. membership allowed growersthe opportunity to hear the latest news from Washington, DC and get a betterunderstanding of world trade issues and how they could affect producers in thefuture.
Featuredspeakers at the PCG meeting were John Maguire, Vice President-WashingtonOperations for the National Cotton Council; Ann Jorgensen, Director-ExternalAffairs for USDA’s Risk Management Agency; and Dr. Mechel Paggi,Director-Center for Agricultural Business at California StateUniversity-Fresno.
Duringthe meeting PCG President Mark Williams, who also serves as Chairman of theAmerican Cotton Producers, presented his report on PCG work over the past year.He noted the positive results achieved on PCG’s priority issues such as passageand implementation of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, whichis designed to strengthen agriculture’s economic safety net, and theAgricultural Assistance Act of 2003, which addresses yield disasters in the2001 and 2002 growing seasons.
PCGPresident Mark Williams also presented Kerry Siders, Hockley-Cochran IntegratedPest Management (IPM) agent, with the 2002 Cotton Agent of the Year Award inrecognition of his efforts on behalf of the High Plains cotton industry.
Followingthe PCG Annual Meeting, the PCG Board convened its scheduled quarterlyDirectors meeting to elect 2003-04 officers and to select the 2003-04 PCGExecutive Committee.
During the meeting the PCG Board voted unanimously to re-elect President MarkWilliams, of Farwell, Vice President Rickey Bearden, of Plains, andSecretary-Treasurer Mike Hughes, of Lamesa, as allowed by the organization’sBy-Laws.
Alsoselected at the PCG Board meeting were members of the 2003-04 PCG ExecutiveCommittee. The PCG service area is divided into three districts from whichthree representatives are selected to serve on the PCG Executive Committee.
Thenine elected members serve with the current PCG officers and two most recentPCG past presidents as Executive Committee members.
The2003-04 PCG Executive Committee is made up of the following:
Counter-cyclical payments for the2002-crop cotton are calculated using the weighted average price received byfarmers for the 2002-2003 Upland cotton marketing year.
The following table shows theaverage price received each month by farmers and the associated weightedaverage price based on cumulative marketings through each month.
Farm Prices ForUpland Cotton
Source: USDA-NASS *Marchprice is a preliminary estimate
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"Cotton News", a weekly service of Plains Cotton Growers to the cotton industry and news media in the 25-county High Plains area, is mailed from Lubbock each Friday. Its contents are confined to news items and comments pertaining to the High Plains cotton industry which is so vital to us all.
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