TCP/TSSC Meetings Cover Key Cotton Issues;

Address Cotton Research Priorities

Friday, December 12, 2003                        ByShawn Wade

      College Station provided thebackdrop for an informative set of meetings that brought Plains Cotton Growersrepresentatives together with cotton growers from across Texas.

      The PCG group participated inthe meetings to discuss important cotton issues and hear updates on cottonresearch programs being directed by cotton producers through the CottonIncorporated State Support Program.

      The week started with ameeting of the Texas Cotton Producers organization. TCP is the statewideorganization comprised of the nine regional cotton organizations representingproducers in Texas.

      TCP agenda items included:adoption of a 2004 operating budget, discussion of U.S. trade policy and itseffects on cotton marketing and prices, boll weevil eradication, cropinsurance, and reports on activities of the National Cotton Council and theCotton Board.

      A special guest at the TCPmeeting was Dr. Ed Hiler, Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Head of theAgriculture Program at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hiler discussed issuesinvolving cotton and the Agriculture Program at TAMU.

      The TCP group concluded theirmeeting with a luncheon with members of the Texas Farm Service Agency and theTexas State FSA Committee.

Texas State Support Program

      One of the unique ways thatcotton producers benefit from their Cotton Research and Promotion Program isthe Cotton Incorporated State Support Program.

      The State Support Programprovides cotton growers across the nation the ability to direct the expenditureof CI research dollars in order to develop solutions for the key production andprofitability challenges that they face.

      The majority of thisresearch addresses issues such as cotton marketing and economics, cottonbreeding, genetic improvement, insect management, irrigation and fertilizationmanagement, weed control, production systems, as well as harvesting and ginningissues effecting harvest efficiency and crop quality.

      Members of the Texas StateSupport Committee met on December 10 and 11 to hear updates on the progress ofresearch projects funded for the 2003 crop year. A total of 43 projects werereviewed during the two-day meeting.

      Each year the Texas StateSupport Committee receives projects in six broad research categories: geneticimprovement, pest control, fertilization/irrigation, production systems,harvesting/ginning, and marketing/economics.

      For 2004 the Texas StateSupport Program has approved approximately $790,000 to fund projects coveringthe full range of research areas. The biggest adjustment for 2004 wass arenewed emphasis on getting individual researchers working on similar issues towork together. The goal is to build closer working relationships between bothresearch organizations and the individual scientists invovled.

      The Texas State SupportCommittee also finalized the timeline for soliciting proposals and approvingprojects for funding in 2005.


Average Price Received By Growers

Through October 2003

      The followingtable shows the average price received each month by farmers and the associatedweighted average price based on cumulative marketings through each month.


Average Price Received For2003-crop Upland Cotton

(Weightedby Marketing)




(1,000 bales)





























Source:National Agricultural Statistics Service


Beltwide CottonConference, Jan 5-9, 2004

Friday, December 12, 2003                        ByShawn Wade

      Texas cotton producers playhost to the 49th Annual Beltwide Cotton Conference, January 5-9,2004, in San Antonio.

      Sponsored by the NationalCotton Council, the theme for the 2004 Beltwide is “Today’s Challenges –Tomorrow’s Solutions”.

      This year’s BeltwideConference will provide cotton producers across the U.S. an opportunity to gainnew insight into key legislative, regulatory and trade issues and also exposeproducers to new production and marketing strategies they can employ tomaintain profitable cotton operations.

      Beltwide registration beginsJanuary 5. The conference’s General Sessions and workshops begin the morning ofJanuary 6. The Production Conference will be followed by the two-day technicalconference, January 8-9.

      For further information,visit the NCC’s web site at or contact the NCC’s DebbieRichter, P.O. 820285, Memphis, TN 38182 (901) 274-9030 FX (901) 725-0510 oremail