Southwest Crops Production Conf. - Feb. 19

Friday, January 30, 2004                           By Shawn Wade

      DeputySecretary of Agriculture James Moseley headlines an outstanding line-up for the2004 Southwest Crops Production Conference & Expo at the Lubbock MemorialCivic Center February 19.

      DeputySecretary Moseley’s report will include the status of key Ag issues inWashington and include thoughts on issues he thinks will impact agriculture inthe future.

      The2004 Expo marks the sixth year for the event sponsored by Southwest Farm Press,Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Tech University, the Texas CooperativeExtension Service, The Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, and the USDAAgricultural Research Service.

      Theorganizer’s are pleased to note that the Texas Corn Producers Board, TexasGrain Sorghum Producers and the Texas Peanut Producers Board have signed-on asnew co-sponsors for this year’s event.

      On-siteregistration for the Expo will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the program starting at8:15 a.m. The conference is free of charge but pre-registration is encouragedto allow organizers to estimate needs for a catered lunch, which will beavailable for a nominal fee. For more information regarding pre-registration,or exhibit information, call (800) 253-3160.

      Participants also get anopportunity to visit with the areas top agricultural equipment, seed, chemicaland farm supply companies who will exhibit their latest products and servicesat the Expo.

      Cottonrelated agenda items include: Cotton Market Outlook from Dr. Carl Anderson,Extension Economist, Texas A&M University; Cotton production and technologyupdate from Dr. Randy Boman, Extension Cotton Specialist, and Dr. Norm Hopper,Texas Tech University; and, Cotton Pest Management Outlook by Dr. Jim Leser, Extensionentomologist, Texas A&M University.

      Commodityoutlooks will be provided by David Gibson, Texas Corn Producers Board; WayneCleveland, Texas Grain Sorghum Producers Association; and, covering peanuts,Dr. Nathan Smith, Extension Economist, University of Georgia.

      Otherreports will be presented by: Dr. Peter Dotray, Extension Weed Specialist,Texas A&M University; Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Specialist, TexasA&M University; Jay Yates, Extension Risk Management Specialist; and Dr.Jim Bordovsky, Texas A&M Agricultural Experiment Station.

      Thisyear’s panel discussion will focus on Cotton Variety Selection and feature seedindustry representatives detailing 2004 variety offerings and answeringproducer questions.

      ContinuingEducation Units for licensed Pesticide applicators and Certified Crop Advisorswill also be offered.

      Pesticideapplicators can receive 5.5 Continuing Education Units CEUs) from the TexasDepartment of Agriculture (4 general, 1 IPM and .5 laws and regulations).

 

 

2004 SouthwestCrops

ProductionConference & Expo

 

Thursday,February 19, 2004

Lubbock MemorialCivic Center

 

Registration 7:30– 8:15 a.m.

CEU’s Will BeAvailable

 

Topics:

Marketing/Economics

LegislativeUpdate

CottonseedQuality

CottonVariety Panel Discussion

Peanutand Grain Outlooks

PesticideLaws and Regulations

IrrigationManagement

 

 

 

Upland Cotton Average Price Received by GrowersThrough December 2003

      The followingtable shows the average price received each month by farmers and the associatedweighted average price based on cumulative marketings through December 2003.

      The 2003Counter-cyclical payment rate authorized under the 2002 Farm Bill will be basedon the 12-month Weighted Average Price Received by growers. For cotton the12-month Weighted Average Price will reflect price and marketings for the 2003marketing year. The 2003 cotton marketing year began in August 1, 2003 and endsJuly 31, 2004.

 

Average Price Received For2003-crop Upland Cotton (Weighted by Marketings)

 

 

Marketings

Prices

 

(000's of Running bales)

(cents/Lb.)

 

Monthly

Cum.

Monthly

Weighted

August

420

420

46.30

46.30

September

769

1,189

55.70

52.38

October

1,783

2,972

68.00

61.75

November

1,912

4,884

63.40

62.40

December

1,938

6,822

64.10

62.88

January

na

na

63.80*

na 

Source:National Agricultural Statistics Service; * = preliminary

 

Textile and Fiber Groups Target Trade Priorities

Friday, January 30, 2004                           By Shawn Wade

      Acoalition of textile and fiber organizations, including the National CottonCouncil (NCC), agreed on a number of trade priorities to be communicated to theAdministration, Congress and all candidates for public office during 2004.

      Theaction was a reaffirmation of the policy priorities supported by thetextile/fiber coalition during 2003. The group continues to maintain a strongfocus on China and its use of currency manipulation, non-performing loans andother unfair trade practices to maintain market dominance.

      Thecoalition “platform” calls on candidates for office to: COMMIT to the continuation of quotarestraints on Chinese imports of textiles and apparel; SUPPORT enhancements to an extension of theBerry Amendment and other federal buy-American purchase requirements; OPPOSEfree tradeagreements that contain unnecessary loopholes to the requirement to usesignatory country fiber, yarn, thread, fabric, and fabric dyeing, finishing andprinting; OPPOSEany reduction of U.S. textile and apparel tariffs through the WTO and anyweakening of U.S. trade laws regarding unfair trade practices; and SUPPORT full enforcement of U.S. trade lawsto aggressively address illegal trade activities and remedy violations.

 

PCCA’s Stanford Elected 2004 CCI President

Friday, January 30, 2004                           By Shawn Wade

      DavidStanford, vice president of the Marketing Division at Plains Cotton CooperativeAssociation, was elected president of Cotton Council International (CCI) for2004 during CCI’s board meeting at the National Cotton Council’s annualmeeting. CCI is the NCC’s export promotions arm.

      Stanfordalso serves on the boards of the NCC, the American Cotton ExportersAssociation, the Texas International Cotton School and The Seam. He succeedsRobert A. Carson, Jr., a producer from Marks, MS. Carson becomes CCI boardchairman, succeeding William B. Dunavant, III, a merchant from Memphis, TN.

      OtherCCI officers elected for 2004 are: first vice president Gary W. Taylor,merchant, Cordova, TN; second vice president David L. Burns, producer, LaurelHill, NC; and treasurer Michael M. Adams, cooperative official from Greenwood,MS. Mark D. Lange of Memphis, TN, was elected secretary and Allen A. Terhaar ofWashington, DC, was re-elected assistant secretary.

      CCIelected five new directors for 2004: David L. Hand, cooperative official, ElPaso, TX; R. Dale Grounds, merchant, Richardson, TX; William G. Winburne,merchant, Phoenix, AZ; Mark D. Williams, producer, Farwell, TX; and Clyde T.Sharpe, producer from Yuma, AZ.

         Re-electeddirectors include: Robert W. Norris, cooperative official, Bakersfield, CA;Gail Kring, crusher, Lubbock, TX; Thomas S. (Sid) Brough, ginner, Edroy, TX;Robert W. Glassman, ginner, Fresno, CA; Jerry D. Rowland, manufacturer,Winston-Salem, NC; Eduardo L. Esteve, Jr., merchant, Dallas, TX; Rodger C.Glaspey, merchant, Fresno, CA; Adolph Weil, III, merchant, Montgomery, AL;Cliett A. Lowman, III, producer, Kingsville, TX; Larry R. McClendon, producer,Marianna, AR; Ted D. Sheely, producer, Lemoore, CA; Vance C. Shoaf,warehouseman, Milan, TN; Owen J. (Trey) Hodges, III, manufacturer fromColumbus, GA; Lawrence E. Starrh, producer, Shafter, CA; James L. Webb,producer, Leary, GA; and Lonnie D. Winters, cooperative official, Lubbock, TX.

 

Schedule of High Plains EQIP Meetings

      The Natural Resource andConservation Service has scheduled a series of Environmental Quality IncentivesProgram (EQIP) meetings designed to gather input on funding priorities for theEQIP Program in Texas. These Program Development Group (PDG) meetings are opento interested producers that would like to provide input on EQIP funding priorities.

 

EQIP Program Development Group(PDG)

Meeting Dates, Times andLocations

County

Date

Time

Location

Garza

2/2/04

7:00 P.M.

Call Garza County NRCS office for location

Hockley

2/2/04

9:00 A.M.

Bank One, Levelland

Lamb

2/3/04

9:00 A.M.

Littlefield Service Center

Hartley

2/3/04

2:00 P.M.

Call Hartley County NRCS office for location

Motley

2/3/04

9:00 A.M.

Call Motley County NRCS office for location

Swisher

2/3/04

9:00 A.M.

Call Swisher County NRCS office for location

Lubbock

2/4/04

9:00 A.M.

USDA-ARS Plant Stress Lab, 3810 4th St., Lubbock

Cottle

2/5/04

9:30A.M.

Call Cottle County NRCS office for location

Donley

2/5/04

1:00 P.M.

Call Donley County NRCS office for location

Lipscomb

2/5/04

9:30 A.M.

Follett Community Center

Briscoe

2/6/04

9:00 A.M.

Silverton City Bank meeting room

Terry

2/9/04

9:00 A.M.

Terry County NRCS Office

Floyd

2/10/04

9:00 A.M.

Call Floyd County NRCS office for location

Fisher

2/11/04

1:00 P.M.

Roby Service Center

Scurry/Borden

2/12/04

1:00 P.M.

Call Scurry County NRCS office for location

Hale

2/13/04

11:00A.M.

Call Hale County NRCS office for location