Friday, March 19, 2004 ByShawn Wade
Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.has finalized its speaker line-up for the organization’s 47th AnnualMeeting, Thursday, April 1, 2004 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The PCGAnnual Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners’Association Trade Show and Convention April 1-2.
Headlining this year’sprogram is Lt. Governor David Dewhurst who has been invited to update the PCGmembership about key legislative issues in Texas. To date, Lt. Gov. Dewhursthas been unable to confirm his participation due to the possibility of aspecial legislative session on school finance reform. Should Mr. Dewhurst beunable to attend, Senator Robert Duncan of Lubbock has agreed to participate.
In addition to Lt. GovernorDewhurst, PCG’s 2004 speaker line-up will also include: Dr. Gary Adams, VicePresident of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council fromMemphis, TN; Mark Messura, Vice President – Strategic Planning for CottonIncorporated from Carey, NC; and Mr. Woody Anderson, National Cotton CouncilChairman from Colorado City, TX.
In order to accommodate anexpanded program, this year’s PCG Annual Meeting will begin 30 minutes earlierthan usual. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the program will startpromptly at 8:30 a.m. in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
Dr. Gary Adams joined theNational Cotton Council in 2002 and is responsible for preparing economic outlooksfor global cotton markets and analyzing the potential impacts of farm and tradepolicies as they relate to the U.S. cotton industry. Prior to joining theCouncil, Gary spent 13 years with the Food and Agricultural Policy ResearchInstitute (FAPRI), located at the University of Missouri.
Dr. Adams has been asked toupdate the PCG membership on the status of key international trade issuesincluding the ongoing challenge of the U.S. cotton program by Brazil throughthe World Trade Organization. Dr. Adams will also briefly update producers onthe current market situation.
Mr. Messura will be reportingon the many activities of Cotton Incorporated designed to increase demand anduse of U.S. cotton domestically and around the world. In his role as Vice Presidentof Strategic Planning, Mr. Messura is involved in the identification ofpotential markets and the development of programs aimed to address thosemarkets to the benefit of the U.S. cotton producer.
The PCG program will alsoinclude comments from outgoing PCG President Mark Williams of Farwell andreports from PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett and Plains CottonImprovement Committee Chairman Dale Swinburn of Tulia.
Following the Annual Meeting,the PCG Board of Directors will hold its April Board Meeting and elect theorganization’s 2004-05 officer corps.
Friday, March 19, 2004 By Shawn Wade