PCG Ready To Hold 47th Annual Meeting -April 1

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.


Comments Needed On Endangered Species Act-EPAConsultation Procedures

Friday, March 19, 2004                        By Shawn Wade

      TheNational Cotton Council of America is encouraging cotton interest organizationsand producers to submit comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and theNational Marine Fisheries Service on proposed rules that will provide analternate consultation process for the Environmental Protection Agency forpesticide registrations.

      Theproposed rules are Counterpart Regulations to the Endangered Species Act (ESA)and would allow EPA determinations of a pesticides impact on endangered speciesto fulfill the ESA’s consultation requirements.

      Whenpreparing a comment, clearly state that you support the Counterpart Regulationsand the effort to develop an alternate means of consultation that meets theneeds of the EPA as directed by Congress under Public Law 100-478.

      It isalso suggested comments point out the extensive risk analysis already done bythe EPA during the pesticide registration process and that duplicating theseefforts to satisfy the ESA would divert limited government resources from otherprograms under the ESA.

      Commentsmay be submitted by mail, E-mail or Fax through March 30, 2004. Comment letterssent by regular mail should be addressed to: Assistant Director of EndangeredSpecies, 4401 North Fairfax Dr. Room 420, Arlington, VA 22203.

      Faxcomments can be sent to: Ms. Chris Nolan, United States Fish & WildlifeService, Fax: 703-358-1735.

      Tosend a comment letter by E-mail, address the message to pesticideESAregulations@fws.gov and include the following text inthe message subject line: “Attn: 1018-AI95”

      Analternative method for submitting E-mail comments is the Crop Life Americawebsite (www.croplifeamerica.org). From the site’s home page follow the links that say “HaveYour Say on ESA”, select the Counterpart Regulations Issue from the menu andfollow the directions to submit your comment.


Markyour calendar:

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

47th Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 1, 2004

8:00 am –Registration

8:30 am –Program

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center – Banquet Hall