Friday, January 21, 2005 By Shawn Wade
Since it was founded in 1956,Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. has been the number one advocate forthe High Plains cotton industry and represents cotton producers on a variety ofimportant issues.
Through the years, PCG hasdeveloped a tremendous track record of success. That success is a direct resultof the strong, grass-roots support it receives from cotton growers on the TexasHigh Plains. That support is brought together and directed by the PCG Board ofDirectors.
Originally, PCGŐs Board wasformed through organized elections in each of the counties served by theorganization. Today the PCG Board is formed through the selection of Producerdirectors by each of the organizationŐs member gins.
Additionally, PCG Producerdirectors have the ability to select a Business director to serve on the PCGBoard from each county in PCGŐs service area.
This combination greatlyexpands the organizationŐs ability to provide a direct link between producersand the PCG Board of Directors.
With each PCG member ginhaving the right to appoint a Producer director to serve on the PCG Board,producers have the opportunity to directly influence the development of PCGpolicy.
Through its producer Board,PCG can quickly identify and respond to issues that threaten to put the HighPlains cotton producer at a disadvantage.
PCG works on behalf ofproducers by acting on its own and by working closely with a number of regionaland national organizations. Through PCG, High Plains cotton has developed astrong and respected position within the framework of U.S. agriculture.
PCG has also played crucialroles in efforts that have secured important support for cotton producersthrough periodic emergency crop loss assistance, fixed and counter-cyclicalfarm program payments, boll weevil eradication cost-sharing, conservationprograms and reduced cost insurance products underwritten by the federalgovernment.
Maintaining these programs isan ongoing battle. PCG is committed to seeing that producers retain theseimportant programs and have the ability to remain competitive in the worldmarketplace.
Thanks to Plains CottonGrowers itŐs a job High Plains producers donŐt have to do alone.
Another important aspect ofPCGŐs advocate role is its position as the Certified Producer Organizationrepresenting the High Plains cotton producers.
As the CPO for the HighPlains, PCG identifies capable producers willing to serve in industryleadership positions. PCG has a hand in the selection of delegates to theNational Cotton Council and the NCCŐs producer arm, the American CottonProducers. PCG also participates in the selection of members of the CottonIncorporated Board of Directors and in the nomination of individuals to serveon the Cotton Board.
At every level PCGŐs focus ison successfully representing the varied interests of High Plains cottonproducers and to insure that the High Plains is actively involved in thedevelopment of industry policy.
Whether it is hammering outsolutions to problems involving the delivery of important farm programs orcommunicating the serious need for a 2003/2004-disaster assistance program,serving its producer membership is PCGŐs first and most important priority.
Through it all PCG is there,in the trenches, serving the best interests of the High Plains cotton producersince 1956.
Friday, January 21, 2005 By Shawn Wade
The 2005 National CottonCouncil Annual Meeting has been given the theme ŇCottonŐs Capitol AgendaÓ. Itis especially appropriate in light of the tremendous impact achieving theindustryŐs policy goals will have on the future of the industry.
High Plains NCC producerdelegates and alternates, many of whom also serve on the Plains Cotton GrowersBoard of Directors, will be attending the NCC meeting to represent theinterests of the High Plains during the NCC policy development process.
PCG leaders attending the NCCAnnual Meeting will be Executive Vice President Steve Verett, President RickeyBearden of Plains, Vice President Mike Hughes of Lamesa, Secretary-TreasurerBarry Evans of Kress, and Chairman Mark Williams of Farwell. Other High Plainsproducers attending the NCC meeting are: Dahlen Hancock of Ropesville; CraigHeinrich of Lubbock; George Hardberger of Lubbock; David Carter of Levelland;and Frank Jones of Lubbock.
Verett and the PCG Officersare taking advantage of the Washington meeting location and have scheduledmeetings with High Plains Congressmen Mike Conaway, Randy Neugebauer and MacThornberry. While in Washington Verett, the PCG Officers and Federal CropInsurance Corporation Board Member Frank Jones will also meet withrepresentatives from the USDA Risk Management Agency.