High Plains Cotton Leaders Assume Leadership
Roles At NCC Annual Meeting

Friday, February 4, 2005                            By Shawn Wade

      High Plains producer leaderswere appointed to a number of important industry leadership positions duringthe National Cotton Council’s Annual Meeting, held January 27-31 in Washington,DC.

      The appointments solidify astrong High Plains presence within the structure of the NCC and provide aneffective conduit through which issues important, and sometimes unique, to thisarea can be addressed.

      Topping the list is currentPlains Cotton Growers President Rickey Bearden of Plains who was elected to bethe American Cotton Producers Southwest Regional Director during the ACP’smeeting in Washington. American Cotton Producers is the producer arm of theNational Cotton Council.

      By virtue of his becoming theACP’s Southwest Regional Director, Bearden will also serve as one of fiveproducer members of the NCC Board of Directors.

      PCG Secretary-Treasurer BarryEvans of Kress was elected a Texas producer chairman for the ACP. Joining Evansin this capacity was south Texas cotton producer Jimmy Dodson of Robstown.

      Rounding out the NCC’sleadership changes was Cotton Council International, the export promotion armof the NCC. Representing the High Plains within CCI is Mark Williams ofFarwell, Texas who was re-elected to the CCI Board of Directors.

 

ARMS Survey Provides Information For
Policymakers and Industry Groups

Friday, February 4, 2005                            By Shawn Wade

      The 2005 AgriculturalResource Management Survey (ARMS) provides information on the leading economicindicators for the agricultural industry for members of the agriculturecommunity and legislators who are involved in the policy development process.

      All farmers and rancherscontacted about participating in the ARM Survey are encouraged to do so. Byproviding the most accurate information possible they are playing an importantrole in the development of U.S. agricultural policy. All information providedby survey participants is kept strictly confidential by the USDA NationalAgricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

      “Reliable, accuratedescriptions of the current economic health of Texas farms and ranches arecrucial, especially when policymakers, farm organizations, analysts, local USDAagents, news media, farm suppliers, lenders and others make decisions thataffect growers, said Robin Roarke, Texas Agricultural Statistics Service StateDirector.

      Collecting the best possibleinformation during this year’s survey is especially important since theinformation will be used by agriculture industry representative organizationsand legislators when the effort to renew the 2002 Farm Bill gets underway laterin 2005.

      Producers selected toparticipate in the survey will be mailed an ARM Survey questionnaire or bevisited by an interviewer who will help complete the report at the producer’sconvenience.

      For more information aboutthe ARM Survey go to the National Agricultural Statistics Service website (www.usda.gov/nass/) or call 1-800-9540.

 

Upland Cotton Average Price Received by
Growers Through December 2004

      The followingtable shows the average price received each month by farmers and the associatedweighted average price based on cumulative marketings through December 2004.

      The 2004 Counter-cyclicalpayment rate authorized under the 2002 Farm Bill will be based on the 12-monthWeighted Average Price Received by growers. For cotton the 12-month WeightedAverage Price will reflect price and marketings for the 2004 marketing year.The 2004 cotton marketing year began in August 1, 2004 and ends July 31, 2005.

 

Average Price Received For2004-crop Upland Cotton (Weighted by Marketings)

 

 

Marketings

Prices

 

(000's of Running bales)

(cents/Lb.)

 

Monthly

Cum.

Monthly

Weighted

August

1,215

1,215

53.70

53.70

September

537

1,752

49.30

52.35

October

923

2,675

49.50

51.37

November

1,437

4,112

44.40

48.93

December

2,292

6,404

41.00

46.09

January

na

na

39.40*

na 

Source:National Agricultural Statistics Service; * = preliminary

 

January/FebruaryCotton Meeting Schedule

 

Feb. 7 - Deaf Smith County CottonConference, CEU’s – 3

            8:00a.m., Hereford Community Building, Hereford

Feb. 9 - Terry County Ag Conferenceand Trade Show, CEU’s – 3

            8:00a.m., Nikki Vinson Youth Center (110 East Hill Street)

            Brownfield

Feb. 10 -      SandylandAg Conference, CEU’s - 5

            8:00a.m., Gaines County Civic Building, Seminole

Feb. 11 -      Hale/SwisherCounties Cotton Conf., CEU’s - 5

            8:30a.m., Ollie Liner Center, Plainview

Feb. 11 -      Crosby/FloydCounties Alt. Crops Meeting, CEU’s -3

            8:00a.m., Community Room (301 Van Buren), Lorenzo