Fifth Annual Texas Commodity Symposium
Scheduled For Nov. 30 in Amarillo

Friday, November 18, 2005                        By Shawn Wade

      Congressman Mike Conaway,U.S. Congressman and House Agriculture Committee Member from the 11th Districtof Texas, and Teresa Lasseter, Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator willheadline an outstanding line-up of speakers at the Fifth Annual Texas CommoditySymposium.

      The Symposium will be heldNovember 30, in the Grand Plaza Room at the Amarillo Civic Center, inconjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show. Registration will begin at8:30 a.m. The Symposium will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m. withlunch. There is no charge to attend the Texas Commodity Symposium.

      The Corn ProducersAssociation of Texas (CPAT), Texas Grain Sorghum Association (TGSA), TexasWheat Producers Association (TWPA), Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. (PCG) and theTexas Peanut Producers Board (TPPB) host the Texas Commodity Symposium.

      "This year's program willallow producers to hear directly from a House Agriculture Committee Memberabout plans for the 2007 Farm Bill and the rising costs of energy.Additionally, producers will learn the future plans of FSA directly from thenew national administrator" said TWPA Executive Vice President, Rodney Mosier.

      Other confirmed speakersinclude: Texas State Senator Kel Seliger; John Wood, Director of Reserves andProduction Division, U.S. Department of Energy - Energy InformationAdministration; Bryan Daniel, Director, Texas USDA Rural Development; JohnFuston, State Executive Director, Texas FSA; and Larry Butler, Texas StateConservationist USDA NRCS. Chris Albracht, Program Director for Amarillo's KGNCRadio, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

      "The Texas CommoditySymposium provides a unique opportunity for producers to hear first-hand aboutissues affecting their operations," said CPAT Executive Vice-President DavidGibson.

      Speakers for this year'sprogram will discuss state and national issues facing the agriculturalindustry. Topics will include updates on preparations for the 2007 Farm Bill,solutions to rising energy costs, oil and gas supply trends, rural developmentopportunities, an update on key issues facing Texas legislators and FSA andconservation updates.

      "The Symposium allowsproducers from all commodities to come together, exchange ideas and learn aboutthe issues that impact their operations," said PCG ExecutiveVice-President Steve Verett.

      All producers are encouragedto register early for a chance to win special door prizes. For moreinformation, please contact Lauri Vaughn, Director of Communications for theTexas Wheat Producers by email ( or by calling (806)352-2191.

2005 Texas Commodity Symposium Program

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Amarillo Civic Center, GrandPlaza Room

8:30           Registration

9:00           Welcome& Introductions

            SteveVerett, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.,


            SponsorThank You

            Masterof Ceremonies, Chris Albracht, KGNC Radio

9:10           StateFSA Update

            JohnFuston, State Executive Director, Texas FSA

9:20           StateConservation Update

            LarryButler, TexasState Conservationist,


9:30           RuralDevelopment & Energy Alternatives

            Bryan Daniel, Director, Texas USDARural


9:50           RegistrationUpdate & Sponsor Recognition

            M.C.,Chris Albracht

10:00   Oiland Gas Supply Trends

            JohnWood, Director, Reserves and Production

            Division,U.S. Department of Energy - Energy

            InformationAdministration, Dallas, Texas

10:30   StateLegislative Update

            KelSeliger, Texas State Senator

10:50   USDAFarm Service Agency (FSA) Update

            TeresaC. Lasseter, Administrator, USDA - FSA,


11:30   2007Farm Bill & Energy Policy

            The Honorable Mike Conaway, Representative,

            11thDistrict of Texas, House Agriculture Committee

12:30   Lunch


Cotton Focus At20th Annual Panhandle Farm &
Ranch Management Symposium

Friday, November 18, 2005                        By Shawn Wade

      Cotton will be a centraltheme at the 20th Annual Farm and Ranch Management Symposium duringthe 2006 Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show.

      The Panhandle Symposium willbe held on December 1 in the Grand Plaza Room at the Amarillo Civic Center.Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the program will conclude at 12:15 p.m.

      The Panhandle Symposium isbeing held in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show November 29 –December 1.

      Cotton presentations willheadline the event with Texas Cooperative Extension Cotton Specialist Dr. RandyBoman discussing the agronomic aspects of cotton production. Following Dr.Boman will be presentations dealing with cotton disease concerns and cottoninsect management.

      Presentations coveringirrigation pump fuel options, alternative soil additives, and pesticide lawsand regulations are also on the agenda for the half-day session.

      For more information aboutthe Panhandle Farm and Ranch management Symposium contact Leon Church at thePotter County Extension office at 806-373-0713.


2006 Beltwide Cotton Conferences
Return To San AntonioJanuary 4-6

Friday, November 18, 2005

      The 2006 Beltwide CottonConferences Production Conference agenda will include topics ranging from thekeys to getting a healthy stand to using new precision agriculture tools.

      "Strategies for Success" isthe theme for the NCC-coordinated conferences, January 4-6, at the MarriottRivercenter/Riverwalk hotels in San Antonio. The three-day format, which provedpopular for the 2005 conferences, will feature the Production Conference andits special seminars and workshops along with the 11 cotton technicalconferences and The Cotton Foundation's technical exhibits. On-siteregistration will open Tuesday, January 3.

      The National Cotton Council'sDale Thompson said that the American Cotton Producers, the Beltwide technicalconferences' chairmen and others have provided a wealth of recommendations forprogram topics and the agenda is being finalized.

      Among topics being consideredfor inclusion is maximizing "the critical first 40 days," the window involvedwith getting through the growing season's first phase. This discussion wouldtake into account all production systems and Cotton Belt regions.

      Thompson said the ProductionConference will maintain an emphasis on precision agriculture, which has movedfrom the basic research phase to applied applications and integration into anincreasing number of farming operations.

      Other topics will include afocus on the Conservation Security Program, an update on Washington, DC,activities affecting U.S. cotton, an economic report focusing on theglobalization of cotton and updates on NCC and Cotton Incorporated activities.

      Production Conferenceworkshops/seminars will cover control of the lygus/stinkbug complex;understanding disease resistance; how variable rate application/globalpositioning system technologies relate to plant pathology and nematology incotton; new developments from industry; and a cotton economic outlook that willcenter on the U.S. situation, world situation, trade policy issues and marketoutlook for 2005-06 crop year.

      Attendees must registeronline by going to the Beltwide web site at wheregeneral conference information also can be found. For additional information,contact the NCC's Debbie Richter, P.O. 820285, Memphis, TN 38182 (901)274-9030 FAX (901) 725-0510 or email

      The Beltwide CottonConferences brings together those with a stake in a healthy U.S. cottonproduction sector, including industry members, university and USDA researchers,Extension personnel, consultants and allied product and service providers.Attendance at the 2005 forum numbered more than 3,700.