Friday,March 24, 2006                                   By Shawn Wade

      Discussingfarm policy with the man many feel will be the pivotal leader duringdevelopment of new U.S. Farm Policy is a rare and valuable opportunity.

      Texascommodity groups were afforded such an opportunity March 23 during a Texas AgPolicy Forum held at the Texas Tech University Museum in Lubbock with currentSenate Agriculture Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.

      Alsoparticipating in the forum to gather information and prepare for theirparticipation in the House Agriculture Committee's Farm Bill developmentprocess were current Ag Committee members Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock andRep. Mike Conaway of Midland.

      Duringthe event representatives from 15 Texas commodity groups provided Chambliss acomprehensive and uniform message about what they want to see in the 2007 FarmBill. Chambliss was visiting Lubbock at the invitation of former LubbockCongressman Larry Combest and took the opportunity to rub elbows with Texas aggroups and hear their comments about the next Farm Bill.

      Thecommon theme of the day's presentations was the importance and value that Texasagriculture sees in the programs of the 2002 Farm Bill and that they would liketo see those programs carried forward in the 2007 Farm Bill.

      PlainsCotton Growers President Rickey Bearden presented cotton's perspective for thenext Farm Bill and included comments on a variety of issues including the WTOand crop insurance.

      Inregard to the 2007 Farm Bill Chambliss said that he intends to do more of whathe was doing in Lubbock, and he would be going around the country to listen tothe recommendations of producers, try to identify any holes that need to befilled and work toward pulling together a good Farm Bill for U.S. agriculture.

      Headded that budget issues would impact the Farm Bill debate, as would the WTOsituation. Commenting directly to those two issues Chambliss said that therewould be money available to write the next Farm Bill even though it might notbe as much as many, himself included, would like to see. He reiterated that hisnumber one priority is to continue to provide a safety net for U.S.agriculture.

      Onthe WTO, Chambliss also said that he does not intend to let the WTO situationdictate what will be included in the 2007 Farm Bill.

      Chamblissnoted in his remarks that in his view the WTO situation is definitely aconcern, but should also be recognized as an opportunity for agriculture.Chambliss said that he has made it very clear that he will not stand by andwillingly allow U.S. agriculture to be unilaterally disarmed in this process.

      Summingup his WTO position, Chambliss noted that he has personally told the U.S. tradeRepresentative's office, and the European negotiators, that he is much"more concerned about farmers in Paris, Texas than he is with the farmersin Paris, France."


Friday,March 24, 2006                                   By Shawn Wade

      Lastminute modifications are changing the face of the Plains Cotton Growers 49thAnnual Meeting. What isn't changing is the quality of the speakers that willgreet attendees at this year's gathering of the PCG membership.

      PCG's Annual Meeting is scheduled for Friday, April7, 2006 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center and will include a special tributehonoring the organization's 50th Anniversary.

      Adding to thefestivities will be a luncheon sponsored by Bayer CropScience-FiberMaxCottonseed for attendees of the PCG Annual Meeting and members of the FiberMax"ONE TON CLUB".

      During lunch asummary of the agronomic practices used by "ONE TON CLUB" members toachieve their 2005 Yield levels will be presented. At 1:00 p.m. a drawing willbe held to award one member of FiberMax's "One Ton Club" a new 1-ton F-350 King Ranch Edition Fordpick-up.

      PCG's AnnualMeeting is once again being held in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners'Convention & Trade Show at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. PCG's meetingwill be held in the Civic Center Banquet Hall. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.on April 7.

      As PCG finalizesits line-up it is clear that a broad range of timely and valuable informationwill be provided on key legislative, trade and industry issues.

      PCG has issued aninvitation to Representative Jerry Moran of Kansas, Chairman of the House AgCommittee's General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, to bethe keynote speaker at this year's annual meeting.

      Confirmedspeakers for this year's meeting are William A. (Bill) Gillon, General Counselfor the National Cotton Council; Craig Brown, NCC Vice President ProducerAffairs; and J. Berrye Worsham, President and Chief Executive Officer of CottonIncorporated from Cary, North Carolina.

      Worsham has beenasked to discuss the research and promotion activities of Cotton Incorporatedwith an emphasis on the future prospects of U.S. cotton at home and abroad.

      Gillon will covertrade issues including an update on activities surrounding the ongoing WTO Dohaagricultural negotiations. Brown will provide a Washington legislative reportand an update on current industry issues.

      PCG PresidentRickey Bearden and Executive Vice President Steve Verett will report on recentPCG activities and discuss the organization's efforts to position itself duringthe 2007 Farm Bill debate.


Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

49th Annual Meeting


Friday, April 7, 2006

Lubbock Mem. Civic Center Banquet Hall - Registration- 8:30 a.m.


Featured Speakers:

Rep. Jerry Moran

House Agriculture Committee


William A. Gillon

National Cotton Council


J. Berrye Worsham III

Cotton Incorporated


Craig Brown

National Cotton Council





      For the thirdyear the New York Board of Trade, Cotton Incorporated and Plains Cotton Growersare hosting a free "Hedging with Options for Cotton Producers: Basic andIntermediate Workshop" that is designed to help producers develop andsharpen their cotton marketing skills.

      This year'sworkshop will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at the Holiday Inn Hotel &Towers, located at 801 Avenue Q in Lubbock. The workshop will run from 8:00a.m. through 5:00 p.m.   Lunchwill be provided to all workshop participants.

      Workshop topics include: Why are options on cotton futures critical to your business?; What can options do for you and how?; Actionable hedging strategies; and presentation of a 2006 Market Outlook by economist Dr. O.A. Cleveland of Mississippi State University.

      For informationabout the conference contact Tim Barry at the New York Board of Trade(212-748-4096), Jeanne Reeves at Cotton Incorporated (919-678-2370) or ShawnWade at Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. (806-792-4904).

      Registration isrequired for the conference and participants can register by telephone or email.Telephone registrations can be directed to Raquel Allen (212-748-4094) or KayWriedt (919-678-2271. Email registrations should be sent to one of thefollowing addresses: at the New York Board of Trade, or at Cotton Incorporated.


From The Archives

PCG News and History

News and events from themonth of March

1997– PCG puts the finishing touches on plans for the organization's 40thAnnual Meeting. The PCG gathering featured presentations from then Texas StateConservationist John Burt of the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service andMary Atienza, past director both the Lubbock and Lamesa Cotton Classingoffices, and then Director of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service CottonDivision.

1987– Despite one of the worstyears ever in 1986, research studies on ways to minimize bark contaminationproved just how successful many now common cotton stripper modifications couldbe in reducing the incidence of bark in cotton. The Barky Cotton Task Force,chaired by PCG Vice President Don Bell of Wolfforth, supported the researchstudies.

1977– In testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee onAgriculture PCG Executive Vice President Donald Johnson supported a NationalCotton Council request for $1.7 million dollars to fund a trial boll weevileradication program. In his testimony Johnson said," Until such time asthere is a successful boll weevil eradication program in the Cotton Belt eastof us, we on the High Plains are looking at a never ending, every year controlprogram to protect ourselves."

1967– The Cotton Board of theCotton Research and Promotion Act met for the first time March 15 inWashington, DC, and Lubbock's Roy B. Davis, then manager of the PlainsCooperative Oil Mill, was elected to the office of Secretary.

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