Southwest Council of Agribusiness Elects
Board of Directors and Officers

Friday, December 15, 2006                                              By Shawn Wade

           Since its formation was first announced in early September, the SouthwestCouncil of Agribusiness has grown steadily to include an impressive 44 members,all of whom share the common goal of extending the provisions of the 2002 FarmBill when Congress begins development of the next iteration of U.S. farm policyin 2007.

           In addition to establishing the groundwork necessary to accomplish theorganization's goals and encouraging new membership over the past three months,SWCA members, led by Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., have beenworking to finalize the establishment of the organization.

           During a December 14 organizational meeting representatives from SWCA members,which include commodity organizations, financial institutions and agribusiness,gathered in the Delegate Body Room of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association inLubbock to adopt Bylaws and elect a Board of Directors to provide oversight anddirection to the organization.

           Under the Bylaws adopted by the membership, members of the respective classesof Non-Profit Agriculture Representative Organizations, Agribusiness andFinancial Institutions caucused to select a Board of Directors for theorganization. After approval of the membership the following individuals,grouped by commodity and membership class, were named to serve on the SWCABoard of Directors.

 

Southwest Council of Agribusiness

Board of Directors

Cotton:

 

Mark Williams

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

Rickey Bearden

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

Steve Verett

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

Mike Alexander

Rolling Plains Cotton Growers

TBA

South Texas Cotton & Grain

Corn:

 

Dee Vaughan

Corn Producers Association of Texas

Peanuts:

 

Ted Higginbottom

Western Peanut Growers Association

Grain Sorghum:

 

Glen Schur

Texas Grain Sorghum Producers

Wheat:

 

Tommy Womack

Texas Wheat Producers Association

Cattle:

 

Don McCasland

Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

Agribusinesses:

 

Tag Webb

Southwestern Association

Wally Darneille

Plains Cotton Cooperative Association

Financial Institutions:

 

Bud Holmes

Plains Capital Bank

Mitchell Harris

Ag Texas Farm Credit Services

           Following adjournment of the SWCA membership meeting, the newly elected Boardof Directors convened to elect Officers that will serve the organization in2007.

           SWCA Board members elected to serve as officers of the organization are: MarkWilliams, President; Dee Vaughan, Vice President; and Steve Verett,Secretary/Treasurer.

           The Southwest Council is an alliance of agricultural organizations, financialinstitutions, and businesses, established to actively advocate for strongagricultural policy which is so important to the businesses and economy ofTexas and the greater Southwest area.

           The SWCA's initial focus is to seek extension of the provisions of the FarmBill of 2002. To accomplish this goal the organization has established a workingrelationship with Combest, Sell & Associates (CS&A), a nationallyrecognized government affairs firm focused on representing the interests ofrural America and agriculture in Washington, DC. CS&A's founders are formerHouse Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest and his partner Tom Sell.

           Membership in the SWCA continues to grow according to SWCA Secretary/TreasurerSteve Verett. Verett reports that the latest addition to the SouthWest Council'smembership roster is the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, which made its decisionto join the group shortly before the SWCA's inaugural membership meetingDecember 14, 2006.

           Agricultural organizations, financial institutions or businesses that areinterested in joining the Southwest Council of Agribusiness and the effort togain an extension of the current farm bill can contact Plains Cotton Growersfor more information by calling 806-792-4904.

 

TSSC Conducts 2006 Project Review;
Sets Timeline for 2008 Project Submissions

Friday, December 15, 2006                                              By Shawn Wade

           Cotton producers benefit in many ways from the Cotton Research and PromotionProgram and the efforts of Cotton Incorporated. One of the most visiblecomponents of CI's research program is known as the State Support Program.

           The Cotton Incorporated State Support Program provides cotton growers acrossthe nation the ability to direct the expenditure of CI research dollars towardkey production and profitability challenges that they face on the farm.

           In Texas, research funded through the State Support Program addresses issuessuch as cotton marketing and economics, cotton breeding, genetic improvement,insect management, irrigation and fertilization management, weed control,production systems, as well as harvesting and ginning issues effecting harvestefficiency and crop quality.

           Project funding decisions are the responsibility of the Texas State SupportCommittee, which is composed of cotton producers from across the state.

           In addition to determining what projects are funded, the committee also meetsto receive progress reports on funded research.

           This year's project review was conducted in Lubbock on December 12 and 13 asmembers of the committee, cotton producer organization representatives andresearchers gathered to hear updates on the progress of research projectsfunded for the 2006 crop year. A total of 33 projects were reviewed during thetwo-day meeting.

           While in Lubbock members of the Texas State Support Committee also finalizedthe timeline for soliciting proposals and approving projects for funding in2008.

           Each year the Texas State Support Committee receives projects in six broad researchcategories: genetic improvement, pest control, fertilization/irrigation,production systems, harvesting/ginning, and marketing/economics.

           For the 2007 crop year, the Texas State Support Committee has approved $936,304to fund 41 projects covering the full range of research areas.

 

2006 Cotton Quality Summary

           The following is a summary of the cotton classed at the Lubbock and Lamesa USDACotton Division Cotton Classing Offices for the 2006 production season.

 

Week Ending December 14, 2006:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

74,230

21+ - 74%

31 - 32%

2.71

35.97

Lubbock

262,073

21+ - 59%

31 - 38%

2.99

36.07

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

3.93

29.15

80.46

13.2%

Lubbock

3.69

29.36

80.85

20.7%

 

 

Season Totals To Date:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

557,952

21+ - 63%

31 - 32%

3.00

36.00

Lubbock

1,999,207

21+ - 54%

31 - 41%

3.15

36.23

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

4.06

29.15

80.71

10.3%

Lubbock

3.84

29.78

81.16

17.4%

 

Editor's Note: Due to the Christmas Holiday "Cotton News" will not bepublished on December 29, 2006.