Moran,Combest Set To Anchor PCG's
50th Annual Meeting On April 13, 2007

Friday, April 6, 2007                                   By Shawn Wade

      The schedule for the PlainsCotton Growers 50th Annual Meeting is set and High Plains cottonproducers and all agriculture industry members are invited to participate.

      PCG's meeting is scheduledfor Friday, April 13 and will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. in theLubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall. Immediately following the PCGmeeting FiberMax Cotton Seed is sponsoring a free luncheon honoring members ofthe 2006 FiberMax "One Ton Club" and for attendees of the PCG Annual Meeting.

      The PCG Annual Meeting isbeing held in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners Annual Meeting andTrade Show, April 12-13, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

      Designed to give an in-depthlook into the processes and issues that will shape the 2007 Farm Bill debate,PCG's 50t Annual Meeting will be an information packed event, sureto provide value to all who attend.

      Congressman Jerry Moran ofKansas will provide this year's keynote address to the PCG membership. Moran isa ten-year veteran of the House Agriculture Committee. He is also the RankingRepublican member of the General Farm Commodities and Risk ManagementSubcommittee that will write the Commodity Title of the 2007 Farm Bill.

      Three other speakers havealso been confirmed for the PCG meeting. Joining Rep. Moran areWashington-based farm policy analyst James R. Wiesemeyer, former LubbockCongressman Larry Combest and Cotton Board Chairman Nancy Marino.

      Wiesemeyer, who has coveredfarm policy in Washington, DC for more than two decades, is Vice President -Washington Bureau for Informa Economics and writes the "Inside Washington"column for Agweb's Pro Farmer newsletter.

      Wiesemeyer has been asked ondraw on his 20-plus year's of experience covering the Washington agriculturescene to give his thoughts and observations on the politics and personalitiesthat will shape the 2007 Farm Bill debate.

      Combest is a former Chairmanof the House Committee on Agriculture and was the driving force behind thedevelopment and passage of the Food Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002,also known as the 2002 Farm Bill.

      Combest has been asked todiscuss the creation of the Southwest Council of Agribusiness (SWCA) and toshare his views on the status of the SWCA effort to seek an extension of theprovisions of the 2002 Farm Bill.

      Rounding out the PCG AnnualMeeting schedule is Cotton Board Chairman Nancy Marino, the first Importermember to hold that position, PCG President Mike Hughes who will present hisreport to the organization's membership, PCG Executive Vice President SteveVerett, and a short video presentation highlighting the efforts of CottonCouncil International, the export promotion arm of the U.S. cotton industry.

SeedUse Agreement Now Required For
Bt Cotton Purchased In Texas Panhandle

Friday, April 6, 2007                             By Shawn Wade

      MonsantoCorporation is mailing information to farmers and cotton seed distributors inthe northern Texas Panhandle to inform them of a new policy regarding the saleand use of Bollgard/Bollgard II cotton seed varieties in that area.

      Thenew Monsanto policy is being implemented to help insure full understanding ofcurrent Bt cotton label restrictions and stems from provisions of the federalBollgard/Bollgard II technology registration which currently prohibits theplanting of the cotton Bt technology in the following Texas counties: Carson,Dallam, Hansford, Hartley, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Roberts andSherman.

      Monsantoofficials note that producers in counties contiguous to the ten listed abovewill be asked to sign a Seed Use Agreement (SUA) that explains the currentplanting restrictions and asks producers to identify where the Bt cotton seedthey purchase will be planted.

      Growerspurchasing Bt cotton in the following counties in Texas, New Mexico, andOklahoma are included in the new rule and will be required to complete the SUAform before seed will be delivered: Texas– Armstrong, Carson, Dallam,Donley, Grey, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore,Ochiltree, Oldham, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, and Wheeler; New Mexico–Harding, Quay, Union; Oklahoma– Beaver, Cimmarron, Ellis, Harper, RogerMills, and Texas.

      TheBollgard/Bollgard II planting restriction is required by the EnvironmentalProtection Agency as part of the Insect Resistance Management (IRM) plan forten counties of the Texas Panhandle region where a significant amount of Btcorn is also planted.

      Detailsof the restriction are included in Monsanto's 2007 Technology Use Guide and2007 IRM Guide. Growers are obligated by their Monsanto Technology/StewardshipAgreement limited use license to comply with this restriction.

      Failureto comply with the label restriction would be a breach of the Monsanto growerlicense resulting in loss of access to the technology and could also be foundto be a violation of federal law resulting in civil or criminal penalties.

      Monsanto'sgoal in implementing the new SUA is to establish and document awareness of andcompliance with the planting restriction in these counties. The Seed UseAgreement must be signed by the grower prior to shipment or delivery of any Btcotton seed in the specified region.

      Withthe recent rise in cotton acreage in Texas Panhandle counties north ofAmarillo, Plains Cotton Growers and the Corn Producers Association of Texas areworking together with Texas Cooperative Extension to evaluate entomologicaldata and determine what alternatives may exist that would allow future plantingof Bt cotton and Bt corn in the area simultaneously.

      Untila more permanent solution is found, Monsanto's decision to have producers thatpurchase Bt cotton seed in the counties contiguous to the ten named in theBollgard/Bollgard II label will improve the likelihood that Bt cotton is notplanted in violation of current label restrictions.

 

Cotton Inc./NYBOT Offer Free Cotton
Marketing Workshop; Reserve Your Spot Today

      For the fourth year the NewYork Board of Trade, Cotton Incorporated and Plains Cotton Growers are hostinga free "Hedging with Options for Cotton Producers: Basic and IntermediateWorkshop." The workshop is designed to help producers develop and sharpen theirindividual cotton marketing skills.

      This year's workshop will beheld on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Towers, locatedat 801 Avenue Q in Lubbock. The workshop will run from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00p.m. Lunch will be provided to all workshop participants.

      Workshop topics include: "Whyare options on cotton futures critical to your business?"; "What can options dofor you and how?"; "Actionable hedging strategies"; presentation of a 2007Production Cost Outlook by Dr. John Robinson of Texas A&M University; aMarket Outlook by Cotton Marketing Specialist Dr. O.A. Cleveland; apresentation on hedging Counter-cyclical payments by Kelli Merritt, fromCropMark, Inc., in Lamesa; and a session on practical application of the skillsand information provided during the workshop by Cotton Specialist Mike Stevensof Swiss Financial.

      For information about theconference contact Raquel Allen at the New York Board of Trade (212-748-4096),Jeanne Reeves at Cotton Incorporated (919-678-2370) or Shawn Wade at Plains CottonGrowers, Inc. (806-792-4904).

      Registration is required forthe conference and participants can register by telephone or email. Telephoneregistrations can be directed to Raquel Allen (212-748-4094) or Kay Wriedt(919-678-2271). Email registrations should be sent to one of the followingaddresses: rallen@nybot.com at the New York Board of Trade, or kwriedt@cottoninc.com at Cotton Incorporated.

 

NeugebauerSchedules Farm Bill Sessions

      Representative RandyNeugebauer has scheduled three farm bill discussion sessions on April 9, 10 and11 to provide farmers and ranchers an opportunity to express their views onfarm policy on the eve of the start of the 2007 Farm Bill debate.

      Rep. Neugebauer is a memberof the House Committee on Agriculture and the General Farm Commodities and RiskManagement subcommittee.

      Rep. Neugebauer's first forumwill take place on Monday, April 9 at the Ollie Liner Center in Plainview from9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A second forum will be held the next day, April 10, inSeminole at 10:00 a.m. at the Old City Hall. Neugebauer will then travel toAbilene Wednesday, April 11, where he will host the week's final forum at theTexas Cooperative Extension Office from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

      "The current farm billhas been a success, providing support for our nation's farmers while coming inunder budget," said Neugebauer. "At these forums, I want to getfeedback from 19th District producers so that Congress can build on currentpolicies and write a 2007 Farm Bill that works even better for West Texasagriculture."