PCGEARNS RECORD SUPPORT LEVEL IN 2006

Friday, June 29, 2007                                By Shawn Wade

      Inaddition to completing its fiftieth year serving the interests of High Plainscotton farmers, Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. has now achievedanother equally impressive record – earning the voluntary support ofcotton producers responsible for producing 88 percent of the 4.05 million balesof cotton produced in the organization's 41-county service area in 2006.

      PCGExecutive Vice President Steve Verett notes that High Plains cotton producersand ginners continue to recognize the significant value they receive fromsupporting PCG.

      "Achievingan 88 percent membership rate among the High Plains cotton producers thatvoluntarily support this organization is a milestone that every member of thisorganization who supports this organization through their local gin should beproud," says Verett.

      PCGChairman of the Board Rickey Bearden of Plains, Texas attributes PCG's abilityto earn the support of producers to three key elements: A Gin Based LeadershipStructure; Being Proactive; and Communication. Bearden notes that each of thethree components compliments the others and improves PCG's ability to work onbehalf of the High Plains cotton producer.

      Verettconcurred with Bearden's assessment of what keys PCG's success. He also notesthat the PCG Board of Directors and Officers appreciate the support of theirfellow producers, but have committed themselves to even further improvements tofill in the few holes that currently exist. "Earning the respect and support ofevery High Plains cotton grower will always be PCG's ultimate goal," concludesVerett.

      Longadmired for successfully representing the interests of its producer membership,PCG is also known as one of the most effective regional cotton producerorganizations ever formed.

      Amongthe many issues PCG deals with on a daily basis, without a doubt the most highprofile item on the list at the present time is reauthorization of U.S. farmpolicy and the ongoing process of developing what will eventually become the2007 Farm Bill.

      ThePCG farm bill efforts are a sterling example of the organization's willingnessto operate in a proactive fashion to shape the debate and achieve beneficialresults for its producer membership.

      Inaddition to working directly with members of Congress to advance issuesimportant to the High Plains, PCG's efforts also include taking a leadershiprole in the development and support of the new Southwest Council ofAgribusiness, a broad coalition with more than 50 members organizations thatinclude commodity groups, financial institutions, and businesses withagricultural interests throughout the Southwest region.

      Throughthe SWCA, PCG has built a close working relationship with former Chairman ofthe House Agriculture Committee Congressman Larry Combest. Combest recentlyjoined forces with former House Ag Committee staff member Tom Sell to formCombest Sell & Associates which has immediately become one of the mostrespected agriculture lobbying firms operating in Washington, DC.

      ThroughCombest-Sell and the SWCA, the legislative priorities of the High Plains cottonindustry are being communicated directly to the key Congressional leaders thatare working to shape the 200 Farm Bill.

      Key areasof PCG activity include promoting the value and quality of High Plains cottonat home and abroad to textile mill buyers through support of Cotton CouncilInternational and Cotton Incorporated; development and promotion of sound riskmanagement options for producers though the federal crop insurance program; andworking closely with allied industry representatives to insure that every phaseof the cotton production, processing, handling and merchandising chain have thebest possible understanding of the impact each individual segment has on theothers.

2007-2008 PLAINS COTTON GROWERS,INC.
MEMBER GIN ROSTER

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County

Gin

Bailey

Bula Gin Co.

Hockley

Long S Gin, Inc.

Bailey

Farmers Co-op Gin Assn of Enochs

Hockley

Ropes Farmers Co-op Gin

Bailey

Maple Cooperative Gin

Hockley

United Cotton Growers Co-op

Bailey

Muleshoe Co-op Gin

Howard

Big Spring Gin

Briscoe

Johnson's Gin Co.

Howard

Co-op Gin Of Big Spring

Briscoe

SilverCot Gin, Inc.

Lamb

Farmers Co-op Assn Of Sudan

Carson

Carson County Gin

Lamb

Farmers Co-op Gin Amherst

Castro

Castro Co-op Gin, Inc.

Lamb

Littlefield Farmers Co-op Gin

Castro

Dodd Cotton Gin

Lamb

Olton Co-op Gin

Castro

Hart Producers Co-op Gin

Lamb

Pleasant Valley Gin, Inc.

Castro

North Gin Ltd.

Lamb

Spade Cooperative, Inc.

Cochran

Southwest Gin Ltd.

Lamb

Springlake-Earth Cotton Growers

Cochran

Willingham Gin, Inc.

Lubbock

Acuff/McClung Co-op Gin

Crosby

Associated Cotton Growers

Lubbock

Idalou Co-op Gin

Crosby

Lorenzo Co-op Gins, Inc.

Lubbock

Liberty Co-op Gin

Crosby

Owens Co-op Gin

Lubbock

Lubbock Cotton Growers

Crosby

Pleasant Hill Co-op Gin

Lubbock

Posey Gin

Dawson

Adcock Gin

Lubbock

Slaton Co-op Gin

Dawson

King-Mesa, Inc.

Lubbock

Texas Star Co-op Gin

Dawson

Patricia Farmers Gin, Inc.

Lubbock

Yellowhouse Gin

Dawson

Sparenberg Gin, Inc.

Lynn

Farmers Co-op Assn.

Dawson

Tinsley Gin

Lynn

Farmers Co-op Assn. #1

Dawson

United Gin Co.

Lynn

Grassland Co-op Gin

Dawson

Welch Gin, Inc.

Lynn

New Home Co-op Gin

Deaf Smith

Hereford Farmers Gin Assn. Inc.

Lynn

Wells Farmers Co-op Gin Assn.

Deaf Smith

Top of Texas Gin

Lynn

Woolam Gin

Dickens

Spur Farmers Co-op Gin

Martin

Farmers Co-op Gin-Ackerly

Floyd

Barwise Gin

Martin

Farmers Cooperative Assoc.

Floyd

D & J Gin, Inc.

Martin

Flower Grove Co-op Gin

Floyd

Floydada Co-op Gin

Midland

Midland Farmers Co-op Gin

Floyd

Lockney Co-op Gin

Moore

Moore County Gin, LP

Floyd

Marble Bros. Farm Gin

Parmer

Friona Farmers Co-op Gin

Floyd

Scott Gin Company, Inc.

Parmer

Parmer County Cotton Growers

Gaines

Five Points Gin

Swisher

Lakeview Gin

Gaines

Fourway Ginning Association

Swisher

Street Community Gin, Ltd.

Gaines

Oasis Gin, Inc.

Swisher

Swisher Co-op Gin, Inc.

Gaines

Ocho Gin Co.

Swisher

Tule Creek Gin

Gaines

Pioneer Gin, Inc.

Terry

Lone Star Ag

Gaines

Seminole Service Gin, Inc.

Terry

Meadow Farmers Co-op Gin

Gaines

State Line Co-op Gin

Terry

Needmore Gin, Inc.

Gaines

TriCounty Producers Coop Gin

Terry

Southwest Cotton Growers

Hale

Edcot Gin

Terry

Terry County Co-op Gin

Hale

Petersburg Co-op Gin

Yoakum

New-Tex Gin, Inc.

Hale

United Farm Industries Gin, Inc.

Yoakum

Suncot Gin

Hansford

Adobe Walls Gin

Yoakum

Tokio Co-op Gin

Hockley

Buster's Gin, LTD

Yoakum

Yoakum County Cooperative Gin

 

Hockley

Citizens-Shallowater Co-op Gin

 

 

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