USDA ANNOUNCES NEW COTTON BOARDMEMBERS;
BURRIS/FARMER RECEIVE APPOINTMENTS

Friday, January 4, 2008                            By Shawn Wade

      ActingAgriculture Secretary Chuck Conner announced January 3 the appointment of 17members and 18 alternate members to the Cotton Board.

      Withthis announcement the Cotton Board will consist of 37 representatives of cottonproducers and importers, their alternates and one consumer advisor in 2008.Members and alternates named to full terms will serve a three-year term, endingDec. 31, 2010.

      As aresult of the announcement, High Plains representation on the Cotton Board grewby one with the appointment of Wellman, TX cotton producer Jackie Burris tofill a new member position. Lamesa, TX cotton producer Matt Farmer wasappointed to fill the Board alternate position behind Burris.

      Newlyappointed Cotton Board members include: Burris; Dwight Menefee, Lake Arthur,NM; Gary Eugene Ross, Yardley, PA; and Yvonne Anderson, Minneapolis, MN.

      Newlyappointed alternate members to the Cotton Board are: Farmer; Jack L. Joy,Artesia, NM; Kristin Hughes, San Francisco, CA; Scott D. Hyatt, New York, NY;June Sassler, Parkton, MD; Sarah F. Kay, Charlotte, NC; Helga Ying, Piedmont,CA; and Mike P. Sturdivant, Jr., Itta Bena, MS.

      Re-appointedmembers to the Cotton Board include: Larkin Martin, Courtland, AL; Van Murphy,Quitman, GA; Jimmie G. Johnson, Vanduser, MO; Robert D. Robbins, Altus, OK;Arthur W. "Whit" James, Jr., Sumter, SC; Willie German, Somerville, TN; CraigD. Shook, Corpus Christi, TX; Kenneth W. Dierschke, San Angelo, TX; A. MarkNeuman, Champaign, IL; Peter McGrath, Plano, TX; Werner Bieri, Maysville, GA;John Clark, Los Angeles, CA; and Nancy A. Marino, Upper Brookville, NY.

      Re-appointedalternate members to the Cotton Board are: Walter Corcoran, Jr., Eufaula, AL;Richard Moss, Doerun, GA; Edward E. Dement, Sikeston, MO; Robert H. Miller,Wellington, KS; Dale W. Player, Bishopville, SC; Larry Rice, Covington, TN;Debra R. Barrett, Edroy, TX; Jeffery Posey, Roby, TX; Linda Tipton, BellaVista, AR, and Arlene Eastwood, Jackson, NJ.

 

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UPLAND COTTON AVERAGE PRICE RECEIVED BY
GROWERS THROUGH NOVEMBER 2007

Friday, January 4, 2008                             By Shawn Wade

      CumulativeUpland cotton marketings for the first four months of the 2007-marketing yeartotaled 4.548 million-bales according to information released December 28 bythe USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

      That figure is285,000 bales ahead of the amount marketed through the same period last year asUSDA estimated November 2007 marketings at 1.464 million bales with an averageselling price of 57 cents per pound.

      So far the 2007Upland Cotton Weighted Average Price calculated through November 2007 stands at51.53 cents per pound.

      With the firstthird of the marketing year now past, the calculated 2007 Weighted AveragePrice is a mere 0.47 cents below the 52-cent threshold where the Upland cottonCounter-cyclical payment will begin to drop below the 13.73 cent maximumpayment rate. The preliminary mid-month price reported for December 2007was 57.20 cents per pound.

      The followingtable shows the average price received each month by farmers and the associatedweighted average price based on prices and cumulative marketings from August 1through November 30, 2007.

      The2007 Counter-cyclical payment rate authorized under the 2002 Farm Bill will bebased on the 12-month Weighted Average Price Received by growers. For cottonthe 12-month Weighted Average Price will reflect price and marketings for the2007 marketing year. The 2007 cotton marketing year began August 1, 2007 andends July 31, 2008.

AVERAGE PRICE RECEIVED FOR2007-CROP
UPLAND COTTON
(WEIGHTED BYMARKETINGS)

 

Marketings

Prices

 

(000's of Running bales)

(cents/Lb.)

 

Monthly

Cum.

Monthly

Weighted

August

1,762

1,762

44.90

44.90

September

373

2,135

52.00

46.14

October

949

3,084

55.20

48.93

November

1,464

4,548

57.00

51.53

December

n/a

n/a

57.20*

n/a

Source: National AgriculturalStatistics Service; * = preliminary

 

DATES SET FOR2008 TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION
SERVICE PRODUCTION CONFERENCES

      Helping farmers stay up onthe latest trends in crop production, marketing, and management is the numberone goal of High Plains crop production conferences. Sponsored by TexasAgriLife Extension Service, the Conferences will once again offer a bounty ofuseful production information for producers entering the 2008 growing season.

      For those that haven't heard,Texas AgriLife Extension Service is the new name of Texas CooperativeExtension, which provides Texans in all 254 counties with non-biased,research-based education programs and services in agriculture and naturalresources, 4-H and youth development, family and consumer sciences, andcommunity economic development.

      Also getting a new moniker isTexas AgriLife Research, formerly identified as the Texas AgriculturalExperiment Station, which annually conducts more than $150 million inagriculture and life-sciences research.

      This year's Extensionconferences are scheduled at multiple locations throughout the area during themonths of January and February to provide growers multiple opportunities toparticipate without having to travel too far from home.

      By attending the conferencesproducers can also earn continuing education units (CEUs) necessary to maintainprivate and commercial applicator licenses.

      A list of these meetings willbe maintained over the course of the next several weeks to update producers onany late additions to the meeting calendar and also keep them apprised of allremaining conference dates and locations.

 

2008 SOUTH PLAINS AGRICULTURECONFERENCES

 

Date:

Name/Location/Information:

Jan. 21

West Plains Cotton Conference

Location: South Plains College (Sundown Room), Levelland.

Information: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and conference will continue until 3:00 p.m. There is not a registration fee and 5 CEU's will be given. Call the Extension office in Hockley County at 806-894-3159 for more details.

Jan. 22

Caprock Crop Production Conference

Location: Pioneer Memorial Building, 101 West Main, Crosbyton.

Information: Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and conference will continue until 4:10 p.m. Registration fee is $25.00 if received before January 16 and add $10.00 if received after January 16 and 7.5 CEU's will be given. Call the Extension office in Floyd County at 806-983-4912 or Crosby County at 806-675-2347 for more details.

Jan. 23

Southern Mesa Agriculture Conference

Location: Movieland Theatre, 604 N. Austin Ave., Lamesa.

Information: Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. and conference will continue until 4:30 p.m. Registration fee is $20.00 and 5 CEU's will be given. Call the Extension office in Dawson County at 806-872-3444 for more details.

Jan. 24

Llano Estacado Cotton Conference

Location: Bailey County Coliseum, 2206 West American Blvd., Muleshoe.

Information: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. An agenda will be forthcoming after the first of the year. Call the Extension office in Bailey County at 806-272-4584 for more details.

Jan. 24

High Plains Vegetable Conference

Location: West Texas A&M University (Alumni Banquet Facility), Canyon.

Information: Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and conference will continue until 4:00 p.m. Registration fee is $25.00 if received by January 15 or $30.00 at the door and 6.5 CEU's are pending approval. Call Dr. Russ Wallace at 806-746-6101 for details.

Jan. 31 - Feb. 2

Extension agriculture seminars @ Southwest Farm & Ranch Show

Location: Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis (6th Street), Lubbock.

Information: Show hours are from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday – Saturday. Free admission and free parking. Call the Extension office in Lubbock County at 806-775-1680.

Feb. 1

Regional Irrigation Conference

Information: Call the Extension office in Lubbock County at 806-775-1680.

Feb. 5

Sandyland Agriculture Conference

Location: Gaines County Civic Building, 402 N.W. 5th, Seminole.

Information: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and conference will continue until 4:00 p.m. There is not a registration fee and a meal will be provided. Five CEU's are pending approval. Call the Extension office in Gaines County at 432-758-4006 for more details.

Feb. 6

South Plains Agriculture Conference

Location: American Legion Hall, 800 Seagraves Rd., Brownfield.

Information: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and conference will continue until 3:45 p.m. There is not a registration fee and a meal will be provided. Five CEU's are pending approval. Call the Extension office in Terry County at 806-637-4060 for more details.

Feb. 6

Hale and Swisher County Crops Conference

Information: Call the Extension office in Hale County at 806-291-5267 or Swisher County at 806-995-3726.

Feb. 20

Cotton Production Workshop

Information: Call the Extension office in Lubbock County at 806-775-1680.

 

 

2007-CROP HIGH PLAINS COTTON QUALITYSUMMARY

 

 

Week Ending January 3, 2008:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

92,639

21+

2.55

35.91

Lubbock

235,242

21+

2.54

35.94

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

4.14

29.67

80.79

9.4%

Lubbock

4.05

29.37

80.37

4.5%

 

 

Season Totals To Date:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

866,924

21+

2.30

36.10

Lubbock

2,743,286

21+

2.41

36.02

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

4.21

29.92

80.90

5.1%

Lubbock

4.07

29.63

80.64

2.0%

Source: USDA AMS Cotton Division