Friday, March 28, 2008                              By Shawn Wade

      PlainsCotton Growers, Inc. will conduct the organization’s 51st Annualmeeting on April 4, 2008. Immediately following the Annual meeting the PCGBoard will convene for its April Board of Directors meeting.

      AllHigh Plains cotton producers and allied industry members are invited to attendboth PCG meetings on April 4. PCG’s Annual meeting will begin with registrationat 8:30 a.m. while the PCG Board will begin its meeting at 1:30 p.m.

      Bothmeetings are being held in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial CivicCenter in conjunction with the 2008 Texas Cotton Ginners Association Conventionand Trade Show, April 3-4, in Lubbock.

      PCGExecutive Vice President Steve Verett says anyone interested in learning moreabout what has been going on in the cotton futures market should try to attendPCG’s Board of Directors meeting April 4.

      “Weare very pleased to announce that Allenberg Cotton Company President AnthonyTancredi from Memphis, TN, and Plains Cotton Cooperative Association Presidentand CEO Wallace Darnielle have agreed to lead a discussion with the PCG Boardof Directors about what has happened in the cotton futures market,” saidVerett.

      “Inlight of recent events we felt it important to focus a significant portion ofour April Board agenda on this issue,” explains Verett. “To do that, we havesecured the participation of two nationally respected cotton marketingexecutives to sit down with the PCG Board to discuss what has been happening inthe market. I believe that this will be a valuable discussion that manyproducers will be interested in hearing.”

      Priorto the PCG Board meeting the organization will hold its 51st Annualmeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. Congressman Randy Neugebauer of Lubbockhighlights this year’s Annual meeting line-up. Rep. Neugebauer, a member of theHouse Agriculture Committee, will provide the PCG membership with his thoughtson the farm bill and discuss key issues important to the High Plainsagriculture industry.

      JoiningRep. Neugebauer from Washington is PCG’s keynote speaker Jerry Hagstrom.Hagstrom, a Washington, DC-based political and agricultural analyst, is aSpecial Correspondent for the National Journal’s Congress Daily and willpresent his thoughts on the political landscape heading into the 2008presidential election and the potential impact of these results on future U.S.agriculture and trade policy, including the new farm bill.

      PCG’sthird featured speaker is John Miller, founder of Southwest AgribusinessConsulting, Inc. in Caldwell, Texas. Miller will discuss the outlook forcommodity and energy prices and the market forces that are at work shapingproducer decisions heading into the 2008 production season.

      Roundingout the program will be reports from PCG President Mike Hughes, of Lamesa, PCGExecutive Vice President Steve Verett and Plains Cotton Improvement ProgramCommittee Chairman Dale Swinburn of Tulia.

      Threeother special events will bookend this year’s PCG Annual meeting. Kickingthings off April 4 will be a Buffet Breakfast from 7:00-8:30 a.m. in the CivicCenter Banquet Hall sponsored by Monsanto and Delta & Pine Land Company.

      Breakfastwill be provided free to all PCG Annual Meeting participants as well as cottonproducers and industry people interested in attending the day’s second specialevent - the April 4th Ag Market Network conference call that will broadcastlive from the Civic Center Banquet Hall beginning at 7:30 a.m.

      Completingthe morning’s special activities will be the annual Fibermax Cotton Seedluncheon for PCG Annual meeting participants and members of the Fibermax “OneTon Club” immediately following the conclusion of the PCG meeting. Lunch willbe served in the Civic Center Banquet Hall.



Friday, March 28, 2008                              By Shawn Wade

      Harvesting,irrigation and pest management methods will be discussed at two free BestManagement Practices training seminars being offered by Texas AgriLifeExtension Service and the National Cotton Council.

      Themeetings will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 at the MooreCounty Community Building in Dumas, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. onWednesday, April 2 at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, according to Dr.Randy Boman, AgriLife Extension cotton agronomist in Lubbock. Presenters willbe from AgriLife Extension, Texas AgriLife Research and Texas Tech University.

      Extensionand research personnel and crop consultants from across the Cotton Belt workedtogether to develop a set of best management practices cotton growers canincorporate into their operations to increase the efficiency and costeffectiveness of their overall production systems.

      Twopublications, entitled “The First Forty Days” and “Fruiting to Finish,” weregenerated as a result of this collaboration and form the basis of the BMPworkshops in Dumas and Lubbock. The workshops are designed to generate in-depthdiscussions of variety selection, pest management and harvest practices,including deciding weighing the option of switching from stripper to pickerharvesting.

      Continuingeducation units will be offered for certified crop advisors and for those whoneed credits from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico departments ofagriculture.


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      Seatingis limited and growers who are interested in attending the workshops shouldRSVP concerning the meeting they want to attend. For more information and toreserve your spot contact Dr. Boman at 806-746-6101 or r-boman@tamu.edu, or contact the National CottonCouncil’s Bill Robertson by email at BMP@cotton.org. Participants are asked to providecontact information including their name, an e-mail address and a phone numberwhen submitting their RSVP for the workshop.

      Lunch will be provided toparticipants at both workshops. Bayer CropScience sponsored the two papers andwill sponsor the workshops.


Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

51st Annual Meeting


Friday, April 4, 2008
Lubbock Mem. CivicCenter • 8:30 a.m.


Special Guest:

Congressman Randy Neugebauer


Featured Speakers:

Jerry Hagstrom

Political and Agricultural Analyst& Reporter,

Washington, DC


John Miller
SouthwestAgribusiness Consulting, Inc.

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

Board of Directors Meeting


Friday, April 4, 2008
Lubbock Mem. CivicCenter • 1:30 p.m.




      Get your calendars out andplan to attend this year’s “Cotton Price Risk Management and Pricing StrategiesSeminar” sponsored by Cotton Incorporated in cooperation with Plains CottonGrowers, Inc.

      The free seminar is designedto help producers develop and sharpen their individual cotton marketing skillsand develop market-based strategies for managing price risk for the 2008marketing season.

      This year’s workshop will beheld on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Towers, locatedat 801 Avenue Q in Lubbock. The workshop will run from 8:30 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?”; and, “Actionable hedging strategies.”

      Instructors for this year’sseminar will be retired Texas A&M Extension Economist Dr. Carl Anderson andMr. Mike Stevens of Swiss Financial.

      The program will also includea 2008 Production Cost Outlook by Dr. John Robinson of Texas A&M University;a Market 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 Stevens.

      For information about theconference contact Jeanne Reeves at Cotton Incorporated (919-678-2370) or ShawnWade at Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. (806-792-4904).

      Registration is required forthe conference and participants can register by telephone or email. Telephoneregistrations should be directed to Kay Wriedt (919-678-2271). Emailregistrations should be addressed to: kwriedt@cottoninc.com