Texas Producers Direct Key Cotton Research
Through Cotton Inc. State Support Program
Friday, July 18, 2008 By Shawn Wade
Members of the Cotton IncorporatedTexas State Support Committee met in Austin Tuesday, July 15 to review andselect cotton research projects for State Support funding in 2009.
The Committee, comprised ofcotton growers from across Texas, worked out preliminary plans to allocate over$1.2 million in 2009 research funds available through the Cotton IncorporatedState Support Program. Texas State Support Committee members from the HighPlains participating in this year’s Texas State Support Committee meetingincluded James Brown of Muleshoe, Jackie Burris of Wellman and Dale Swinburn ofTahoka.
TheState Support Program (SSP) returns 7.5 percent of the most recent three-yearaverage of cotton producer contributions to the CI budget back to cottonproducing states each year. The CI State Support Program provides anopportunity for cotton producers to direct an extensive array of researchactivity addressing the important production, processing and marketing issuesthey face.
WithinTexas CI State Support Program funds are allocated based on a formula that usesone-half of available funds for projects deemed relevant on a statewide basis.The remaining money is further divided among the State’s nine growing regionsbased on each region’s percentage of statewide production averaged over themost recent three growing seasons.
Basedon this allocation structure, High Plains producer leaders selected projectsfor 2009 funding totaling $418,254. A total of 19 research projects wereselected during the July 15 meeting for funding from the High Plains’ share ofprojected 2009 Texas State Support Program funds.
Researchersat the Texas Tech University (TTU) College of Agricultural Sciences and NaturalResources, the TTU Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, USDA AgriculturalResearch Service Cropping Systems Research Laboratory, Texas AgriLifeExtension, and Texas AgriLife Research will conduct the selected High Plainsprojects.
Researchpriorities that will be addressed by 2009 research projects include geneticimprovement; disease resistance, irrigation and fertilization management; pestmanagement; harvesting and ginning; spinning performance; and marketing andeconomics.
Afinal listing of approved projects will be compiled and released, along withfinal funding levels, by Cotton Incorporated staff later in the year.
CILaunches On-line Natural Resource Survey
Friday, July 18, 2008 By Shawn Wade
U.S.cotton growers checking their mailboxes earlier this week are likely to havefound a letter from Cotton Incorporated inviting them to participate in a new “NaturalResource Survey.” The survey is designed to gather important informationdetailing the high level of environmental stewardship exercised by U.S. cottonproducers on their farms.
CottonIncorporated began accepting responses from the U.S. cotton producers asked toparticipate in its newly created “Natural Resource Survey” on July 15.
Accordingto Dr. Kater Hake, vice president, Agricultural Research, Cotton Incorporated,the survey could become one of the most important information gathering toolsin which U.S. cotton producers are ever be asked to participate.
“Resultsfrom the “Natural Resource Survey” will literally form a foundation for andhelp guide the efforts of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program over thenext several years,” explains Hake.
Accordingto Hake, the U.S. cotton industry has a unique opportunity to benefit from theincreased scrutiny consumers are applying to food, fiber and feed productionaround the world.
“Wehave the most transparent and safety-conscious agricultural system relative toother major cotton producing countries,” adds Hake. “The U.S. cotton industryhas made great strides in production efficiency gains and results from thissurvey will show the true extent of modern cotton production’s environmentalstewardship.”
Thereis no log-in to participate in the 20 minute on-line survey because individualresponses are not being tracked, however Hake and staff do ask that producerstake the survey only once and only if they have production responsibility for acotton farming operation.
“Producerinput will be anonymous, so we hope all participants will be comfortable intruthfully answering our questions,” says Hake.
Werealize that producers get numerous requests for information, so we appreciateyour willingness to participate in this Cotton Incorporated survey and if youwant to learn more about this program or the other activities of CottonIncorporated please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org,” concludes Hake.
CAC: Cotton Industry PAC Gearing Up
To Support Cotton’s Friends In Nov. Elections
Friday, July 18, 2009 By Shawn Wade
The U.S. cotton industry isgearing up for the Fall 2008 election season and needs your support to helpcotton’s friends in what are destined to be pivotal Presidential andCongressional elections this November.
One of the most effectiveways to help spread cotton’s message is through a donation to the industry’sPolitical Action Committee (PAC) - the Committee for the Advancement of Cotton(CAC).
Visit PCG on the Web: WWW.PLAINSCOTTON.ORG
By pooling the resources ofcotton producers across the nation, the CAC is an effective way to collectivelysupport members of Congress that support cotton and make a difference on issuesaffecting our industry.
CAC is sponsored by theNational Cotton Council of America. Established to encourage participation ingovernment by individuals in every segment of the industry, CAC contributes itsresources to the election of candidates for federal office who support themajority of views of the cotton industry as reflected in the National CottonCouncil’s policies and positions.
Requests for support fromindividual candidates for federal office are reviewed by a steering committee,which represents each segment of the cotton industry, along with the executivestaff of the National Cotton Council.
When sending a donation tothe CAC, growers are reminded that CAC contributions can only come fromindividuals or partnerships. No corporate contributions can be accepted.
Checks should be made payableto “Committee for the Advancement of Cotton” and can be sent to the PCG Officeor mailed directly to the NCC at:
Committee for the Advancement ofCotton
P.O. Box 820285
Memphis, TN 38182-0285
FSAReminds Growers Of August 1
County Committee Nomination Deadline
Teresa Lasseter, administratorof USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), today reminded farmers, ranchers and otheragricultural producers that they have until August 1, 2008, to nominateeligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
“County committees are importantbecause they help deliver federal programs, which is an important aspect of ourservice to agriculture,” Lasseter said. “I encourage all producers to getinvolved by nominating eligible candidates to serve on county committees.
“I especially urge producersto nominate beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as minorities and women.Helping beginning farmers and ranchers is a USDA priority under the new farmbill. Having these producers in the county committees will help us build astrong future for our next generation of agricultural businesses andcommunities.”
FSA county committees helplocal farmers through their decisions on commodity price support loans,conservation programs and disaster programs, and by working closely with countyexecutive directors.
To hold office as a countycommittee member, a person must participate or cooperate in a programadministered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election andreside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.
A complete list ofeligibility requirements and additional information are posted online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov; click on the "FSA Counts onYou" Spotlight.
Individuals may nominatethemselves or others as candidates. FSA encourages beginning farmers andranchers, as well as minorities and women, to file a nomination form on theirown behalf.
All nominees must signnomination form FSA-669A, which includes a statement that the nominee agrees toserve if elected. Form FSA-669A is available at USDA Service Centers andonline at the Web site listed above. All nomination forms for the 2008 electionmust be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close ofbusiness on August 1, 2008.
The county committeenomination period began June 15. Voting takes place in the fall. Ballots willbe mailed to eligible voters by November 3. The final day to return votedballots to the local USDA Service Center is December 1. Newly elected countycommittee members take office January 1, 2009.