CERTIFICATION DELAY PROMPTS TBWEF TO
REVISE PAYMENT SCHEDULE FOR 2008 ASSESSMENTS

Friday, July 25, 2008                                  By Shawn Wade

      Thanks to a 30-day extensionof the 2008 crop acreage certification deadline by the USDA Farm ServiceAgency, it appears that 2008 boll weevil eradication assessment notices will bemailed to Texas cotton producers later than originally planned.

      For cotton producers in thesix eradication zones that span Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.'s 41-county servicearea, 2008 TBWEF assessment notices are now anticipated to go in the mailSeptember 18, pushing the assessment due dates in those zones back to October21.

      Notall Texas boll weevil eradication zones share the same anticipated mailing andassessment due dates. A list of all currently active Texas boll weevileradication zones and their anticipated assessment processing dates is includedbelow.

2008 Texas Boll WeevilEradication Program

Key Assessment Dates

Zone

Anticipated Billing Date

2 Percent Discount Date

Assessment Due Date

Lower Rio Grande Valley

July 14

July 31

August 15

South Texas/Winter Garden

July 14

July 31

August 15

Upper Coastal Bend

July 14

July 31

August 15

Southern Blacklands

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Northern Blacklands

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

El Paso/Trans Pecos

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Southern Rolling Plains

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Rolling Plains Central

Sept. 11

Sept. 29

October 14

Western High Plains

Sept. 18

October 6

October 21

Permian Basin

Sept. 18

October 6

October 21

St. Lawrence

Sept. 18

October 6

October 21

Northwest Plains

Sept. 18

October 6

October 21

Northern High Plains

Sept. 18

October 6

October 21

Panhandle Zone

Sept. 18

October 6

October 21

Southern High Plains/Caprock

Sept. 18

October 6

October 21

Northern Rolling Plains

Sept. 25

October 13

October 28

Source: Texas Boll WeevilEradication Foundation

      Assessment calculations arebased on information cotton producers provide the Farm Service Agency when theycertify their crops. If growers find an error in the information on theirbilling, they will need to correct the information at their local FSA officeand forward the corrected information to the Texas Boll Weevil EradicationFoundation.

      The2008 assessment rates in the six High Plains zones are as shown on thefollowing table.

2008 Boll Weevil Assessment Rates

High Plains Eradication Zones

Zone

Dryland Rate

Irrigated Rate

Northern High Plains

$1.50

$1.50

Northwest Plains

$2.00

$4.00

Panhandle

$3.00

$3.00

Permian Basin

$6.00

$12.00

Southern High Plains/Caprock

$2.00

$3.00

Western High Plains

$3.00

$6.00

Source: Texas Boll WeevilEradication Foundation

      The TBWEF Board of Directorsapproved assessment rates for all active boll weevil eradication zones earlierin the year. Payments in the six High Plains zones are expected to be dueOctober 21, but a 2 percent discount is available to growers who pay the fullassessment by October 6, 2008.

      With the significant numberof cotton acres lost so far, the 2008 failed acreage policies of the differentHigh Plains eradication zones is also of interest to cotton growers. Thosepolicies essentially break down two ways in 2008.

      In three of the six HighPlains zones, Northwest Plains, Northern High Plains and Southern HighPlains/Caprock, growers with failed acres are eligible to request and receive a100 percent credit on their boll weevil assessment for any acreage destroyedduring the growing season and not harvested.

      In the other three zones,Panhandle, Permian Basin, and Western High Plains, ONLY growers who failedtheir acreage prior to the final FSA acreage certification date of August 15will be eligible to receive a 100 percent credit on the destroyed acres.Producers must certify failed acres with FSA and provide documentation to theTBWEF to receive the assessment credit.

      Formore information contact the Foundation's Assessments Department in Abilene at(866) 672-2800.

CAROLINAS HOST SOUTHWEST PRODUCERS

Friday, July 25,2008                                  By Shawn Wade

      Southwest cottonproducers visited North and South Carolina July 20-25 during the second 2008Cotton Foundation Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program tour.

      The Southwestparticipants include: Texas producers, Keith Corzine, Stamford; JasonDobrovolny, Littlefield; Eli Droll, Miles; Chad Halfmann, Garden City; DonaldHouser, Corpus Christi; and Mark Lamon, D'Hanis; Oklahoma producers, ReidNichols, Oklahoma City; and Justin Waldroop, Hollister; and Kansas producer,Bob Kaufman, McPherson.

      The P.I.E.program exposes US cotton producers to innovative cotton production practicesin regions different than their own. The program, which is in its 20th year, issupported by the Foundation via a grant from Bayer CropScience.

     After an orientationon July 20, the Southwest group toured the headquarters of Cotton Incorporatedand Bayer CropScience in Cary, NC, on July 21.

      Next on theagenda for the group was a trip to Scotland Neck, NC, on July 22 where theytoured Josey Farms and Harvey Farms. Mid-week found the group visiting the ZVPate operation in Laurel Hill, NC, and Domtar Paper Company and the FrankRogers Farm in Bennettsville, SC.

     July24 the Southwest group visited the Bayer Research Center in Sellers, SC, beforereturning to North Carolina for a tour of the Hanes textile operation inSanford. The tour wrapped up July 25 with a tour of cotton and tobaccoproduction at Denning Farms in Benson, NC.

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