52nd PCG Annual Meeting & TCGA Trade Show
Top Busy Week For Cotton In The Hub City

Friday, March 27, 2009                                                                             By Shawn Wade

                  Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. is pleased to announce it will conduct the organization's 52nd Annual Meeting on Friday, April 3, 2009. PCG's meeting will be held in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners Association Convention and Trade Show April 2-3, 2009 in Lubbock.

                  PCG's Annual Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. Immediately following the Annual meeting the PCG Board will convene for its April Board of Directors meeting.

                  All High Plains cotton producers and allied industry members are invited to attend the PCG Annual Meeting April 3. PCG's Annual meeting will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. The PCG Board will begin its meeting at 1:30 p.m.

                  Highlights of the 52nd PCG Annual Meeting include an overview of the current political climate and the potential impact it will have on agriculture and trade policy and implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill; a review of the industry's international marketing efforts conducted through Cotton Council International (CCI); and conclude with an entertaining look at what the future holds for agriculture from this year's keynote Dr. Lowell Catlett, an internationally known futurist whose presentations are highlighted by his up-beat delivery and thought-provoking views on trends impacting agriculture, the environment, education and more.

                  Current PCG president Barry Evans, of Kress, Texas, will preside over the meeting and PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett will report on the status of PCG operations and activities. Additional information about the PCG Annual Meeting and a final program will be available to attendees prior to the meeting.

                  Three other special events will bookend this year's PCG Annual meeting. Kicking things off April 3 will be a Buffet Breakfast from 7:00-8:30 a.m. in the Civic Center Banquet Hall sponsored by Monsanto and Delta & Pine Land Company.

                  Breakfast will be provided free to all PCG Annual Meeting participants as well as cotton producers and industry people interested in attending the day's second special event - the April 3rd Ag Market Network conference call that will broadcast live from the Civic Center Banquet Hall beginning at 7:30 a.m.

                  Completing the morning's special activities will be the annual Fibermax Cotton Seed luncheon for PCG Annual meeting participants and members of the Fibermax "One Ton Club" immediately following the conclusion of the PCG meeting. Lunch will be served in the Civic Center Banquet Hall.

Keynote Address: Dr. Lowell Catlett

                  Dr. Lowell Catlett is Dean and Chief Administrative Officer for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at New Mexico State University. He is an internationally recognized futurist who shares his views on technology and the impact of technology on our day-to-day lives with people around the world.

                  Dr. Catlett's appearance is sponsored by Monsanto and Delta and Pine Land Company.

                  A Texas native, Dr. Catlett received his doctorate in Economics from Iowa State University and is a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Defense and Labor. He has also been a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies.

                  Joining Dr. Catlett on the program will be John Maguire, senior vice president, Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council of America, and Alan Terhaar, executive director of Cotton Council International.

                  In his role as chief lobbyist for the U.S. cotton industry in Washington, DC, Maguire has over twenty years of experience navigating the political landscape of Washington on behalf of the U.S. cotton industry. Maguire has been asked to discuss the current political climate in Washington relative to agriculture and trade and to update the PCG membership on the status of 2008 Farm Bill implementation efforts.

                  Terhaar, will discuss the U.S cotton industry's international marketing efforts conducted through Cotton Council International. CCI is the export promotion arm of the National Cotton Council of America. With operations in more than fifty countries, CCI is dedicated to increasing exports of U.S. cotton and cotton products.

                  CCI is funded by private contributions from the U.S. cotton industry and also receives funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for export market development. CCI sponsors a wide range of trade services geared to enhancing cotton textile executives' knowledge of U.S. cotton, cotton products and the U.S. industry. CCI also carries out consumer advertising and retail promotions featuring the COTTON USA Mark, and works with spinners, manufacturers and brands to promote quality cotton products at retail.


Space Is Limited For Cotton Incorporated's
Free Cotton Marketing Workshop April 1

                  Get your calendars out and plan to attend this year's "Cotton Price Risk Management and Pricing Strategies Seminar." Sponsored by Cotton Incorporated in cooperation with Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., the free seminar is designed to help producers develop and sharpen their individual cotton marketing skills and develop market-based strategies for managing price risk for the 2009 cotton marketing season.

                  This year's workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Towers, located at 801 Avenue Q in Lubbock. The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided to all workshop participants.

                  Workshop topics include: "Why are options on cotton futures critical to your business?"; "What can options do for you and how?"; and, "Actionable hedging strategies."

                  Instructors for this year's seminar will be retired Texas A&M Extension Economist Dr. Carl Anderson, Dr. John Robinson of Texas A&M University, and Mr. Mike Stevens of Swiss Financial.

                  The program will also include a Market Outlook by Cotton Marketing Specialist Dr. O.A. Cleveland and a session on practical application of the skills and information provided during the workshop by Cotton Specialist Mike Stevens.

                  For information about the conference contact Kay Wriedt at Cotton Incorporated (919-678-2271) or Shawn Wade at Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. (806-792-4904).

                  Registration is required for the conference and participants can register by telephone or email. Telephone registrations should be directed to Kay Wriedt (919-678-2271). Email registrations should be addressed to: kwriedt@cottoninc.com



Lamesa Cotton Growers Schedules 2009
Annual Meeting For April 2 At 10:00 a.m.

Friday, March 27, 2009                                                                             By Shawn Wade

                  Lamesa Cotton Growers Inc. will hold its' 2009 Annual meeting on Thursday, April 2 beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Dawson County Community Building, located at the intersection of South 8th and Houston, in Lamesa. Lunch will be served at Noon.

                  Highlighting this year's program is John Maguire, Senior Vice President-Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council of America. In addition to Maguire the meeting will include reports from Plains Cotton Growers President Barry Evans, Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation Chairman Woody Anderson, and Lamesa Cotton Classing Office Director Ralph Cummings. Dawson County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Joe Hefner and Dawson County Texas AgriLife Extension agent Jeff Wyatt will also present reports to the Lamesa Cotton Growers membership.

                  According to the agenda, the Noon Luncheon will be followed by a Panel discussion about the Farm Bill. Panelist for this portion of the meeting include: the NCC's Maguire; Dr. Joe Outlaw, Texas AgriLife Extension Economist; and Darren Owens, Chief, Common Management Price Support Division for the Texas State Farm Service Agency.


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Editor's Note:

"Cotton News", a weekly service of Plains Cotton Growers to the cotton industry and news media in the 41-county High Plains area, is mailed from Lubbock each Friday. Its contents are confined to news items and comments pertaining to the High Plains cotton industry which is so vital to us all. Anyone interested in making comments about the contents of this column can call 806-792-4904 or Email PCG at: cotnews@plainscotton.org