TTU Students Chosen For Spring 2010
Washington DC Internships

Friday, December 18, 2009                       By Shawn Wade

      Five Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) students have been selected to fill congressional internship slots in Washington, DC in the Spring of 2010.

      The students will be working in the congressional offices of three Texas members of the House of Representatives and in the staff offices for the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture and the Senate Agriculture Committee.

      Students selected to participate in the Spring internships, and the offices they will be working in, are: Laramie Adams, Gustine, Texas - Senate Agriculture Committee (majority office); Jennifer Blackburn, Broadview, New Mexico - House Committee on Agriculture (minority office); Zach Gilbert, Sweetwater, Texas - Congressman Kevin Brady; Madelon Osborne, Menard, Texas - Congressman Mike Conaway; and Shelby Stokes, Afton, Texas - Congressman Mac Thornberry.

      The TTU CASNR Government Internship Program was organized in 1998 and provided internship opportunities for 71 students in Washington, DC and Austin, Texas through the Fall of 2009. Spring 2010 interns will bring total TTU government internship placements to 76.

      The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Texas Corn Producers Board originally established the program. Others who have joined in supporting the program include Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Peanut Producers, Texas Wheat Producers, Mr. Dan Taylor, Texas Farm Bureau, South Texas Cotton and Grain and others.

      For additional information about the internship program contact Dr. Norman Hopper, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, or Jane B. Piercy, Director of Development and External Relations, TTU CASNR, at 806-742-2808.

 

2010 Beltwide Just Around The Corner;
Early Online Registration Remains Open Until 12/23

      The 2010 Beltwide Cotton Conference is near and growers are encouraged to mark their calendars and make plans to be there. This year's Beltwide Conferences will be held January 4-7 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

      Earlier this month the National Cotton Council (NCC) announced that early registration for the 2010 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC) had been extended until December 23, 2009. Individuals planning to attend who have not yet made their arrangements can register and make housing reservations online at http://www.cotton.org/beltwide/

      Full conference information including final program details, housing information, continuing education unit offerings and information about spouse programs and tours is also available from the BWCC website. A printed program will be made available at the meetings, which promise to offer a wealth of information at a location enjoyable for the entire family.

 

2009 High Plains Cotton Quality Summary

      The following is a summary of the cotton classed at the Lubbock and Lamesa USDA Cotton Division Cotton Classing Offices for the 2009 production season.

 

Current Week:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

86,993

21+ - 76.7%

31 – 20.4%

2.62

35.48

Lubbock

204,911

21+ - 43.4%

31 – 44.8%

3.24

35.74

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

3.85

29.32

80.10

18.5%

Lubbock

3.45

28.97

79.73

53.8%

 

 

Season Totals To Date:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

819,327

21+ - 74.6%

31 – 22.9%

2.70

35.66

Lubbock

2,096,315

21+ - 51.8%

31 – 40.7%

3.20

35.95

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

4.03

29.70

80.35

19.0%

Lubbock

3.65

29.72

80.16

32.1%

Source: USDA AMS

 

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