TX Producers Assume NCC Leadership Roles;
Eddie Smith Named 2010 NCC Chairman

Friday, February 12, 2010                          By Shawn Wade

      Floydada, Texas, cotton producer Eddie Smith has been elected chairman of the National Cotton Council (NCC) for 2010. Smith's election occurred during the recently completed NCC annual meeting held in Memphis, TN, February 8-12.

      Smith assumes the Chairman's role after serving as the NCC's vice chairman in 2009 and succeeds Newellton, LA, producer Jon W. Hardwick. Joining Smith as the NCC's vice chairman for 2010 is Senath, MO, producer Charles H. Parker.

      Smith is a 1973 graduate of Texas Tech University earning a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics. Smith's current farming operations include cotton, cattle and grain operations near Floydada in partnership with his father, Ed, and son, Eric.

      Smith has served on numerous Council committees, including the NCC Environmental Task Force, and is a 1991 graduate of the Council's Cotton Leadership Program.

      Smith is a director of the Floydada Cooperative Gin and has served on the board of directors of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) since 1984 and was unanimously elected chairman of PCCA in 2004.

      A well-known leader at the national level, Smith is a past chairman and long-time director of Cotton Incorporated. He was also a member of the Blue Ribbon Farm Bill Committee of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and served as vice chairman of its Trade Working Group. He currently is a director of the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council.

      Elected as 2010 NCC vice presidents were: COOPERATIVE - Meredith B. Allen, Greenwood, MS, GINNER - Sid Brough, Edroy, TX; COTTONSEED - John C. Fricke, Pine Bluff, AR; and MERCHANT - G.W. Winburne, Peoria, AZ.

      Re-elected as NCC vice presidents were: WAREHOUSE - Shane Stephens, Greenwood, MS; and TEXTILE MANUFACTURER – Anderson C. Warlick, Gastonia, NC. Craig D. Shook, a Corpus Christi, TX, producer, was re-elected secretary-treasurer.

      Other Texas representatives elected to serve on the 2010 NCC Board were: Producers - Michael D. Alexander, Colorado City, TX, and James F. Dodson, Robstown, TX; Ginners - Lee Tiller, Odem, TX; Warehousemen - Ron Harkey, Lubbock, TX; Merchants - Philip R. Bogel, II, Dallas, TX; Manfred Schiefer, Lubbock, TX; and Eduardo L. Esteve, Dallas, TX; Cottonseed - Ronnie Gilbert, Lubbock, TX; Cooperatives - Wallace L. Darneille, Lubbock, TX; Manufacturers - Werner Bieri, Jefferson, GA; TX.


      During the NCC annual meeting cotton producer representatives to the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the National Cotton Council elected Robstown, TX, cotton producer James F. "Jimmy" Dodson as chairman of the ACP for 2010.

      Prior to his election Dodson served on and chaired various ACP committees, including his current chairmanship of the ACP Farm Policy Committee. He also has served on numerous NCC panels and currently chairs the NCC Farm Program & Economic Policy Committee and the Payment Eligibility Task Force.

      Joining Dodson as 2010 ACP vice chairman are Laurel Hill, NC producer Allen McLaurin; Rick Bransford, Lonoke, AR; and Clyde T. Sharp, Roll, AZ.

      Serving as Texas ACP state producer chairmen in 2010 are: Craig Heinrich, Lubbock; Doyle K. Schniers, San Angelo. Shawn L. Holladay, Lamesa; and Jon R. Whatley, Odem.

      Other 2010 ACP state producer chairmen include: Alabama - Neal Isbell, Muscle Shoals, and Walter L. Corcoran, Jr., Eufaula; Arizona - Paul Ollerton, Casa Grande, and Greg Wuertz, Casa Grande; Arkansas - Herrick F. Norcross, Tyronza; California - Ted Sheely, Lemoore; Florida - B. E. "Sonny" Davis, Jr., Cottondale; Georgia - Chuck Lee, Pembroke, and Ronald C. Lee, Bronwood; Kansas - Robert H. Miller, Wellington; Louisiana - Stephen E. Logan, Gilliam, and Thomas A. Parker, Lake Providence; Mississippi - Dan Branton, Leland; Missouri/Illinois - Steve Droke, Hornersville, MO; New Mexico - Carl Moore, El Paso, TX; North Carolina - Gary L. Respess, Pantego, and David M. Dunlow, Gaston; Oklahoma - Danny Robbins, V, Altus, and Joe D. White, Frederick; South Carolina - Roy Baxley, Dillon, and Kendall W. Wannamaker, Saint Matthews; Tennessee/Kentucky - Jimmy Moody, Dyersburg, TN; Virginia – J.W. Jones, Windsor; .


2009 Cotton Board Annual Report
Available Electronically February 12

Friday, February 12, 2010                                By Brad Robb

      Cotton Incorporated announced today their 2009 Annual Report is available online. This marks the first time the Annual Report has been designed exclusively for viewing on the Web.

      This paperless transition allows the report to house more information and offers the luxury of incorporating multimedia elements. The electronic report also saves Cotton Incorporated almost 50percent on production and distribution costs.

      The Annual Report, themed Models of Efficiency, explains how Cotton Incorporated is making the cotton industry progressively more efficient through their research and promotion efforts.

      President and CEO of Cotton Incorporated, J. Berrye Worsham, said this about the transition to an electronic annual report, "At the heart of efficiency is eliminating waste, be it materials, man-hours or dollars. It is only fitting that an annual report named Models of Efficiency should, itself, represent the theme. The elimination of paper, ink, the printing process and postal delivery service typically involved in the production of an annual report represents significant savings to Cotton Incorporated's bottom-line and to the environment."

      Both cotton growers and cotton importers can expect to receive a postcard in the mail, detailing where and how to view the report. The report can also be downloaded as a portable document format (PDF) file or you can request a disk containing the full Annual Report. To view the full 2009 Annual Report please log on to: www.cottoninc.com/2009-Annual-Report/


EQIP Addressing Texas Environmental
Resource Conservation Needs

Friday, February 12, 2010                         

      Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) accepts Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications year-round through a continuous sign-up process.

      Farmers and ranchers eligible for the financial assistance program will have the opportunity to incorporate conservation practices that address resource concerns on their land.

      The EQIP program, authorized in The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) provides voluntary conservation programs for private landowners that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals, optimize environmental benefits, and helps to meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.

      Landowners who face serious threats to soil, water and related natural resources will have the opportunity to participate in the EQIP program to receive educational, financial and technical assistance to install or implement structural, vegetative and management practices to address natural resource concerns.

      NRCS encourages producers to contact their local NRCS office in their county to develop a conservation plan as a first step in the application process.

      Under the new farm bill, producers will have options for incentive payments to address comprehensive resource concerns such as: Residue Management; Nutrient Management; Integrated Pest Management; and, Prescribed Grazing for Expired CRP.

      The types of priority practices that will be eligible for funding on the High Plains and South Plains regions under NRCS EQIP: Irrigation; Water Quantity and Quality; Invasive Species for Brush Management; Wildlife Habitat; and, Soil Erosion Control (wind and water).

      For more information about the Texas NRCS EQIP program, call the USDA-NRCS office in your county, listed under USDA in the Yellow Pages, or access the information on the Texas NRCS website at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov


2010 PCG Seed Cost Calculator

      The newly updated version of the PCG 2010 Seed Cost Calculator can be downloaded at http://www.plainscotton.org. The calculator has become a popular tool among producers interested in comparing seed and technology prices before making their final 2010 variety selections.

      The 2010 version of the spreadsheet includes listings for 109 conventional, Roundup Ready, Roundup Ready FLEX, GlyTol, Liberty Link, Bollgard II and Widestrike varieties, including numerous stacked gene versions of these technologies that will be available for sale in West Texas in 2010.


SURE Benefit Estimator Version 3.0

      The newest version of the Texas AgriLIFE Extension SURE Benefit Estimator now available and growers interested in using it are encouraged to download the new version 3.0 file.

      The file is currently available for download from the Plains Cotton Growers website, located at http://www.plainscotton.org, and from the South Plains Profitability Project website located at: http://southplainsprofit.tamu.edu. A copy of Microsoft Excel is required to view and use the estimator.

      The Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service developed the original SURE Benefit Estimator with assistance from Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. more than a year ago to help answer producer questions about the program.

      With an official release date of January 25, 2010, key changes made in version 3.0 include the incorporation of input spaces for data included on a producer's Farm Service Agency SURE Interim Report and a producer's crop insurance premium information on a unit-by-unit basis.

      Another useful adaptation included in version 3.0 is the ability to toggle the Summary page to display the estimated amount of benefit payable through the Farm Service Agency's initial sign-up procedure or an estimation of the total amount of SURE benefit that might be payable once all SURE program features are implemented.

      These changes will allow the spreadsheet to more accurately calculate SURE guarantee amounts, including adjustments provided through implementation of provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the amount of crop insurance premium a grower may deduct from their calculated total revenue.


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:









21+ - 33.0%

31 - 37.2%





21+ - 23.4%

31 - 58.6%




















Season Totals To Date:









21+ - 72.4%

31 - 24.6%





21+ - 50.1%

31 - 41.7%


















Source: USDA AMS


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