PCG's 53rd Annual Meeting, TCGA Trade Show
Highlight Cotton Industry's Busy Week

Friday, March 26, 2010                             By Shawn Wade

      Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. will conduct the organization's 53rd Annual Meeting on Friday, April 9, 2010. All High Plains cotton producers and allied industry are invited to attend. Meeting activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will start promptly at 9 a.m.

      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 8-9, 2010 in Lubbock.

      In addition to an outstanding speaker line-up, attendees at this year's PCG annual meeting will have an opportunity to win one of three $100 cash attendance prizes to be given away during the course of the meeting.

      Presentations at this year's PCG meeting will cover the Washington political landscape and the impact of current budget concerns on agriculture and trade policy; review the current cotton market situation and what may be in store for the 2010 production and marketing year; and, examine the role of conventional cotton breeding programs in the development of new and improved cotton germplasm.

      Current PCG president Barry Evans, of Kress, will preside over the meeting and PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett will report on the status of PCG operations and activities.

      Headlining PCG's 53rd Annual Meeting line-up are U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway, of Midland, and James R. (Jim) Wiesemeyer, of Washington, DC.

      Congressman Conaway, representing the 11th Congressional District of Texas, is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture. In addition to his position on the Agriculture Committee, Conaway also serves on the Intelligence, Armed Services and Ethics Committees.

      In the morning's Keynote address, Jim Wiesemeyer will share his view of the ag policy landscape and his opinion of what the future holds for the cotton industry and U.S. agriculture.

      With 30-plus years of experience covering agriculture in Washington, Wiesemeyer is Senior Vice President of the Washington Bureau of Informa Economics and considered the dean of Washington agricultural journalists.

      Rounding out the PCG program are Anthony Tancredi, President, Allenberg Cotton Co., of Cordova, TN; Dr. Jane Dever, Associate Professor and Cotton Breeder, Texas AgriLife Research, of Lubbock; and current NCC Chairman Eddie Smith, of Floydada.

      Allenberg Cotton's Tancredi has been asked to discuss the current cotton market situation, including issues driving the recent surge in cotton prices, and how projected changes in acreage and production could impact producers in 2010 and beyond.

      Dr. Jane Dever, Texas AgriLife Research cotton breeder at Lubbock, will discuss the role of conventional cotton breeding programs in the process of creating new cotton germplasm and the impact that biotechnology is having on the process of developing improved cotton varieties.

      Floydada's Eddie Smith, who was elected to NCC Chairman at the NCC Annual Meeting in Memphis, TN, has been asked to update the PCG membership on current activities of the National Cotton Council.

Don't Forget These Additional Special Events

      Three other special events will bookend this year's PCG Annual meeting. Kicking things off April 9 will be a Buffet Breakfast from 7:30-8:30 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 allied industry attending the day's second special event - the April 9th Ag Market Network conference call that will originate 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.


The Hand That Feeds U.S.



USDA Secretary Vilsack Announces
Cotton Board Appointments

March 24, 2010                             by Brad Robb, Cotton Board

      Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of 9 members and 10 alternate members to the Cotton Board. The members and alternates will serve a three-year term, ending December 31, 2012.

      "I am very pleased that these U.S. cotton producers and importers have agreed to provide their time and expertise to serve this industry," states Larkin Martin, Alabama Cotton Producer and Chairman of the Cotton Board.

      The re-appointed members are: Kevin Rogers, Producer, Arizona; Tommy Gary, Producer, Mississippi; Mark Williams, Producer, Texas; Janet Ydavoy, Importer, Florida; and Sonja Chapman, Importer, New Jersey.

      The re-appointed alternate members are: Ben Boyd, Producer, Georgia; Randy Braden, Producer, Texas; Linda Taylor, Producer, Texas; Carlos Moore, Importer, Washington D.C.; and Robert Mele, Importer, New York.

      The newly appointed members are: Jeff Posey, Producer, Texas; Teel Warbington, Producer, Georgia; Kimberly Pettit, Importer, North Carolina; and Monica Gorman, Importer, Pennsylvania.

      The newly appointed alternate members are: Adam Hatley, Producer, Arizona; Mark Wright, Producer, Texas; Craig Brown, Producer, Mississippi; Jonathan Brewer, Importer, California; and Chris Fisher, Importer, Wisconsin.

      Vilsack appointed Mark Wright to the alternate position in Texas. The term of this position ends in 2010.


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The CottonUSA Advantage

CCI-FAX – March 26, 2010

      COTTON USA promotion in Colombia increases sales of U.S. cotton children's wear. A COTTON USA promotion with Almacenes Exito, a key account for CCI Colombia, led to sales of children's wear representing 7,300 bales of U.S. cotton valued at $1.8 million. The promotion lasted one month and consisted of 80,000 direct mail advertisements addressed to current and potential consumers to increase sales for three COTTON USA Mark-licensed brands: GEF, Baby Fresh and MIC. Almacenes Exito is also licensed to use the COTTON USA Mark on its Coqui and CMX children's wear brands. In addition to the direct mail pieces 500,000 booklets featuring the COTTON USA Mark were distributed at stores to reach the majority of customers.

      COTTON USA Sourcing Program participates in the Apparel Sourcing Show 2010. Nine U.S. textile mills were showcased as part of the COTTON USA Sourcing Program during the event in Guatemala City. U.S. mills were featured in the show's directory, displayed throughout the show and on bags given to each attendee. CCI presented five fashion shows at its stand featuring garments from regional manufacturers that source their yarns and fabrics from the U.S. Two private events took place, one with Korean textile and garment makers, in an effort to strengthen the relationships between U.S. mills and the important Korean business community in Central America. The second event included several key companies from Central America and nine U.S. companies took part in the COTTON USA Pavilion: Antex Knitting Mills, Buhler Quality Yarns Corp.; Carolina Cotton Works, Inc.; Contempora Fabrics; Frontier Spinning Mills, Inc.; Hamrick Mills, Inc.; Parkdale; Tuscarora Yarns, Inc.; and Zagis USA.

      COTTON USA key account "Lotto" launches fashion show in Beijing. At its "STYLE YOU UP" 2010 spring/summer fashion show at D-PARK in Beijing, Lotto unveiled its special "Bicycle" series, made in collaboration with COTTON USA. To promote this series and showcase the shared spirit of a natural and healthy lifestyle, Lotto set up a large row of bicycles explaining the COTTON USA "Naturally in Love" campaign. More than 100 media and 200 guests attended the fashion show, including Italian officials and celebrities from various areas, such as Xu Jinglei and hot stylist Xiao P.

      Media representatives in attendance advocated COTTON USA's long-term commitment to a natural lifestyle and its shared spirit with Lotto – especially for the Bicycle series – and some media, including Good Housekeeping, were eager to learn more about future COTTON USA events in China.

      Grace International Company joins COTTON USA family in Japan. Grace International Company, a casual wear manufacturer, recently signed a COTTON USA license for their "Agi" and "Rubber Seoul" brand T-shirts. Grace International Company initially plans to label 15,000 pieces with the COTTON USA Mark for spring-summer.