"Water in Texas" Workshop September 1

Friday, Lubbock, Texas                              By Shawn Wade

      The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Wes-Tex RC&D, and the Texas Dispute Resolution Systemª, are co-sponsoring a "Water in Texas" Workshop focusing on one of our most precious natural resources.

"Water in Texas" Workshop

September 1, 2010

8:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

USDA-ARS Plant Stress and Water Conservation Laboratory

3819 4th Street, Lubbock, TX

      Registration is free and begins at 8:15 a.m. The meeting also includes a complimentary lunch. Please call the Office of Dispute Resolution of Lubbock County (toll free: 1-866-329-3522) by August 30, 2010 to RSVP and reserve a place at this informative workshop.

      "In West Texas where rainfall is limited and our primary source of underground water, the Ogallala Aquifer has continued to decline, we recognize the importance of this precious resource," said Chuck Smith, President of the Wes-Tex RC&D Board of Directors. "As our state's population increases the demand for this resource will increase and the demand will lead to more disputes and regulations in an effort to manage the use of our water resources".

      "Those interested in our water resources need to come join us and listen to our panel of experts discuss the status, trends, and future management implications of this valuable resource," said Smith.

      The list below includes topics of discussion and speakers for the event.

á   "Playa Lakes and Wetland Determinations"
Kelly Attebury, Soil Scientist, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Service

á   "Surface Water Regulations and Permits"
Joseph Hopkins, Environmental Investigator, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

á   "Groundwater Resources"
Jim Conkwright, General Manager High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1

á   "Texas Water Law Issues and Trends"
- Brad B. Castleberry, Attorney, Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C., Austin, TX

á   "USDA Rural Mediation and the Texas Rural Mediation Servicesª Program in Texas"
- D. Gene Valentini, Director, Office of Dispute Resolution of Lubbock County


CA/AZ Producers Get Up Close View of
High Plains Production Practices On PIE Tour

Friday, Lubbock, Texas                              By Shawn Wade

      Eight California and Arizona cotton producers arrived on the Texas High Plains August 22 to take part in the 2010 Southwest Producer Information Exchange Tour. While they were here the group met with local producers and learned how cotton is grown in the US's largest cotton production region.

      Bayer CropScience sponsors the Producer Information Exchange Program through a grant to the Cotton Foundation. Since the program's inception 22 years ago over 900 U.S. cotton producers have participated in the PIE program.

      The PIE program enables cotton producers to improve yields and fiber quality along with boosting their overall operation's efficiency by: 1) gaining new perspectives in such fundamental practices as land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting; and 2) observing firsthand the unique ways in which their innovative peers are using new and existing technology.

      Participating in the 2010 Southwest tour were: Melvin Amarel, Yuba City, CA; Melissa Bagnall, Coolidge, AZ; Michael Bagnall, Coolidge, AZ; Jeffrey Larson, Thatcher, AZ; Justin Layton, Thatcher, AZ; John Mendes, Riverdale, CA; Zachary Sheely, Lemoore, CA; and, Wayne Stuhr, Welton, AZ.

      During their stay, the group interacted with High Plains cotton producers and past PIE Tour participants; toured a Lubbock area farm to observe irrigation and production practices common to the High Plains region; and visited the American Cotton Growers Denim Mill in Littlefield, TX.

      The tour began with a seminar hosted by PIE sponsor Bayer CropScience on August 23. Steve Nichols, Bayer CropScience U.S. agronomic manager, welcomed the group to Lubbock and presented an overview of Bayer CropScience's cotton program.

      During the seminar, PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett familiarized the group with Plains Cotton Growers, the role that PCG and other regional producer organizations serve within the industry, and provided information about the region's cotton production. Dr. Randy Boman, Extension Cotton Specialist from Lubbock, rounded out the program with a discussion of High Plains cotton production practices and the challenges that face High Plains cotton producers.

      From Lubbock the group traveled to Corpus Christi, TX to meet with representatives of other Texas cotton interest organizations in South Texas; toured the world famous King Ranch; and met fellow growers and toured grower fields in the region which is currently harvesting 2010-crop cotton.


CCI Promotes U.S. Cotton At Colombiamoda 2010;
TTU "Denim Runway" Competition Winners Attend

CCI- FAX August 7, 2010

      The COTTON USA Sourcing Program promoted U.S. cotton yarns and fabrics at the Colombiamoda trade show July 27-29. All eleven Sourcing Program member mills were featured at the COTTON USA booth and in advertising throughout the show. Three Sourcing Program mills, Buhler Quality Yarns, Frontier Spinning Mills, and Tuscarora Yarns attended the show and visited a total of 29 Colombian textile manufacturers in Bogota and Medellin in order to enhance business relationships and share information about the U.S. cotton textile industry.

      Stephanie Hartwig and Becca Pierce of Texas Tech University's (TTU) College of Human Sciences and winners of the "Denim Runway" student design competition co-sponsored by CCI, PCCA and TTU, attended Colombiamoda to learn about the U.S. cotton textile industry and garment manufacturing companies throughout the Western Hemisphere and to serve as ombudsmen for COTTON USA.

      Approximately 8,500 people visited Colombiamoda, including nearly 7,000 local buyers and 1,400 international buyers. COTTON USA obtained free press valued at $93,000.

      At Colombiamoda, COTTON USA sponsored the launch of Aritex de Colombia's new line of 100 percent cotton women's and men's athletic apparel featuring knit fabrics by COTTON USA licensee Fabricato Tejicondor, finished with Cotton Incorporated's Wicking WindowsTM technology. The COTTON USA Mark and Cotton Incorporated's Seal of Cotton were displayed at the Aritex booth in order to reinforce the U.S. cotton industry's support of this new product line.

      The booth attracted heavy foot traffic. Aritex de Colombia contributed $23,300 to the activity, more than three times CCI's investment of USDA Market Access Program funds.

      COTTON USA also supported the launch of Angel Ya–ez's 100 percent cotton men's underwear featuring knit fabrics by COTTON USA licensee Protela S.A. Angel Ya–ez has a strong market position among high-income Colombian consumers and is seeking to serve export markets with this new line. The COTTON USA Mark was highly visible at the brand's trade show booth.

      Two of the largest Colombian mattress companies, Americana de Colchones and Colchones Spring, participated in the trade show under the theme "COTTON USA Sleeps with You," a continuation of a recent media campaign carried out in conjunction with COTTON USA. The campaign aimed to build consumer awareness of the benefits of cotton-filled mattresses. Americana de Colchones and Colchones Spring reported positive results in terms of both foot traffic and public reaction to the broader campaign.


NRCS LWG Meetings Allow Producer Input
On Local Conservation Program Priorities

Friday, Lubbock, Texas                             

      The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts invite the public and any agencies with an interest in conservation issues to participate in Local Work Group (LWG) meetings.

      The purpose of the meetings is to receive input from a broad range of local agencies, organizations, local agricultural leaders, businesses, and individuals that have an interest in natural resource concerns and needs to identify resource concerns.

      For more information and for persons with disabilities who require special accommodations and/or alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, Large print, audiotape, etc.) associated with this meeting should contact the local USDA-NRCS office in their local county, listed under USDA in the Yellow Pages, or access the information on the Texas NRCS Web site at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.

2011 EQIP LWG Meeting
Dates, Times and Locations

updated as of 08/27/10






Holt Community Center, Highway 281 and County Road 22, Holt Community

9:00 am



Plains Community Building, 1006 Ave. G, Plains

8:00 am



USDA Service Center, 410 Lone Star, Silverton

8:30 am



Ralls Community Storm Shelter, 821 Tilford Street, Ralls

6:30 pm



USDA Service Center, 622 West 7th St., Dalhart

3:00 pm



USDA Service Center, 109 NE 14th Street, Lamesa

9:00 am



RFO Building, Clarendon College, 1322 West 2nd, Clarendon

2:00 pm



USDA Service Center, U.S. Highway 70 East, Floydada

9:00 am



Wells Fargo Bank Meeting Room, 216 West Main Street, Post

9:00 am



Dalhart Country Club, 2979 US HWY 54, Dalhart

2:00 pm


Deaf Smith

Hereford Community Center, 100 Avenue C, Hereford

9:00 am



King County Courthouse, Court Room, Guthrie

1:30 pm



Tahoka Housing Authority, 1400 Ave. K, Tahoka

8:00 am



Bovina EMS Building, 109 3rd Street, Bovina

10:00 am



Rhoads Memorial Library, 105 SW 2nd Street, Dimmitt

9:00 am



USDA Service Center, 200 West Taylor, Morton

8:30 am



Chase Bank, 800 8th Street, Levelland

8:00 am



Museum of the Plains, 1200 North Main St., Perryton

9:00 am



American State Bank Conference Room, 1323 Tahoka Rd, Brownfield

9:00 am



USDA Service Center, 1410 South Alan Bean Blvd, Wheeler

9:30 am



American State Bank, DCOS Meeting Room, 37th Street and College Avenue, Snyder

10:00 am



American State Bank, DCOS Meeting Room, 37th Street and College Avenue, Snyder

10:00 am



USDA Service Center, 601 W. South 1st Street, Roby

10:00 am




Coliseum, 2206 West American

Blvd., Muleshoe

10:00 am



Greenbelt Electric Coop. Meeting Room, US Highway 83, Childress

9:30 am



Robertson Restaurant, U.S. Highway 83, Wellington

8:30 am



Hemphill County Exhibition Barn, Exhibition Road, Canadian

7:00 pm



Kent County Courthouse, Highway 70, Jayton

5:30 pm



2010 High Plains Event Calendar




August 30

Terry County End of Season/Harvest Aid Meeting


August 31

Bailey County Crop Tour


September 1

Dawson County Ag Tour


September 2

Lamb County Crop Tour


September 3

Moore/Sherman County Crop Tour


September 7

Yoakum County Crop Tour


September 10

Lubbock County Crop Tour


September 14

Floyd County Crop Tour


September 15

West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute Annual Meeting

Scottish Rite Temple (Learning Center);1101 70th Street, Lubbock, TX

September 16

Hale County Harvest Aid


September 17

Swisher County Harvest Aid


September 21

Dawson County Harvest Aid


September 21

Briscoe County Crop Tour


September 21

Randall County Crop Tour


September 22

Lynn County Crop Tour