NCC Announces 2011 Leadership Rosters;
Texan Dodson Re-elected ACP Chairman

Friday, February 11, 2011                         By Shawn Wade

      A new slate of industry leaders emerged from the National Cotton Council Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, February 4-6, 2011. Fortunately, the High Plains of Texas continues to be well represented despite the expiration of Floydada, TX producer Eddie Smith's term as NCC Chairman.

      Senath, MO, cotton producer Charles Parker took over the NCC Chairman's role from Smith, who completed his yearlong stint as Chairman at the NCC meeting. Parker previously served as NCC vice chairman in 2010 and has served on numerous other NCC committees.

      Following Parker's shift into the role of NCC chairman, Vienna, GA, producer/ginner C.B. "Chuck" Coley moves into the NCC vice chairman position for 2011. Sledge Taylor, a Como, MS, ginner, was elected secretary-treasurer.

      Also during the NCC meeting the following individuals were re-elected NCC vice presidents: Cooperative - Meredith B. Allen, Greenwood, MS; Ginner - Sid Brough, Edroy, TX; Cottonseed - John C. Fricke, Pine Bluff, AR; Merchant - G.W. "Bill" Winburne, Peoria, AZ; Warehouse - Shane Stephens, Greenwood, MS; and Textile Manufacturer – Anderson C. Warlick, Gastonia, NC.

      Texas representatives elected to serve on the 2011 NCC Board during segment caucuses were: Producers – Michael D. Alexander, Colorado City, TX, and James F. Dodson, Robstown, TX; Ginners – Lee Tiller, Odem, TX; Warehousers – Ron Harkey, Lubbock, TX, and Robert Snodgrass, Taylor, TX; Merchants – Philip R. Bogel, II, Dallas, TX, and Manfred Schiefer, Lubbock, TX; Cottonseed – Robert L. Lacy, Lubbock, TX, and James C. Massey, Harlingen, TX; and, Cooperatives – Wallace L. Darneille, Lubbock, TX.

      At the state level, the following individuals were selected to serve as chairmen, vice-chairman and secretary, respectively, of the Texas state unit for 2011: Doyle K. Schniers, producer, San Angelo, TX; Barry Street, ginner, Kress, TX; and Rick Willis, warehouser, Brownfield, TX.


      One of the key leadership positions within the NCC to be held by a Texan in 2011 is the Chairmanship of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the National Cotton Council.

      Robstown cotton producer James F. "Jimmy" Dodson was re-elected ACP chairman for 2011 during the NCC's annual meeting.

      Joining Dodson as ACP Texas producer chairmen in 2011 are: Craig Heinrich, Lubbock, TX; Doyle K. Schniers, San Angelo, TX; and Jon R. Whatley, Odem, TX.


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TASS Encourages Cotton Ginners To Respond
To Final 2010 Crop Cotton Ginnings Survey

Friday, February 11, 2011                         By Shawn Wade

      Officials at the Texas Agricultural Statistics Service are reminding Texas cotton gins that the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service will soon be distributing survey forms to gather final cotton ginning information for the 2010 production season.

      According to TASS it is extremely important for gins to fill out and return their survey forms in a timely manner so that a full and accurate tally of 2010 cotton ginnings can be tabulated.

      In addition to being used to report how many bales of cotton are ginned each year, the county level information is also used to help verify final 2010 cotton production numbers for each county in the state.

      A letter and postage paid return envelope will be sent to each Texas cotton gin in the next few days to facilitate the process of gathering this important data. In addition to the paper-based survey forms, cotton gins with internet access can also complete and submit their 2010 Cotton Ginnings Report forms online at:

      USDA officials ask that the survey forms be returned or completed online before February 22, 2011. USDA policy maintains that all data submitted by survey respondents will be kept strictly confidential and used only in combination with other responses to set state, county and U.S. estimates.

      The Cotton Ginnings Annual Summary and the Cotton Final Crop Production report will be released Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. CST. These and all NASS reports are available online at:


Cotton Incorporated Releases Downloadable
Decision-Aid For Harvest System Investments

Friday, February 9, 2011                          

      A new cotton harvest equipment investment decision-aid has just been made available on Cotton Incorporated's Web site. It is designed to allow the user to compare two different investments in cotton harvest machinery using capital budgeting techniques.

      The Microsoft Excel-based program may be downloaded and used to create several different harvest equipment evaluation scenarios.

      "The most immediate application will probably be by producers who are considering purchasing one of the new on-board module building (OMB) pickers," explains Dr. Jeanne Reeves, Director, Agricultural Research and staff Ag Economist, Cotton Incorporated. Additionally, the aid will let producers compare their existing harvest system to the new OMBs.

      Various sample scenarios have been developed and include: A six row basket picker versus John Deere's round OMB picker; A basket picker versus Case IH's rectangular (1/2 size module) OMB picker; A basket picker versus two cotton strippers and also the new OMB pickers versus two cotton strippers.

      A user-defined version of the spreadsheet is also provided for someone who wants to create their own unique comparisons specific to their operation. The default scenarios were based on data collected from on-farm evaluations over the last three years.

      A link to the Cotton Harvest Equipment Investment Decision Aid is available on the home page of under the "Resources" tab.

      In addition to the decision-aid, the site has information on spindle-type harvesting systems as well as information on stripper harvesting and seed cotton handling/storage. The site provides "how-to" information such as: How to efficiently maintain and operate your harvesting system, and How to maximize the harvester's capacity and productivity.

      It also offers information on pre-season and in-season procedures for each system, as well as safety information and lint quality best practices. All of this information can be found at:


Cotton Incorporated To Offer Free Cotton
Marketing Workshop; Reserve Your Spot Today

      Get your calendars out and plan to attend this year's Cotton Price Risk Management Seminar, sponsored by Cotton Incorporated in cooperation with Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. The theme for this year's seminar is "Market-based Strategies for How to Manage Your Price Risk for the 2011 Crop Season, Integrating Crop and Revenue Insurance."

      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 2011 cotton marketing season.

      This year's workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center, located at 2322 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock. The free workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

      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.

      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).

      There is no registration fee to attend the seminar, however, registration is required to attend. Lunch will be provided. Participants can register by telephone or email. Telephone registrations should be directed to Kay Wriedt (919-678-2271). Email registrations should be addressed to:



The Cotton USA Advantage

CCI FAX – February 11, 2011

      COTTON USA sponsored Louise Gray at London Fashion Week. COTTON USA attracted the attention of media and buyers alike through its sponsorship of designer Louise Gray at Spring/Summer London Fashion Week. Displaying the benefits of using premium U.S. cotton within the fashion industry, the collection featured cotton fabric provided by SupimaĻ. More than 550 guests attended the catwalk show, including 100 journalists from fashion media titles and 10 buyers representing retailers. To further capitalize on the sponsorship, COTTON USA ran a range of consumer competitions to win exclusive tickets to Gray's catwalk show and U.S. cotton T-shirts from her collection. The campaign reached more than 12 million people, delivering $515,000 in earned media. COTTON USA will sponsor Gray for a consecutive season at London Fashion Week this month.

      NOVA Manufacturing joins COTTON USA in Colombia. CCI's newest COTTON USA licensee has a diverse portfolio that includes uniforms, their own casual wear brand and a full package division. This family-owned company is part of Valle del Pacifico Group. Nova allows the COTTON USA Mark to be present in corporate marketing materials. The COTTON USA Mark also will have exposure in 11 stores located in the southwest part of the country. The company is currently purchasing its fabrics from Fabricato and Coltejer and represents approximately 10,000 licensed units for the COTTON USA Program.

      CCI Turkey renews 33 COTTON USA licensees for 2011. The COTTON USA licenses cover U.S. cotton-rich ring and O/E yarns, knit and woven fabrics, towels, bathrobes and garments. One licensee alone will consume 65,000 bales of U.S. cotton in the production of yarns. In total, the COTTON USA licenses represent more than 800,000 bales.


2010 Crop Quality Report

      The following is a summary of the cotton classed at the Lubbock and Lamesa USDA Cotton Division Cotton Classing Offices for the 2010 production season.


Current Week:









21+ - 88.2%

31 - 8.7%















Season Totals To Date:









21+ - 83.8%

31 - 11.2%





21+ - 84.3%

31 - 12.1%


















Source: USDA AMS