PCG Announces 54th Annual Meeting April 1;
John Maguire and Bill Gillon To Appear

Friday, February 18, 2011                          By Shawn Wade

      Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. is pleased to announce that the organization's 54th Annual Meeting will be held Friday, April 1, 2011 in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners Association Convention and Trade Show March 31-April 1, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas.

      PCG's Annual Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will start promptly at 9 a.m.

      Headlining PCG's 54th Annual Meeting line-up is keynote speaker Walt Coleman, of Little Rock, Arkansas. Coleman is a sixth generation dairyman with an interesting second career that has brought him (often anonymously) into the living rooms of millions of Americans for the last 22 years. While his weekday job is centered on the operation of Coleman Dairy in Little Rock, Coleman's weekends each Fall are spent on the much grander stage of professional football.

      Coleman's motivational message incorporates the many lessons he has learned during an incredible life that mixes the reality of operating a thriving, family-oriented agricultural business with the fast-paced, and often maligned, role of referee in the National Football League. Through it all, Coleman has developed a unique perspective on life and success, which he delivers in a relaxed style that is sure to inform and entertain.

      Preceding Coleman on the PCG program are John Maguire, Vice President-Washington (DC) Operations for the National Cotton Council of America, and William A. "Bill" Gillon of Memphis, TN, who was named President and CEO of the Cotton Board in October of 2010. Gillon has previously served as General Counsel for the NCC and in numerous government posts, including Senior Counsel for the Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry of the U.S. Senate and as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

      Maguire will bring the PCG membership up to date on the challenges facing agriculture and the cotton industry in the tense legislative and budgetary climate that currently permeates Washington, DC. Gillon will discuss his new role at the Cotton Board and highlight recent achievements and the latest news from the Cotton Research and Promotion Program and Cotton Incorporated.

      Current PCG president Brad Heffington, of Littlefield, Texas, will preside over the meeting and PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett will report on the status of PCG operations and activities. During the PCG meeting, awards recognizing the 2010 High Plains Cotton Agent of the Year and the winners of the recently completed FFA West Texas Cotton Video Contest sponsored by Deltapine will be presented.

      Additional information about the PCG Annual Meeting and a final program will be available to attendees prior to the meeting.


Employment Opportunity

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Public Affairs & Communication

Qualified applicants will have earned a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study; have 3-5 years of professional experience
in the communication/public relations field; and possess demonstrated
writing and computer skills.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and
demonstrated professional ability.

Applicant evaluation and interviews will begin March 21, 2011
with an expectation to fill the position by April 1, 2011.

A comprehensive job description is available for download
from the PCG website: http://www.plainscotton.org


Coppess Named Chief Counsel For Senate Ag;
No 2010 Advance CC Payments For Cotton

Friday, February 18, 2011                          By Shawn Wade

      Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Jonathan Coppess has announced that he is leaving his post at the United States Department of Agriculture to become Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry under the leadership of Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

      Coppess had held the position of FSA Administrator since July of 2009. He is the second high-level Agriculture Department official to leave USDA for a Senate job since the beginning of the year.

      Earlier, in mid-January, former USDA Undersecretary Jim Miller, Coppess' boss at the time announced that he was leaving the department to work for Senate Budget chairman Kent Conrad.

      The former USDA officials are headed to the Senate ahead of the upcoming debate on reauthorization of U.S. farm policy in 2012.

      In the interim, Acting Undersecretary Michael Scuse announced that Karis Gutter, a senior advisor to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, will serve as acting deputy undersecretary, and Val Dolcini, the FSA director in California, will become acting FSA Adminisrator, succeeding Coppess. Gutter fills Scuse's former position.

No 2010 Advance CC Payment For Cotton

      Immediately prior to his departure, Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Coppess announced that USDA will not issue partial 2010-crop counter-cyclical payments to cotton producers based on current market price projections that exceed levels that would trigger these payments.

      In his comments, Coppess noted that in addition to cotton, payments will not be made to producers of wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, long grain rice, medium grain rice, soybeans, sunflower seed, rapeseed, canola, safflower, flaxseed, mustard seed, crambe, sesame seed, dry peas, lentils, small chickpeas, large chickpeas, and peanuts.

      For more information on the direct and counter-cyclical payment programs, including a table displaying the target price, projected average market price, loan rate, direct payment rate, effective price and projected counter-cyclical rates, visit your local FSA office or the FSA DCP website: www.fsa.usda.gov/dcp


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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+ - 90.7%

31 - 3.1%















Season Totals To Date:









21+ - 83.9%

31 - 11.1%





21+ - 84.3%

31 - 12.1%


















Source: USDA AMS


2011 Production Conference & Meeting Dates


Meeting - Location:

Feb 21

Cotton Variety Meeting - Farwell

Feb 22

Crop Program - Consumers Coop, Dalhart

Feb 22

Crops Meeting - Wheeler County Ag & Family Center, Wheeler

Feb 22

Cotton Conference - Littlefield

Feb 22

Sandyland Ag Conference - Seminole

Feb 23

Prepping for Weed Resistance - Birdsong Peanuts, Brownfield

Feb 24

Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC) 2011 Production Agriculture Planning Workshop - Floyd County Unity Center, Muncy, TX; 7:30 am

Feb 24

Gray County Ag Conference - Pampa

Feb 28

Southwest Peanut Conference - Yoakum County

March 1

Sorghum Conference - Groom

March 1

Peanut Production Workshop - Quail

March 2

Cotton, Sorghum, Wheat & Irrigation Meeting - Silverton

March 3

Wheat Production Meeting - Abernathy

March 4

Crops Conference - Coliseum, Muleshoe

March 28

Cotton Production Workshop - Lamesa

March 29

Sorghum Production Workshop - Lamesa

March 29

Beef Marketing Workshop - Miami

March 30

Rolling Plains Ag Conference - Snyder

March 31

Beef Cattle Meeting - Lipscomb County

March 31

Beef Herd Health Workshop - Perryton Expo, Perryton

Source: Texas AgriLife Extension