Bayer CropScience Discontinues TemikĘ
Production As Result Of MIC Lawsuit

Friday, March 18, 2011                             By Shawn Wade

      Growers hoping for the resolution of a Virginia lawsuit which had halted production of a key intermediate component of TemikĘ brand insecticide were disappointed today with the announcement that Bayer CropScience has decided it will not restart production of methyl isocyanate (MIC) at its site in Institute, West Virginia.

      The Bayer announcement also notes that operations at the company's Woodbine plant, where the final product formulation of TemikĘ is created, would also cease and that the decommissioning of both facilities would begin immediately.

      The end result of these decisions is that Bayer will no longer produce TemikĘ insecticide. When current supplies are exhausted there will not be any additional TemikĘ delivered to the marketplace.

      "What it comes down too for producers is that from this date forward there will be no additional production of TemikĘ by Bayer CropScience and the window we thought we had for finding a suitable replacement has been abruptly closed," says PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett. "This is an extremely disappointing development and one which will immediately challenge our entire industry.

      "We know Bayer's decision did not come easily and is an outcome that, unfortunately, illustrates the intense pressure this important part of our industry faces from the non-agricultural public, government regulators and the courts," concludes Verett.

      Bayer CropScience had planned to restart the MIC unit and subsequently resume transitional production of the TemikĘ brand insecticide this year. Uncertainty and delays stemming from the lawsuit, though, ultimately led the company to decide that a restart of production could no longer be expected in time for the 2011 growing season. The company said that in evaluating the situation they determined that it was no longer economically viable for Bayer to resume production of TemikĘ.

      Following a 2010 agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Bayer CropScience had agreed on a plan to phase-out the production of TemikĘ by the end of 2014. That original plan was designed to allow for an orderly market exit and meet immediate customer needs.

      The Bayer announcement notes that the decision was based on a number of factors, with both strategic and economic considerations, and is fully in line with Bayer CropScience's global strategy to focus on delivering innovative solutions to modern agriculture and replacing older compounds in its portfolio, including WHO Class I products.

      "We regret that the decision taken today to not restart production of MIC will not allow farmers access to TemikĘ," said Bill Buckner, President and CEO of Bayer CropScience in the United States. "However, we are committed to delivering the right solutions from our innovation portfolio in support of modern agriculture for our customers."

 

 

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

Friday, March 18, 2011                             By Shawn Wade

      Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. will conduct the organization's 54th Annual Meeting on 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.

Don't Forget These Additional Special Events

      Two other special events will bookend this year's PCG Annual meeting. Kicking things off April 1 will be a Buffet Breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Civic Center Banquet Hall sponsored by Monsanto and Deltapine Cottonseed. Breakfast will be provided free to all PCG Annual Meeting participants.

      Immediately following the PCG Annual Meeting will be the annual Fibermax Cotton Seed luncheon for PCG Annual meeting participants and members of the Fibermax "One Ton Club." Lunch will be served in the Civic Center Banquet Hall.

 

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

      It is not too late to plan on attending the 2011 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. 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: kwriedt@cottoninc.com

 

2011 Production Conference & Meeting Dates

Date:

Meeting - Location:

 

 

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March 24 -

 

 

 

 

March 25 -

High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 Public Meetings

9 a.m.-Noon, Hereford ISD Banquet Room, 601 N. 25 Mile Avenue, Hereford, TX.

3-6 p.m., Robert Dysart Room, Lamb County Rural Electric Cooperative, 2415 S. Phelps, Littlefield, TX.

9 a.m.-Noon, Dimmitt Middle School Auditorium, 1505 Western Circle, Dimmitt, TX.

3-6 p.m., Plains Cotton Cooperative Association Board Room, 3301 E. 50th, Lubbock. (Entrance at southwest side of building).

9 a.m.-Noon, Plainview Country Club and Conference Center, 2902 W 4th, Plainview, TX.

 

 

 

 

March 22 -

Bayer CropScience/Cotton Grower Magazine Tech Tour Events – 10:30am-1:30pm each day, Register online at www.cotton247.com/techtour or call (440) 602-9150. Space is limited!
Amarillo Museum of Art, 2200 S. Van Buren, Amarillo, TX.

March 23 -

Plainview Civic Center, 2902 W. 4th Street, Plainview, TX.

March 24 -

American Wind Power Center, 1701 Canyon Lakes Drive, Lubbock, TX

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

March 31

Pesticide Applicator & Pesticide Handler Trainings – Lamesa Community Women's Building, Lamesa, Texas

Source: Texas AgriLife Extension