PCG 55th Annual Meeting

Friday, March 30, 2012

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall

Registration 8:30 a.m., Program 9 a.m.

Breakfast sponsored by Monsanto and Deltapine 7-8:30 a.m.

Lunch sponsored by FiberMax Noon

All Welcome and No Cost to Attend!

Cash Attendance Prizes Given!


"High Tech in Texas" Theme of TCGA

Trade Show March 29 and 30

      The Texas Cotton Ginners Association's 105th Annual Meeting and Cotton Trade Show is scheduled for March 29 and 30 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

      The trade show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 30. Ginners can use the show as a tool to make sure their gin is technologically ready for the upcoming season, thus the theme "High Tech in Texas".

      Are you looking to control segments of your gin from your iPhone or laptop? Have you thought about time clock systems that use facial recognition? These are just a couple of ideas discussed during the recent Beltwide Cotton Conferences that will certainly generate further discussion at TCGA's trade show.

      More information, including a complete schedule of events, hotel reservation form, meeting pre-registration and event forms is available on the TCGA website at


Cotton Incorporated Hires New

Director of Ag Research - Entomology

      Cotton Incorporated is pleased to announce Dr. Ryan Kurtz has joined their Agricultural and Environmental Research Division (AERD) as Director, Agricultural Research - Entomology. He will be working with Dr. Pat O'Leary over the next several months until he becomes familiar with her duties before she moves into retirement.

      Dr. Kurtz is an international expert on insect resistance management of Bt traits in corn and cotton, and recently held global responsibilities for Syngenta as the Global Lead for Traits Insect Resistance Management.

      Ryan earned his Ph.D. at NC State University while working with Dr. J.R. Bradley and Dr. John Van Duyn studying resistance management in Bt crops to control cotton bollworms.

      "A clear understanding of Bt resistance issues is increasingly critical to U.S. agriculture as more corn and cotton acreage is planted to hybrids and varieties containing Bt traits, and as cases of field resistance continue to be reported both domestically and internationally," explained Dr. Kater Hake, Vice President of the AERD for Cotton Incorporated.

      Dr. Kurtz received his Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Pest Management from Mississippi State University in 2000. He will be working closely with Dr. O'Leary and the rest of the AERD team to ensure a smooth transition of priorities, plans and projects in this key discipline within the cotton production system.

      "Ryan's background and experience are tailored for this position and will allow him to identify new directions and initiatives for entomological research to benefit our U.S. producers," O'Leary said.


Upcoming Area Ag Conferences

The following area ag conferences have been scheduled for the remainder of March and early April:

      March 27 Hockley County Ag Exposition, Mallet Event Center, Levelland Contact Robert Scott, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-894-3159.

      March 29 Turf Management, Wellington Contact Josh Brooks, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-259-3015.

      March 29 Range Sustainability Workshop, Lipscomb Contact J.R. Sprague, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-862-4601.

      April 2 Irrigation Meeting, Crosby County Contact Caitlin Jackson, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-675-2347.

      April 3 Lubbock County Production Issues Meeting, Lubbock Contact Mark Brown, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-775-1680.

      April 4 Spring Ag Meeting, Tulia Contact David Graf, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-995-3726.

      April 4 Lower Rolling Plains Ag Conference, Scurry County Coliseum Contact Greg Gruben, County Extension Agent-AG, 325-573-5423.

      April 5 Pre-Plant Meeting, New Home Contact Bryan Reynolds, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-561-4562.

      A complete conference list can be found on PCG's website at


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