FY13 Agriculture Appropriations Delayed

Friday, July 6, 2012       From the National Cotton Council

      The FY13 House Agriculture Appropriations bill was delayed and has not been rescheduled.

      Meanwhile, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Lucas (R-OK) announced that committee's markup of the farm bill will be on July 11.

      According to a news story in AgriPulse, Chairman Lucas said he made it very clear to leadership that he preferred not to have the agriculture appropriations bill at the same time. "As of this moment, I don't anticipate having ag appropriations in the House at same time as the farm bill markup in the committee," he said.

      In the meantime, Lucas is focused on marking up the farm bill on July 11, and noted "we need several days to get our work done and if necessary we'll delegate people among ourselves to the floor." He said he has not yet pressed House leadership on floor time for the farm bill, because he "doesn't have a bill to press," but when the committee completes markup in the days after July 11, "that becomes the next biggest issue for me."

      When the time comes to reconcile differences between the House version and the Senate bill, or the "Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012," S. 3240, Chairman Lucas said he's confident the two chambers will be able to reach an agreement, using the "Super" Committee process as an example. "Just as we achieved consensus back in September in the hurry-up, we'll achieve consensus this time," he said. "We're just not at that point of hashing out the details."

      Lucas noted that regarding differences between each chamber's legislation, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Stabenow (D-MI), "understands I have to do my work with the committee. When we get to conference certainly the bills will have to be melded together, but we've not talked about particulars. I understand the importance of crop revenue to her; she understands the importance of letting a safety net to southern farmers and people in southern plains to me."


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Cotton Industry Seeks Volunteer Leaders

Friday, July 6, 2012                             By Shawn Wade

      The success of the High Plains cotton industry, like any group effort, is directly tied to the willingness of qualified individuals to volunteer to serve in various leadership positions. To identify these volunteers, the High Plains cotton industry caucuses each year with other cotton groups within Texas to identify producers interested in serving as a volunteer leader.

      In preparation for this year's caucus, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., encourages all qualified individuals interested in representing the High Plains as a representative to the Cotton Board, National Cotton Council of America (NCC) or Cotton Incorporated to contact PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett to request additional information and learn more about the opportunities that exist for volunteer service.

      PCG officials note that each year a variety of volunteer positions within the NCC and Cotton Incorporated are filled directly through the industry's caucus process.

      In addition to naming representatives to the NCC and Cotton Incorporated, PCG and the Texas cotton industry also work together to identify and nominate qualified individuals to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for possible appointment as a Member or Alternate on the Cotton Board.

      Qualified individuals interested in serving on the Cotton Board, which oversees the highly successful U.S. Cotton Research & Promotion Program, are also encouraged to contact Verett at the PCG office in Lubbock, Texas to request additional information. PCG's telephone number is 806-792-4904.

      To be a qualified producer nominee for the Cotton Board an individual should be actively engaged in cotton production at the time of nomination, be committed to the mission of the Cotton Board and the Cotton Research and Promotion Program and have demonstrated leadership skills and experience.


Editor's Note: The Cotton Board seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all those who qualify for nomination and appointment to the Cotton Board regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, socio-economic status, religion or sexual orientation.


PCG Board of Directors To Meet July 11

Friday, July 6, 2012                             By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Members of the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. Board of Directors will gather in Lubbock on Wednesday, July 11, for the group's first quarterly meeting of the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m.

      One of the primary items of business for the PCG Board at this meeting will be consideration and approval of a new FY2012-2013 PCG Operating Budget.

      The Board also will hear a cotton market report from Wally Darneille, President and CEO of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association; a farm policy update from Gary Adams, vice president of economics and policy analysis for the NCC; an update from PCG's Water Advisory Committee; and a review of the upcoming NCC, Cotton Incorporated and Cotton Board caucuses to select High Plains representatives to serve in industry leadership positions.


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