All Urged to Help Prevent Lint Contamination

Friday, October 5, 2012                        By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Cotton in the United States is considered some of the least contaminated in the world market. To maintain that reputation, growers and ginners are encouraged to employ techniques that avoid foreign material from getting into modules or being introduced during the ginning process.

      Mark Lange, President and CEO of the National Cotton Council, said that U.S. spinners are reporting more contamination in recent crops than in the past. Some of the reported contaminants include black plastics resembling mulch commonly used in vegetable production, and materials associated with tie downs and covers, including plastic wrap.

      Although we don't yet see as many round modules on the High Plains as in other parts of the Cotton Belt, those who do handle them should be diligent in properly handling and removing the wrap. The NCC has a page devoted to round module handling at

      The NCC offers the following tips for growers: inspect fields prior to harvest for foreign materials that could easily be picked up by harvesting equipment; remove foreign materials such as twine, ditch liners, field mulch, shopping bags and related plastics from their fields before harvest; and inspect harvest equipment daily for plastic contaminants.

      "It is everyone's responsibility, throughout the cotton production chain, to ensure that the United States maintains our reputation of producing high-quality, contaminant-free cotton," PCG's Executive Vice President Steve Verett said. "We remain in a highly competitive environment and we can't afford to allow any kind of quality degradation that could affect our place in the market."

      For more information on how to prevent lint contamination, visit

PCG Board Meets October 10

      The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors for Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. will begin at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 10, at Cagle Steaks, located at the intersection of West Fourth Street and FM 179 (4.5 miles west of Loop 289 on Fourth Street) in Lubbock. Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the meeting.

      Jay Yates with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will give a cotton market report and Tom Sell with Combest, Sell and Associates will discuss the Farm Bill. Other items include an update from PCG's Water Advisory Committee, information regarding the Texas State Water Plan, 2013 Business Director Nominations, the Nominating Committee Election and an update on the status of PCG finances through the first three months of the fiscal year.

      For more information, contact PCG at (806) 792-4904.


FSA to Issue CRP and DCP Payments

      The Farm Service Agency will issue Conservation Reserve Program and Direct and Counter-cyclical Program payments during the first few weeks of October.

      "FSA will issue the payments timely as long as all producer eligibility requirements are met," said James B. Douglass, acting executive director of the Texas FSA.

      CRP and DCP payments could be affected if producers have not submitted the required Adjusted Gross Income forms. Affected producers will need to submit the proper AGI forms before payments can be issued. In addition, producers who signed up for CRP emergency haying and grazing and did not pay in advance will notice that their annual rental payment was reduced by the acreage that was hayed or grazed.

      "Producers who were affected by county office consolidations will not experience payment delays of this nature," Douglass said. "All county office payments, regardless of consolidations, will be generated at the same time as long as all other eligibility requirements are met," he said.

      For more information on CRP and DCP payments, contact your local FSA office.


"Promoting U.S Cotton" Booths at World's

Largest Apparel Exhibition

Friday, October 5, 2012     From Cotton Council International

      CCI and Cotton Incorporated participated in the Texworld and Premi¸re Vision trade shows in Paris. Additionally, 22 COTTON USA licensee mills from around the world exhibited at Texworld. Seven companies approached CCI to become COTTON USA licensees: five mills from Turkey, one garment manufacturer from Hong Kong and one retailer from India.

      The "Promoting U.S. Cotton" booths were a meeting point for all segments of the cotton industry and offered a comprehensive range of information on U.S. cotton. International brands and retailers visited the booths, including: Adidas, Gerry Weber, JC Penney, Lacoste, Marks & Spencer, Target and Victoria's Secret. The stands focused on sourcing support, the COTTON USA marketing and licensing program and related developments in the field of consumer behavior, as well as the latest fashion trends and technical innovations. CCI, Cotton Incorporated and Supima also supplied information on sustainable cotton cultivation in the U.S., global developments in the cotton and apparel sectors and other topics.

      Approximately 60,670 visitors from more than 105 countries attended the two shows. Texworld and Premi¸re Vision represent the largest combined exhibition of the world's apparel manufacturers, featuring more than 811 exhibitors from 28 countries at Texworld and 796 exhibitors at Premi¸re Vision.