Provisions of 2008 Farm Bill Extended

As Part of Fiscal Cliff Package

Friday, January 4, 2013                 By Mary Jane Buerkle

      High Plains cotton farmers and bankers now have at least some certainty with regard to financing the 2013 crop, as the Senate and the House passed an extension of various provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill earlier this week as part of the fiscal cliff legislative package.

      "This whole package certainly isn't perfect, and the extension is only a short-term solution, but it does adequately address the immediate needs of High Plains cotton producers," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said. "We greatly appreciate the work of our Senate and House Ag Committee leaders throughout this process and look forward to resuming talks toward a five-year bill that will give farmers across the nation long-term stability."

      The legislative package restored the $5 million exemption level for the estate tax, which many farm groups, including the National Cotton Council, saw as positive.

      "The industry looks forward to continuing to work for prompt enactment of balanced long-term policy that is fiscally responsible, consistent with U.S. trade obligations and provides certainty for farmers, consumers, agribusinesses and rural communities," the NCC said in a news release. "The industry also welcomes the action of Congress in reforming the estate tax to lessen the devastating economic impact it can have on farm families who want to continue producing food and fiber in future generations."

      House and Senate Agriculture Committees will begin work on a new farm bill in the near future, and PCG will continue to monitor progress and send updates as necessary.

 

 

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PCG Board Meets January 16

      The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors for Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. will begin at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, at the 50-Yard Line Restaurant in Lubbock. Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the meeting.

      Dr. John Robinson with the Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics will give a cotton market report and Tom Sell with Combest, Sell and Associates will update the group on legislative issues. Other items include an update from PCG's Water Advisory Committee and a PCG financial report.

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

 

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Area Ag Conferences Scheduled for January

      January 14 - Cotton Conference, Perryton Expo - Contact Scott Strawn, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-435-4501.

      January 14 - Hutchinson/Hansford Cotton Meeting, O'Laughlin Building, Spearman - Contact Kristy Synatschk, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-878-4026.

      January 15 - Cotton Production Meeting, Groom Community Center - Contact Jody Bradford, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-537-3882.

      January 21 - Cotton Production Profit Workshop, Morton - Contact Jeff Molloy, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-266-5215.

      January 22 - South Plains Ag Conference, Brownfield - Contact Chris Bishop, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-637-4060.

      January 22 - Grain Sorghum Symposium, Ollie Liner Center, Plainview - Contact Gary Cross, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-291-5267.

      January 23 - Northwest Texas AG Conference, Wellington - Contact Dale Dunlap, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-447-2313.

      January 24 - Caprock Crop Production Workshop, Unity Center, Muncy - Contact Caitlin Jackson, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-675-2347.

      January 25 - Commercial Turf and Ornamental Workshop, Lubbock - Contact Mark Brown, CEA-AG, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-775-1680.

      January 25 - Llano Estacado Cotton Conference, Bailey County Coliseum, Muleshoe - Contact Curtis Preston, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-272-4584.

      January 28 - iPhone/iPad Training - Seminole Civic Building, Seminole - Contact Terry Millican, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 432-758-4006.

      January 29 - Grain Sorghum Symposium, Lubbock - Contact Mark Brown, CEA-AG, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-775-1680.

      January 29 - Small Farms Business Seminar, Plainview - Contact Gary Cross, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-291-5267.

      January 29 - Cotton Variety and Economics Workshop, Farwell Community Center - Contact Benji Henderson, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-481-3619.

      January 30 - Alternative Crops Meeting, Post - Contact Greg Jones, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-495-4400.

      January 31 - Sorghum Variety Selection and Economic Management Meeting, Brownfield - Contact Chris Bishop, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-637-4060.

      If you have another conference to add to this list, or if you have an agenda you'd like to link, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904 and ask for Mary Jane Buerkle, or email maryjane@plainscotton.org. All spring conferences are listed at http://www.plainscotton.org/agconferences.html.

 

 

TAWC to Host Winter Meeting on January 17

      The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC) will host its annual Pioneers in Agriculture Winter Meeting featuring expert speakers that will address concerns and answer producers' questions about the upcoming 2013 growing season.

      This meeting will take place on Thursday, January 17 beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Floyd County Unity Center in Muncy, Texas. The meeting will conclude around 2:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

      "This field day is a great opportunity to hear about the latest irrigation and genetic research, learn of new energy and water saving technologies and hear first-hand from producers, commodity groups and research leaders about the future directions for agriculture and water management," said Rick Kellison, project director for TAWC.

      As part of the Pioneers in Agriculture Winter Meeting, topics to be discussed include crop production alternatives, commodity genetic updates, 2013 production budgets, TAWC online tools, and herbicide options when dealing with resistance. Attendees will also get to hear a message from the program's keynote speaker, Tom Sell with Combest, Sell and Associates, as well as participate in a discussion with local TAWC producers addressing adaption to irrigation availability.

      The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation is a unique partnership of Floyd and Hale county producers, data collection technologies, and collaborating partners that include: individual industries, universities, and government agencies. The TAWC project was made possible through a grant from the Texas Water Development Board.

      For more information and a final schedule for the field day, please visit the official Web site of the project, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/tawc. No RSVP is required; however, if you wish to do so, please call Samantha Borgstedt at (806) 789-4177.