NCC's Policy Education Program

Raising Producer Awareness

Friday, February 1, 2013 From the National Cotton Council

      The Policy Education Program (PEP) is now in its 15th year of giving U.S. cotton producers an opportunity to learn more about the National Cotton Council's policy development/implementation process and the issues affecting the industry.

      Supported by Syngenta Crop Protection through grants to The Cotton Foundation since 1999, the PEP enables up to four producers from each major Cotton Belt region to attend the NCC's annual meeting where they receive an orientation to the NCC and its policy development process firsthand. The participants also receive communications training – a key step in the NCC's efforts to identify, train and maintain capable industry spokespersons.

      The first 2013 PEP session will enable its 12 producer participants to attend the NCC's Annual Meeting, February 8-10 in Memphis. There they will see representatives from the seven U.S. cotton industry segments in the 17 Cotton Belt states work out common problems and develop programs of mutual benefit. They will see the formulation and implementation of NCC policy and NCC resolutions, which guide the organization's efforts as it manages issues that confront the industry during the year.

      In the mid-July Session 2, the group will travel to Greensboro, NC, and Washington, DC. While in Greensboro, they will participate in a series of meetings with Syngenta's management team and tour their research facilities as well as receive communications training. In Washington, the group will visit with House and Senate agriculture committees' staff, meet with USDA officials and get briefed by NCC Washington operations staff.

      With completion of the 2013 PEP sessions, more than 180 National Cotton Council producer members will have participated in the program.

      2013 PEP members are: Jamie Boyd, Pinetown, NC; Derrick Burnam, Mangum, OK; Matt Coley, Vienna, GA; Lisa Ford, Kingsville, TX; David Heath, Dover, NC; Pace Hindsley, Marvell, AR; Preston Jimmerson, Doerun, GA; Jay Layton, Thatcher, AZ; Bryan Patterson, Amherst, TX; Bobby Rieder, Sinton, TX; Will Sanford, Prattville, AL; and Mark True, Plainview, TX.

      John Gibson, the NCC's Member Services director and PEP coordinator, said the NCC is grateful for Syngenta's long-running sponsorship.

      "Their support has enabled producers to better understand how federal farm policy, environmental issues, market development and other concerns are affecting U.S. cotton's health as well as the profitability of their own individual operations," he said. "PEP not only has helped make its participants more aware of these issues but has generated enthusiastic producer participation in the Council – which boosts our efforts on behalf of the industry."



HPWD Board Sets February Public Meetings

Monday, January 28, 2013 From the High Plains Water District

      The High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD) Board of Directors outlined the procedure they will follow in appointing an individual to fill the unexpired term of the office of Precinct Five District Director as per Chapter 36.051(c) of the Texas Water Code.

      Citing health reasons, Bruce Rigler of Plainview recently resigned as Precinct Five District Director after 18 years of service. He was elected in 2010 to serve a four-year term (2010-2014) representing the residents of the portion of Floyd County within the district, all of Hale County, and all of Swisher County.

      The appointment process, approved Jan. 22 by the Board of Directors, is as follows:

      --A public meeting will be convened in each county to outline the appointment process and solicit input of local residents.

      --The Floyd County public meeting is set for 10 a.m., Feb. 12, in the Happy State Bank Room at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center at Muncy. The center is located on Highway 70 between Floydada and Lockney.

      --The Swisher County public meeting is set for 10 a.m., Feb. 14, at the Swisher County Memorial Building (basement), 127 SW 2nd Street, in Tulia.

      --The Hale County public meeting is set for 3 p.m., Feb. 14, at the Museum of the Llano Estacado, Wayland Baptist University, 1900 W 8th Street, in Plainview.

      --Application forms and qualifications to serve as a member of the HPWD Board of Directors are available by contacting Kathryn CdeBaca at the district office in Lubbock at (806) 762-0181 or may be viewed/downloaded at

      --Completed application forms for all potential appointees must be received no later than 5 p.m., Feb. 21, 2013 at the district office in Lubbock. They may be submitted by mail to Kathryn CdeBaca, High Plains Water District, 2930 Avenue Q, Lubbock TX 79411-2499; by fax at 806-762-1834; or by e-mail at

      --Application forms received after 5 p.m., Feb. 21 will not be considered.

      --Interviews with the candidates will be conducted soon thereafter. It is hoped that the Board of Directors will be able to appoint the new Precinct Five director at a special meeting in early March. The new member would then be in place for the March 19 regular monthly meeting.

      It is important to remember that a candidate for appointment to this office must reside either in the portion of Floyd County within the district, Hale County, or Swisher County.




PCG's 56th Annual Meeting

Friday, April 5

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

9 a.m.-Noon


More information coming soon!


Upcoming Area Ag Conferences

      NOTE: A complete list, along with program agendas when made available, can be found on the Plains Cotton Growers website at

      February 5 - "Other Than Cotton" Meeting, Lamesa - Contact Gary Roschetzky, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-872-3444.

      February 6 – Hub of the Plains Ag Conference, KoKo Palace, 5101 Avenue Q, Lubbock - Contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Lubbock County, 806-775-1680.

      February 7 - Potter County Grain Sorghum Conference - Contact Brandon Boughen, 806-373-0713.

      February 11 - Hale/Swisher Crop Conference, Ollie Liner Center, Plainview - Contact Gary Cross, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-291-5267.

      February 12 - Feed Grains Conference, Muleshoe - Contact Curtis Preston, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-272-4584.

      February 13 - Ag Appreciation Day, Rita Blanca Coliseum, Dalhart - Contact Mike Bragg, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-244-4434.

      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 All spring conferences are listed at




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"TCGA╔An Important Link to Texas Cotton"

Is Theme of TCGA Trade Show April 4 and 5

      The Texas Cotton Ginners Association's 106th Annual Meeting and Cotton Trade Show is scheduled for April 4 and 5 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

      The trade show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 5. The show is a chance for ginners, employees, and customers to see the latest in ginning technology and to meet others in the industry to discuss important issues and the latest trends. It also is an opportunity for attendees to educate company directors, stockholders, and other key personnel on the role ginners play in the industry.     

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


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COTTON USA: Making Connections in Germany

Friday, February 1, 2013    From Cotton Council International

      COTTON USA kicked off the New Year by promoting U.S. cotton in Frankfurt, Germany, at the four-day Heimtextil trade show – the world's leading trade show for home textiles. Heimtextil 2013 united 2,658 exhibitors from 62 countries and 66,000 visitors from 128 countries.

      The COTTON USA booth at Heimtextil played an important role within CCI's global marketing and licensing program. Several COTTON USA home textile licensees reported successful sales meetings with their customers there while CCI renewed several COTTON USA licenses and generated new business opportunities for industry, brand and retail partners by connecting buyers and sellers of U.S. cotton products.

      Cotton Incorporated and Supima joined CCI at Heimtextil to provide comprehensive information on U.S. cotton fiber and their respective cotton marketing, licensing, sourcing and research programs. CCI also featured U.S. cotton product samples from 14 COTTON USA licensees: Bassetti, Camillatex and Zucchi (Italy); Shanghai Imagine Furnishings (China); Caliphil (Taiwan); Batuhan Pazarlama Tekstil and Kimpeks

(Turkey); Graser Exklusive BettwŐsche (Germany); Nishikawa Sangyo (Japan); Magasin (Sweden); Linen House and Picasso (Thailand); and Casale Home and Zermatex (Mexico).

      As many key companies in the cotton home textile industry are vertically integrated, Heimtextil is a unique location for U.S. cotton organizations to meet with all segments of the cotton supply chain, from cotton merchants, mills and manufacturers to brands and retailers.