PCG Annual Meeting Set For Friday, April 5

Friday, March 29, 2013                     By Mary Jane Buerkle

      An impressive lineup of speakers have been confirmed for the 56th Annual Meeting of Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., scheduled for Friday, April 5, in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

      PCG's Annual Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will start promptly at 9 a.m. The meeting is held in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners' Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, April 4-5, 2013, in Lubbock.

      The current slate of speakers includes U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, who will discuss the Farm Bill and other pressing issues facing Congress; Texas Rep. Charles Perry, who will discuss state issues, including water; Brandon Willis, administrator for the USDA's Risk Management Agency, who will discuss crop insurance; and Baron Batch, running back for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and veteran Texas Tech Red Raider, who will tell his story of perseverance, diligence, and survivorship.

      Current PCG president Craig Heinrich of Slaton, Texas, will preside over the meeting and PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett will report on the status of PCG operations and activities. The 2012 High Plains Cotton Agent of the Year will be presented during the meeting.

      A buffet breakfast will be served from 7:00-8:30 a.m. in the Civic Center Banquet Hall sponsored by Monsanto and Deltapine. Breakfast will be provided free to all PCG Annual Meeting participants. Immediately following the PCG Annual Meeting will be the annual FiberMax Cottonseed Luncheon for PCG Annual Meeting participants and members of the FiberMax "One Ton Club." Lunch will be served in the Civic Center Banquet Hall.

      Additional information about PCG and the Annual Meeting can be found online at http://www.plainscotton.org.


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USDA-NASS: Texas Expected to Plant 5.5

Million Acres of Upland Cotton in 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013                       By Mary Jane Buerkle

      As planting time approaches for cotton growers on the High Plains, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service released their most recent Prospective Plantings Report on Thursday, projecting that United States growers will plant 9.82 million acres of upland cotton in 2013 and Texas growers will plant more than half of that, at 5.5 million acres.

      Although the NASS numbers are not broken down by county, PCG's estimate for our 41-county service area remains at about 3.7 million acres, a 12 percent drop from 2012 but closer to the five-year average. PCG's number is based on feedback from member gins and growers.

      Cotton futures didn't react too much to the report, as the number was in line with what many experts were expecting. December futures were still trading at above 87 cents as of press time.

      Although the planting intentions report is significant and certainly provides an idea of how much cotton will be seeded, it doesn't necessarily foretell production figures. Some of the largest crops in PCG's service area have been produced from similar acreage numbers. For example, the 2005 crop of 5.62 million bales was harvested from 3.3 million acres.

      "However, we would certainly have to have optimal conditions for that to occur, much like we did in 2005 when we had only a 7.5 percent abandonment rate," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said.


Cotton Incorporated to Host Price Risk

Management Seminar in Lubbock

      Cotton Incorporated will host a Cotton Price Risk Management Seminar in Lubbock on Wednesday, April 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center, 2322 Mac Davis Lane. This seminar is sponsored by Cotton Incorporated in cooperation with Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

      Part of the Cotton Price Risk Management and Pricing Strategies seminar series, the one-day workshop is designed to help cotton producers increase their understanding of what options on cotton futures contracts are and what they can do to help increase their returns from cotton. Sessions will cover the basics of cotton futures and options, specific hedging strategies involving the use of cotton options contracts, producer perspective, and a market outlook.

      Primary instructors for the seminars will be Dr. Carl Anderson and Dr. John Robinson, with Mr. Joe O'Neill providing additional information and market outlook.

      No attendance fees are required to attend the seminars and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Kay Wriedt at Cotton Incorporated by phone 919-678-2271 or email kwriedt@cottoninc.com. Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.


"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 http://www.tcga.org.



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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 http://www.plainscotton.org/agconferences.html

      April 1 - I Pad Training, Muleshoe - Contact Curtis Preston, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-272-4584.

      April 2 - Irrigation and Forages Meeting, Wellington - Contact Dale Dunlap, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-447-2313.

      April 3 - Rolling Plains Ag Conference, Scurry County Coliseum, Snyder - Contact Greg Gruben, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 325-573-5423.

      April 4 - Irrigation Workshop, Pampa - Contact Brandon McGinty, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-669-8033.

      April 4 - Beef Cattle Workshop, Lipscomb - Contact J.R. Sprague, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-862-4601.

      April 8 - Beef and Wildlife Workshop, Bar P Ranch in Roberts County - Contact Jody Bradford, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-537-3882.

      April 8 - Range Management Workshop, Roberts County - Contact Nick Risley, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-868-3191.

      April 9 - Home Water Management Workshop, Colorado City - Contact Robert Ferguson, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 325-728-3111.

      April 9 - Rainwater Harvesting Workshop, Borden County Events Center, Gail - Contact Cody Hill, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-756-4336.

      April 17 - Rainwater Harvesting Workshop, Colorado City - Contact Robert Ferguson, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 325-728-3111.

      April 25 - Cattle and Wildlife Meeting, Oldham County Barn, Vega - Contact Michael Wilkes, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-267-2692.

      April 26 - Grape Day, Plains - Contact J.W. Wagner, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-456-2263.

      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.


COTTON USA on Cutting Edge of Home

Textile Fashion in China

Thursday, March 28, 2013 From Cotton Council International

      Cotton Council International promoted U.S. cotton home textiles with COTTON USA licensee Shanghai Imagine Home Furnishings Co., Ltd. at the Shenzhen Hometex show in China.

      Shanghai Imagine's booths at the show – which focuses on China's robust domestic home textile market – featured COTTON USA products from two of its brands, Imagine and Vanderbilt Mansion. CCI's presence boosted U.S. cotton quality awareness among buyers, distributors, consumers and media outlets at the event.

      Shanghai Imagine signed 40 new distributor contracts and anticipates selling approximately 10,000 sets of bedding and 35,000 sets of curtains labeled with the COTTON USA Mark, valued at about $2.6 million. Shanghai Imagine's booths attracted 52,000 visitors.

      CCI also organized "Imagine Club" during the show with Shanghai Imagine and Guangdong Home Textile Association to showcase the benefits of U.S. cotton products. One hundred and

fifty executives attended the "Imagine Club."


COTTON USA Mark Sells in Taiwan

Thursday, March 28, 2013 From Cotton Council International

      More than 100 sales managers in Taiwan attended a seminar to share the advantage of the COTTON USA Mark as a sales tool at retail. Eighty-five percent of licensees participating in the seminar agreed that the COTTON USA Mark influenced sales and that consumers prefer to buy products labeled with the COTTON USA Mark. COTTON USA licensees in Taiwan labeled about 17 million products with the Mark in 2012.


Cotton Day Japan Promotions Kick Off with

T-Shirt Design Contest

Thursday, March 28, 2013 From Cotton Council International

      CCI's annual Cotton Day T-shirt contest allows aspiring designers to utilize cotton as their medium for expression. Residents from Japan and five other overseas countries submitted approximately 1,120 designs. The judging ceremony for the contest featured a panel of judges that included representatives from major consumer and trade newspapers and the president of Japan Spinners' Association (JSA). CCI will announce the winners, who will receive prizes from JSA, at the Cotton Day consumer event in Tokyo on May 9.