PCG Delegation to Join State Cotton Leaders for

"Cotton Day at the Capitol"

Friday, April 5, 2013                        By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., will send a delegation to attend "Cotton Day at the Capitol" on Wednesday, April 10. This event is held in Austin each legislative session and is an opportunity to educate state leaders about the impact of the cotton industry in Texas.

      The day's activities will include visits to legislative offices to provide them with cotton gifts and tell them about the industry and its pressing issues. Participants will be able to visit one-on-one with elected officials and members of their staff.

      The group from PCG will join representatives from various segments of the cotton industry all over the state, including several cotton producers.

      "Events like these help ensure that we maintain communication with our state leaders and members of their staff, and it is critical that they know just how important cotton is to the entire state and to our economy," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said.



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Farm Policy Facts Releases Farm Bill 101

      Farm Policy Facts has released Farm Bill 101, a current and comprehensive guide to the nine titles that make up the Farm Bill.

      The resource includes a title-by-title history and summary and is an essential tool for those wishing to better understand this complex package of agriculture, conservation, rural development, research and food assistance policies.

      To view the Farm Bill 101 guide online, visit http://content.inboxgroup.com/fpf/Farm-Bill-101-3-21-13.pdf.

      Farm Policy Facts is a diverse coalition of agricultural organizations formed to raise awareness about the positive role that agriculture plays in our economic recovery, the huge return investments taxpayers see from farm policy and the disproportionate funding cuts that agriculture has already shouldered.

      Members include the American Sugar Alliance, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Cotton Council, USA Rice Federation, National Crop Insurance Services and Southwest Council of Agribusiness.



Ginning Research Survey Deadline Extended

Friday, April 5, 2013          From the National Cotton Council

      The National Cotton Ginners Association is urging its ginner members to participate in a survey aimed at identifying the ginning industry's most significant issues. The deadline for completing the survey's "Research Needs" questionnaire, which has five questions, has been extended to April 15. The questionnaire is at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RJ5SXHH.

      NCGA Executive Vice President Harrison Ashley said the survey initiative is "an effort to better serve the ginning industry and utilize limited fiscal and human resources available to identify and address the needs of the cotton ginning industry and individual gins. Survey results will be used by research institutions such as the USDA-ARS gin labs to help prioritize research efforts and focus resources on the issues of greatest concern to the ginning industry."


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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 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 – Pesticide Applicator Training and Pesticide Handler (Green Card) Training, Brownfield - Contact Chris Bishop, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-637-4060.

      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.