PCG Board of Directors To Meet July 10

Friday, July 5, 2013                             By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Members of the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. Board of Directors will gather in Lubbock on Wednesday, July 10, for the group's first quarterly meeting of the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m.

      One of the primary items of business for the PCG Board at this meeting will be consideration and approval of a new FY2013-2014 PCG Operating Budget.

      The Board also will hear a cotton market report from Ray Ragsdale, president of the Lubbock Cotton Exchange; a farm policy update from Tom Sell with Combest, Sell & Associates; an update from Lynn Tate, president of the High Plains Water District's Board of Directors; and a review of the upcoming NCC, Cotton Incorporated and Cotton Board caucuses to select High Plains representatives to serve in industry leadership positions.


West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute

Annual Conference Set for September 10

      The annual meeting of the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Scottish Rite Temple - Learning Center, located at 1101 70th Street in Lubbock (South Loop 289 and Interstate 27).

      This year represents the 61st meeting of WTACI, an unincorporated organization of dealers, industry representatives, agricultural producers, scientists, educators, and agribusiness members who support education and research programs promoting safe and effective use of agricultural chemicals and protection and preservation of the area's natural resources.

      Topics to be discussed at the conference include pesticide application and laws and regulations, salinity remediation, an integrated pest management update, and much more. A detailed list of presentations and speakers will be online soon at http://wtaci.tamu.edu. TDA and CCA continuing education units will be available.     

      Pre-registration will be online within the next two weeks at http://wtaci.tamu.edu/Registration.html. Registration forms will be mailed in mid-July. On-line registration fees are $75 for conference attendees and $300 for a booth and must be completed or postmarked by August 31. On-site registration will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the conference and will cost $95 for attendees and $325 for booth sponsors. Lunch will be provided as part of the registration fee.

      Opportunities also exist to contribute to the WTACI Scholarship Fund, which has provided more than $60,000 in scholarships to students majoring in agricultural fields at many Texas universities.

      Contact Jason Woodward at 806-632-0762 or jewoodward@ag.tamu.edu for questions about the program and CEU's. If you have trouble or questions regarding registration contact David Pointer, 806-746-4021 or dlpointer@ag.tamu.edu.


Space Still Available for

Texas International Cotton School

      Registration remains open for the 33rd session of the Texas International Cotton School, scheduled for August 5-16, 2013, in Lubbock.

      The intensive two-week program covers all aspects of cotton, from the field to the fabric. Since its inception, the school has been a collaboration between the Texas cotton merchants who make up the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and the faculty and staff of Texas Tech's Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute.

      During the two weeks of the school, more than 30 experts from across the United States teach the students, who learn about the cotton marketing chain – including seed breeding, farm production, harvesting, ginning, warehousing, merchandising, and textile manufacturing.

      Throughout the program, they have repeated opportunities to interact with the cotton merchants of the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and the fiber and textile experts of Texas Tech University.

      For more information, including tuition and curriculum, visit http://www.texasintlcottonschool.com or call Christi Chadwell, TICS coordinator, at (806) 742-2838 Ext. 233.


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SWCA, Texas Ag Forum to Host Southwest Ag

Issues Summit in September

The Southwest Council of Agribusiness and the Texas Ag Forum will host the Southwest Ag Issues Summit on September 8-10 at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City.

The Summit is an opportunity for agricultural leaders to discuss key issues facing agriculture. The event also provides the opportunity to network with fellow agricultural influencers in the industry. The Summit is an effort to help unite the voices of agricultural leaders, allowing them to better serve the industry as a whole and ensure the security of America's food and fiber producers.

Keynote speaker for the dinner event on September 10 will be cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell. Find out more about Waddie at http://www.waddiemitchell.com.

Platinum sponsor for the event is the Farm Credit Bank of Texas. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Mitchell Harris at mitchell.harris@agtexas.com.

Registration, which includes all meals and programs, is $325/attendee or $450 for an attendee and a spouse through July 31; prices increase after that. Optional networking opportunities, including wine tasting, golf, and poker tournament packages are available as well.

More information about the Southwest Ag Issues Summit, including how to register and a tentative agenda, is at http://www.agissuessummit.com.