Lesser Prairie Chicken Stakeholders'

Conservation Strategy Information

Meetings Scheduled

Friday, August 23, 2013                            By Shawn Wade

      Dates have been set for landowner outreach and information meetings for the Stakeholders' Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie Chicken and the LEPC Habitat Exchange Program.

      Meetings will be held in three locations: Garden City, Kansas (September 4); Woodward, Oklahoma (September 5); and, Morton, Texas (September 11). Additional information regarding the scheduled meeting locations, including start times for each meeting are:

      Sept. 4 – 7:00 p.m. CDT; Garden City Community College, Fous Building, Room 1104, Garden City, Kansas.

      Sept. 5 – 6:00 p.m. CDT; High Plains Technology Center, Woodward, Oklahoma.

      Sept. 11 – 6:00 p.m., CDT; Cochran County Activity Center (200 W Taylor), Morton, Texas. A meal will be provided to attendees.

      The primary purpose of Stakeholders' Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie Chicken is to provide a market-based response to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services proposed listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a "Threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act.

      The main purpose of the Stakeholders' Conservation Strategy effort is to translate interest in continued energy production into a habitat mitigation need; and how that need can be translated into voluntary landowner participation through the sale mitigation credits, while satisfying the desires of the environmentalist to save the species by conservation.

      Successful implementation of the Stakeholders' Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie Chicken will provide beneficial habitat preservation and restoration for the species through the creation of a market-based mechanism that provides opportunities for private landowners to develop alternative income streams in exchange for the implementation of habitat conservation and management practices that benefit the species and facilitate the continuation of valuable oil and gas activity within the LEPC range.

      The Stakeholders' Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie Chicken is being developed by stakeholder groups that encompass agriculture, the oil and gas industry, and the environmental community.  

      Agriculture groups involved with the effort include Plains Cotton Growers, the Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas Farm Bureaus and many other Ag groups representing landowners within the currently identified LEPC range.


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Area Field Days Scheduled

      Mark your calendars for the following area field days:

      Sept. 13 – Texas Tech/Texas AgriLife Research Field Day, 8 a.m., Quaker Farm, 200 N. Quaker

      Sept. 16 – Deltapine Consultants Field Day, 8 a.m.-noon, Chapman Farm, Lorenzo

      Sept. 17 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nichols Farm, Seminole

      Sept. 18 – All-Tex/Dyna-Gro Field Day, 9 a.m.-noon, 2200 West Avenue, Levelland (lunch served at noon)

      Sept. 19 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Chapman Farm, Lorenzo

      Sept. 24 – Americot Field Day, 10 a.m., Agrisearch, Inc. Farm, located about four miles west of Edmonson in northern Hale County

      Sept. 24 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 3 p.m., Doug Jost Barn, St. Lawrence

      Sept. 25 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ricky Cude Barn, Lamesa

      Sept. 26 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, TBD, Sudan

      For more information on the Deltapine field days, call Eric Best at (806) 790-4646.

      For more information on the All-Tex Field Day, call Cody Poage at (806) 894-4901.

      For more information on the Americot Field Day, call Americot at (806) 793-1431 or (888) 678-SEED.

      If you have a field day you would like to add to this schedule, please call Mary Jane Buerkle at (806) 792-4904 or email maryjane@plainscotton.org.



"Celebrate Cotton" Game Scheduled for

September 21; Special Ticket Pricing Available

Friday, August 23, 2013                       By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Have YOU made plans to attend a Texas Tech football game this season?

      Plains Cotton Growers has again teamed up with Texas Tech Athletics and 8 corporate partners supporting the cotton industry to bring you the "Celebrate Cotton" Game as the Red Raiders host Texas State on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Jones AT&T Stadium. Game time currently is scheduled for 6 p.m.

      Those in the cotton industry can purchase tickets for this game at a special price of just $35 per ticket! Please visit http://www.texastech.com/promocode and enter the Promo Code COTTON2013. Follow the prompts to ensure you have a seat at the game. You also can call (806) 742-TECH (8324) and mention the promo code COTTON2013 to receive the special discount.

      Cotton will be everywhere before and throughout the game, from displays at Raider Alley and around the stadium to promotion, special graphics and fun cotton facts during the game.

      Special gameday T-shirts will be distributed (first-come, first-serve!) and cotton bales will line each entrance to the stadium, each with signage talking about what the cotton in that bale can make or how it impacts our economy.

      Presenting sponsors for Celebrate Cotton include United Cotton Growers; FiberMax; Warren CAT; AgTexas Farm Credit Services; PhytoGen; City Bank; Deltapine; and All-Tex Seed.

      The day before, Sept. 20, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Harvest Luncheon, presented by Bayer CropScience, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plains Cotton Cooperative Association in the delegate body room. Keynote speaker will be Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. For more information on how to obtain tickets, please contact the Chamber at (806) 761-7000.

      Additional cotton-related events happening that week include the Cotton Incorporated Breeders' Tour, the Texas Cotton Association's Flow Meeting, and several field days.

      For more information, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904. Spread the word! Let's make this game a huge success for cotton!


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NRCS to Host Local Work Group Meetings

      The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts will host Local Work Group meetings. The purpose of the public meetings is to receive input from farmers, ranchers, local agencies, organizations, local agricultural leaders, businesses, and other individuals with an interest in natural resource concerns.

      Area meetings through the first week of September are as follows:

      August 27 – 9 a.m., Vega Service Center, 906 Main, Vega

      August 28 – 9 a.m., USDA Service Center, 801 South Bliss, Suite 104, Dumas

      Sept. 3 – 9 a.m., USDA Service Center, 410 Lone Star, Silverton

      Sept. 3 – 9:30 a.m., USDA Service Center, 109 NE 14th Street, Lamesa

      Sept. 3 – 1:30 p.m., USDA Service Center, USDA Service Center, 811 4th Street, Hartley

      Sept. 3 – 7 p.m., Ralls Community Storm Shelter, 821 Tilford St., Ralls

      Sept. 4 – 8 a.m., Plains Community Building, 1006 Avenue G, Plains

      Sept. 5 – 9 a.m., Wells Fargo Bank Meeting Room, 216 West Main St., Post 

      For more information, contact the local USDA-NRCS office in your county, or access the information on the Texas NRCS website at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.



ACP, Foundation Hold Joint Meeting

Friday, August 16, 2013     From the National Cotton Council

      The American Cotton Producers, chaired by Clyde Sharp of Arizona, met in Scottsdale, AZ, in conjunction with The Cotton Foundation's annual meeting, presided over by Barry Evans, a Texas producer.

      Reports were presented on a wide range of industry issues with farm policy status continuing as producer leadership's main focus.

      In the meeting's initial report, National Cotton Council Chairman Jimmy Dodson, a South Texas producer, reviewed a number of industry challenges and discussed the NCC's involvement with World Trade Organization meetings, including its Cotton Development assessment conducted in Geneva in June and the upcoming ministerial conference in Indonesia. John Maguire, NCC's senior vice president of Washington Operations, updated the group on farm bill debate status.

      The ACP adopted recommendations presented by the ACP Farm Policy Task Force which convened immediately ahead of the joint meeting. The Task Force recommended several options for industry consideration that could be necessary depending upon the timing of Congressional action on new farm legislation, which currently awaits a House-Senate conference. Recommendations were developed to ensure a viable cotton program was in place for the 2014 crop if a multi-year farm bill was passed this year, but was too late for implementation of the STAX insurance product. The ACP also discussed policy challenges for cotton if Congress failed to pass a multi-year farm bill this year and the current law was extended. The recommendations will be considered by the NCC Farm Policy Task Force that will meet in conjunction with the NCC Board of Directors' meeting.

      Producers also received updates from NCC staff on several environmental and trade issues. NCC President and CEO Mark Lange reviewed both Cotton LEADSTM (a new industry responsible production initiative) and a cotton flow initiative that has been endorsed by the NCC's Performance and Standards Task Force. Bill Norman, NCC's vice president, Technical Services, updated the group on the NCC's activities in the Field to Market Alliance and its Fieldprint Calculator project, which tie directly into the responsible production efforts. Norman also reviewed the schedule for the 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences set for Jan. 6-8 in New Orleans.

      Evans, who is a member of the NCC Contract Arbitration Study Committee, reported on its deliberations and proposed a follow-up position on contract arbitration that will be brought before the NCC board.