Farm Bill Focus of Lamesa Cotton Growers
Friday, August 30, 2013 From Lamesa Cotton Growers
What are the prospects for a farm bill in 2014? What is likely to be included in a farm bill? Those issues will be the focus of the Lamesa Cotton Growers Annual Meeting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, at the Dawson County Community Building. Lunch will be provided at noon at the Forrest Park Community Center.
Featured speakers are U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, and Craig Brown, the National Cotton Council's Vice President of Producer Affairs. The meeting also will include a financial report, Plains Cotton Growers report, AG-CARES report, President's report and other valuable information for cotton producers.
The luncheon is held in conjunction with the Lamesa Kiwanis Club, Lamesa Rotary Club and the Dawson County United Fund. There is no charge to attend the meeting or the luncheon, but everyone planning to eat lunch is asked to RSVP by calling the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Dawson County office at (806) 872-3444.
Area Field Days Scheduled
Mark your calendars for the following area field days:
Sept. 3 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Hart
Sept. 4 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Dumas
Sept. 5 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Farwell
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 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Levelland
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 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Crosbyton
Sept. 24 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Sudan
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 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Brownfield
Sept. 26 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, TBD, Sudan
Oct. 1 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Woodrow
For more information on these field days:
All-Tex/Dyna-Gro: Cody Poage, (806) 894-4901
Americot: (806) 793-1431 or (888) 678-SEED
Bayer CropScience: your local Bayer sales representative, Regional Agronomist Daniel Olivier, (806) 281-4931, or Regional Agronomist Kenny Melton, (806) 786-5088
Deltapine: Eric Best, (806) 790-4646
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 coming up are as follows:
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
Sept. 9 – 9 a.m., USDA Service Center, 2431 South Farwell, Littlefield
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.
NCC Board Updated on Key Industry Issues
Friday, August 23, 2013 From the National Cotton Council
NCC officers, directors and advisors, along with other industry leaders attending the NCC's Mid-Year Board meeting in New Orleans, were updated on key issues and upcoming challenges and opportunities facing the industry.
In the NCC Chairman's report, Jimmy Dodson said the most critical challenge before the U.S. cotton industry is timely passage of a new multi-year farm bill. He said the NCC's Farm Policy Task Force has been closely monitoring this situation.
Among pressing trade matters the NCC has been involved in this year, Dodson said, are international contract defaults, the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, the Peruvian CVD investigation and the World Trade Organization.
Regarding the WTO Doha negotiations, Dodson noted his involvement in a NCC delegation that participated in meetings in Geneva in conjunction with the annual WTO Cotton Development Assessment. During those meetings, the NCC had the opportunity to highlight the drastic changes in the cotton market over the past five years -- and inform WTO officials that all cotton growers share the concern about cotton's loss of market share in the world fiber market. In terms of possible outcomes from the upcoming WTO Ministerial, Dodson said the NCC has emphasized that the reduction in support in the proposed U.S. cotton policy should be recognized in the WTO.
Dodson said the NCC continues to work on several environmental regulatory concerns. Among those are pollinator protection, clean water permits, spill prevention and OSHA rulemaking. Along with work on these, the NCC is focused on the federal approval of new biotech crops and has joined other agricultural groups in emphasizing the need for new traits to fight resistant weeds.
Among other key 2013 NCC activities Dodson noted were: work by the NCC's Contract Arbitration Study Committee, chaired by Ron Craft, a Texas ginner; ongoing efforts to improve US cotton flow by the NCC's Performance and Standards Task Force, led by Bobby Greene, an Alabama ginner; and the NCC's continued emphasis on contamination prevention through a variety of educational programs and articles in various publications, including Cotton's Week.
John Maguire, NCC's senior vice president, Washington Operations, provided an update on the status of the farm bill, as well as a review of key environmental and trade policy issues facing the US cotton industry. He outlined the key differences between the respective farm bills and highlighted the possible Congressional schedule for the coming weeks. In particular, after Congress returns on Sept. 9, there will be only nine legislative days before Oct. 1.
Gary Adams, NCC's vice president, Economics & Policy Analysis, told attendees in his economic update that China's stocks policy is a key to future price direction. Building China's reserves has provided support to prices but there are concerns about long-term impacts on cotton demand. Cotton still has the challenge of competing with $0.75 polyester on the demand side, while trying to hold acres in the face of competition from grain and oilseed prices. Regarding U.S. production, Adams noted USDA's recent 2013 production estimate of 13.05 million bales versus 17.32 million bales in 2012. He cautioned that the final crop size still could be considerably different from the August estimate due to the lateness of the crop and uncertainties on the effects of weather.
Christy Birdsong, NCC's general counsel, updated directors on the Peruvian countervailing duties (CVD) investigation self-initiated by Peru's National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property that is looking at US cotton subsidies and potential damage to Peruvian cotton producers. She said NCC's Gary Adams will again travel to Lima to provide a critique of the "Essential Facts" analysis and again argue against a CVD. She said the US Trade Representative's office and Peruvian textile firms also will present at the hearing, and "again, we've been working closely with both groups to provide a united front" as a final determination is expected in late September.
Birdsong said if there is a CVD, the NCC will be looking at ways to "minimize the impact, shorten the length of time imposed and minimize the amount. Aside from CVD itself, we're mindful of copycat actions by other countries against other subsidized commodities - corn, soybeans, wheat, rice could be vulnerable. USTR shares our concern."
Cotton Council International President John Burch updated directors on CCI's activities, and said that in spite of last year's reduced crop and the challenging volatility in cotton prices, CCI's support base has continued strong.
Burch said CCI is seeing accelerated change - consolidation - in the global brand and retail segments and continued market instability but as much the result of uncertain and unsustainable policies, especially in China and India. He said this means that with brands and retailers increasingly consolidating, they are looking to mitigate risk.
"They want a better understanding of their supply chain; with 15 offices overseas covering 50 countries, this plays to our strength," Burch said. "But we will need to work both harder and smarter to grow the demand to insure we have profitable business operations. That is why I am excited to see CCI and Cotton Incorporated are involved in developing the Cotton LEADs program to demonstrate to brands and retailers the responsibility and commitment of U.S. producers."