National Cotton Council and SWCA Schedule

Farm Bill Educational Sessions

Friday, February 21, 2014                       By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Producers, bankers, and others in the agricultural industry will have the opportunity to learn more about the recently passed Agricultural Act of 2014, the Farm Bill, at several meetings scheduled in the area.

      The National Cotton Council will host 49 meetings across the Cotton Belt, 16 of those in Texas. A complete list is available at They are as follows:

February 24 – El Campo, 9 a.m., El Campo Civic Center, 2350 North Mechanic Street

February 24 – Victoria, 2 p.m., Victoria Educational Gardens Pavilion, 283 Bachelor Drive

February 25 – Robstown, 8:30 a.m., Richard Borchard Fairgrounds - Ballroom B, 1213 Terry Shamsie Boulevard

February 25 – Monte Alto, 3 p.m., Rio Farms - Sam Sparks Auditorium, 25601 North FM 88

March 17 – Lamesa, 9 a.m., Leroy Colgan Building, South 10th Street & South Houston Street at Forrest Park

March 17 – Uvalde, 9 a.m., SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center, 300 East Main Street

March 17 – Seminole, 2 p.m., Old City Hall - Ambassador Room, 101 Avenue A

March 18 – Lubbock, 9 a.m., Bayer Museum of Agriculture, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive

March 18 – Garden City, 9 a.m., Glasscock County Community Center, 117 South Myrl Street

March 18 – San Angelo, 1:30 p.m., AgriLife Extension Center, 7887 US Highway 87 North

March 18 – Muleshoe, 2 p.m., Bailey County Electric Cooperative, 610 East American Boulevard

March 19 – Plainview, 9 a.m., Plainview Country Club, 2902 West 4th Street

March 19 – Roby, 9 a.m., Roby Community Center, near intersection of Hwy 180 & Hwy 70

March 19 – Haskell, 2 p.m., Haskell Memorial Civic Center, 202 South Avenue B

March 19 – Amarillo, 2:30 p.m., AgriLife Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Boulevard West

March 21 – El Paso, 9 a.m., Wyndham Hotel - Theater Room, 2027 Airway Boulevard

      The Southwest Council of Agribusiness, along with the Agricultural Food and Policy Center and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, also will host educational sessions featuring Dr. Joe Outlaw with the AFPC. Cities and dates are as follows:

      March 3 – El Campo; March 4 – Winnie; March 12 – Taylor; March 13 – Waco; March 14 – Commerce; March 19 – Lamesa; March 20 – Lubbock; March 21 – Amarillo; April  7 – Corpus Christi; April 8 – Weslaco.

Exact times and locations soon will be available at




PCG's 57th Annual Meeting

Friday, April 4

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

9 a.m.-Noon


Keynote Speaker: Bruce Vincent

Sponsored by Farmers Cooperative Compress


2014 Seed Cost Calculator Now Available

Friday, February 21, 2014                              By Shawn Wade

      The 2014 version of the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. Seed Cost Calculator is ready and available for download from the PCG website at

      The PCG seed cost calculator is an interactive Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that allows producers to calculate an estimated cost per acre, for both seed and technology, based on published suggested retail prices. The calculator has become a popular tool among producers interested in comparing seed and technology prices as they work to finalize their cotton variety selections.

      The 2014 version of the spreadsheet includes listings for 101 conventional, Roundup Ready FLEX, GlyTol, Bollgard II and Widestrike varieties, including numerous stacked gene versions of these technologies that will be available for sale in West Texas in 2014.


Upcoming Area Ag Conferences

      February 26 – Ag Conference, Pampa – Contact Brandon McGinty, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-669-8033.

February 28 – Feed Grains Conference, Muleshoe – Contact Curtis Preston, County Extension Agent-AG, 272-4584.

March 4 – Hall/Briscoe Ag Conference, Turkey – Contact Josh Brooks, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-259-3015.

March 4 – Water Quality Effects on Crop Production, Lipscomb – Contact J.R. Sprague, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-862-4601.

March 4 – Ag Technologies, Miami – Contact Michael Wilkes, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-868-3191.

March 4 - Agricultural Applications of Tablets and Smartphones, Amarillo - contact DeDe Jones, 806-677-5667.

March 5 – Yellow Herbicides – Back to the Basics, Seminole – Contact Terry Millican, County Extension Agent-AG, 432-758-4006.

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 and ask for Mary Jane Buerkle, or email A complete list of conferences is available at