NCC, SWCA, Texas Tech Schedule

Farm Bill Educational Meetings

      The National Cotton Council, the Southwest Council of Agribusiness, and Texas Tech have scheduled meetings in the PCG service area to provide more information on the Agricultural Act of 2014, the Farm Bill.

      NCC meetings, which are co-sponsored by PCG and Texas Cotton Ginners Association and presented by NCC senior staff, are as follows:

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

      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 – Muleshoe, 2 p.m., Bailey County Electric Cooperative, 610 E. American Blvd

      March 19 – Plainview, 9 a.m., Plainview Country Club, 2902 W. 4th St.

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

      A complete list of NCC meetings across the Cotton Belt is at

      Southwest Council of Agribusiness meetings, which are co-sponsored by the Agricultural Food and Policy Center and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and presented by Dr. Joe Outlaw of the AFPC and Tom Sell of Combest, Sell & Associates, are as follows:

      March 19 – Lamesa, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Forrest Park Community Building, 814 S. Houston (lunch provided)

      March 20 – Lubbock, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Plains Cotton Cooperative Association Delegate Body Room, 3301 E. 50th St. (enter through west doors – lunch provided)

      March 21 – Amarillo, time and location TBD

      A complete list of SWCA meetings is at

      March 24 – The Texas Tech University Center for Technology Transfer, PCG and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Lubbock County will host "The 2014 Farm Bill: Changes in Crops and Conservation" issues forum at 2 p.m. Monday, March 24, at the TTU International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Avenue. Speakers include Darren Richardson, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Darren Hudson, Ph.D., Texas Tech University Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics; and Jay Yates, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For more information, call Erica Irlbeck at (806) 834-6708 or email

      More meetings likely will be scheduled in the future. An updated list is available on the PCG website,


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Cotton Incorporated to Host Price Risk

Management Seminar in Lubbock

Friday, March 7, 2014                        By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Cotton Incorporated, in cooperation with PCG, will host a Cotton Price Risk Management Seminar, "Market-Based Strategies for How to Manage Your Price Risk for the 2014 Crop Season – Integrating Insurance and Farm Policy," in Lubbock on Wednesday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, located at 2521 17th Street on the Texas Tech campus.

     The one-day workshop is designed to help cotton producers increase their understanding of using options on futures to manage price risk. Speakers will discuss how and when to use a variety of option strategies involving puts, calls, and spreads.

      Primary instructors for the seminars will be Dr. Carl Anderson and Dr. John Robinson, with Mr. Joe O'Neill providing additional information and market outlook.

      No attendance fees are required to attend the seminars and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Lynda Keys at Cotton Incorporated by phone 919-678-2269 or email Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.




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

Washington/Farm Bill Update by John Maguire, Senior VP-Washington Operations, National Cotton Council

Other Speakers To Be Announced Soon!


Upcoming Area Ag Conferences

      March 19 – Resistant Weed Meeting, Floyd County Office, Floydada – Contact County Extension Office at 806-983-4912.

      March 21 – Pre-Plant Cotton Workshop, New Home – Contact Bryan Reynolds, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-561-4562.

      March 24 – Pre-Plant Cotton Meeting, Lamesa – Contact Gary Roschetzky, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-872-3444.

If you have another conference to add to this list, or if you have an agenda you'd like to link, please email A complete list of conferences is available at