PCG Annual Meeting Scheduled for April 4

Friday, March 14, 2014                       By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., will host their 57th Annual Meeting on Friday, April 4, 2014 in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

      PCG's Annual Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will start promptly at 9 a.m. The meeting is held in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners' Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, April 3-4, 2014, in Lubbock.

      Current PCG president Craig Heinrich of Slaton, Texas, will preside over the meeting and PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett will report on the status of PCG operations and activities. An award recognizing the 2013 High Plains Cotton Agent of the Year also will be presented at the meeting.

      Farmers Cooperative Compress will present keynote speaker Bruce Vincent, a third generation logger from Libby, Montana. During the past 20 years, he has given motivational speeches throughout the United States and the world, has testified on natural resource issues before Congress and has appeared on several news programs such as "60 Minutes." Bruce has been named Timberman of the Year in Montana, National Forest Activist of the Year, the Agri-Women's 2007 Veritas Award Winner, and in 2004 received the inaugural Presidential Preserve America Award from President Bush. His current activities represent a family commitment to responsible environmentalism. His program is titled, "With Vision, There is Hope." For more information on Bruce Vincent, visit http://www.brucevincentspeaking.com.

      John Maguire, Vice President-Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council, will update attendees on the 2014 Farm Bill and other Washington activities. Steve Uryasz with the Texas Tech Red Raider Club will discuss the 2014 Celebrate Cotton game, and reveal this year's date.

      A buffet breakfast will be served from 7:00-8:30 a.m. in the Civic Center Banquet Hall sponsored by Monsanto and Deltapine. Breakfast will be provided free to all PCG Annual Meeting participants. Immediately following the PCG Annual Meeting will be the annual FiberMax Cottonseed Luncheon for PCG Annual Meeting participants and members of the FiberMax "One Ton Club." Lunch will be served in the Civic Center Banquet Hall.

      Additional information about PCG and the Annual Meeting can be found online at http://www.plainscotton.org.


SWCA, NCC to Host Farm Bill Educational

Meetings This Week in PCG Area

      Several entities, including the National Cotton Council and the Southwest Council of Agribusiness, 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 http://www.cotton.org/news/releases/2014/fbillmeet.cfm.

      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, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon, Amarillo Civic Center Regency Room B, 401 S. Buchanan St.

      A complete list of SWCA meetings is at http://www.southwest-council.org/farm-bill-forums.html.

      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 erica.irlbeck@ttu.edu.

      March 26 - Western Peanut Growers Association, Inc., will host a Farm Bill Meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the Gaines County Civic Building, 402 NW 5th Street. Presenters include Kathy Sayers, USDA Agricultural Program Specialist for Peanut Loans and LDPs; Steve Verett, Plains Cotton Growers; and Tom Sell, Combest, Sell & Associates.

      More meetings likely will be scheduled in the future. An updated list is available on the PCG website, http://www.plainscotton.org.



Cotton Board Gin Show Booth

Highlights Denim Recycling Program

Friday, March 14, 2014                     From The Cotton Board

      The Cotton Board will be hosting a booth at the Texas Cotton Ginners Association's 107th Annual Meeting and Cotton Trade Show is scheduled for April 3 and 4 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center - and we want your used denim! The Cotton Board's Regional Communications Managers will hold a Blue Jeans Go Green denim drive where each piece of donated denim earns a chance to win a $250 gift card from Cabela's – World Foremost Outfitters.

      "We're asking visitors to the Gin Show to bring their old denim, no matter what shape it's in," explains Brad Robb, The Cotton Board's Vice President of Communications. After the show, the denim will be converted into UltraTouch¬ insulation by Bonded Logic, a leading manufacturer of natural fiber insulation. The insulation will then be provided to building organizations working in communities in need - often in area affected by natural disasters.

      The Cotton Board's booth, located just inside the north doors of the Exhibit Hall, will have bins where attendees can drop off their donated denim items and enter their chances to win. "We say 'chances to win' because for each piece of denim you donate, you get one entry. The more you bring, the more entries you get and the better your chances of winning," explains Bobby Skeen, Mid-South Regional Communications Manager for The Cotton Board.

      "We decided on a Cabela's gift card because they adopted an apparel finishing technology developed by Cotton Incorporated called 'STORM COTTON' and have applied the technology to a line of camouflage hoodies," explains Skeen. "We will also be showcasing one of the hoodies at the show."

      For more information about this exciting program, please visit http://www.BlueJeansGoGreen.org.


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"TCGA╔Taking A Stand In Texas"

Is Theme of TCGA Trade Show April 3 and 4

      The Texas Cotton Ginners Association's 107th Annual Meeting and Cotton Trade Show is scheduled for April 3 and 4 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

      The trade show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 4. The show is a chance for ginners, employees, and customers to see the latest in ginning technology and to meet others in the industry to discuss important issues and the latest trends.

      More information, including a complete schedule of events, hotel reservation form, meeting pre-registration and event forms is available on the TCGA website at http://www.tcga.org.


Cotton LEADS¬ Acknowledged By

More Than 100 Textile Businesses

Thursday, March 13, 2014 From the National Cotton Council

      Launched in October of last year, the Cotton LEADS¬program continues to resonate with global textile businesses as a supply chain program committed to responsibly-produced cotton.

      The program emphasizes national capabilities of the cotton industries in Australia and the United States, along with their commitment to continual improvement, research and best practices.  Combined, cotton production in these countries accounts for approximately 17 percent of global cotton production. The Cotton LEADS¬ program continues to gain interest among textile businesses committed to responsible sourcing, including the iconic American brand, Brooks Brothers.

      "The founding members of Cotton LEADS¬ program, including Cotton Australia, the National Cotton Council, Cotton Council International and Cotton Incorporated, are gratified that so many businesses around the world recognize the ongoing environmental gains made by cotton growers in Australia and the United States," said Mark Messura, SVP Global Supply Chain Marketing at Cotton Incorporated.

      Currently, more than 100 retailers, brands and manufacturers have joined the Cotton LEADS¬ program as partners -- including the newest partner, Brooks Brothers. The partners recognize the principles of the Cotton LEADS¬ program and encourage its efforts toward responsible cotton production and continual improvement. They also acknowledge that Cotton LEADS¬ cotton, grown under the regulatory environments of Australia and the United States, helps to meet their objectives for responsible sourcing criteria.

      In explaining how the Cotton LEADS¬ program fits into Brooks Brothers' sourcing needs, Joe Dixon, the company's SVP of Production and Technical Services, said, "Brooks Brothers is enthusiastically committed to sustainable sourcing. Because cotton continues to be a mainstay of Brooks Brothers' product offerings, we require significant amounts of high quality, responsibly-produced cotton fiber. We look to a range of opportunities that, like the Cotton LEADS¬ program, can demonstrate best practices, reduced environmental impact, and make a commitment to ongoing improvement and traceability."

      The program also emphasizes the environmental gains achieved at a national level within the two current member nations, as well as the national oversight and national capabilities of the cotton industries in the two countries.

      The Cotton LEADS¬ program is a joint effort of the Australian and U.S. cotton industries as a project of the Cotton Foundation. Its founding members are Cotton Australia, the National Cotton Council of America, Cotton Council International and Cotton Incorporated. The program is designed to raise awareness of the responsible growing practices and commitment to continuous improvement among cotton producers in the member countries.

      More information on the Cotton LEADS¬ program is at http://www.cottonleads.org.