Cotton Industry Seeks Volunteer Leaders

Friday, June 6, 2014                                       By Shawn Wade

      The success of the High Plains cotton industry, like any group effort, is directly tied to the willingness of qualified individuals to volunteer to serve in various leadership positions. To identify these volunteers, the High Plains cotton industry caucuses each year with other cotton groups within Texas to identify producers interested in serving as a volunteer leader.

      PCG encourages all qualified individuals interested in representing the High Plains as a representative to the Cotton Board, National Cotton Council, or Cotton Incorporated to contact PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett for more information.

      Each year, a variety of volunteer positions within the NCC and Cotton Incorporated are filled directly through the industry's caucus process. In addition to naming representatives to the NCC and Cotton Incorporated, PCG and the Texas cotton industry also work together to identify and nominate qualified individuals to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for possible appointment as a Member or Alternate on the Cotton Board.

      Qualified individuals interested in serving on the Cotton Board, which oversees the highly successful U.S. Cotton Research & Promotion Program, also are encouraged to contact Verett at the PCG office in Lubbock to request additional information. PCG's telephone number is 806-792-4904.

      To be a qualified producer nominee for the Cotton Board, an individual should be actively engaged in cotton production at the time of nomination, be committed to the mission of the Cotton Board and the Cotton Research and Promotion Program, and have demonstrated leadership skills and experience.

      "Whether it is a nomination to serve on the Cotton Board or appointment to a leadership position within the National Cotton Council or Cotton Incorporated, the membership of Plains Cotton Growers has proven to be fertile ground for leaders within our industry," Verett said. "Our industry owes much to the dedicated men and women who step forward to serve their fellow producers. We look forward to extending that tradition of leadership in the years ahead."

      Editor's Note: The Cotton Board seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all those who qualify for nomination and appointment to the Cotton Board regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, socio-economic status, religion or sexual orientation.



Participation in 2013 ACRE requires production reports for planted acres that must be submitted for the covered commodities and peanuts planted on the farm by July 15, 2014.

Failure to report production for those covered commodities and peanuts planted on ACRE farms may result in contract termination. 

If the contract is terminated, all payments, including direct payments previously received plus interest will be required to be refunded.


HPWD Releases Annual Water Level Measurements

Friday, May 30, 2014            From the High Plains Water District

Annual water level measurements indicate an average decline of -1.32 feet in the groundwater levels of the Ogallala Aquifer within the 16-county High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 service area in 2013.

This decline is 0.55 of a foot less than the -1.87 feet decline recorded in 2012 during extended drought conditions.

The 10-year average change (2004-2014) was -8.83 feet while the five-year average change (2009-2014) was -6.85 feet.

"It is important to remember that these values represent the average change in water levels across the district's 16-county service area. As always, we recommend that landowners review data from observation wells nearest their property for more representative data," said HPWD Manager Jason Coleman, P.E.

Winter water level measurements are made from December to March each year. This allows time for water levels in the aquifer to stabilize following the previous year's groundwater production.

Results of the HPWD water level measurements will be presented in a different format this year.

"In previous years, this information was included in a special issue of The Cross Section, the district's monthly newsletter. HPWD is making the information available this year in a new 76-page magazine-style report. It features larger maps showing location of the observation wells in each county as well as 11 years of water level data for the respective wells, where applicable. We hope that the new format is beneficial to everyone," Coleman said.

Persons on the newsletter mailing list will receive a copy of the 2014 water level measurement report by mail. It is also available for downloading at

Water level data is also available using an interactive map on the HPWD web site at

"This feature provides easy access to water level data for those using mobile devices as well as desktop applications. The newest feature added to this application is the calculation of saturated thickness at the water level observation sites—but is limited to those sites where the district has an accurate driller's log," Coleman said.

As always, the HPWD Board of Directors and staff thank the many landowners and operators who continue to support the water level observation network by providing access to their wells for depth-to-water level measurements each year.

"These measurements provide a wealth of important information which assists the district with its water conservation efforts. We greatly appreciate everyone's assistance," he said.

Created in 1951 by local residents and the Texas Legislature, the High Plains Water District is charged with conserving, preserving, protecting and preventing waste of groundwater within its 16-county service area.