NCC's Policy Education Program Participants

Complete Training

Friday, July 25, 2014   From the National Cotton Council

      Participants in the 2014 Policy Education Program completed their training during sessions in Greensboro, NC, and Washington, DC.

      The group included: Jacob Appleberry and A.J. Hood, both from Tillar, AR; Bryan Baker, Sudan, TX; Brandon Belch, Conway, NC; Jayme Dunn, Satana, KS; Scott Flowers, Clarksdale, MS; Philip Marek, Wharton, TX; Nick Marshall, Baker, FL; Lance Miller, Boaz, AL; Steve Olson, Plainview, TX; Glenn Sapp, Sale City, GA; Chase Schuchard, Roscoe, TX; and Martin Stoerner, Lockney, TX.

      The PEP is now is in its 16th year of giving US cotton producers an opportunity to learn more about the NCC's policy development/implementation process and the issues affecting the industry. Some 200 NCC producer members have participated in the PEP, which is supported by Syngenta Crop Protection through a grant to The Cotton Foundation.

      While in Greensboro, the group received communications training, met with Syngenta's management team and toured the company's research facilities. In Washington, they visited with the House and Senate agriculture committees' staff, met with USDA and EPA officials and were briefed on key industry issues by NCC Washington operations staff.

      The first 2014 PEP session enabled the NCC producer members to attend the NCC's Annual Meeting in February. They saw representatives from the seven US cotton industry segments in the 17 Cotton Belt states formulate and implement NCC policy and resolutions.



High Plains Water District Hearings


Tuesday, July 29 – Levelland – 3-6 p.m.

Mallet Event Center, 2320 U.S. Highway 385


Tuesday, August 5 – Canyon – 3-6 p.m.

Kuhlman Center, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office

200 N. Brown Road


Proposed Management Plan Available at


Celebrate Cotton Tickets On Sale

Friday, July 25, 2014                        By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Those in the cotton industry who want to see the Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Celebrate Cotton game on Saturday, September 13, have a special opportunity for early access to purchase tickets to that game.    Between now and August 15, you can be sure you have your game tickets by doing one of the following:

Š       Visit and enter COTTON

Š       Call Paul Ables at (806) 834-2256

Š       Call Ryann White at (806) 834-0149

Š       Call Rodrick Evans at (806) 834-1741

      Individual tickets are $85 each, and game time currently is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Season tickets already have sold out, and it is expected that tickets for this game will sell out as well, so be sure and order yours between now and August 15, before the block is released to the public!

      PCG has proudly partnered with Texas Tech Athletics to establish this fun event that puts the High Plains cotton industry on a national stage. Cotton will be everywhere before and throughout the game, from displays around the stadium to promotion, special graphics and fun cotton facts during the game.

      Special gameday T-shirts will be distributed (first-come, first-serve!) and cotton bales will line each entrance to the stadium, each with signage talking about what the cotton in that bale can make or how it impacts our economy.

      Presenting sponsors for Celebrate Cotton include AgTexas Farm Credit Services, Bayer CropScience, City Bank, Crop Production Services, Deltapine, Diversified Sub-Surface Irrigation, Inc., Dodge Ram, PhytoGen, and Warren CAT.

      For more information, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904. Spread the word! Let's make this game a huge success for cotton!


Cotton LEADS™ Receives Nod From More Than

200 Textile Businesses

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 From the National Cotton Council

      The Cotton LEADS™ program, launched in October of 2013, has attained more than 200 partners across the global cotton textile supply chain.  Cotton LEADS™, a joint program established by Australian and U.S. cotton industries, which advocates and demonstrates responsible growing practices for the popular fabric fiber.  Companies signing on to the program include:  Target Corporation, AEON TopValu, Fountain Set, American & Efird, and Operadora LOB.

      "The first phase of the Cotton LEADS™ program was aimed at raising awareness of the significant environmental gains already achieved by cotton growers in Australia and the United States and their commitment to continual improvement," explains Mark Messura, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Marketing at Cotton Incorporated.  Messura points to the stringent national and local level regulatory environment in both countries, combined with transparency of these practices and third party verification to validate the claims.

      "The robust national infrastructures of both countries have facilitated and documented these gains, but more importantly, they enable the country-wide implementation of future best practices," adds Messura.

      On the topic of best practices, Adam Kay, CEO of Cotton Australia, adds "The self-investment by growers into research and development is a key commonality in both countries, and one that demonstrates their commitment to continual improvement."

      The Cotton LEADS™ program is a joint effort of the Australian cotton industry and the U.S. Cotton industry 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 can be found at


USDA Seeks Public Comments on

Conservation Program

Friday, July 18, 2014               From the Farm Service Agency

      A public meeting will be held on Monday, August 4, 2014, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, 3301 E. 50th Street in Lubbock, to solicit comments on a recently completed draft analysis that examines the potential environmental impacts of changes to the Conservation Reserve Program enacted by the 2014 Farm Bill, U.S. Department of Agriculture Texas Farm Service Agency Executive Director Judith A. Canales announced recently.

      CRP encourages farmers and ranchers to establish long-term vegetative species, such as grasses or trees, on environmentally sensitive farmland to help reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat. The draft environmental analysis was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970 which requires federal government agencies to review the environmental effects of proposed federal actions.

      This meeting is one of five FSA has scheduled to provide information on the draft analysis and to provide opportunities for public comment. Stakeholders interested in farmland conservation are invited to attend, and FSA representatives will be available to answer questions.

      The draft environmental analysis can be reviewed online at For questions, producers should contact their county FSA office or seek information online at and


NRCS to Host Local Work Group Meetings

      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:

      August 12 – 8:15 a.m., USDA Service Center, 1103 Eubank, Matador

      August 12 – 10 a.m, Windows on the Plains Museum, 1820 South Dumas Ave, Dumas

      August 12 – 5:30 p.m., Kent County Courthouse, 101 North Main, Jayton

      August 13 – 8 a.m., Tahoka Housing Authority, 1400 Ave. K, Tahoka

      August 13 – 9 a.m., Happy State Bank, 100 N. Main St., Stratford,

      August 13 – 9:30 a.m, Hereford Community Center, 100 Ave. C, Hereford

      August 13 – 10 a.m., Bovina XIT Recreational Center, 215 North Street, Bovina

      August 14 – 9 a.m., USDA Service Center, 800 North Main St., Perryton

      August 14 – 9 a.m., Prosperity Bank Conference Room, 1323 Tahoka Rd, Brownfield

      August 14 – 9:30 a.m., USDA Service Center, 920 Bray Street, Paducah

      August 14 – 12:30 p.m., USDA Service Center, 237 S. Main, Follett

      For more information, contact the local USDA-NRCS office in your county, or access the information on the Texas NRCS website at


West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute Annual Conference Set for September 9

Friday, July 25, 2014                        By Mary Jane Buerkle

      The annual meeting of the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Scottish Rite Temple - Learning Center, located at 1101 70th Street in Lubbock (South Loop 289 and Interstate 27).

      This year represents the 62nd meeting of WTACI, an unincorporated organization of dealers, industry representatives, agricultural producers, scientists, educators, and agribusiness members who support education and research programs promoting safe and effective use of agricultural chemicals and protection and preservation of the area's natural resources.

      Topics to be discussed at the conference include pesticide application and laws and regulations, new herbicide systems, nematode control, an integrated pest management update, and much more. A detailed list of presentations and speakers can be found at TDA and CCA continuing education units will be available.

      Pre-registration is available online at On-line registration fees are $75 for conference attendees and $300 for a booth and must be completed or postmarked by August 31. On-site registration will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the conference and will cost $95 for attendees and $325 for booth sponsors. Lunch will be provided as part of the registration fee.

      Contact Marcus Sullivan at (806) 790-5404 or for questions about the program and CEU's. If you have trouble or questions regarding registration contact David Pointer, 806-746-4021 or