TALL Program Announces Class XIV

Friday, August 1, 2014      From the TALL Program

      Twenty-eight people, including nine from the PCG service area, have been chosen for the Texas Agriculture Lifetime Leadership program as Class XIV.

      The two-year program, led by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is an intensive study of agriculture worldwide that equips people in the agriculture industry to become leaders in their fields, according to Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz, director of the program also known as TALL.

      The course focuses on international communications, ecology, government, policy, economics, social issues and education opportunities.

      The participants, who represent 26 communities across Texas, began their studies in College Station in July with sessions on team dynamics and agricultural research tours. Over the next two years, the group will visit all regions of the state, as well as Washington D.C., Maryland, New York, California and Israel.

      Mazurkiewicz said each TALL class is exposed to the intricacies of state and national agriculture and travels to at least one foreign country to gain perspective on agriculture worldwide.

      For more information about TALL, see http://tall.tamu.edu/.

      TALL XIV class members from the PCG service area include Steven Akers, Abernathy, Back to Nature/South Plains Compost; Dustin Cleavinger, Lazbuddie, Great Plains Ag Credit; Barry Coker, Muleshoe, Vic Coker Land Co.; Matt Davis, Muleshoe, Wilbur-Ellis; Matt Gruhlkey, Amarillo, Attebury Grain; Bradley Lubbers, Dalhart, JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding; Rebecca Rivers, Lubbock, FOX34 Ag Day Lubbock; Eric Turpen, Littlefield, Clift Land Brokers; and Cody White, Lubbock, CoBank, ACB.

      TALL XIV class members also include: Jorge Luis Alvarez, Jr., Santa Elena; Wes Chandler, Garrison; Lee Chastain, Arlington; Sandra Choate, Athens; Colin Chopelas, Corpus Christi; Scott Frazier, Chapman Ranch; Blaine Junfin, Quemado; Steven Kahla, Waller; Mariano Lerma, Waxahachie; Mary Luedeker, Georgetown; Michelle Moore, Kelton; Zane Nicholson, Blooming Grove; Chloe Nunley, Sabinal; Jonah Parker, Cedar Park; Joe "Cuatro" Strack IV, El Campo; Brad Stufflebeam, Brenham; Travis Thorne, Bowie; Chad Wetzel, Tom Bean; and

Leah Wilkinson, Austin.



High Plains Water District Hearing



Tuesday, August 5 – Canyon – 3-6 p.m.

Kuhlman Center, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office

200 N. Brown Road


Proposed Rules & Management Plan Available at http://www.hpwd.com


August 15 Deadline Approaching for

Celebrate Cotton Tickets

Friday, August 1, 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:

       Visit http://texastech.com/promocode and enter COTTON

       Call Paul Ables at (806) 834-2256

       Call Ryann White at (806) 834-0149

       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.


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Cotton's 24 Hour Runway Show

Returns to South Beach

Wednesday, July 30, 2014             From Cotton Incorporated

      With long, luxurious beach days and a seemingly never-ending nightlife, it's no wonder South Beach will once again play host to Cotton's 24 Hour Runway Show, the fashion fte presented by Cotton Incorporated. With last year's audience nearly reaching one million viewers, the fashion marathon returns to the 24-hour-city and will be live streamed online beginning Friday, November 7, at 8 p.m. EST, through Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. EST.  Carefully chosen outfits punctuate the moments of our lives; from a first date to a wedding day, a day at the beach or a night on the town.  These moments, both extraordinary and ordinary, remain forever dressed in the memory of what was worn.

      With that in mind, this year's show will feature "The Moments of Our Lives." Each hour of the show will highlight a different "cotton moment," with one unique outfit every minute, for a total of 1,440 cotton looks. Those with the fashion fortitude to watch the entire show will be able to plan out their most memorable cotton looks for years to come!

      Cotton Incorporated is partnering with PEOPLE to bring the live runway experience inside the home, streaming from South Beach on TheFabricOfOurLives.com, PEOPLE.com, InStyle.com, Entertainment Weekly's EW.com, Essence.com, SouthernLiving.com and RealSimple.com. PEOPLE Style and Beauty Director Andrea Lavinthal and Deputy Director Zo Ruderman will curate 24 cotton looks for the show and provide live commentary throughout the event.

      "Cotton's 24 Hour Runway Show will once again showcase the incredible versatility of cotton in today's apparel," said Ric Hendee, Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Cotton Incorporated. "With more than 70 brands providing looks for each 'cotton moment,' this runway show is living proof that cotton remains the fabric of our lives."

      Iconic for its high-energy, casual elegance and art deco color palette, 8th Street and Ocean Drive will welcome scores of style icons, top celebrities and surprise musical performances. The must-see style event of the year will announce additional special guest appearances in the coming months.

      "Through our live stream, we will be able to share Cotton's 24 Hour Runway Show with the world," said Andrea Lavinthal, PEOPLE Style and Beauty Director. "At PEOPLE, we are all about providing inside celebrity access and the latest fashion trends. This year we're enriching the online experience, not only showcasing cotton's fashion range on the runway, but also providing behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and commentary from our style editors."

      With contemporary retailers — such as French Connection, Cosabella, Peace Love World, Adriano Goldschmied, Vintage Havana, and Kings of Cole — the show will feature the season's on-trend cotton apparel looks for both men and women. Throughout the show, viewers will receive exclusive access to special offers valid on cotton purchases of their favorite brands featured on the runway.

      For more information on Cotton Incorporated and Cotton's 24 Hour Runway Show, visit TheFabricOfOurLives.com.


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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 4 – 9 a.m., USDA Service Center, 2431 South Farwell, Littlefield

      August 5 – 9:30 a.m., USDA Service Center, 109 NE 14th Street, Lamesa

      August 6 – 8:30 a.m., USDA Service Center, 1305 Cowboy Way, Plains

      August 7 – 9 a.m., USDA Service Center, 410 Lone Star, Silverton

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

      August 12 – 9 a.m., USDA Service Center, 114 W Belsher St. Ste B, Dimmitt

      August 12 – 9 a.m., USDA Service Center, U.S. Highway 70 East, Floydada

      August 12 – 10 a.m, USDA Service Center, 622 West 7th St., Dalhart

      August 12 – 10 a.m., USDA Service Center, 909 West 9th Street, Spearman

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

      August 12 – 10:30 a.m, USDA Service Center, 2315 11th Avenue, Canyon

      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 – 10:30 a.m., USDA Service Center Conference Room, 6565 Amarillo Blvd West, Suite B, Amarillo

      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 http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.