Students Graduate From

Texas International Cotton School

      Twenty-one students from across the United States and from six countries around the world graduated from the Texas International Cotton School, held August 4-15 at the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute of Texas Tech University. The school, held annually in Lubbock, is now in its 26th year and 34th session. Since its inception in 1989, more than 550 students from 59 countries in the world and 16 states in the United States have completed the program.

      The school is a collaboration between the Texas cotton merchants who make up the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and FBRI faculty and staff. The intensive program allows students the opportunity to learn about cotton from field to fabric, taught by experts from across the United States. Topics include seed breeding, farm production, harvesting, ginning, warehousing, merchandising, and textile manufacturing. Multimedia classroom teaching is augmented by use of the multiple laboratories at the Institute and by visits throughout the cotton industry infrastructure that is clustered around Lubbock.

      All aspects of U.S. and global trade of cotton are covered, so the students obtain an understanding of what is required to successfully participate in the U.S. cotton market and to deliver the cottons needed in a diverse U.S. and export market. They learn about the important quality attributes of cotton fibers and how these translate into processing efficiency and textile product quality. Students also have the opportunity to interact with members of the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and others in the agribusiness community at social events.

      "There was a diverse collection of industry representatives including mill buyers from around the world to local Texas Tech graduate students attending this year's school," Lubbock Cotton Exchange President Brady Raindl said. "We had excellent instructors and informative tours that provided a broad view of the many aspects of cotton. From dirt to shirt and all points in between, Lubbock is the perfect place for those interested in learning about cotton.

      "On behalf of the Lubbock Cotton Exchange, I'd like to thank all of the organizers, presenters, hosts, and sponsors for their efforts in making this two-week course a success," Raindl said.

      Graduates include Shayamalee Abeysinghe, Texas Tech; Shahriar Ahmed, Apex Holdings Limited, Bangladesh; Mohammad Abdul Alim, Rising Spinning Mills Ltd., Bangladesh; Burak Arifioglu, Karacasu Tekstil San. Tic. A.S., Turkey; Bekhzod Azamov, SJSFTC Uzmarkazimpex, Uzbekistan; Samuel Discua, Texas Tech; Barry Feingold, Lacot S.A., Peru; Zac Hurley, Telmark, Lubbock; Emily Keeling, Texas Tech; Jaloliddin Kurbonov, SJSFTC Uzmarkazimpex, Uzbekistan; Suman Lamichhane, Texas Tech; Xiaoxiao Liu, Texas Tech; Rong "Jason" Lu, RONGYI International Inc., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Misha Manuchehri, Texas Tech; Kolby McCormick, Texas Tech; Rand Merchant, Texas Tech; Luke Obenhaus, Texas Tech; Nazim Oncel, Basyazicioglu Tekstil/Bamen, Turkey; Hardy Parsons, Texas Tech; Bondan Riungguno, PT. Grand Textile Industry, Indonesia; and Tanner Streety, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, Lubbock.

      For more information on the Texas International Cotton School, visit


Area Field Days Scheduled

      Mark your calendars for the following area field days:

      Sept. 16 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mark and Blaine Nichols Farm, Seminole      (lunch served)

      Sept. 17 – All-Tex/Dyna-Gro Field Day, 9 a.m.-noon, 2200 West Avenue, Levelland (lunch served at noon)

      Sept. 17 – Deltapine Consultants Field Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Chapman Farm, Lorenzo (lunch served)

      Sept. 17 – PhytoGen Grower Day/Enlist Technology Center Tour, 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Texas Tech New Deal Farm – Northeast Lubbock County Field Lab (dinner served at conclusion)

      Sept. 18 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Chapman Farm, Lorenzo (lunch served)

      Sept. 18 – PhytoGen Grower Day/Enlist Technology Center Tour, 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Texas Tech New Deal Farm – Northeast Lubbock County Field Lab (dinner served at conclusion)

      Sept. 23 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 4 p.m., Doug Jost Barn, St. Lawrence

      For more information on the Deltapine field days, call Eric Best at (806) 790-4646.

      For more information on the All-Tex Field Day, call Cody Poage at (806) 894-4901.

      For more information on the Phytogen Grower Days, call Kassadi Click at (806) 680-4158.

      If you have a field day you would like to add to this schedule, please call Mary Jane Buerkle at (806) 792-4904 or email


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"Celebrate Cotton" Game Scheduled

for September 13

      Come see the Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Celebrate Cotton game on Saturday, September 13!

      Individual tickets are $85 each, and game time currently is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Season tickets already have sold out, and we expect individual tickets for this game to sell out as well, so purchase your tickets by calling (806) 742-TECH or visiting

      PCG has proudly partnered once again 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 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.

      Additional sponsors who will have equipment displays at the game include Hurst Farm Supply, Wylie Implement and Spray Centers, and Toyota.

      Other events scheduled for the week include:

      Monday, September 8 - Texas Independent Ginners Association "Kickin' Off Cotton Week" Golf Tournament - LakeRidge Country Club. More information and Registration Form at

      Thursday, September 11 - Texas Cotton Association and Lubbock Cotton Exchange 2014 Celebrate Cotton Open 2-Man Scramble Golf Tournament - The Rawls Course, Texas Tech.   More information and Registration Form at or

      Thursday, September 11-Friday, September 12 – Texas Cotton Association Flow/Marketing Meeting, Overton Hotel and Conference Center. More information at

      For more information, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904.


The Cotton Board to Recommend $80 Million

Budget to Secretary of Agriculture

Tuesday, August 12, 2014                 From The Cotton Board

      During its Annual Meeting in Durham, N.C., The Cotton Board reviewed and voted to recommend Cotton Incorporated's proposed 2015 budget of $80 million to the Secretary of Agriculture. Cotton Incorporated also was funded at $80 million last year, and in the face of a declining economic environment and the many challenges facing cotton, The Cotton Board will be drawing from reserve funds to maintain this consistent funding level.

      While Cotton Incorporated's proposed budget remained flat, it reflects many of the recommendations developed in March by The Cotton Board. J. Berrye Worsham, President and CEO of Cotton Incorporated, highlighted the company's key initiatives for 2015.

      "We have a renewed focus on improving cotton's environmental footprint throughout the supply chain, increasing our speed-to-market with new projects and programs, developing call-to-action messaging that makes the 'case for cotton' to consumers and industry, and finally maximizing producer profitability through research and innovation," Worsham said.

      In its Business Session, The Cotton Board elected new officers to guide the Program, including David Grant, a cotton producer from Garysburg, N.C., to serve as Chairman for the 2014/2015 Program year.      Grant has a long record of outstanding service to the industry and has served on The Cotton Board for eight years.

      Before passing the gavel to Grant, outgoing Chairman Gary Ross, an Importer from Yardley, Penn., said, "David's impact on our Program over the past eight years has already been profound. David is blessed with exceptional judgment, a cool but determined temperament and a deep commitment to the cotton industry."

      The full slate of newly elected Cotton Board officers is as follows:

      David Grant, Producer from Garysburg, N.C., Chairman;

      Aaron Barcellos, Producer from Los Banos, Calif., Vice-Chair;

      Janet Ydavoy, Importer from Yardley, Penn., Secretary;

      George LaCour, Producer from Morganza, La., Treasurer.

      An income forecast given by Cotton Board Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, Lisa Droke, noted a higher crop forecast that improves the overall income projections for the Program, and even though maintaining current funding levels of the Program may require a draw on reserves Droke expects The Cotton Board to be in a healthy financial position moving forward.

      The budget and plan, along with The Cotton Board's recommendation of approval, will be forwarded to the United States Department of Agriculture for final approval.


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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 26 – 9 a.m., Bailey County Electric Coop Association Building, 610 East American Blvd., Muleshoe

      August 26 – 7 p.m., Pioneer Museum, 101 W Main St, Crosbyton

      September 3 – 8 a.m., USDA Service Center, 920 Austin Street, Levelland

      September 4 – 8:30 a.m., Wells Fargo Bank Meeting Room, 216 West Main St., Post

      September 12 – 9:30 a.m., USDA Service Center, 304 S. Garland, Plainview

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