Jim Wiesemeyer to Keynote Southwest

Council of Agribusiness Annual Meeting

      The Southwest Council of Agribusiness will host their annual meeting on Monday, September 15, at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock.

      The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with a welcome by former Congressman Larry Combest, followed by a "Unifying Message" promoting agricultural research by Dr. Michael Galyean, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University.

      The focus of the morning program will be the policy choices contained in the 2014 Farm Bill, with Dr. Joe Outlaw of the Ag and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University leading a panel discussion with Bart Fischer and Matt Schertz, senior professional staff with the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.

      Another panel will follow at 10:30 a.m., with Tiffany Dowell, Agriculture Law Specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Jeff Harrison with Combest, Sell & Associates in Washington, DC, discussing Federal Environmental Regulation and Land Use Policy and their Implications for the southwest region.

      Jim Wiesemeyer, senior vice president for policy and trade issues at Informa Economics in Washington, DC, will be the keynote speaker for the luncheon. Wiesemeyer will highlight markets, economics and politics around agriculture in his presentation.

      There also will be some special awards presentations during the morning session. Look for additional information in PCG communications!


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Two Weeks Until "Celebrate Cotton" Game!

      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 http://www.texastech.com.

      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 http://www.plainscotton.org/mj/2014TIGAGolf.pdf.

      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 on this tournament and a Registration Form can be found at http://www.lubbockcottonexchange.com or http://www.tca-cotton.org.

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

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


Landowner Forum: Tools and Strategies for

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Recovery

      In response to the recent "threatened" listing of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken, the Texas Agricultural Land Trust and the National Ranching Heritage Center will co-host the Landowner Forum: Tools and Strategies for Lesser Prairie-Chicken Recovery, on September 11, 2014, at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. This event is intended to bring together landowners who want to learn more about the tools, strategies, and opportunities available to them as part of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken recovery efforts.

      This event will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, September 11, at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock at 3121 4th St., Lubbock, and is free to the public. Registration opens at 9:30 am. Lunch will be provided for those who register before September 8. Visit http://www.txaglandtrust.org to view the full agenda. Call (210) 569-6972 or email TALTrsvp@cegroupinc.net to register.

      Topics will include: challenges and opportunities for Panhandle landowners, land fragmentation and its impact on water, wildlife and other natural resources, the conservation easement as a tool for Lesser Prairie-Chicken recovery, mitigating the impacts of oil and gas for Lesser Prairie-Chicken recovery and grazing management for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken.

      The Lesser Prairie-Chicken, which is indigenous to the native grasslands and prairies in the Texas Panhandle and Southern High Plains, was listed as "threatened" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March 2014, under the Endangered Species Act. Progression to the "endangered" list would have serious consequences for Panhandle landowners in terms of how they manage their land and operate their agricultural enterprises.

      Blair Fitzsimons, Chief Executive Officer of TALT, said, "there are a number of plans out there that provide for the LPC recovery. Our goal with the workshop is to present all the relevant strategies and tools so that landowners can make up their own minds if and how they want to engage."

      According to the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, "the third annual Lesser Prairie-Chicken aerial survey shows a nearly 20 percent increase in the bird's range-wide population, up from an estimated 18,747 birds in 2013 to 22,415 this year."

      "This is encouraging news," said Ken Cearley, retired Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist and Stewardship Manager for TALT, "but not unexpected. It likely is a demonstration of how quickly ground nesting bird populations can respond to increased rainfall, even after suffering for many years from severe drought."

      "Attending the workshop is a great way for farmers and ranchers to get informed about what's at stake and learn about how we can work together to foster LPC habitat for the economic benefit of Texas," said Matt Brockman, Executive Director of the National Ranching Heritage Center. Speakers at the event will include representatives from Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Next Era Energy Resources, Common Ground Capital LLC, and Texas Tech University.


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Langley to Head National Cotton Council's

Washington Operations

Friday, August 22, 2014     From the National Cotton Council

      NCC Chairman Wally Darneille announced at the NCC's Mid-Year Board Meeting that Reece Langley has been hired to assume John Maguire's responsibilities as head of NCC's Washington Operations.

      Langley will become the NCC's vice president of Washington Operations on October 13 to allow a transition period for him to work closely with Maguire until his scheduled retirement in February of 2015.

      Langley has served as vice president of Government Affairs for the USA Rice Federation since March 2005. From December 2003 until March 2005, he was the deputy director in the Office of Agriculture and Rural Policy for the Independent Community Bankers of America. He also served as the agriculture legislative assistant for Rep. Everett (R-AL) from April 2001 to December 2003.

      Raised on a cotton farm in Athens, Ala., Langley earned his bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics and an MBA, both from Auburn University. He and his wife, Kerri, have a son and reside in Alexandria, Va.


Area Field Days Scheduled

      Mark your calendars for the following area field days:

      Sept. 11 – Texas Tech University – Quaker Research Farm Field Day, 8 a.m.-noon, 200 N. Quaker (lunch served)

      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 maryjane@plainscotton.org.


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:

      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 http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.