Field Days, Farm Bill Meetings Scheduled
Mark your calendars for the following area field days and Farm Bill meetings:
Sept. 29 - Farm Bill Meeting, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Ollie Liner Center, 2000 S. Columbia Street, Plainview. More info: (806) 291-5267.
Sept. 30 – Americot/NexGen Field Day, 9 a.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station, Halfway (Hwy 70, 14 miles west of Plainview)
Oct. 1 OR Oct. 2 (both days same) – Americot/NexGen Field Day, 9 a.m., Texas Tech Research Farm, Loop 289 and North Quaker Avenue (burritos, donuts and coffee served at 8:30)
Oct. 10 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 8-11 a.m., South Plains College Sundown Room - Student Center, 1401 College Avenue, Levelland. Full complimentary breakfast hosted by the Levelland Chamber Ag Committee. More info: (806) 894-3159.
Oct. 10 – FiberMax/Stoneville – Idalou Field Day, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m, Evitt Farm (lunch served)
Oct. 22 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 9-11 a.m., Cochran Activity Building, 200 W. Taylor, Morton. More info: (806) 766-5215.
Oct. 29 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 9-11 a.m., Lighthouse Electric Cooperative, Floydada (corner of Hwy 70 and Hwy 207). More info: (806) 983-4912.
For more information on the Americot/NexGen Field Day at Halfway, call Jerry Montgomery at (806) 577-8011 or Gary Sanders at (806) 777-4535. To RSVP to the Americot/NexGen Field Days in Lubbock, contact your local Americot representative: Scott Stockton, (806) 790-7749; Gary Sanders, (806) 777-4534; Maci McCabe, (806) 577-0846; Jimmy Newsom, (806) 790-6654; or Richard Percival, (806) 790-6704.
For more information on the FiberMax/Stoneville field days, call Tim Culpepper at (806) 789-6593 or Kenny Melton at (806) 786-5088.
If you have a field day or Farm Bill meeting you would like to add to this schedule, please call Mary Jane Buerkle at (806) 792-4904 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An updated list of all of these meetings is available online at http://www.plainscotton.org/mj/agconferences/agconferences.html.
Friday, September 26, 2014 By Mary Jane Buerkle
The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors for Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 8, at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture, located at 1121 Canyon Lake Drive in Lubbock. Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the meeting.
Anthony Tancredi, CEO of Allenberg Cotton Co., will give a cotton market report and Craig Brown with the National Cotton Council will give a legislative update. Dr. Steve Lyons, meteorologist-in-charge for the National Weather Service in San Angelo, will provide a weather outlook. Dr. Lyons has had several interesting jobs over the years, including 12 seasons at The Weather Channel as their severe weather and hurricane expert.
Other items include 2015 Business Director Nominations, the Nominating Committee Election and an update on the status of PCG finances through the first three months of the fiscal year.
For more information, contact PCG at (806) 792-4904.
Deadline Approaching for Cotton Transition
Assistance Program Enrollment
Farmers can enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) from now through Oct. 7, 2014.
The program, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides interim payments to cotton producers during the 2014 crop year until the Stacked Income Protection Plan, a new insurance product also created by the legislation, is available.
CTAP applications approved before Oct. 1, are subject to congressionally mandated automatic reductions of 7.2 percent for the 2014 crop year. Applications approved after Oct. 1 will be reduced by the required 7.3 percent for the 2015 crop year. The Budget Control Act of 2011 requires USDA to implement these reductions to program payments.
For more information about CTAP, visit a local FSA office or go online to http://www.fsa.usda.gov.
Friday, September 26, 2014 From The Cotton Board
The Cotton Board's leadership is comprised of both cotton producers and importers. Cotton Board Importers represent U.S. textile mills, brands and retailers who import cotton products. Cotton Board Producers represent U.S. upland cotton growers. Together these experts combine their unique experience and insight to collaboratively guide the Cotton Research and Promotion Program.
The Cotton Board's producer members recently had the opportunity to participate in an industry "Segment Swap" program intended to provide a greater understanding of cotton's supply chain - including an inside look at how cotton importers make their sourcing decisions. Elizabeth King, VP of Importer Relations for The Cotton Board, said, "Whether it is in cotton fields or cotton fashions, our Board represents the major forces driving cotton's global supply chain. We have programs like the segment swap in place to make sure we're keeping our board fully informed and educated about the industry."
This year's segment swap was held in San Francisco, California and hosted by Levi Strauss & Co. and Gap, Inc. Producer tour attendees included: David Grant, current Cotton Board Chairman and producer from North Carolina; Adam Hatley, producer from Arizona; Kim Mayberry-Holifield, producer from Missouri; Mark Nichols, producer from Oklahoma; Bryan Patterson, producer from Texas; Kevin Rogers, producer from Arizona; and Sigi Valverde, producer from Texas.
The group first visited Levi Strauss & Co. headquarters, the company who invented the first pair of blue jeans and has been innovating the world of denim for over 140 years. Joe Don Long, an importer serving on The Cotton Board and the Director of Technical Services for Levi's, welcomed the producers from The Cotton Board and presented some history on the company. Commenting on the segment swap program, Long said, "It is very important that we have exchanges such as this one. There is a real benefit from sharing our business challenges and opportunities with cotton producers, and the exchange of information benefits the industry as a whole."
The Cotton Board producers were then able to visit the Levi's denim archive and see some of the oldest known blue jeans in the world. They also toured the company's innovation lab and heard a presentation from Michael Kobori, Vice President of Global Sustainability for Levi's.
Next, the group visited Gap, Inc.'s headquarters. Gap, Inc. is the overarching company for the retail brands: Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, Piperlime, and Intermix. Senior staff at Gap, Inc. addressed the group and walked through the company's history, social responsibility programs, global supply chain, and design initiatives. Sally Gilligan, the VP of Supply Chain Strategy and Sourcing for Gap, Inc. and an importer serving on The Cotton Board, talked to the group about challenges stemming from the lingering effects of the cotton price spike in 2011.
The Cotton Board's importer members will have the chance to do a similar segment swap in the Fall, and will visit a cotton farm, gin, and USDA classing office.
Friday, September 19, 2014 From Cotton Council International
The global cotton industry is gearing up to "Strengthen Enduring Partnerships" at the Sourcing USA Summit in Scottsdale, AZ, from Nov. 11-14, 2014. This year's Summit focuses on the major economic, environmental and policy factors affecting the market for cotton and cotton products. The Summit boasts 36 sponsors, a lineup of stellar speakers, an elite audience of top cotton industry decision-makers, and a carefully constructed agenda.
The Summit will provide attendees ample opportunities to network and strengthen connections with industry counterparts from around the globe, with the goal of increasing U.S. cotton exports.
Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, and the U.S. cotton industry host the Sourcing USA Summit, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Services.
The 2014 Summit Exporter Sponsors include: Jess Smith & Sons Cotton, White Gold Cotton LLC, Allenberg Cotton Co., Cargill Cotton, Omnicotton, ECOM Cotton, Toyoshima, Staplcotn, J.G. Boswell Company, San Joaquin Valley Quality Cotton Growers Association, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, Glencore, Calcot, Eastern Trading, Cotton Growers Cooperative, Toyo Cotton Company, Noble Cotton, Olam, Baco Trading, ACG Cotton, World Cotton Traders and Supima. The 2014 Summit Allied Industry Sponsors include: Cargo Control Group, Cotton Market and Risk Management Consulting, Monsanto, ICE Futures U.S., Cotton Outlook, Wakefield Inspection Services, Bayer CropScience and e3 cotton, Generation 10, TransGlobal Inspections, CoBank, Uster Technologies, Rieter Machine Works, Applied DNA Sciences and INTL FCStone.
For more information on the Summit, please visit http://www.sourcingusasummit.com.