Texas Tech Football, PCG Announce

"Celebrate Cotton" Game

      Texas Tech Football and Red Raider Sports Properties once again will team up with cotton industry partners to present the fourth annual "Celebrate Cotton" game, scheduled for September 12, 2015, as the Red Raiders host the University of Texas-El Paso.

      "This has been a successful partnership over the last three years, and we are pleased to see it continue," Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. "Cotton and Texas Tech are synonymous and we hope this game will serve as an educational tool for people all across the nation that in West Texas –we clothe America."

      PCG President Shawn Holladay, a cotton producer from Lamesa, said the game is an innovative way to increase awareness of cotton's importance to the area and also to Texas Tech.

      "The Celebrate Cotton Game is an excellent opportunity to showcase the significance of the whole cotton industry to our region and state," Holladay said. "Equally important is to highlight the partnership with Texas Tech University and the cotton research performed there, because that is critical to our continued success."

      The Texas Tech Football schedule for the 2015-2016 season is as follows: Sept. 5 – Sam Houston State; Sept. 12 – UTEP; Sept. 19 – at Arkansas; Sept. 26 – TCU; Oct. 3 – vs. Baylor (at Arlington); Oct. 10 – Iowa State; Oct. 17 – at Kansas; Oct. 24 – at Oklahoma; Oct. 31 – Oklahoma State; Nov. 7 – at West Virginia; Nov. 14 – Kansas State; Nov. 26 – at Texas.


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Texas Commodity Symposium Scheduled for

December 3 in Amarillo

      The fourteenth annual Texas Commodity Symposium will be held Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Amarillo in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show in the Grand Plaza Room at the Amarillo Civic Center. The free event will begin at 9:30 a.m.

      The symposium, which is hosted by the Corn Producers Association of Texas, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Grain Sorghum Association, Texas Peanut Producers Board and Texas Wheat Producers Association, will conclude with the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon, presented by the symposium and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Ag Council.

      Texas Country Reporter's Bob Phillips will present the symposium's keynote address during the Ag Appreciation Luncheon, courtesy of Capital Farm Credit. Texas Country Reporter is a highly acclaimed TV program that celebrates the history, emotion and beauty that make Texas and Texans so unique. Since 1972, Bob Phillips has traveled the back roads of the Lone Star State and shared the stories of real Texans.

      The symposium will examine a variety of issues that impact producers and the agribusiness sector. Featured topics this year include the farm bill implementation, a political outlook for the state, and program updates from NRCS and FSA.

      Speakers include Dr. Joe Outlaw, Professor and Economist, and Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University; Harvey Kronberg, Publisher and Editor, Quorum Report; Judith Canales, State Executive Director, Texas Farm Service Agency; and Salvador Salinas, Texas State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

      The event is made free of charge for attendees because of the generous support of the symposium's sponsors, including ARMtech Insurance Services, Bayer CropScience, BNSF Railway, Capital Farm Credit, DuPont Pioneer, High Plains Journal, Monsanto, National Peanut Board, and Syngenta.

      For sponsorship opportunities or more information, please call (800) 647-CORN (2676) or email info@texascorn.org.


Mike Conaway Named 50th Chairman of the

House Committee on Agriculture

      U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway of Midland, who represents Texas' 11th District, including a portion of PCG's service area, was selected by the House Republican Steering Committee as the 50th chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday, November 18.

      "I am humbled and honored to be selected as the 50th chairman of the storied House Committee on Agriculture," Conaway said in a statement. "The work that farmers and ranchers do is part of our country's foundation. They feed, fuel, and clothe our nation. I look forward to building on the bipartisan work of the chairmen who have led this committee for the past two centuries.

      "I represent, and love, rural America. It's the backbone of our country. The values and concepts that make America great are stored in rural America, and I want to protect that. There are fewer and fewer voices representing rural America, and I am honored to be one of those voices. That is my overarching drive as the Committee moves forward."

      PCG's Steve Verett said the move is positive for agriculture.

      "Congressman Conaway is a true friend to our industry, and we congratulate him in his new role as House Ag Committee chairman," Verett said. "It is a privilege to have such dedicated and capable leaders such as him, outgoing Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, and so many before them who have instilled tremendous character, integrity, and values on this Committee."

Farm Bill Meetings Scheduled in PCG Area

      Mark your calendars for these upcoming Farm Bill meetings:

      Nov. 25 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 9 a.m.-noon, Bovina Community Center, 215 North Street, Bovina. More info: 806-272-4583

      Nov. 25 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Pioneer Room at Silverton Happy State Bank, Main St., Silverton. More info: (806) 823-2522.

      Nov. 25 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Bailey County Electric, 610 American Blvd, Muleshoe. More info: (806) 272-4583.

      Dec. 1 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Brownfield Church of Christ Family Life Building, 506 N. Atkins, Brownfield. More info: (806) 637-4060

      Dec. 4 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Hemphill Co. Exhibition Center, Canadian. More info: (806) 323-9114.

      Dec. 8 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Armstrong County Activity Center, Claude. More info: (806) 226-3021.

      Dec. 9 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 9 a.m., AgriLife Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Boulevard West, Amarillo.

      Dec. 9 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 9 a.m.-Noon, Location TBD, Dimmitt. More info: (806) 647-4115.

      Dec. 9 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 2:30 p.m. Plainview Country Club, 2902 West 4th Street, Plainview.

      Dec. 10 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 8:30 a.m. Leroy Colgan Bldg., S. 10th St. & S. Houston St. at Forrest Park, Lamesa.

      Dec. 10 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Oldham County Barn, Vega. More info: (806) 267-2692.

      Dec. 10 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 1 p.m. Bayer Museum of Agriculture, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock.

      Dec. 11 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Roberts County Annex, 122 Water Street, Miami. More info: (806) 868-3191.

      Dec. 16 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., War Memorial Building, Panhandle. More info: (806) 537-3882.

      Dec. 19 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 9 a.m.-Noon, Floyd County Friends Unity Center, 990 FM 786, Lockney. More info: (806) 983-4912.

      Dec. 19 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Crosby Co. Extension Office, 201 W. Aspen, Crosbyton. More info: (806) 675-2347.

      A complete list of all of these meetings is available on the Plains Cotton Growers website at http://www.plainscotton.org/mj/agconferences/agconferences.html.


Coverage Selection for New 2014 Farm Bill

Safety Net Programs Begins

Thursday, November 13, 2014 From the Farm Service Agency

      The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds farm owners and producers that the opportunity to choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, begins Nov. 17, 2014, and continues through March 31, 2015. The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

      USDA helped create online tools to assist in the decision process, allowing farm owners and producers to enter information about their operation and see projections that show what ARC and/or PLC will mean for them under possible future scenarios. Farm owners and producers can access the online resources, available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc, from the convenience of their home computer or mobile device at any time.

      Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

      Dates associated with ARC and PLC that farm owners and producers need to know:

      Now through Feb. 27, 2015: Farm owners may visit their local Farm Service Agency office to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres.

      Nov. 17, 2014 to March 31, 2015: Producers make a one-time election between ARC and PLC for the 2014 through 2018 crop years.

      Mid-April 2015 through summer 2015: Producers sign contracts for 2014 and 2015 crop years. October 2015: Payments issued for 2014 crop year, if needed.

      To learn more about which safety net options are most appropriate for specific farming operations, farmers can use new Web tools at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc, which can be accessed from the convenience of a home computer or a mobile device at any time. To learn more about upcoming educational meetings, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency county office at http://go.usa.gov/pYV3.


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