Don Marble: Leader, Advocate, Friend

Friday, February 13, 2015                    By Mary Jane Buerkle

      The cotton industry lost one of its finest earlier this week in Don Marble, cotton farmer and industry leader from South Plains, Texas.

      Marble, a past president of Plains Cotton Growers (1973-1975) and considered one of PCG's most ardent supporters, died Tuesday in Lubbock at the age of 82.

      "Don rarely missed a PCG board meeting, or any cotton-related meeting in the area, for that matter," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said. "He was faithful to any task and certainly to his family and to farming. Our daily work here at PCG will not be the same without our frequent telephone conversations with Don, and his wisdom, insight and knowledge always were an inspiration for me personally and for us as an organization to keep up the good fight. We will miss him greatly."

      Preceding Don in death were his parents, Lillian and H.L. Marble; brother, Fred Marble; and lifelong best friend J.D. Smith.

      Survivors include his wife, Nancy; children, Donette Marble of Midland and Brett Marble and wife Gayla of South Plains; brother, Keith Marble and wife, Neta of South Plains; sister, June Wells and husband Marvin of Denton; sister-in-law Carolyn Marble, also of South Plains; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

      Memorials can be made to Floyd County Historical Museum in Floydada, South Plains Baptist Church in South Plains, or the charity of your choice.



NCC's Policy Education Program

Bolstering U.S. Cotton's Advocacy

Friday, February 6, 2015    From the National Cotton Council

      Thirteen U.S. cotton producers have been selected to participate in the 2015 National Cotton Council Policy Education Program.

      Supported annually by Syngenta Crop Protection through grants to The Cotton Foundation since 1999, the PEP enables up to four producers from each major Cotton Belt region to attend the NCC's annual meeting where they receive an orientation to the NCC, its policy development process and the issues threatening industry health. Participants also get communications training - also a key step in the NCC's efforts to identify, train and maintain capable industry advocates.

      This year's participants include: Thomas Ater, Vidalia, La.; Brent Coker, Lubbock, Texas; Trey Davis, Doerun, Ga.; William Dunlow, Gaston, N.C.; Jesse Flye, Jonesboro, Ark.; Kim Fryer, Frederick, Okla.; Mark Grant, Garysburg, N.C.; Richard Heiden, Buckeye, Ariz.; Garrett Jones, Albany, Ga.; John McDowell, Shamrock, Texas; Joe Posey, Roby, Texas; Michael Roane, Burlison, Tenn.; and Nick Seaton, Meadow, Texas.

      In addition to the NCC Annual Meeting, other PEP sessions include travel to Greensboro, NC, to participate in a series of meetings with Syngenta's management team and tour their research facilities, and to Washington, DC, where they will visit with House and Senate agriculture committees' staff, meet with USDA officials and get briefed by NCC Washington operations staff.


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Ropesville's Hancock Named Cotton Council

International President for 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015    From the National Cotton Council

      Dahlen Hancock, a Ropesville, Texas, producer, will serve as president of Cotton Council International for 2015. He and other CCI officers were elected at CCI's board meeting held during the National Cotton Council's 2015 Annual Meeting in Memphis, Tenn., on February 6-8. CCI is the NCC's export promotions arm and carries out programs in more than 50 countries globally under the COTTON USA trademark.

      Hancock, who moves up from CCI first vice president, succeeds Jordan Lea, a merchant with Eastern Trading Company in Greenville, S.C., who becomes CCI board chairman. Hancock has been farming for 35 years. He is a fourth generation farmer following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who also chose farming as their professions. Hancock serves as chairman of New Home Coop Gin, as well as a delegate and marketing pool representative at Plains Cotton Cooperative Association in Lubbock, Texas.



Upcoming Area Ag Conferences

February 16 - Last Chance CEU Meeting, Extension Office Meeting Room, 1212 Houston, Levelland. Contact Kerry Siders, EA-IPM, (806) 638-5635.

February 20 – Wheat Management Options, Lipscomb. Contact J.R. Sprague, CEA-AG, (806) 862-4601.

February 25 – Sandyland Ag Conference, Seminole. Contact Terry Millican, CEA-AG, (432) 758-4006.

      February 27 – Other than Cotton Meeting, Lamesa. Contact Gary Roschetzky, CEA-AG, (806) 872-3444.

      March 4 – Gray County Ag Conference, Pampa. Contact Brandon McGinty, CEA-AG, (806) 669-8033.

      March 5 – Sorghum Production Meeting, Morse. Contact Kristy Slough, CEA-AG, (806) 878-4026.

      March 6 – Beef and Range Meeting, Lipscomb. Contact J.R. Sprague, CEA-AG, (806) 862-4601.

      March 6 – Cover Crops Seminar, Lubbock. Contact Mark Brown, CEA-AG, (806) 775-1680.

      March 11 – Cotton Market Outlook & Risk Management Seminar, Muncy. Contact Cristen Brooks, CEA-AG, (806) 983-4912.

      A complete list of meetings is at