PCG Announces 58th Annual Meeting

Friday, March 6, 2015                       By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., will host their 58th Annual Meeting on Friday, April 10, in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

      PCG's Annual Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will start promptly at 9 a.m. The meeting is held in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners' Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, April 9-10, 2015, in Lubbock.

      Current PCG president Shawn Holladay, who farms near Lamesa, Texas, will preside over the meeting and PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett will report on the status of PCG operations and activities. An award recognizing the 2014 High Plains Cotton Agent of the Year also will be presented at the meeting.

      Dr. Gary Adams, President and CEO of the National Cotton Council, will update attendees on the various activities of the NCC. Berrye Worsham, President and CEO of Cotton Incorporated, will discuss current issues in cotton with regard to research and promotion. U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer also will address the group.

      A buffet breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Civic Center Banquet Hall, sponsored by Monsanto and Deltapine. Breakfast will be provided free to all PCG Annual Meeting participants. Immediately following the PCG Annual Meeting will be the annual FiberMax Cottonseed Luncheon for PCG Annual Meeting participants and members of the FiberMax "One Ton Club." Lunch will be served in the Civic Center Banquet Hall.

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


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AgriLife Extension sets South Plains

Profitability Workshops for March, April

Wednesday, March 4, 2015               From AgriLife TODAY

      The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct four profitability workshops from 9 a.m.-3 p.m March 17, March 31, April 7 and April 23 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294, Lubbock.

      "South Plains producers are facing stressful times because of depressed commodity prices and alternatives added to the new farm bill," said Dr. Jackie Smith, AgriLife Extension economist at Lubbock. "Farmers will be looking for and considering decisions that could cut costs or improve yields. Some will also be considering alternative crops.

      "The goal of these workshops, all with a similar curriculum, is to help producers understand the new farm bill and its ramifications on their individual farming operations."

      Smith said the curriculum objectives include introducing participants to the budget spreadsheet to compare various alternative crops including planting covered crops on generic base. He said the budgets will be used to compare the net income of cotton with that of relevant covered crops including the safety net of PLC payments up to reference prices.

      Smith said there may be additional profitability workshops at other locations, and all the workshops will be listed on the South Plains Profitability website at http://agrilife.org/southplainsprofit/.

      The crop spreadsheet budgets used in all the workshops can be downloaded from the same site. All the workshops will use the newest decision-aid tool developed by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University, called the "Generic Base Joint Planting and Program Election Assistance" tool.

      "The tool calculates net returns for alternative crops under Price Loss Coverage or PLC  and Agricultural Risk Coverage or ARC, for which you could allocate generic base," Smith said. "The workshops will also review the ARC/PLC Evaluator for Generic Base."

      Participants will receive a jump drive with the budget spreadsheet on it. Those wishing to bring and use their own computers may do so.

      For further information, call Smith at (806) 746-6101. There will be no charge for the workshop, but pizza will be provided at lunch for $5 per individual.


Upcoming Area Ag Conferences

      March 11 – Cotton Market Outlook and Risk Management Seminar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Floyd County Unity Center, Muncy. Contact Cristen Brooks, CEA-AG, (806) 983-4912.

      March 11 – Pest Control Meeting, Castro County. Contact Nancy Andersen, CEA-AG, (806) 647-4115.

      March 24 – Sorghum Meeting, Perryton. Contact Scott Strawn, CEA-AG, (806) 435-4501.

      March 25 – Oldham County Field Day, Vega. Contact Austin Voyles, CEA-AG, (806) 267-2692.

      March 30 – Pre-Plant Meeting, Lamesa. Contact Gary Roschetzky, CEA-AG, (806) 872-3444.

      March 31 – Beef Cattle Nutrition Series, Wheeler. Contact Dale Dunlap, CEA-AG, (806) 826-5243.

      April 1 – Lower Rolling Plains Ag Conference, Scurry County Coliseum, Snyder. Contact Greg Gruben, CEA-AG, (325) 573-5423.

      April 14 – Hale/Swisher Crops Conference, Plainview. Contact John Villalba, CEA-AG, (806) 995-3721.

      A complete list of meetings is at http://bit.ly/cottonmeetings.