PCG Participates in "Cotton Day at the Capitol"
Friday, March 27, 2015 By Mary Jane Buerkle
More than 40 cotton industry leaders from across the state converged on the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Tuesday for "Cotton Day at the Capitol," an event held each legislative session.
The goal of "Cotton Day at the Capitol" is to visit with legislators and agency leaders and extend the industry's appreciation for their support of cotton, which is the No. 1 cash commodity crop grown in Texas.
Issues discussed included water, boll weevil eradication, and research that has led to the development of new seed varieties, improving yield and quality.
The event was led by Texas Cotton Producers, which is comprised of nine regional certified cotton grower organizations including PCG; El Paso Valley Cotton Growers Association; Trans Pecos Cotton Growers Association; St. Lawrence Cotton Growers Association; Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association; Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association; Blackland Cotton and Grain Producers Association; South Texas Cotton and Grain Association; and Cotton and Grain Producers of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Those participating from PCG were producers Mike Hughes of Lamesa, Brent Nelson of Sudan, Johnie Reed of Kress, Martin Stoerner of Lockney, and PCG staff including Steve Verett, Shawn Wade, and Mary Jane Buerkle.
Friday, March 27, 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 and 10 in Lubbock.
Berrye Worsham, President and CEO of Cotton Incorporated, will speak about cotton research and promotion efforts. Dr. Gary Adams, President and CEO of the National Cotton Council, will update attendees on the various activities of the NCC and address issues related to policy.
"All of our organizations have been working on behalf of our producers, especially during these tough times, and we wanted to highlight some of those efforts at this meeting," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said.
U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer also will address the group, as will Texas Tech Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt, who will discuss the Celebrate Cotton game and continuing the relationship between the cotton industry and Texas Tech.
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.
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.
There is no cost to attend and an RSVP is not necessary. For additional information, call PCG at (806) 792-4904 or visit http://www.plainscotton.org.
Those interested in nominating candidates for the National Cotton Council's Emerging Leaders Program should have names to Plains Cotton Growers no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, April 2. If you are interested in participating, or know someone who would be a good candidate, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904.
The program, sponsored by a special grant to The Cotton Foundation from Monsanto, is an effort aimed at ensuring the U.S. cotton industry benefits from a continuity of sound leadership. Each class will consist of eight to 10 industry members and class members will participate in three sessions during the year.
Among Emerging Leaders Program objectives will be to help participants gain a better understanding of: 1) the NCC's role, including its programs, policy development and implementation process; 2) Cotton Council International's role in developing and maintaining export markets for U.S. cotton, manufactured cotton products and cottonseed products; 3) the broad spectrum of issues that affect U.S. cotton's economic well-being; and 4) the U.S. political process. Participants also will improve their communications skills, including presentation and business etiquette, instruction for engaging with the news media, and utilizing social media tools and tactics.