Worsham, Adams, Neugebauer, Hocutt Set to

Speak at PCG Annual Meeting April 10

Friday, April 3, 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.

 

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USDA's Prospective Plantings Report

Reveals Cotton Acreage Drop

Friday, April 3, 2015                          By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Texas cotton growers are expected to plant about 5.7 million acres of upland cotton in 2015, down 8 percent from 2014 but only a little less than the 5.8 million acres planted in 2013, according to the United States Department of Agriculture's Prospective Plantings Report released on Tuesday.

      Growers on the Texas High Plains usually plant about two-thirds of the state's acreage, which places the estimate for PCG's 41-county area at about 3.75 million acres, which is close to the long-term average.

      Nationwide, the USDA says that upland cotton producers intend to plant 9.4 million acres, down 13 percent from 2014. Texas growers are expected to plant more than 60 percent of the nation's cotton acreage in 2015.

      The largest drops by percentage are expected to be in Arizona and Tennessee. Oklahoma was the only state in the Cotton Belt reporting an increase, although slight, in cotton acreage from 2014 to 2015.

      The USDA estimates are slightly higher than those in the National Cotton Council's 32nd Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey, which was released in early February. The NCC survey indicated a 15 percent decrease in upland cotton acreage nationwide and a 13.8 percent decrease in Texas.

      "These estimates were not a surprise to us," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said. "All options are on the table for our producers, and they have to determine what's best for their operation. We were expecting a slight acreage decrease, based on what we're hearing from our growers.

      "However, our soil moisture situation at this point is better than it's been in the past several years, which certainly is a positive going into the new crop," he said. "Additional rainfall in April would give us even more of a boost."

 

 

Conaway, Nicosia, Brown Set to Speak

to Lamesa Cotton Growers on April 7

Friday, April 3, 2015                From Lamesa Cotton Growers

      Lamesa Cotton Growers will host their Annual Meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Leroy Colgan Community Building in Lamesa.

      Top agriculture leaders will address local cotton issues and concerns from a national and international perspective.

      Speakers include U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway; Joe Nicosia, Senior Head, Merchandising Platforms for Louis Dreyfus Commodities, LLC; and Craig Brown, Vice President-Producer Affairs for the National Cotton Council.

      Following the meeting, Congressman Conaway will speak at a luncheon at noon at the Forrest Park Community Center.

      Attendees are asked to RSVP to 806-872-3444.