Celebrate Cotton Tickets On Sale

Friday, July 10, 2015                                    By Mary Jane Buerkle

Those in the cotton industry who want to see the Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the University of Texas-El Paso in the Celebrate Cotton game on Saturday, September 12, at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock have a special promotional code to purchase tickets to that game.

Be sure you have your game tickets by visiting http://www.texastech.com/promocode and entering COTTON15, or calling the Texas Tech Ticket Office at (806) 742-TECH (8324) and asking for the Cotton Game special pricing.

Individual tickets start at just $35 each, and the game time still is to be determined. Season tickets also are still available for purchase.

PCG has proudly partnered with Texas Tech Athletics to establish this fun event that puts the High Plains cotton industry on a national stage. Cotton will be everywhere before and throughout the game, from displays around the stadium to promotion, special graphics and fun cotton facts during the game.

Special gameday T-shirts will be distributed (first-come, first-serve!) and cotton bales will line each entrance to the stadium, each with signage talking about what the cotton in that bale can make or how it impacts our economy.

An addition to the festivities for 2015 is a runway show featuring cotton products, scheduled for Thursday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. at South Plains Mall. The Texas Tech Retailing Association is assisting with coordinating the show.

Partners for Celebrate Cotton include AgTexas Farm Credit Services, Agri-Tech, Bayer CropScience, City Bank, Crop Production Services, Deltapine, Eco-Drip, Warren CAT, Hurst Farm Supply, and Wylie Implement and Spray Centers. Partnerships are still available; contact PCG for more information.

For more information, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904. Spread the word! Let's make this game a huge success for cotton!


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House Panel Passes Ag Appropriations Bill

Friday, July 10, 2015         From the National Cotton Council

      The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY16 agriculture appropriations bill on a voice vote. The proposed legislation funds important agricultural and food programs and services, including food and medical product safety, animal and plant health programs, rural development and farm services, marketplace oversight, and nutrition programs.

      The bill totals $20.65 billion in discretionary funding, which is $175 million less (1%) than the FY15 enacted level and $1.1 billion below the President's budget request. Including both discretionary and mandatory funding for various nutrition programs, the overall bill totals $143.9 billion.

      The bill also funds a number of important provisions for the US cotton industry, including $11.52 million for the joint cotton pests account for the boll weevil and pink bollworm eradication programs, full funding for both the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development Program to assist with export market promotion activities, and funding for USDA's Agricultural Research Service, which includes the cotton ginning laboratories.

      During mark-up, several amendments detrimental to the cotton industry were defeated on voice votes.

      Rep. Fortenberry (R-NE) offered an amendment that would have rendered ineffective one of the bill's key provisions that directs USDA to allow the use of commodity marketing certificates for purposes of redeeming commodities from the marketing loan program. Loan deficiency payments (LDPs) and marketing loan gains (MLGs) are subject to the overall $125,000 per person or entity payment limitation included in the '14 farm law. This limit applies to the marketing loan program as well as the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs.

      As is currently in the bill, the ability to utilize certificates would not remove the limit for LDPs or MLGs, but would allow the use of certificates when redeeming commodities from the loan. This provision is necessary to ensure the non-recourse marketing loan program continues to function as intended, especially during periods of low prices -- so that commodities can continue to be actively marketed and flow to the marketplace rather than become locked in the loan and possibly forfeited to USDA once the loans mature.

      Two crop insurance related amendments were defeated on voice votes. One amendment by Rep. Pingree (D-ME) would have applied a $750,000 adjusted gross income means test in order to be eligible for premium subsidies. Another amendment, offered by Rep. DeLauro (D-CT), would have required USDA to release the amount of premium subsidy received by an individual.

      It is not clear if or when the full House will take up the bill.