West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute

Annual Conference Set for September 9

Friday, July 17, 2015                          By Mary Jane Buerkle

      The annual meeting of the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute has been scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture, located at 1121 Canyon Lake Drive in Lubbock.

      This year represents the 63rd meeting of WTACI, an unincorporated organization of dealers, industry representatives, agricultural producers, scientists, educators, and agribusiness members who support education and research programs promoting safe and effective use of agricultural chemicals and protection and preservation of the area's natural resources.

      Topics to be discussed at the conference include pesticide application and laws and regulations, crop rotation and nutrient management strategies, weed resistance and insect resistance management, crop insurance, and much more. A detailed list of presentations and speakers can be found at http://wtaci.tamu.edu. CEUs for the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) and New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) are pending.

      Pre-registration soon will be available online at http://wtaci.tamu.edu/Registration.html. On-line registration fees are $75 for conference attendees and $300 for a booth and must be completed by August 31. On-site registration will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the conference and will cost $95 for attendees and $325 for booth sponsors. Lunch will be provided as part of the registration fee.

      Opportunities also exist to contribute to the WTACI Scholarship Fund, which has provided more than $60,000 in scholarships to students majoring in agricultural fields at many Texas universities.

      Contact Ken Leg at 806-773-7310 or KELege@dow.com for questions about the program and CEU's. If you have trouble or questions regarding registration contact David Pointer, 806-746-4021 or dlpointer@ag.tamu.edu.


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Lacy Named President and CEO of PYCO

Effective October 1; Kring to Retire

      PYCO Industries, Inc., in Lubbock, Texas, has named Robert Lacy as its new President and Chief Executive Officer effective October 1. Lacy will succeed Gail Kring who is retiring Sept. 30. Kring has served as President and CEO since October 1, 2002, completing a nearly lifelong career at the Oil Mill spanning over five decades.

      Lacy has served as Senior Vice President of PYCO since October 1, 2002, and Vice-President Marketing since October 1, 1996. Lacy, a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, began his career with Paymaster Oil Mill Co. in 1984 and joined Plains Cooperative Oil Mill (PYCO) on April 1, 1990. He also serves on the Board of the National Cotton Council, Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council, and Triangle Cooperative Service Company.

      PYCO Industries, Inc., (formerly Plains Cooperative Oil Mill) is a cottonseed processing facility located in Lubbock, Texas, since 1936.


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Our View: Appropriators Shouldn't Pry

Open 2014 Farm Bill

Thursday, July 16, 2015                      From Farm Policy Facts

      When Congress passed the 2014 Farm Bill - after nearly three years of debate and 40 hearings - it effectively entered into a contract with America's farmers and ranchers.

      Lawmakers promised a common-sense safety net to aid producers in tough times, and in return, taxpayer expense was reduced and Americans continued to enjoy the world's most affordable, abundant and safe food supply.

      Now, some farm policy critics are aggressively lobbying to reopen the farm bill just months after it was completed and before it has even been fully implemented. The appropriations process is their preferred avenue for attack, including a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting scheduled today to write the agricultural funding bill.

      Aside from the obvious jurisdictional problem of authorizing on an appropriations package, amendments designed to pry open the farm bill would carry severe economic consequences for the U.S. agricultural industry and the small businesses it supports.

      Lawmakers should oppose any effort to undermine the farm safety net for any crop during the appropriations process.

      Congress has already held this debate, and rural Americans have made long-term business decisions based on the bill approved in 2014. To introduce uncertainty into the marketplace so soon thereafter would simply be irresponsible.

      And, when the time comes to reexamine the farm bill, the Agriculture Committees should lead the charge.


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