PCG Fights for Extension of ERP for 2022 Crop Year and Allocated Assistance to Cotton Gins
The historical drought seen in 2022 has affected producers and infrastructure alike, which is why Plains Cotton Growers (PCG) Inc. has been working with Congress and other allied organizations, such as Texas Farm Bureau, to request funding in the fiscal year (FY) 2023 spending package to address producer and infrastructure needs.
With counsel from PCG CEO Kody Bessent, Representatives Ronny Jackson, Jodey Arrington and August Pfluger sent a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership requesting an inclusion of the Emergency Relief Program funding for the 2022 crop year and an allocation of funding for cotton infrastructure segments.
The letter was signed by 11 other congressional members: Kevin Brady, Pete Sessions, Henry Cuellar, Louie Gohmert, Vicente Gonzalez, Michael Cloud, Lance Gooden, Troy Nehls, Pat Fallon, Jake Ellzey and Brian Babin.
“PCG fully supports the request for an extension of ERP funding for 2022 for cotton producers and the allocation of adequate assistance to cotton infrastructure segments to help mitigate the economic challenges they continue to face,” Bessent added. “Texas has been plagued by one of the most catastrophic droughts on record in 2022, which has had a detrimental effect on our cotton producers and infrastructure segments.
“PCG fully supports and appreciates the bipartisan effort led by Representatives Jackson, Arrington and Pfluger, along with additional House and Senate members, acknowledging the challenges faced by the cotton industry. We look forward to working with Congress to ensure these key initiatives are addressed in the upcoming FY 2023 spending package.”
Congress will unveil the FY 2023 spending package next week, as well as make a decision on allocation of assistance to cotton producers and infrastructure for the 2022 crop year.
To read the letter, click here.
Continuing Resolution Passed/Export Sales Trivial
Continuing Resolution Passed
The House and Senate passed a continuing resolution to extend government funding through December 23. Work is proceeding on an omnibus spending bill that would fund the government for the rest of fiscal year 2023.
Export Sales Trivial
The U.S. Export Sales report showed trivial sales for the week ending December 8. Net sales of 18,600 Upland bales were reported for the 2022/23 crop year and 28,200 bales for the 2023/24 crop year. The biggest buyer for the week was South Korea, who purchased 17,900 Upland bales, followed by China with 10,900 bales, and Mexico with 4,600 bales. Cancellations were more pronounced on this report as well, with net cancellations of 47,500 bales for the week. Shipments were similar to what was reported last week, with 141,900 Upland bales exported. Lastly, Pima sales of 1,300 bales were booked for this crop year, with a total of 3,800 bales shipped.
Letter to Editor: D&J Gin Inc. Hits One Millionth Bale Milestone
D&J Gin Inc. of Lockney, Texas, ginned their one millionth bale of cotton on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, at approximately 9:40 p.m. The bale of cotton was produced by Mark and Kelley McCormick of Floydada; the variety harvested was DeltaPine 1822 XF.
It has taken 39 years to reach this accomplishment. D&J Gin Inc. was established in 1984 when David and Jody Foster purchased the Hi-Plains Gin from Lubbock Cotton Oil Mill with the loving help of our grandfather, JR Belt, and our dad, Eddie Joe Foster.
The gin was originally purchased so we could gin our own family cotton; however, several area farmers kept asking if they could gin their cotton with us as well. After diving into repairing the gin, we realized it would take more than just our own cotton production to sustain the expenditures required for the repair and maintenance of the operation, so we opened it up to the public.
The staff and family want to give a big thank you to all the producers and landlords who have ginned cotton with D&J Gin over the last 39 years. We want to thank you for your business and friendship. It has taken every bale harvested and ginned to reach this milestone.
Being in the cotton ginning business has been very rewarding. We have met other ginners, gin machinery people, parts suppliers, module truck drivers, bagging and ties salesmen, warehouse men, cottonseed buyers, oil mills staff, cotton merchants, textile mills staff, mote buyers, burr haulers, truckers, electricians, motor repairmen, wiring and controls repairmen, gin stand repairmen, lint cleaner repairmen, as well as gin laborers, several of whom come back year after year to help gin the cotton. This list could go on and on and we probably left some out, but with that being said, we will cherish these relationships for a lifetime.
Through all of this, our No. 1 goal is to gin each bale of cotton to its best potential, knowing at the end of the day we can say to the farmer that we’ve done the best we can with ginning your cotton and have merchandised it even better.
David and Dar Lee Foster
Jody and Shawnda Foster