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In This Issue
Cotton – Charting New Waters
Increased Capacity Helps Texas Ginners
Cotton's Agenda: Don’t Miss Those Deadlines
Greenhouse Gas Debate Continues
Don’t Mess With West Texas...Varieties
Pigweed Hits North Alabama
Air Quality Rules Help Farmers
Ginning In The West Continues To Change
Calif. Ag Summit Focuses On Key Industry Issues
What Customers Want: Today’s Consumer Won’t Accept Poor Quality
Cotton Board: Enemy Becomes Friend
Missouri’s Parker Elected Chairman Of NCC For 2011
Editor's Note: Want Some Advice? Talk To A Farmer
Industry Comments
Web Poll: ‘Combo’ Approach For Weed Control
Specialists Speaking
Cotton Ginners Marketplace: Don’t Wait Too Long To Schedule Gin Repairs
Industry News
Cotton Consultants Corner: ‘Don’t Wait Too Late’
My Turn: A Fond Farewell
TCGA Schedule of Events
President's Report
TCGA’s ‘Ginner of the Year’
Scholarship Awards Announced
Trust Continues Profitable Trend In 2010
Incoming TCGA President
Q&A with Jim Bradford
TCGA Exhibitors and Booth Numbers
CF / TCGA Alliance
Civic Center Map (PDF)
TCGA Staff
NFL Referee To Address PCG Annual Meeting
TCGA’s New Home: Overton Hotel
TCGA Officers/Directors
What To Do In Lubbock
Georgian To Lead National Cotton Ginners
Industry Comments print email

Can the cotton industry’s friends in Washington prevent serious cuts in important ag programs?

Justin Cariker
Tunica, Miss.

I certainly hope that our friends in Congress will be there for us. As far as I’m concerned, the 2008 Farm Bill is working as intended. No counter-cyclical payment is being handed out, and that is saving the government a lot of money. I would also hate to see the direct payment affected in any way. We all know these high prices aren’t going to last forever. For that reason, the farmer still needs protection when that happens down the road.

Curtis Griffith
Lubbock, Texas

In times of high prices, it’s easy to forget how important our farm programs are. Right now, I also think it’s critical that we have a viable crop insurance program. From a banker’s perspective, losing something like that would be really bad for us here in West Texas. I’m sure there will be cuts in all programs, but I hope they will be fair and not necessarily targeted toward agriculture.

Mike Gibson
Judd Hill Foundation
Trumann, Ark.

To me, agriculture is just about as important as national defense to this country. We are hopeful that this Congress will feel the same way. There are some lists of priorities where agriculture should be at the top. I would hope that Congress would think long and hard before reducing funds for ag programs. It’s just so important and vital to our country’s economy. I also hope they’d give agriculture some special consideration. I am encouraged that many of the new congressmen and senators are from the South, and I think they have an appreciation for how important this industry is to the country.

Willie German
Somerville, Tenn.

There is no doubt that we have a major challenge to preserve farm programs as everyone in Washington is trying to cut budgets. But I have to believe that our leaders appreciate what agriculture does for this country. In an era of food shortages around the world, the United States needs to protect this industry as much as possible. So, it could be that agriculture may receive better treatment than we first thought. I hope so anyway.

Jimmy Dodson
Robstown, Texas

We have a good story to tell when we visit senators and congressmen this year. I am actually encouraged by the kinds of responses we’ve received so far on Capitol Hill. As chairman of the American Cotton Producers, I know we have a big job ahead of us, but I am very hopeful about our opportunities. A couple of amendments were defeated recently in Congress, and that tells me that folks understand the importance of agriculture. I am also hopeful that we can maintain an important safety net for cotton despite the deficit-cutting environment in Washington.

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