If it seems like we have an overabundance of information about Texas cotton in this issue of the magazine, there’s a reason. In a few weeks, all roads will lead to Lubbock, Texas, for two important industry meetings – the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association’s Annual Meeting and Trade Show, and Plains Cotton Growers’ Annual Meeting.
Since our magazine is a co-sponsor of the TCGA event, we naturally are interested in issues affecting ginners in that state. But, since PCG conducts its annual meeting in conjunction with the TCGA show, we’re also interested in problems confronting cotton producers in the High Plains. You’d be hard pressed to find an event in Texas where you’d find more of the state’s cotton leaders gathered in one location.
For that reason, we thought it might be of some interest to have the presidents of these two organizations engage in an in-depth interview with Cotton Farming. We figured it would be beneficial to have TCGA President Dan Jackson and PCG President Craig Heinrich talk about the major challenges their state will face this year. And, as we all know, there are enough things going on in Texas agriculture to turn a simple conversation into one that could last for several hours.
On pages 8, 9, 10 and 12, you’ll find their interview, which covers numerous topics. We found both men to be open and candid when talking about the drought, Farm Bill, water efficiency, grain competition, new technology and other topics affecting their state. Not surprisingly, they are incredibly optimistic about the future. No matter how daunting the situation might seem to an outsider, these two cotton leaders remain confident that they can deal with whatever is coming down the pike.
If we have learned anything through the years, it’s that when the cotton industry’s many organizations coalesce and focus on a crucial issue, positive results usually occur. There is something to be said for strength in numbers and an industry that can attack from several angles. In Texas, two of those groups include TCGA and PCG. So, if you’re one of the lucky persons who will be at the Lubbock Civic Center on April 4-5, you’re in for a treat.
Visit the Trade Show and try to interact with the producers and ginners who will be there for both meetings. The conversation will be lively and informative, and you’ll understand how the Texas cotton industry conducts its business on a yearly basis. Nobody backs down and somehow problems are resolved.
The 2013 season – like many previous ones in the Lone Star State – will be another test.
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