PLAINS COTTON GROWERS‏

PCG Annual Meeting

• Friday, April 4
• Banquet Hall
• Lubbock Civic Center
• Registration at 8:30 a.m.
• Meeting begins at 9 a.m.

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., will host its 57th Annual Meeting on Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

The meeeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will start promptly at 9 a.m. The meeting is held in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, April 3-4, in Lubbock.

Current PCG president Craig Heinrich of Slaton, Texas, will preside over the meeting and PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett will report on the status of PCG operations and activities. An award recognizing the 2013 High Plains Cotton Agent of the Year also will be presented at the meeting.

Keynote speaker will be Bruce Vincent, a third-generation logger from Libby, Mont. During the past 20 years, he has given motivational speeches throughout the United States and the world, has testified on natural resource issues before Congress and appeared on several news programs such as “60 Minutes.”

Here are some of PCG’s accomplishments achieved during the past year:

Ask any producer on the High Plains to name their top three issues, and you can bet that water will be one of those three, if not No. 1. PCG has worked diligently over the past few years to ensure that the interests of cotton producers and all of agriculture are served well by legislation at the local and state levels.

One of the key results of PCG’s advocacy efforts is the evolving relationship with the High Plains Underground Water District No. 1 as it works to find solutions to sustaining agricultural production while managing the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer.

In the past year, producers and other stakeholders have had the opportunity for even more input through the re-activation of the District’s county committees, which was a recommendation from the PCG Board.

The 2013 crop year was the third that cotton producers could select additional coverage for cottonseed through the Federal Crop Insurance program. The Cottonseed (Pilot) Endorsement was developed by PCG in 2008-2009 as a mechanism to extend risk protection to a producer’s cottonseed.

In 2013, the Cottonseed Endorsement has been added to 68.3 percent (up from 63.8 percent in 2012) of the Federal Crop Insurance cotton lint policies purchased by producers in Texas and added to 41.9 percent (up from 38.5 percent in 2012) of the cotton policies sold nationwide.

The second annual Celebrate Cotton football game in September was the first home game sellout for the Texas Tech Red Raiders and new head football coach Kliff Kingsbury in the 2013 season. PCG led planning efforts along with Texas Tech Athletics and Red Raider Sports Properties for activities surrounding the game.

Several PCG members stepped up to sponsor the event, which showcased the cotton industry and its relationship with Texas Tech.

Attendees had the opportunity to visit with sponsors at booths near the stadium, and PCG’s implement dealers even brought in sprayers, tractors and cotton harvesting equipment so fans could see exactly what is used to plant or harvest a crop.

PCG staff has spent a significant amount of time in Washington, DC, talking to legislators and their staff members about the importance of passing a Farm Bill. PCG’s relationship with the National Cotton Council, Southwest Council of Agribusiness and Combest, Sell & Associates has enabled it to be on the front lines to work for a strong agriculture safety net and effective risk management programs for cotton producers.

Additional information about PCG and the Annual Meeting can be found by visiting www.plainscotton.org.

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