Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., will conduct its 52nd Annual Meeting on Friday, April 3, 2009. PCG’s meeting will be held in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will start promptly at 9 a.m.
Highlights of the PCG meeting include an overview of the current political climate and the potential impact it will have on agriculture and trade policy and implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill; a review of the industry’s international marketing efforts conducted through Cotton Council International (CCI); and conclude with an entertaining look at what the future holds for agriculture from this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Lowell Catlett.
Dr. Catlett is dean and chief administrative officer for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at New Mexico State University. He is an internationally recognized futurist who will discuss the impact technology has on the day-to-day lives of people around the world. His presentations are highlighted by his upbeat delivery and thought-provoking views on trends affecting agriculture, the environment, education and more.
Dr. Catlett’s appearance is sponsored by Monsanto and Delta and Pine Land Company.
A Texas native, Dr. Catlett received his doctorate in economics from Iowa State University and is a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Defense and Labor. He has also been a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies.
Joining Dr. Catlett on the program will be John Maguire, senior vice president, Washington operations for the National Cotton Council of America, and Alan Terhaar, executive director of Cotton Council International.
In his role as chief lobbyist for the U.S. cotton industry in Washington, Maguire has more than 20 years of experience navigating the political landscape of Washington on behalf of the U.S. cotton industry. Maguire has been asked to discuss the current political climate in Washington relative to agriculture and trade and to update the PCG membership on the status of 2008 Farm Bill implementation efforts.
Terhaar will discuss the U.S cotton industry’s international marketing efforts conducted through Cotton Council International. CCI is the export promotion arm of the National Cotton Council of America. With operations in more than 50 countries, CCI is dedicated to increasing exports of U.S. cotton and cotton products.
CCI is funded by private contributions from the U.S. cotton industry and also receives funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for export market development. CCI sponsors a wide range of trade services geared to enhancing cotton textile executives’ knowledge of U.S. cotton, cotton products and the U.S. industry.
CCI also carries out consumer advertising and retail promotions featuring the COTTON USA Mark and works with spinners, manufacturers and brands to promote quality cotton products at retail.
Current PCG president Barry Evans of Kress, Texas, will preside over the meeting and PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett will report on the status of PCG operations and activities. Additional information about the PCG Annual Meeting and a final program will be available to attendees prior to the meeting.
PCG Board Of Directors Meeting
The Plains Cotton Growers Board of Directors will convene its scheduled quarterly meeting at 1:30 p.m., following the organization’s annual meeting. The PCG Board will meet in Room 108-109 at the Civic Center. The Board serves producers in 41 counties in the Texas Panhandle as well as the High Plains region that surrounds Lubbock, Texas.