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Staying Focused
What Customers Want
Jimmy Dodson To Lead NCC in 2013
New NCC Leaders Elected for 2013
Texas Gins' Goal? Avoid Contamination
Texas Producers Proactive On Weed, Water Issues
On-Farm Innovation Transforms Agriculture
Cotton Incorporated Adds New Online Program
Precision Management Key To Success
Water Crisis Looms In California
Ginning Marketplace
Editor's Note
Cotton's Agenda
Specialists Speaking
Cotton Consultants Corner
Web Poll
My Turn
TCGA Schedule of Events
Message from Tony Williams
President's Report – Dan Jackson
Ginner Of The Year — Prentice Fred
Incoming President — Danny Moses
TCGA Scholarship Program – A Commitment To Agriculture
Q&A: Jimmy Roppolo – Man On The Move
Cotton Farming, TCGA Continue Special Alliance
Overton Hotel Will Again Serve As TCGA Headquarters
Exhibitors & Booth Numbers
Timely Topics Slated For Gin Schools
Don't Forget To Go Outside
PCG To Deal With Big Issues At Its Annual Meeting
Plenty To Do At TCGA Show
TCGA Staff
Trust Makes Preparation For 20th Season
TCGA Officers and Directors
Want To Do Some Sightseeing? You'll Find It In Lubbock
Findley, Roppolo Receive Special Awards
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Message from Tony Williams
(TCGA Executive Vice President)

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Although 2012 was a better year in Texas for cotton production, that is not saying much after the 2011 record drought. But, we are thankful for the additional 1.5 million more bales our members got to process last season, and the rest of the cotton industry infrastructure is thankful as well. Everyone – producers, ginners, cottonseed handlers, warehouses, merchants and all the businesses that support the state’s cotton industry – are hoping Mother Nature will be kind to us in 2013.

The theme for this year’s show is “TCGA…An Important Link to Texas Cotton” and is meant to reflect on the role our organization plays in the No. 1 cotton-producing state in the United States. TCGA was formed in 1897 and has been in continued existence since 1909. Over those many years, TCGA has worked with other industry organizations, associations and governments to address the common problems of the cotton industry. We continue to do the same today, and while some issues have been around for decades and are ongoing, there are always new issues that arise. As long as there are problems facing the cotton ginning industry, there will be a need for a TCGA.

It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to our 106th Annual Meeting and Cotton Trade Show of the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association. The officers, executive committee, board of directors and staff hope you enjoy the show. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you while you are attending our event.

The TCGA show provides you the opportunity to see advancements in technology being adopted in the cotton ginning industry. Whether it is monitoring your gin’s operation on your smartphone or an automated bagger, advanced technology is making its way into our industry. This advanced technology can provide a wealth of data and information to ginners, helping them do a better job of ginning cotton. It can also improve efficiency and reduce processing costs, helping us compete in the world’s cotton market. Texas leads the nation in the adoption of many of these new technologies, and many of the companies who are bringing these new products to the industry are exhibiting at our show. I encourage you to take the time to visit all exhibitors and see what they have to offer you as a ginner. Our exhibitors incur significant expense and time to bring their products and services to our show, so be sure you thank them for supporting the event and the Association.

Lastly, I would like to leave you with the findings from a 1977 Master of Arts thesis that was done on the History of the TCGA. The thesis author Charles C. Smith, Jr. stated, “The trade association known as the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association made significant contributions to the cotton industry of Texas and to the cotton industry of this nation. The greatest contribution of the Association was its preservation of a privately owned segment of the economy within the constitutional framework. This accomplishment strengthened the cotton industry, the state and national economy, and the form of government that was threatened by the collapse of the industry and the economy.”

Now, if we can just make it rain.

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