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.