Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., will host its 56th Annual Meeting on Friday, April 5 in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
PCG’s Annual Meeting 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 4-5,
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 2012 High Plains Cotton Agent of the Year also will be presented at the meeting.
Additional information about PCG and the Annual Meeting can be found at www.plainscotton.org.
In preparation for the Annual Meeting, here are some of PCG’s premier accomplishments over the past year.
• With most of the PCG service area overlaying the Ogallala Aquifer, and about half of cotton acreage in the area classified as irrigated, it’s no surprise that water issues have vaulted to the forefront of current issues in agriculture on the High Plains.
When the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 adopted rules that would cause undue economic hardship for many producer members, the PCG Board responded by requesting a moratorium on the implementation of Rule 5, the rule under scrutiny, for two years or until the rules were revised.
In February 2012, HPWD established a two-year suspension on the enforcement policy and penalties associated with Rule 5. Although the rules currently remain in effect, producers will not be penalized through 2013 for exceeding the district’s allowable groundwater production rate, failing to install meters on new wells and/or well systems, or not reporting their groundwater production as specified in the District’s Rule 5.
• The 2012 crop year was the second 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.
• When High Plains producers began reporting instances of resistant pigweed in their fields, Plains Cotton Growers immediately began working with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension scientists to communicate timely information to help producers deal with the problem. PCG distributed articles, including helpful tips and management strategies to slow the progression of this resistant weed growth.
• Plains Cotton Growers staff continues its communication with legislators on Capitol Hill regarding the development of the 2012 Farm Bill. PCG’s relationship with the National Cotton Council, Southwest Council of Agribusiness and Combest, Sell & Associates has enabled us to be on the front lines to work for a strong ag safety net and effective risk management programs for producers.
PCG Board members have testified in Washington, D.C., and at other Farm Bill field hearings around the nation to urge Congress to create a bill that includes some form of price protection and does no harm to crop insurance, among other inclusions that would benefit farmers everywhere while doing our fair share to reduce the federal deficit.
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