Even a persistent statewide drought can’t dampen the enthusiasm of Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association members as the planting season kicks into high gear this month.
That was the mood of attendees at the organization’s annual meeting and trade show last month in Lubbock, Texas. Yes, the drought is now in its third year, but, as many ginners will attest, “it’s not as bad as last year, and we still have time to receive rain
Tony Williams, TCGA executive vice president, was encouraged by the feedback he received at the meeting.
“Given the conditions across the state, I thought everybody’s attitude was very good,” he says. “We know that certain areas have received some timely rains, but more underground moisture is needed right now.”
How unpredictable is the weather in Texas? Just a few days after the TCGA meeting concluded in Lubbock, the High Plains received snow and temperatures in the 20-degree range.
Williams says most ginners and producers continue to hold out hope that there is still time to receive enough rainfall to help depleted subsoil moisture levels.
New Officers Introduced
As for other business conducted at TCGA’s annual meeting, outgoing president Dan Jackson passed the gavel to incoming president Danny Moses. Buzz Cooper moves up from secretary to vice president.
Prentice Fred of Levelland, Texas, was honored as “Ginner of the Year,” and former TCGA president Barry Street received a Life Member award.
Another highlight of the awards dinner was Cotton Farming magazine’s donation of $5,600 to the TCGA/Texas Tech scholarship program. Each year, the magazine gives a portion of the revenue it generates from the sale of ads in the TCGA trade show program for scholarships. This is the third consecutive year that the scholarship contribution has exceeded $5,000.
The Texas Cotton Ginners Trust (TCGT) and Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. (PCG), also conducted their annual meetings at the Lubbock Civic Center during the week.
TCGT provides stable and affordable workers’ compensation coverage to Texas agricultural businesses. The Trust paid dividends of $4.3 million in 2012 and more than $26 million has been returned to members from the first 16 years of the Trust’s operation.
PCG attracted a large crowd to its annual meeting, which was highlighted by addresses from Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) and former Texas Tech running back Baron Batch, now with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The next important activity for TCGA is its summer meeting in late June. The meeting will be conducted for members and families on the Carnival Triumph cruise ship. For more details on the summer meeting and a review of the TCGA Annual Meeting and Trade Show, go online to www.tcga.org.
Contact Tommy Horton at (901) 767-4020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.