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Cotton Seal Celebrates Silver Anniversary

A quarter of a century ago Cotton Incorporated unveiled an emblem that helped stem the tide of a steadily-receding share of market for U.S. cotton producers. This year (1998) marks the silver anniversary of the introduction of the Seal of Cotton, and the role it has played in a dramatic turn-around for U.S. cotton is… Read more »

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Plant Mapping Aids Crop Management for Producers

Originally a Tool for Researchers Editor’s Note: The following information is based on the performance of stripper cotton varieties in West Texas, yet the concept remains the same throughout the Cotton Belt. Some numbers or conditions may vary in different regions, so see your local agronomist or extension agent for more details. Utilizing plant mapping… Read more »

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Cotton Market Continues to Struggle

The 1998-99 U.S. cotton crop this fall entered the second part of a year-long battle. After a growing season filled with blistering heat and little rain in many areas of the Southwest, it must now take on a bearish demand situation, even in the face of what could be a tight world cotton supply. With… Read more »

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PCCA Prepares for Y2K

Effort Began in 1997 The approaching turn of the century has created a widespread fear in people’s minds much like the panic caused by George Orwell’s novel “1984.” With education and forethought, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) currently is preparing its computers to avoid any problems that could arise at the start of the new… Read more »

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Researchers Study Impact of Electric Deregulation

Deregulation of the electric industry could affect the input cost of irrigating cotton as well as the cost of ginning. Higher input costs in turn mean lower profits for producers, which is especially critical during periods of low cotton prices. The history of electric deregulation began with the Energy Policy Act of 1992, which mandated… Read more »

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To Develop New Textile Products PCCA Mills Share Expertise

Taking advantage of strengths and building on individual areas of expertise, Mission Valley Fabrics (MVF) and American Cotton Growers (ACG), which comprise the Textile Division of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, are in the early stages of a cooperative effort that should prove mutually beneficial to both mills for many years to come. ACG focuses on… Read more »

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Flood Spares Mission Valley Plant

Heavy rains that pounded Central Texas in October and devastating floods that quickly followed narrowly missed Plains Cotton Cooperative Association’s Mission Valley Fabrics (MVF) plant in New Braunfels, although some damage was sustained by the plant’s waste-water treatment facility. The MVF plant is located on the banks of the Guadalupe River which swelled to the… Read more »

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A Leading Light Passes the Torch

Deeply embedded in the history of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) and American Cotton Growers (ACG) denim mill is the life and leadership of L.C. Unfred, a visionary and a quiet leader who never sought the limelight. After a distinguished career as an agriculturist, Unfred retired from the PCCA Board of Directors in September. He… Read more »

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Members Elect Pearson to PCCA Board

Producer Honored by New Challenge Following a living legacy is not an easy task, but that is what is in store for O’Donnell, TX, producer and leader David Pearson as he steps in to fill the void left by the retirement of L.C. Unfred from Plains Cotton Cooperative’s Board of Directors. Pearson was elected to… Read more »

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Cotton Pickings

Delegate Body Representatives Recently, a number of PCCA delegate body representatives were elected or re-elected by their local coop gins. The following list was compiled through November 17, 1998. Coop Gin Delegates Amherst Farmers Coop Freddie Maxwell Brownsville Ben Hanawa Castro Coop Dwayne Smith Fiber-Tex Coop Ronnie Askew Jayton Farmers Coop Assoc. #1 Ray Chisum… Read more »

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