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Marketing Success Draws More Gins to PCCA

Six gins from Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas have signed onto Plains Cotton Cooperative Association’s (PCCA) marketing programs within the last year. While some of the gins are well established and others are still under construction, all decided to join PCCA for a better way to help market their members’ cotton and increase the return on… Read more »

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Increased Acreage is Grounds for Expansion

The prospect of expanded cotton acreage on the Northern Plains of Texas this year and in the future could create a demand for additional warehouse facilities at Farmers Cooperative Compress (FCC), headquartered in Lubbock, and its Plainview Division. “Because of the declining acres of other commodities, new varieties of cotton and chemicals available, there will… Read more »

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Alford Scholarship Continues to Help Students

A special anniversary recently recognized Plains Cotton Cooperative Association’s (PCCA) commitment to ensuring a bright future for students interested in the agricultural industry. For 25 years, the Howard Alford Memorial Scholarship has helped young people in Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) pursue their education. The original scholarship endowment, which… 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 June 16, 1999. Coop Gin Delegates Elsa Chuck McDonald Hackberry Nathan Wheeler Hereford Tom Schlabs Midway Wesley Schmidt O’Brien John Grindstaff OK/KAN Gary Feist Parmer County Kendall Devault Petersburg… Read more »

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Tough Times

If anyone does not need to be reminded that times are tough right now, it is you. Those of you on the farm are seeing it everyday as we are. Most of our members struggled through this past season with disappointing yields coupled with disappointing prices and high expenses. That is certainly not a great… Read more »

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House Ag Committee Set to Address Critical Issues

Editor’s Note: U.S. agriculture is facing some of the most severe economic conditions in many years, and all eyes are focused on Washington, D.C., to see what, if anything, can or will be done. Congressman Larry Combest of Lubbock, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, recently answered several questions posed by Commentator. Mr. Chairman, you… Read more »

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Legislature Looks at State Ag Policy

The current U.S. farm crisis may have captured more attention and generated more news reports than any previous downturn, and for good reason. In Texas alone, farm and ranch production values in 1998 declined $2.4 billion from the previous year due to drought and poor exports which led to low prices, according to an economist… Read more »

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Continued Drought, Depressed Prices Among Concerns for 1999

Since early January, cotton producers have been planning for the unpredictable events their industry could encounter in 1999. Scarce moisture, depressed prices and other economic stresses are some of the concerns producers are acknowledging as they reassess their planting and acreage intentions. According to the National Cotton Council’s 16th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey,… Read more »

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Textile and Apparel Imports Flood U.S. Markets

The U.S. textile industry is currently in the midst of a battle to regain market share. Domestic manufacturers indeed face a formidable opponent as imported Asian textile and apparel products continue to flood into the U.S. market. Recent statistics demonstrate just how serious this problem has become. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported on January… Read more »

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