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Cotton Pickings

Delegate Body Representatives Recently, a number of PCCA delegate body representatives have been elected or re-elected by their local coop gins. The following list was compiled through May 15, 2002. Coop Gin Delegates Rocky Steve Kellog Rotan Jack McCall Wellington Brad Bawcom Comings & Goings A number of cooperative gins have announced management changes in… Read more »

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Follis Retires from O’Donnell Farmers Coop

Hugs and handshakes were abundant at a Feb. 11 retirement reception for O’Donnell Farmers Coop Association Manager Ed “Junior” Follis as he ended a 43-year career in farmer cooperatives. Members, former members, staff, fellow coop gin managers, and industry representatives gathered at the O’Donnell Coop to congratulate Follis and thank him for a job well… Read more »

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PYCO Prepares for Leadership Change

The Board of Directors of PYCO Industries, the largest cooperative cottonseed oil mill in the United States, has named Gail Kring president and chief executive officer upon Wayne Martin’s retirement from the position on Oct. 1, 2002. The board made the announcement on Jan. 28. Kring has been employed by the company for 36 years,… Read more »

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Commentator Receives Award

Commentator, PCCA’s membership magazine took first place honors in its category of the Cooperative Information Fair sponsored by the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) during the organization’s annual meeting Jan. 18-22 in Orlando, Fla. The NCFC Cooperative Information Fair is an outlet for cooperatives to have their communications efforts reviewed and critiqued. This year’s… Read more »

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Cotton Production Outlook Mixed

From the southern tip of Texas to the southern plains of Kansas, cotton producers and market observers are monitoring the progress of the 2002 crop. Overall, cotton conditions can be described best as a “mixed bag” with farmers in some areas expecting bumper crops and others hoping the insurance adjuster will be kind. The cotton… Read more »

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Denim Market Surge Continues for PCCA

Business is much better for PCCA’s Textile Division, at least as far as sales volume is concerned. Although fabric prices remain low, they are improved from the second quarter, and the coop’s denim operations continue to run at full production capacity. The market’s momentum has been boosted by a number of key factors. First, the… Read more »

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For 2002-03 Mixed Fundamental Factors Currently Resulting in Cotton Market Volatility

Market volatility continues to dominate the New York Cotton Exchange as traders search for a clear direction. The instability may continue for several months as fundamental factors send mixed messages to market participants. In fact, the U.S. situation appears to be bearish, but anticipated foreign production figures look to be bullish. On the domestic front,… Read more »

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Cotton Incorporated Appoints Fellows for New Program

Cotton research received a shot in the arm earlier this year when Cotton Incorporated inaugurated a unique program within its Breeding and Genetics Initiative. With an investigative approach, the fiber company of America’s cotton producers launched its Cotton Incorporated Fellowship (CIF) to enhance the training of future cotton breeders and geneticists. It is another example… Read more »

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