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Wilbanks Retires After 40 Years in Cotton Industry

Wendell Wilbanks retired January 3 after 40 years of working for the Cotton Division of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and serving in various roles in the cotton industry. He began his service in Austin in 1962 as a classing recorder and then became a temporary field representative in Austin and Lubbock. This led to a… 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 May 21, 2003. Coop Gin Delegates Fairchild Daryl Poncik Gulf Coast Gary Underbrink Lyford Dale Busse Moreman Community Freddie L. Maresh Owens Norman Norris Rangerville Tom McLemore Slaton Craig… Read more »

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A Bale Bustin’ Year for Some South Texas Gins

Ginning Records Fall in 2003 Long before the 2003 cotton crop was planted in the Coastal Bend of Texas, industry observers knew there was potential for an excellent turnout. Despite obstacles ranging from delayed planting to late-season downpours to an extended harvest and ginning season, many gins in the region set new records for the… Read more »

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Analysts Optimistic in 2004 As 2003 U.S. Cotton Harvest Nears Completion

USDA’s December supply/demand report did little to impress the cotton market as the end of the 2003-crop harvest neared. According to one analyst, industry observers normally take USDA’s December supply/demand report “with a grain of salt” because it often differs considerably from the final report for the year. In fact, the department’s December projection typically… Read more »

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PCCA Members Elect Fennell to Board of Directors

A family tradition of cooperative leadership took another step forward when PCCA members attending the cooperative’s 50th Annual Stockholders Meeting on September 17 elected Lexie Fennell to represent District 3 on the board of directors. He replaces the late Larry Lockwood. Fennell, 42, has farmed for 24 years and currently is serving his first year… Read more »

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Gulf Compress to Anchor New Port Facility

Part of Massive Container Terminal Project The cotton industry in South Texas entered a new era on September 16, 2003, when ground was broken for Gulf Compress’ newest facility near Corpus Christi. Bob Weatherford, the compress’ general manager, cannot hide his excitement. “This is a huge leap for the cotton producers in our area, and… Read more »

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Texas Family Land Heritage Program

Honoring Farms and Ranches in Operation More Than 100 Years Agriculture is not a simple way of life; it takes courage, imagination and strength to persevere through difficult years. But success in agriculture is uniquely rewarding. Generations of farmers and ranchers have baled, built, branded, fed, hoped and worked their way toward a goal-and they did… Read more »

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A New Look for UCG

Gin Plant Modernized to Boost Capacity United Cotton Growers (UCG) Cooperative near Levelland, Texas, recently completed an extensive renovation to its facility that is expected to boost ginning capacity to 60 bales per hour. UCG is a grower-owned cooperative comprised of 592 stockholders, and it has expanded in recent years due to several mergers, purchases… Read more »

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