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Vol. 39, No. 2 | Spring 2007

Get With the Program

PCCA’s Programming Department Keeps Business Running Smoothly An underlying web of programs and applications written and diligently monitored by PCCA’s programming staff make it possible for the daily operations of the various divisions of the cooperative to run smoothly. Ultimately, 11 people are responsible for the programs required for PCCA to market cotton, operate cotton… Read more »

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Help Protect the Farm Safety Net

USDA Farm Bill Proposal and Changes to Current Programs Lower Safety Net for Producers U.S. cotton producers continue to face difficulties resulting from a domino effect that began in 2006. First, they lost the Step 2 competitiveness provision of the 2002 Farm Bill which led to decreased foreign demand for U.S. cotton which, in turn, resulted… Read more »

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SWCA: United Under a Common Goal

In this crucial time of American farm policy, agricultural commodity organizations and agribusinesses of the Southwest are fortunate to have a powerful voice in the newly formed Southwest Council of Agribusiness (SWCA) as Congress begins writing the 2007 Farm Bill. The coalition was formed so that agribusinesses could take a more active role in advocating for… Read more »

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Great Expectations

Analysts and Government Agencies Estimate 2007-08 Crop Potential From the moment cotton producers contemplated planting the first seeds to begin the 2007-08 crop year, industry observers have been attempting to estimate the eventual size of the U.S. and world cotton crops. “With a huge 9.5 million bale U.S. carryover from the 2006-07 crop and exceptionally… Read more »

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Cotton: Changing Lives

Cotton Incorporated has, yet again, found a way to enhance a popular apparel item: denim. This time around, Cotton Incorporated has created Storm Denim, a new finish that repels water while providing an extra level of durability and tear resistance. “Our goal was to offer a high degree of water repellency for use in rainwear… Read more »

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Texas’ 80th Legislature Debated a Variety of Ag Issue

No Single Issue Dominated While much attention was focused on Washington DC as Congress began writing the 2007 Farm Bill, state legislatures worked diligently and methodically. As the 80th Texas Legislature convened on Jan. 9, more than 6,000 bills were expected to be filed; however, fewer than 20 percent were expected to pass, according to… Read more »

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TACC Recognizes Coop Leaders

The Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council (TACC) recently honored two men for their outstanding leadership and hard work within the cotton and cooperative industries at the organization’s annual meeting in San Antonio. General Manager Buzz Cooper of Texas Star Coop, formed when Union Coop Gin and Wilson Coop Gin merged, was named Cooperative Ginner of the… Read more »

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Bryan Gregory Named Man of the Year

Bryan Gregory, vice president of textile manufacturing at PCCA and a Littlefield resident, was honored as the “Man of the Year” by the Littlefield Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The chamber held its annual banquet on Saturday, March 24. At the banquet, several residents were recognized for their service to the town of Littlefield, and… Read more »

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PCCA Honored for Web site

At this year’s Cooperative Information Fair competition sponsored by the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, PCCA and Bill Curnow, the cooperative’s application infrastructure architect, received an honorable mention for the company’s Web site. Along with PCCA, other award recipients in the Web site category included first place winner Sun-Maid Growers, Agriliance, and Land O’ Lakes.… Read more »

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Pickin’ Cotton in Topeka

  Representatives of the Kansas Cotton Association (KCA) participated in Agriculture Day at the Capitol in Topeka on March 20. To help educate state legislators, staff and visitors, the association displayed a full-size cotton bale, samples of jeans made from American Cotton Growers denim, and photographs of various stages of cotton production. Brochures and other… Read more »

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