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Vol. 46, No. 2 | Spring 2016

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Letter from the President

Much of the communication from PCCA to its members is sent over my signature. From time-to-time, a member will see my name and call me directly for help. I’m always glad to speak with a producer and learn more about them and their business. Talking with our members and cooperative gins has confirmed for me… Read more »

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Bearish Factors Dominate Cotton Market

Green Cotton

Another Challenging Year May be Ahead A number of factors continued to weigh on the cotton market in the first three months of 2016 including negative macroeconomic developments and falling crude oil prices. A look at cotton futures prices paints a clear picture. The May contract at the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) settled at 62.06 cents… Read more »

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Certificate Exchange Program Implemented

Round Modules

The Commodity Certificate Exchange program authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 was implemented by USDA’s Farm Service Agency in early March, providing relief to farmers facing payment limitation issues related to their marketing loan benefits. The act was signed into law on December 18, 2015. The program, beginning with the 2015 crop, allows… Read more »

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Serving to Share His Story

Dahlen Hancock’s Year as President of CCI Everyone has a unique story to tell, especially in the agriculture industry. For Dahlen Hancock, his story encompasses farming traditions and innovations as well as family values. This past year, Hancock served as President of Cotton Council International (CCI) and had the opportunity to share his story, and those… Read more »

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PCCA Cotton and Currency

Cotton producers take pride in knowing their crop is used to make many products people use every day. PCCA members can take pride in knowing their cotton is used to make United States currency. That’s right, the bills in your wallet were made with PCCA cotton. Chris Ford, PCCA’s Domestic Sales Manager, said PCCA has… Read more »

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Coops Come Together to Host Producer Orientation

Coop Producer Orientation

PCCA, Farmers Cooperative Compress (FCC), and PYCO Industries, the three regional cooperatives in Lubbock, all worked together to host the first Coop Producer Orientation on February 11th in Lubbock. Charley Triplett, PCCA’s Vice President of Member Services, was in charge of planning this event along with Eric Wanjura with FCC, Ronnie Gilbert with PYCO, and… Read more »

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Cris Gwinn Serves TACC

Cris Gwinn, PCCA’s South Texas Division Manager, was the first PCCA employee to serve as the President of the Board for the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council (TACC). His year-long term as President began in March 2015. TACC is a voluntary, statewide industry association created by Texas cooperatives in 1934 to serve as a collective voice,… Read more »

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A New Perspective on Family Traditions

Aerial Cotton Harvest

The Blagrave family in Ackerly, Texas, has deep roots in both farming and tractor pulling. Looking to gain a unique perspective on the two, Trevor Blagrave began shooting aerial videos with a drone. “I thought it would be amazing to get aerial videos of the different things we do around the farm and with the… Read more »

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