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Vol. 47, No. 2 | Spring 2017

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The Cooperative Advantage Through the Eyes of Experts

Members of the agricultural community have a special bond unlike anything else. When a fellow neighbor faces difficult times, it’s no surprise that the community bands together to finish their crop, cook their dinners and provide moral support to their friends in need. Farmers possess a grand sense of togetherness and loyalty to one another;… Read more »

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La Feria’s Legacy: Rita Schreiber

La Feria Co-op Gin in the Lower Rio Grande Valley was founded in 1950 by farmers who came together for a common purpose. While the gin has faced adversities over the years, one thing has remained constant and true – Rita Schreiber. As the office manager, she has been a beacon to the co-op’s grower-owners.… Read more »

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Member Access Updates Coming Soon

Since its creation in 2001, Member Access has been a valuable tool for PCCA grower-owners. The program’s efficiency in disseminating timely information has withstood the test of time and constant advances in technology. Now, 16 years later, Member Access is in line to receive a new look and feel as well as new features. “This… Read more »

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2016-17 Cotton Crop Sets Records

Cotton Gin Stands

  The 2016-17 cotton crop is certainly one for the books. Welcomed increases in yield and quality graced cotton gins as a result of timely rains and late-season warmth across areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico. Increased volume is always welcomed in the business operations at PCCA, and President and CEO Kevin Brinkley… Read more »

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Senate Ag Committee Hosts First Farm Bill Field Hearing

Tom Lahey at the Kansas Farm Bill Hearing

  It was a windy, cloudy and chilly day on Feb. 23 in Manhattan, Kansas, but U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) were warmly received by a large audience in McCain Auditorium on the campus of Kansas State University. The audience, comprised of farmers, commodity organization representatives, agri-businessmen, and farm lenders, was… Read more »

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TACC Honors Outstanding Individuals

The Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council takes time each year to honor individuals who have stood out as a champion for cooperatives and their members. This year, it is no different. The four winners of the three awards have excelled in their perspective fields and have displayed characteristics in line with the cooperative principles.   Larry… Read more »

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Regional Cooperatives Host 2017 Cooperative Producer Orientation and “Sow the Seeds of the Future”

2017 Cooperative Producer Orientation group photo

From an incredible crop year to the second annual Cooperative Producer Orientation hosted by Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, PYCO Industries, Inc., and Farmers Cooperative Compress, 2017 has brought in much excitement for the land of cotton and co-ops in its first few months. This year’s orientation took place on a windy and chilly day. However,… Read more »

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Demand is a Driving Force in Current Cotton Market

  USDA Projects 21 Percent Increase For 2017 U.S. Cotton Acreage The cotton market has been demand-driven for several weeks, and clear evidence is present in the level of U.S. export sales. Weekly export sales volume reported by USDA has been outstanding, leading the department to raise its estimate for the 2016-17 marketing year that… Read more »

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Letter from the President

As a true, grower-owned cooperative, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) intentionally lives according to the seven cooperative principles. PCCA Members: 1. Build It Together (Open and Voluntary Membership) 2. Make The Decisions (Member Controlled) 3. Make It Grow (Economic Participation & Ownership) 4. Control Own Destiny (Autonomy and Independence) 5. Help Each Other Improve (Education,… Read more »

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