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Vol. 32, No. 2 | Summer 1999

Preparing for the Future

An old cliché has it that the only way to have any control of the future is to help create it. Humorist Will Rogers suggested that the problem with the future is that it always gets here before we are ready for it. Those statements might paint a pretty accurate picture of where we are… Read more »

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PCCA Announces Expanded Merchandising Effort

To Boost Fabric Sales Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) recently announced it is significantly expanding its denim product line and customer base in order to utilize full production capacity at its textile mills, boost fabric sales, and increase financial returns to the cooperative’s farmer-members. The major departure from past fabric merchandising efforts, ironically, comes at… Read more »

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Second Dye Range Adds Capacity and Flexibility

The Board of Directors of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) earlier this year approved the purchase of a second dye range at American Cotton Growers (ACG) to increase capacity, add flexibility in dye colors used, and facilitate response to changing fashion trends. “The reason for the second range is to increase the mill’s capabilities and… Read more »

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Mission Valley Expands With New E-Commerce Site

Editor’s Note: the Mission Valley Online Store was closed May 19, 2003 The cyberspace world rapidly is becoming more prominent in everyday life. People now use the Internet to quickly and conveniently take care of routine tasks such as banking, buying plane tickets, ordering flowers and paying their bills. Mission Valley Fabrics (MVF) recently joined… Read more »

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Selling Cotton to a Captive Customer

Among the many customers to whom PCCA sells cotton, a few are quite different from traditional textile operations. One of the most unique also is one of the oldest textile mills in Texas. The unique characteristics of this mill include: an abundance of available and reliable labor; a captive consumer group that is not subject… Read more »

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Living Boundaries Calm the Wind

A tree standing alone can provide a definite aesthetic appreciation to rural living, but trees that are planted consistently and used as management tools affect many aspects of the farm or ranch. Windbreaks are trees and shrubs of different varieties and sizes used to reduce and redirect the wind. They are planted strategically and systematically… Read more »

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Prospects Fade for New-Crop Price Improvement

Concerns about an oversupply of cotton in the upcoming year remain dominant in the market, especially as analysts expect higher U.S. production combined with larger crops from some foreign growers and only small increases in demand. According to an International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) official, world cotton output and consumption are expected to rise slightly… Read more »

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State Programs Help Farmers Dispose of Hazardous Wastes

Agriculturists have an opportunity to eliminate the assortment of empty plastic pesticide containers, pesticides, depleted tractor batteries, and jugs of used motor oil sitting around their barns and sheds through programs known as the Texas Country Cleanup and the Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collection. Rural households and licensed agriculturists can voluntarily dispose of their hazardous wastes… Read more »

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Marketing Success Draws More Gins to PCCA

Six gins from Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas have signed onto Plains Cotton Cooperative Association’s (PCCA) marketing programs within the last year. While some of the gins are well established and others are still under construction, all decided to join PCCA for a better way to help market their members’ cotton and increase the return on… Read more »

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Increased Acreage is Grounds for Expansion

The prospect of expanded cotton acreage on the Northern Plains of Texas this year and in the future could create a demand for additional warehouse facilities at Farmers Cooperative Compress (FCC), headquartered in Lubbock, and its Plainview Division. “Because of the declining acres of other commodities, new varieties of cotton and chemicals available, there will… Read more »

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