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Vol. 39, No. 1 | Spring/Summer 2006

The Technical side of PCCA Network Operations Center

The communication systems of PCCA stay “up and running” due to the cooperative’s diligent Network Operations Center (NOC) staff. The center provides employees, gins, and PCCA’s farmer-owners the benefit of highly skilled, trained technicians with specific expertise in computer hardware, software, internet, network and security issues, and other aspects of technical support. In addition, NOC… Read more »

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TACC Recognizes Coop Leaders

The Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council (TACC) recently honored three individuals for their dedication to the cotton and cooperative industries at the organization’s annual meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas. TACC named Bob Wilkins the 2006 Cooperative Ginner of the Year, Gail Kring received the 2006 Cooperator of the Year award, and the council honored Ed Small… Read more »

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PCCA Receives Chamber’s Presence Award for Web Site

PCCA recently received the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce 2006 Cyber Presence Award for its Web site, The purpose of the award, according to the chamber, is to recognize a business or other entity that has demonstrated innovative and user-friendly application of Web site technologies to promote their operational goals, and that has had a… Read more »

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Cotton Demand Expected to Remain Firm in 2006-07

Cotton Harvest

A chain of record U.S. cotton crops may be broken this year as adverse weather conditions at planting time have affected growers across the Cotton Belt. Although the U.S. crop could be smaller, analysts are optimistic that demand will remain firm, and U.S. export figures will remain high. “This May, the market appears to be… Read more »

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PCCA Names Two New Vice Presidents in Textile Division

Wally Darneille, PCCA President and CEO, recently announced the promotion of two long-time employees in the cooperative’s Textile Division to Vice President positions. Bryan Gregory, currently plant manager at American Cotton Growers (ACG), will become Vice President of textile manufacturing, and Jack Mathews, currently in charge of fabric sales and marketing, will become Vice President… Read more »

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Oklahoma Cooperative Manager of the Year

Mike Berry Honored by Triangle Cooperative Service Altus Cotton Growers Manager Mike Berry recently was named Oklahoma Cooperative Manager of the Year at the 90th annual Triangle Cooperative Service Company’s annual meeting. Triangle is a regional insurance and member services cooperative founded in 1916 by local agricultural cooperatives in Oklahoma. The company now provides insurance… Read more »

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New Finish Benefits Consumers and Cotton

The Cotton Research & Promotion Program, funded by U.S. cotton producers and importers and conducted by Cotton Incorporated, continues to be one of the most successful commodity programs in U.S. agricultural history. The program now has gone one step further with the recent development of a new home fabric finish that will help ensure cotton… Read more »

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Tech Students Honored

Agriculture Students Receieve Howard Alford Scholarships College tuition has seen a steady increase in recent years, but for six Texas Tech University students, this year’s tuition increase was easier to bear with the help of the Howard Alford Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1974 by PCCA’s Board of Directors in memory of the… Read more »

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Gander Mountain Conducts Test Market for PYCO Oil

PYCO Industries has a new product out on the market. The Lubbock-based cooperative oil mill has teamed up with Bruce Foods, Inc., in Louisiana to create a 3-gallon jug of “Cajun Injector” cottonseed oil. The product, which can be used for cooking and frying, will be available as part of a test market at several… Read more »

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