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Vol. 41, No. 2 | Summer 2008

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PCCA Letter

Editor’s Note: A letter from PCCA President and CEO Wally Darneille was mailed July 15, 2008, to PCCA members. The letter announced several important developments, and it is reprinted below in its entirety.

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Southern Comfort

Quality Service is the First Priority at PCCA’s South Texas Office Four talented and committed individuals act as personal liaisons between Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), gin personnel, and more than five thousand South Texas members and cotton producers. Serving such a large number of people, while keeping the focus on quality service, may seem… Read more »

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In Memory of L.C. Unfred

Former PCCA Director and Chairman L.C. Unfred passed away July 25, 2008, at the age of 84. He was a respected leader in the cotton and cooperative industries. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Unfred served on the PCCA Board of Directors from 1973 to 1998 and was chairman for 13 of those years.… Read more »

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Wait and See

Size of the 2008 U.S. and World Crop is Unclear Adverse weather in Texas and other major cotton producing countries this season has added off-and-on support to the market as observers watch with interest to see what will happen next. More than half of the projected 9.38-million-acre 2008 U.S. crop is expected to be grown… Read more »

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A New Era

Warehouse Divisions Consolidate One era ended on June 30, 2008, and another began the following day as Oklahoma Cotton Cooperative Association (OCCA) and Rolling Plains Cooperative Compress (RPCC) consolidated after operating as separate PCCA divisions since 1963. The new organization will maximize efficiency and profitability by better utilizing current and future assets. Now known as… Read more »

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Cotton Board Announces Promotions

Positive changes are taking place among the Memphis-based Cotton Board and its employees. Drayton Mayers began his leadership role as the organization’s president and CEO last December. He now supervises the Cotton Research and Promotion Program’s activities to increase consumer demand for cotton. Mayers has 14 years of valuable experience with Cotton Council International (CCI),… Read more »

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Craig and Glenda Kitten and their Little Cutie

She is 11-years-old and already has bonus tracks! Andi Kitten, the oldest of her four brothers and sisters, is a member of the local up-and-coming singing sensation called the Cactus Cuties. Andi’s father, Craig Kitten, is a PCCA member and farms 6,000 acres of cotton near Slaton with his three brothers. He and his wife,… Read more »

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American Cotton Growers (ACG) proves its true colors are “true blue and green” with the launch of a new campaign highlighting the environmental friendliness of denim produced from cotton grown by its member-owners. As fashion trends recently have gone “green,” the mill also hopes to capitalize on U.S. consumers’ growing interest in purchasing American-made, environmentally… Read more »

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Cotton Pickings

Delegate Body Representatives Recently, a number of PCCA delegate body representatives were elected or re-elected by their local coop gins. The following list was compiled through July 31, 2008. Idalou Coop Gin Kenneth Schoppa Glasscock County Coop Rodney Gully Comings & Goings A number of cooperative gins have announced management changes in recent months. If… Read more »

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High Plains Cotton Researcher Retires

One might describe Dr. John Gannaway’s office at Texas AgriLife Research, formerly the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Lubbock, Texas, as a museum of keepsakes and memorabilia he collected throughout his years of working as a cotton breeder and professor. The entire perimeter of his office is ornamented with old farming caps he acquired through… Read more »

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