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Vol. 43, No. 1 | Summer 2011

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Historic Drought Causes Cotton Concerns

In 2011-12, the cotton producing acres in Plains Cotton Cooperative Association’s service area were at the epicenter of a once-in-a-generation drought stretching from Arizona to Florida. Thanks mostly to a La Nina weather pattern, the eight months from October 2010 through May 2011 were the driest eight-month period on record for Texas since record keeping… Read more »

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The Cooperative Advantage

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC). In addition to PCCA, there are numerous cotton- related regional cooperatives throughout our trade territory in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico that offer their members numerous services and products that lead to what we like to call “The Coop… Read more »

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Turkish Textile Leaders Visit Lubbock, Texas

Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, AMCOT, the Texas Cotton Association, Lubbock Cotton Exchange, andPlains Cotton Growers hosted 11 textile industry leaders from Turkey on May 13, 2011, as they toured the U.S. Cotton Belt as part of a COTTON USA Special Trade Mission. Grady Martin, PCCA’s Director of Sales, spoke to the group about the cotton… Read more »

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TCGA Honors Ginner of the Year

Buzz Cooper, manager of Texas Star Coop Gin, has been in the business for 37 years and was recently named the 2011 Texas Cotton Ginners Association (TCGA) “Ginner of the Year.” Each year, TCGA awards this prestigious honor to an outstanding member. TCGA represents the cotton ginning industry and is a leader regarding numerous legislative… Read more »

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Denim Runway

2011 Design Contest After a successful 2010 design contest, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) and co-sponsor, Cotton Council International (CCI), partnered for a second year to present the Denim Runway 2011 Design Contest in collaboration with Texas Tech University’s College of Human Sciences Department of Design’s Apparel Design and Manufacturing (ADM) program. The Denim Runway… Read more »

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American Cotton Growers Employer of the Year

American Cotton Growers (ACG) received the South Plains Workforce Solutions’ (SPWS) 2011 Employer of the Year award during a ceremony held in Lubbock on April 13. The award originated in 2001 as a way to recognize employers that practice innovative workforce strategies. “As we began the daunting task of identifying the 2011 Employer of the Year… Read more »

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Cotton Day at the Capitol

Every two years, Texas cotton representatives travel to Austin, Texas, to participate in Cotton Day at the Capitol. People come into contact with cotton or cotton products on a daily basis, and Cotton Day at the Capitol celebrates all the uses of cotton while informing state leaders about its impact on the Texas economy. The most… Read more »

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TACC Hands Out Awards

The Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council (TACC) recently recognized Jerry Multer of Wall Coop Gin as Ginner of the Year for his work and leadership in the cotton industry. A 1967 graduate of Ballinger High School and a 1971 agricultural economics graduate of Texas A&M University, Multer has always been involved in agriculture. After a short stint… Read more »

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Establishing a Tradition with Young Producers

Education and communication are keys to success in any organization, therefore, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association held the second annual Young Producers Orientation on March 3, 2011. This new tradition in education for members is an opportunity for PCCA to share valuable cooperative information while providing an experience for both young producers and their spouses from… Read more »

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Smith Recognized as Texas Tech Distinguished Alumnus

Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) recognized PCCA Board Chairman Eddie Smith as a distinguished alumnus. The Distinguished Alumnus Awards honor alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought distinction to the college and to the professors associated with agriculture and natural resources. Smith… Read more »

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