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Vol. 46, No. 3 | Summer 2016

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Letter from the President

Farming is a long-term business proposition. Over the past few months, I have been looking for common elements or practices that create long-term value and success. Overwhelmingly, one of the most important factors is disciplined adherence to a well-designed plan. This is especially true for farmers. Ours is historically a low-margin business. Therefore, whether it’s… Read more »

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Volatility Returns to Cotton Market

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided fireworks for the cotton market on July 12 that would have rivaled those during the Independence Day celebration the previous week. Immediately after the department released its monthly supply and demand reports, cotton futures at the Intercontinental Exchange in New York exploded to the upside as speculative buying surged. The… Read more »

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Walking in High Cotton

The Adams’ Legacy of Farming Sitting at his kitchen table, Powell Adams reminisced on his lifetime of memories. From building his own home to always instilling a passion for life, family, and farming, Powell has built a legacy his family is proud to carry on. “It was all very, very special,” Powell said. “Not many people… Read more »

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Kansas Cotton Production Could Get a Boost

Cotton production in Kansas has the potential to increase significantly in the coming years thanks to a combination of factors. From 1996 through 2012, more than 1 million bales grown in more than 20 counties were ginned in the state, peaking at almost 131,000 bales in 2006. However, acreage and production soon began declining due to… Read more »

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PCCA Warehouse Committee Visits Oklahoma

Since Plains Cotton Cooperative Association is a member-owned cooperative, there are committees that help oversee operations of each division. The Warehouse Division has a committee of nine members to assist with decision-making. The committee meets quarterly and serves in an advisory capacity to the PCCA Board of Directors on items such as capital expenditures and tariff changes. “The… Read more »

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“It’s More Than A Job, It’s a Way of Life”

The Story of Johnny and Janney Anderson Considered a dynamic duo in the South Plains cotton industry, the Andersons have served the area’s producers and coop gins with an unmatched level of commitment. Since day one, their eyes have been set on the producers when they aren’t lovingly looking at each other. Both Johnny’s and… Read more »

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TACC Recognizes 2016’s Best of the Best

Each year at the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council (TACC) annual meeting, individuals in the industry are honored for succeeding in the areas of business, leadership, service, efficiency and more. This year, Randy Reid, Bob Snodgrass, and John Dunlap received awards for doing what they do best in the world of cotton and coops. RANDY REID… Read more »

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40 Years of Cotton, A Lifetime of Memories

Some people work to live. Ricardo Franco lives to work. Originally from Julimes, Mexico, Franco learned the value of hard work at an early age. His parents both instilled in him a work ethic he can be proud of. When he was 19 years old, he came to the United States and almost immediately entered the ginning industry.… Read more »

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Gin Manager Retires After Two Decades of Service

Dedicated. This one word summarizes Barbara Jones during her time at Farmers Coop Gin in Anson, Texas. As manager, she always strived to keep her producers happy and keep the gin running efficiently. This past May, after a nearly 20-year career, Jones retired from being gin manager and said she is going to miss the… Read more »

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