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Vol. 35, No. 3 | Winter 2002-2003

Fifty Years Together

As you will be aware in looking through this issue of Commentator, this year represents the 50th anniversary for our cooperative. More incredible to me than that is that I have been here for half of our history, 25 years this March. I have seen first hand so many of the things that have happened… Read more »

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Levi Strauss & Co. Enters Mass Markets

Creates Signature Brand for Wal-Mart and Other Discount Stores Seeking to win back the bargain-minded shopper, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&CO.) announced on Oct. 31 a deal that will introduce a new Levi’s brand to the world’s largest retailer. Wal-Mart, in an effort to add more stylish apparel to its stores, will carry the new Levi… Read more »

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Rising U.S. Cotton Prices A Double-edged Sword

As the bulk of the 2002-03 U.S. cot-ton crop hits the marketplace, cot-ton prices on the New York Cotton Exchange seem to have made a recovery. In fact, cotton prices in early December were approximately 10 cents higher than one year ago. The scenario, however, is a “double-edged sword,” according to David Stanford, PCCA’s vice… Read more »

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Tufts of White in a Sea of Wheat

Cotton Production is on the Rise in Kansas As fall gradually turns to winter, islands of stark-white cotton stand out sharply in the sea of hard red winter wheat covering the Kansas plains. Although wheat still is the undisputed king in southern and central Kansas, poor returns on more traditional crops in recent years have… Read more »

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Two Gins Join PCCA Family

Lakeview Farmers Cooperative Gin Lakeview Farmers Cooperative Gin, located on State Highway 256 in northern Hall County, is the oldest cooperative gin in the state of Texas still operating on its original charter. The gin, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, operates two gin plants and services six counties in the Northern High Plains of… Read more »

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Floydada and Stamford Each Named Cotton Town USA

Bayer CropScience and the National Cotton Women’s Committee named three communities as “Cotton Town USA” in October 2002. Dermott, Ark., Floydada, Texas, and Stamford, Texas, each were awarded a grant of $10,000 for their reliance, culturally and economically, on cotton production. The grants will be used to fund community improvement projects. “We are proud to… Read more »

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