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Vol. 42, No. 3 | Winter 2009/2010

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Cotton Prices and Demand Seen Strong in 2010

In his address at the Beltwide Cotton Conference in January, PCCA’s President and CEO Wally Darneille said good demand for cotton could persist throughout 2010. Based on both fundamental and technical factors, the strengthening of cotton prices seen at the end of 2009 should be sustainable. Darneille explained that consumers in other countries are not… Read more »

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Building a Big Gin is No Small Decision

Lubbock Cotton Growers Builds Highest Capacity Gin in Texas It was big news this summer when Lubbock Cotton Growers Cooperative Gin Gin (LCG) announced plans to build a new gin plant just south of Lubbock, Texas, but the story became even bigger when the facility was touted as the second largest gin facility in the… Read more »

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New Era, New Logo

In 2009, PCCA’s Textile and Apparel Division entered the global fashion industry with the addition of Denimatrix. Consequently, the American Cotton Growers 34 year-old logo received a “facelift” as the cooperative entered a new era, and the denim mills; customers began expressing more interest in American-made products. A number of these customers inquired about featuring… Read more »

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ACG Implements New Technology Into Production

PCCA’s Textile and Appa rel Division continues to expand its production capabilities. With the addition of Denimatrix, American Cotton Growers (ACG) also is making advancements in production at the plant in Littlefield, Texas. ACG uses core-spun yarn in the majority of its fabrics for women’s jeans. Core-spun yarn is cotton spun around a spandex or… Read more »

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Added Benefits for Young Farmers

On November 4, 2009, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced a new program that will assist young farmers who wish to expand or create an agricultural operation in Texas. In a press release, Staples explained how the program will benefit young farmers,ranchers and agricultural related operators. “Farming is a difficult and challenging business, especially for… Read more »

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Jimmy Nail Earns Prestigious Award

Former PCCA employee Jimmy Nail was honored with the Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry on Nov. 26 in College Station, Texas. Dr. Tyrus R. Timm was heavily involved in Nail’s thesis work in addition to his instruction. “I feel really honored when I think about everything agricultural economics has done for me – especially Dr.… Read more »

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Congressman Jerry Moran Visits American Cotton Growers

As part of PCCA’s continuing effort to educate law-makers about crucial issues affecting its members, the cooperative invited Congressman Jerry Moran to visit American Cotton Growers (ACG) in September 2009. Congressman Moran, representing the people of Kansas for a seventh term in the United States House of Representatives, is a senior member of the House… Read more »

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Textile and Apparel Division Ramping Up to Meet Demand

Economic indicators continued to make small but steady gains in late 2009, and PCCA’s Textile and Apparel Division launched two expansion projects as the year ended to meet growing demand for denim jeans. “Retail apparel inventories declined significantly late last year; a clear indication consumers were increasing their purchases,” said Denimatrix (DMX) President Carlos Arias.… Read more »

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Cotton Triumphs Over Harmful Pest

Boll weevils first made their way to the United States around 1892. The pests originated in Mexico and Central America and were first spotted in the U.S. near Brownsville, Texas. It has been estimated by the National Cotton Council that these small beetles have cost U.S. cotton producers more than $13 billion since entering from… Read more »

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National Champions Shine Internationally

While competing against 46 teams from all over the United States, Jordan Clem, Heath Link, Corey Smith, and Trevor White were given top honors at the National FFA Livestock Judging contest in 2008. After winning the national championship, these New Home, Texas, students were invited to the Highland Royal Classic, an invitation-only, international contest in… Read more »

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