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Vol. 44, No. 1 | Winter 2011-2012

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Cotton Pickings

New Delegate Body Representatives as of February 22, 2012 Jack Joy Artesia Alfalfa Growers David Appling Associated Cotton Growers Elmer Braden Coyanosa Coop Gin Derwood Blagrave Farmers Coop Gin-Knott David Schubert Gulf Coast Coop Daniel Higgins Hart Coop Gin Kody Carson Olton Coop Gin Kevin Cook Stanton Coop Gin Brian Adamek United Agricultural Cooperative, Inc.… Read more »

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Traceability Option Now Available

New technology from Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) is now available for denim apparel companies and retail outlets that enables customers to track jeans purchased all the way back to the farms where the cotton was produced. The way traceability works is based on each bale’s permanent identification number that stays with the cotton as… Read more »

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Haboob a Reminder of Need for Soil Conservation

The extreme drought of 2011 pushed Lubbock, Texas, into the national headlines on Oct. 18 due to what meteorologists call a “haboob.” A haboob is a giant wall of dust, dirt, and debris that can extend 8,000 feet into the air. These meteorological wonders typically are seen in arid, desert regions across the world and are… Read more »

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ACG Wins Regional Award from Workforce Solutions

One of five finalists for state award In April 2011, American Cotton Growers (ACG) received the Workforce Solutions South Plains’ 2011 Employer of the Year award that recognized the denim mill’s innovative workforce strategies. However, the recognition did not stop at the regional level. ACG was one of five finalists for the Texas Workforce Commission’s… Read more »

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PCCA Names Jay Cowart Vice President of Warehouse Division

In December 2011, Jay Cowart of Altus, Okla., was promoted to Vice President of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association’s Warehouse Division. Cowart joined PCCA as a field representative in 1991 and was promoted to director of field services in 1995. Six years later, he became manager of PCCA’s Oklahoma Cotton Cooperative Association (OCCA) warehouse in Altus.… Read more »

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Coop Leader Retires from PCCA Committee

Throughout their history, agricultural cooperatives have been blessed with strong, capable, visionary leaders. Such leadership propelled many cooperatives to the pinnacle of success, enabling them to create significant added value for their member-owners. PCCA, from its inception in 1953, has been the beneficiary of leaders whose only goal was to serve the coop’s members to… Read more »

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Denim Runway, Wildcat Style

The Kansas State University (KSU) Wildcats are known for numerous cutting edge advancements in agricultural research, along with numerous national livestock, equine, crops, and meat judging titles, according to the university’s web site. A lesser known fact is that the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design (ATID) ranks among the best in the nation. Dr.… Read more »

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China Cotton Leaders Visit the U.S. Cotton Belt

Cotton Council International (CCI), the export promotion arm of the National Cotton Council, recently hosted a delegation from the China Cotton Association (CCA) during the third annual U.S.-China Cotton Leadership Exchange Program. The group of eight Chinese cotton industry leaders toured the U.S. Cotton Belt Oct. 31 through Nov. 5, and PCCA hosted a working lunch… Read more »

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The Art of Predicting an Unpredictable Year

Observers and analysts looking at the 2012 season seem to have more questions than answers regarding several factors that could affect the cotton market. Continuation of the La Nina weather pattern, the European sovereign debt crisis, and China’s rebuilding of its national reserve are factors that could contribute to volatility in the 2012 cotton market.… Read more »

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