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Vol. 45, No. 1 | Winter 2015

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Changes in Acuff, Ernestine Stennett Retires

For 33 years, Ernestine Stennett was the backbone of the cotton gin in Acuff, Texas. Described as the nucleus of the community, Stennett was not just the local bookkeeper but also a friend to many. The gin office was her second home, where the people were family and her biggest accomplishment was having enjoyed every… Read more »

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TELMARK Contributes to PCCA’s Success

Since 1985 when it was created, TELMARK has been a valuable member of the PCCA family. The company was founded to provide electronic cotton marketing, scale ticket, and gin bookkeeping services to independent gins and their customers and to pay dividends from its net margins to PCCA and to share expenses with the cooperative. In… Read more »

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Following in His Father’s Footsteps

Mark True is Elected PCCA’s Newest Board Member Located seven miles south of Plainview, Texas, sits a 1,400-acre farm that is a true representation of dedication and family. Mark True is a farmer that follows in his father’s footsteps with a commitment to farming as a lifestyle. He was elected to PCCA’s Board of Directors… Read more »

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Working Together, Serving Together

The Grower Services Department at PCCA is responsible for helping members make sure that they have all the correct paperwork and information on file before it is time to market the cotton. This includes overseeing Pool Sign In/Sign Out each year. They also collect pool marketing agreements for all members who choose to market their cotton… Read more »

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How Do We Ship Your Cotton?

The Traffic and Invoicing Department at Plains Cotton Cooperative Association is a dedicated team full of experienced individuals who work together to achieve the goal of being the world’s cotton supplier of choice. With 90 years of combined experience among seven employees, the Traffic and Invoicing staff successfully ships and invoices cotton quickly and efficiently.… Read more »

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Making the Right Marketing Decision

Marketing decisions became much more complex in September 2014 for producers who do not deliver their cotton to a marketing pool. That was when the adjusted world price (AWP) fell below the CCC base loan rate of 52 cents per pound for the first time since November 2009. The AWP is calculated weekly by USDA… Read more »

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Handled With Care

Cotton Bales in Warehouse

Adding Value to Members’ Cotton Preserving the quality of the cotton, shipping it in a timely manner, and striving for efficiency are always a top priority for Plains Cotton Cooperative Association’s Warehouse Division. This season, it is estimated that the division will receive approximately 950,000 bales. Each bale the division receives is handled with care… Read more »

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Marketing Cotton

Getting the Best Possible Price for Our Members’ Cotton Selling cotton is not as simple as it may seem. It is a complex and detail-oriented process, much like an airline pilot’s pre-flight checklist. At PCCA, selling members’ cotton is all about getting the best possible price, ensuring profitability on each sale and managing risk. Almost every… Read more »

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Cotton Prices Fall to Lowest Level in Five Years

Cotton Harvest

Outlook for 2015 Uncertain   Cotton prices as measured by the December futures contract have fallen more than 20 cents per pound since the 2014 U.S. crop was planted. In early May, December cotton at the Intercontinental Exchange was trading in the low 80-cent range on continued drought fears in Texas and the rest of… Read more »

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