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August 12, 2016
From the National Cotton Council

Farm policy was the focus of producer leadership at the summer meeting of the American Cotton Producers and Cotton Foundation members in Lubbock, Texas.

Chaired by Mike Tate, an Alabama producer, the ACP members and producer interest organization representatives received a detailed update on the ongoing discussions by the ACP Farm Policy Task chaired by Shawn Holladay, a Texas producer. Holladay reported that further analysis was still ongoing before the Task Force would be ready to make a recommendation on cottonseed and loan rate modification legislation. He expected the development of a recommendation on both issues in the near future.

NCC Chairman Shane Stephens reported on a recent trip to China by a NCC leadership delegation. Several other members of the delegation provided observations from the trip. This included the cooperative marketing representative, Kevin Brinkley of Lubbock, Texas, and the cotton producer

participants:  B.E. "Sonny" Davis, Jr., Cottondale, Fla.; Patrick Johnson, Jr., Tunica, Miss.; Doyle Schniers, San Angelo, Texas; and Greg Wuertz, Casa Grande, Ariz.

Kevin Wickey, regional conservationist for the central region of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, updated the attendees on proposed changes to the Conservation Security Program. Cotton Council International Executive Director Bruce Atherley reported on initial impressions since assuming his responsibilities, including outlining his vision for CCI in promoting U.S. cotton. Producers Richard Gaona, Roby, Texas, and Paco Ollerton, Casa Grande, Ariz., shared their observations as participants on a recent CCI Executive Delegation trip to Indonesia and Vietnam.

The reports by Stephens and Atherley also cited the importance of preventing lint contamination. Bill Norman, NCC's vice president, Technical Services, provided a detailed report on lint contamination, including a review of the primary contamination sources. Emphasizing that the US industry has not made significant progress in recent years toward improving on a goal of zero contamination, Norman reported on plans for new initiatives by NCC to meet that goal, including a detailed discussion with John Deere representatives.

Robbie Minnich, NCC senior government relations representative, reported on discussions with USDA's Risk Management Agency concerning the development of improved cotton crop insurance quality provisions and updates regarding STAX 2015 indemnities.

West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute
Annual Conference – Tuesday, September 13
Early Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 31
Approved CEUs: 6 TDA, 6.5 CCA
See the program and register today!


Plains Ginners Association will host their annual meeting and golf tournament on Tuesday, August 23.

The annual meeting will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock. The program begins at 8 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon.

Keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, who serves as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. Other speakers include Robbie Minnich with the National Cotton Council, Dr. Eric Hequet with Texas Tech University, and Dr. Greg Holt and Dr. John Wanjura with the USDA Ginning Lab in Lubbock.

For more information on the meeting, call Phillip Kidd at 806-292-2148.

Please RSVP for the lunch to Julie Wheeler at PCG, 806-792-4904.

The golf tournament will follow the annual meeting. Registration will be at 1:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 2 p.m. The tournament will be held at the Meadowbrook Golf Course, 601 Municipal Drive in Lubbock.

To sign up for the golf tournament, call Darryl Dawson at 806-763-4371 or email

5th Annual
Celebrate Cotton Game
Saturday, Sept. 17
6 p.m.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Tickets start at $25
Promo Code: COTTON16


August 31 – Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Field Day, Edmonson, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Site directions and more information available at

September 8 – PhytoGen/Enlist Field Day, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. FM 1294, Lubbock. Two identical sessions; morning tour, 8:30 a.m. registration, ends with lunch; afternoon tour begins with lunch and ends at 4:30 p.m. Questions: Ken Legé, 806-773-7310, or your local PhytoGen sales rep.

September 15 - Americot Field Day, Bob Glodt Research Farm, Edmonson, TX. 9:30 a.m. registration, tour begins at 10 a.m.; ends with lunch.

Questions: Gary Sanders, 806-777-4534; or Jerry Montgomery, 806-577-8011.

September 20 - Americot Field Day, Inside 4 Bar K, 302 E. 82nd St, Lubbock.  9:30 a.m. registration, tour of the Heinrich Brothers farms begins at 10 a.m.; ends with lunch at Inside 4 Bar K. Questions: Gary Sanders, 806-777-4534; or Jerry Montgomery, 806-577-8011.

September 22 – Deltapine Field Day, Steve Chapman Farm near Lorenzo. 11 a.m., lunch served. Questions: Eric Best, 806-790-4646. 

September 27 – Deltapine Field Day, Nichols Barn in Seminole. 10 a.m., lunch served. Questions: Eric Best, 806-790-4646.

September 29 – Bayer CropScience West Texas Field Day, location in the Lubbock area to be determined. Questions: contact your local Bayer CropScience sales representative.

If you have a field day to add to this list, please email or call (806) 792-4904.

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