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COTTON NEWS from Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. - August 31, 2018
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Monday, August 27, 2018	
From the National Cotton Council

The National Cotton Council thanks the Trump Administration for its
recognition of the impacts of China's retaliatory tariffs and applauds the
Administration's plan to assist U.S. farmers and ranchers facing trade
disruptions from these tariffs. This support comes at a crucial time for
the U.S. cotton industry. 

While the NCC encourages continued dialogue between the U.S. and China
to resolve the trade tensions, the NCC emphasizes the importance of
producer support to help partially mitigate the impacts of these tariffs
on U.S. cotton and additional funds for export promotion as the industry
looks to expand markets for U.S. cotton.

The plan includes three components to assist farmers and ranchers: a
Market Facilitation Program, a Food Purchase & Distribution Program, and a
Trade Promotion Program. The Market Facilitation Program will provide
$0.06/lb on at least half of a producer's 2018 cotton production (upland
and ELS).

The payment rate on the second half of 2018 production will be determined
later and may remain at the same payment level.

Once harvest is complete, production evidence must be provided to the
local USDA Farm Service Agency office before payments will be made.
The Market Facilitation payments are subject to the existing $900,000
adjusted gross income means test and a separate $125,000 per person
payment limit for the eligible crops.

NCC Chairman Ron Craft, a Plains, Texas, ginner, stated, "The National
Cotton Council strongly commends Secretary Perdue and his team at USDA for
their ongoing efforts to help U.S. agriculture manage through the current
trade disruptions as the Administration seeks to address unfair trade
practices and barriers.

The tariff mitigation program announced today will help address a portion
of the losses cotton producers are facing in the marketplace.
However, there is continued economic stress on producers in areas of the
Cotton Belt that have lost production this year due to severe drought.
In addition, cotton and cottonseed industry participants throughout the
marketing channels are also feeling the impacts of the retaliatory

The other commodities eligible for the program include soybeans
($1.65/bu), sorghum ($0.86/bu), wheat ($0.14/bu), corn ($0.01/bu), dairy
($0.12/cwt) and pork ($8/head).

            West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute 
                         Annual Conference

                     Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 
               Bayer Museum of Agriculture, Lubbock
                Program Available at wtaci.tamu.edu


Friday, August 31, 2018
By Mary Jane Buerkle

More than 40 models will strut the runway wearing the latest in cotton
fashion in the fourth annual Celebrate Cotton Runway Show, scheduled for
Thursday, September 13, at South Plains Mall. The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored by South Plains Mall, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.,
the USDA-AMS Cotton and Tobacco Program, Plains Cotton Cooperative
Association, ARMtech, and Cotton Incorporated, and is open to the public.

Those in the cotton industry who want to see the Texas Tech Red Raiders
take on Houston Cougars in the seventh annual Celebrate Cotton game have a
special promotional code to purchase tickets. The game will be Saturday,
September 15, at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock. Kickoff is at 3 p.m.

Purchase your tickets by visiting
http://bit.ly/TTUCottonGameTickets and entering COTTON18, or calling the
Texas Tech Ticket Office at (806) 742-TECH (8324) and asking for the
Cotton Game special pricing. Individual tickets start at just $35 each
with the promo code. Season tickets also are still available for purchase.

PCG and other ag industry supporters proudly have partnered with Texas
Tech Athletics to establish this fun event that puts the High Plains
cotton industry on a national stage. Cotton will be everywhere before and
throughout the game, from displays around the stadium to promotion,
special graphics and fun cotton facts during the game.

Special gameday T-shirts, sponsored by PCG and Scarborough Specialties,
will be distributed (first-come, first-serve!) and cotton bales will line
each entrance to the stadium, each with signage talking about what the
cotton in that bale can make or how it impacts our economy. Farmers
Cooperative Compress assists with providing the bales.

Gameday partners include Nutrien Ag Solutions; Cavender's; BASF; City
Bank; FiberMax; AgTexas Farm Credit Services; Netafim; NexGen; CROPLAN;
Hurst Farm Supply; and Wylie Implement and Spray Centers.

A complete list of additional events during Cotton Game week is available
at http://www.plainscotton.org. If you have an event to add to Cotton Game
week, or for more information on any of these events, please call PCG at
(806) 792-4904 or email maryjane at plainscotton.org.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018				
From the USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a new webpage
featuring information about the importance of rural
e-Connectivity (https://www.usda.gov/broadband) and the ways the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing to help deploy high-speed
broadband infrastructure in rural America.

"Rural high-speed broadband e-Connectivity is as important for economic
development as rail, roads, bridges and airports – and as vital as the
buildouts of rural telephone networks were decades ago," Perdue said.
"USDA is committed to being a strong partner with rural leaders in
deploying this essential infrastructure."

Reliable and affordable high-speed internet e-Connectivity acts as a
catalyst for rural prosperity by enabling efficient, modern communications
between rural American households, farms, ranches, businesses, schools and
health care centers. Yet, according to the Federal Communications
Commission, 80 percent of the 24 million Americans who lack broadband
access live in rural areas and on tribal lands.

USDA plays an important role in helping rural communities bridge this
infrastructure gap through program investment, strategic partnerships and
best practice implementation by investing in rural telecommunications
infrastructure. This new website will provide direct access to information
on our decades-long programs that offer more than $700 million per year for
modern broadband e-Connectivity in rural communities. In the coming months,
USDA will almost double these longstanding programs with an additional $600
million to expand rural broadband infrastructure in unserved rural areas
and tribal lands.

As we are working to set up the new pilot program, USDA wants to hear the
thoughts and needs of Americans living and doing business in rural
communities. The new website includes a feedback form for the general
public and interested stakeholders to provide input on the design and
requirements of the new pilot program.

In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task
Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative,
regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and
prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue
presented the Task Force's findings to President Trump, which included 31
recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and
tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural

To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the
President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and
Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB, available at

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic
opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports
infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community
services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed
internet access in rural areas. For more information,
visit www.rd.usda.gov.


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September 4 - Seed Cotton Educational Meeting, 9 a.m., Women's Building,
South Ninth and Houston Avenue, Lamesa. More info: Dawson County Farm
Service Agency, 806-872-8371.

September 5 - Seed Cotton Educational Meeting, 1:30-4 p.m., Randall County
AgriLife Extension Service located at 200 N. Brown Rd., Canyon. More info:
Deaf Smith County FSA, 806-364-0530.

September 6 - Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Field Day, 8 a.m.-4:30
p.m., Floyd County Unity Center, Muncy. No charge, lunch served, 7 CCAs
available. More info: http://www.tawc.us

September 6 - Seed Cotton Educational Meeting, 9 a.m., Bovina XIT
Recreational Building, 205 North Bovina St.,
Bovina. More info: Parmer County FSA, 806-481-3311.

September 7 - Hockley County Field Tour, 9 a.m., 3 mile south of FM 300 or
? mile north of FM 1585 on Blackgold Road. More info: Kerry Siders, EA-IPM,

September 10 - Hemphill County Mini-Ag Conference, Hemphill County
Exhibition Center, Sand Sage Room, 10865 Exhibition Road, Canadian.
Registration $25/person and begins at 8 a.m., program 9 a.m. Lunch
provided. More info: Andy Holloway, 806-323-9114, Andy.Holloway at ag.tamu.edu

September 14 - TTU Quaker Research Farm Field Day, 8 a.m.-Noon, 200 N.
Quaker, just off Fourth Street and Quaker Avenue, Lubbock. Lunch provided.
More info: Reagan Anders, 806-239-5604 or reagan.k.anders at ttu.edu

September 11 - West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute Annual
Conference, 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Bayer Museum of Agriculture, Lubbock. $75
registration fee before August 31, $95 after August 31and on-site. Lunch
included. Six TDA and six CCA CEUs pending. More
info: http://wtaci.tamu.edu.

September 11-12 - Quickbooks Pro Short Course hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife
Extension Service, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day, Texas A&M AgriLife
Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294 north
of Lubbock. Registration $150, includes computer use and teaching
materials. Class size limited. More info or RSVP: DeDe Jones,
806-677-5667, dljones at ag.tamu.edu or Kim Garcia, 806-677-5600.

September 19 - Lubbock area PhytoGen/Enlist Field Day, TAMU Agrilife
Research and Extension Center, and an area on-farm trial. Registration at
8:30 am, ends with lunch. More info: Ken Lege, 806-773-7310.

September 19 - Seed Cotton Educational Meeting, 9 a.m., Floyd County
Friends Unity Center, Muncy. More info: Floyd County FSA, 806-983-3763.

September 20 - Plainview area PhytoGen/Enlist Field Day, Location TBD.
Registration at 8:30 am, ends with lunch. More info: Ken Lege,

September 27 - FiberMax Field Day, location and time TBD.

If you have a meeting or conference to add to this list, please
email maryjane at plainscotton.org or call (806) 792-4904.

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