Organized in 1956 by cotton producers from across the High Plains production region, PCG is a non-profit producer organization composed of cotton producers from the Texas High Plains. Leadership consists of a Board of Directors and a staff of six.
WHO WE SERVE
42 counties on the Texas High Plains: Andrews, Armstrong, Bailey, Borden, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Cochran, Crosby, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hockley, Howard, Hutchinson, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Midland, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Terry, Yoakum
ALL COTTON, ALL THE TIME
LEGISLATION: PCG helps develop key legislative programs and rules for implementation at the state and national level. We also work with the National Cotton Council on many issues including the Farm Bill, trade issues, State and Federal Agriculture Appropriations, Crop Insurance Reform and Improvement, and Conservation.
RESEARCH: Relationships between PCG, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, Texas A&M Agrilife Research, Cotton Incorporated, universities, and numerous others have helped advance High Plains cotton into a valued player in the world market. PCG’s producer-funded Plains Cotton Improvement Program supports various research efforts designed to improve our product for years to come.
PROMOTION: PCG interacts with international cotton buyers through programs of Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, and the National Cotton Council. We speak to all sizes and types of groups about cotton and have been involved in numerous educational and other events to ensure that as many people as possible understand the importance of cotton.
SERVICE: Our most important service role is to advocate for producers at every level of government. Building strong relationships among members of Congress, USDA administrators and employees, and private industry allows PCG to influence the development of key legislation and rules governing USDA programs and encourage new risk-sharing programs for producers in partnership with key industry suppliers.
In addition to our advocacy roles in government, we communicate with our members and anyone else interested in the High Plains cotton industry through our e-mail services, our weekly “Cotton News,” and our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We develop relationships with media from right here in Lubbock to around the world so we can ensure that they have the best sources and most accurate information for their stories.
We also enjoy direct communication with our producers, whether it’s face-to-face, over the phone, or any other method, so we can better understand their specific issues and do our best to meet their needs.