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Both U.S. Representative Mike Conaway and Plains Cotton Growers President Stacy Smith, were on hand July 1, for the signing of the cooperative agreement between USDA-AMS Cotton and Tobacco and Texas Tech University, to construct a state-of-the-art cotton classing facility on the Texas Tech campus. While giving feedback about their excitement of the new facility and its benefits to cotton, Conaway also gave an update on trade negotiations with China and Mexcio and Canada, while Smith discussed the struggles of the 2019 cotton crop and concerns on which Plains Cotton Growers has been working on behalf of cotton farmers. Watch the video to hear more.
To learn more about the unprecedented agreement between Texas Tech and USDA see, Texas Tech, USDA sign historic agreement
Editor, Southwest Farm Press
Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.
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