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PCG to host farm partnership, farm practices panels at annual meetingPCG to host farm partnership, farm practices panels at annual meeting

Annual meeting to focus on pressing producer issues. Afternoon breakout sessions offer information on marketing and hedging along with weed management and "Sustainable Farming When the Water is All Gone."

Shelley E. Huguley

March 27, 2023

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Plains Cotton Growers to host its 66th annual meeting, Tuesday, March 28, Overton Hotel and Conference Center, Lubbock. Preregistration is encouraged.Shelley E. Huguley

The Plains Cotton Growers (PCG) 66th Annual Meeting, Tuesday, March 28, at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center, Lubbock, will feature producer panels along with an agricultural industry outlook with Tyne Morgan, U.S. Farm Report.

Morgan will take a deep dive into the news and issues facing farmers, while also sharing stories from across rural America, according to a PCG release. Attendees will also hear from Mark Messura, Cotton Incorporated Global Supply Chain Marketing senior vice president, and PCG President Martin Stoerner.

Producer panels

The afternoon breakout sessions will include two workshops from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Cotton U workshop will focus on weed control, sustainability and the 2023 Farm Bill.

Two producer panels also will be held. The first panel will discuss farm partnerships and include Travis and Landon Mires, O'Donnell, and Mark and Bryce Howard, Dalhart. The second panel will focus on agricultural practices with producers Mark Nichols, Altus, Okla.; Steve Olson, Plainview; Tony Cox, Wellington; and Ryan Williams, Farwell.

Williams family, from left, Ryan, Annie, Walker and Casen. Ryan, whose family farming operation, Williams Family Farms, recently received the 2023 Farm Press High Cotton Award, is one of the producers participating on the agricultural practices panel at PCG's annual meeting. (Missing from the photo is their daughter Erica Grace. Photo by Shelley E. Huguley)

The other workshop, Cotton Marketing and Hedging, will feature a market outlook with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist Mark Welch; a cotton outlook with Extension Cotton Economist and Farm Press columnist John Robinson; and informational sessions on interest rate hedging and cotton hedging with futures and over-the-counter products.

Related:High Cotton Award celebrates exceptional cotton growers

Lunch keynote

Lunch will include a program by keynote speaker, John Kriesel, a combat veteran who served in Iraq and is a former State House Representative in Minnesota. While in Iraq he lost three friends and was tragically injured yet came home with a powerful message of hope and living testimony to the value of a positive attitude to overcome any challenge.

Breakfast and walk-in registration begin at 7:30 a.m., with presentations starting at 9 a.m. Online registration is encouraged.

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

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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