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Cotton program overviews and ag policy top meeting agenda.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

February 18, 2021

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Shelley E. Huguley

The Rolling Plains Cotton Growers (RPCG) Annual Meeting will be held virtually rather than in person, Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

Producer and RPCG President Mark Wright will open the meeting at 10 a.m., followed by RPCG Chairman and cotton producer Richard Gaona.

"With a new administration, we thought it was important, even though we can't meet in person, to meet virtually and update our farmers and ranchers about what to expect and where different programs are headed," Gaona said.

swfp-richard-gaona-rolling-plains-20-web.jpgRPCG Chairman and cotton producer Richard Gaona, Roby, Texas. (Photo by Shelley E. Huguley)

Program overviews will be given by The Cotton Board Southwest Regional Communications Manager Christi Short, and National Cotton Council Chairman Kent Fountain. Washington D.C. and ag policy updates will also be presented by Reece Langley, NCC vice president, Washington Operations, and Bart Fischer, co-director of the Texas A&M Agricultural and Food Policy Center.

As Gaona and producers in his region consider the 2021 season, he said they are relieved commodity prices are increasing but remain concerned about their soil moisture. "We've got good underground moisture now but later on what is it going to do? Also, 2021 is the year that everybody has to decide whether they want to go with ARC or PLC. We'll be trying to get information out so producers can make those decisions as well."

Gaona said he's going to miss meeting in person and misses face-to-face interaction with the other producers. "Used to we discussed these kinds of things with each other at meetings, in between sessions. We would get ideas from each other and reactions about the information presented. Hopefully, we can get back to having meetings like we did before."

To attend RPCG's annual meeting through the Zoom platform, click here. The Meeting ID is 971 6111 9876 and the passcode is 450810. Participants can also join the meeting by phone by dialing 326-248-7799. 

For questions or more information, contact RPCG Executive Vice President Lauren Decker at [email protected].


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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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