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Texas commodities make debut on P.I.E. tourTexas commodities make debut on P.I.E. tour

Texas farmers show off their diverse crops to Mid-South growers.

Shelley E. Huguley

September 1, 2018

18 Slides

For the 30th year, National Cotton Council, through its Producer Information Exchange or P.I.E. program, brought cotton producers together from various regions of the U.S. to share ideas and learn from one another. Eleven growers from Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee traveled to Texas, visiting four different regions of the state, seeing various commodities from cotton to cucumbers to sugarcane and grapes to sunflowers and sesame. Take a look at Texas production featured throughout the Texas tour. 

See, Mid-South growers describe Texas agriculture as innovative, diverse

See Photo Gallery, Mid-South growers tour Texas farms, gins and ag industry

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 that have to be 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 a 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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