The Rolling Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. annual meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 19, in conjunction with the first day of the 2013 Texas Farm, Ranch & Wildlife Expo in Abilene.
RPCG members from its 31 counties will gather at 9 a.m. for coffee and registration in the Big Country Hall, followed by the meeting at 10 a.m.
Former Congressman Charles W. Stenholm will give the keynote address and report on some very timely and important topics to agriculture and the cotton industry. Stenholm is senior policy adviser for Olsson Frank Weeda in Washington, D.C The native of Ericksdahl, Texas served 26 years in the U.S. Congress, including his role as Ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee his last 8 years in the House.
With his southern "Boll Weevils" in Congress, Stenholm became recognized for his bipartisanship. That bode well for agriculture—the classic example being Democrat Stenholm working diligently with then-U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest, a Lubbock, Texas Republican, to produce the 2000 Crop Insurance Bill and a popular 2002 Farm Bill.
Stenholm has been a major critic of today's U.S. Congress for spending money wildly despite the U.S. facing enormous debt.
Also on the program, Clyde Sharp, chairman of the American Cotton Producers, a Roll, Arizona cotton grower, will give the latest farm policy update. Sharp, who has served on and chaired various ACP and National Cotton Council committees, is a past president of The Cotton Foundation and also Cotton Council International, the NCC's export promotion arm.
Attorney Zach Brady will provide an update on water issues impacting Texas.
In addition, Dr. John Robinson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service cotton marketing specialist, College Station, will give a market update.
Karin Kuykendall, RPCG executive vice president, says the RPCG activity report along with industry information also will be presented.
Allied industry representatives will provide lunch at the end of the meeting.
Following lunch, participants are invited to remain at the Big Country Hall for the Cotton Production Conference slated from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Producers will have the opportunity to earn three continuing education units toward their applicator's license.
Rolling Plains Cotton Growers has served producers of the Rolling Plains for nearly 50 years, and unites cotton producers of the central and northern Rolling Plains in a mission to improve conditions for growing and selling Rolling Plains' cotton.
All cotton producers and other interested associates are invited and strongly encouraged to attend the annual meeting.
For more information, please contact Kuykendall at the RPCG office at 325-669-6447 or via Email to Karin@rpcotton.org.