More than 250 cotton growers, ginners, industry leaders, and others interested in cotton attended Plains Cotton Grower’s recent annual meeting at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
Attendees heard from food and science journalist Tamar Haspel, who challenged the audience to reconsider how they consume and respond to issues for debate, whether it’s in person or on social media, and to allow the opportunity for a change in perspective. Dr. Gary Adams, president and CEO of the National Cotton Council, updated the group on the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, an integrated data collection, measurement and verification procedure that will document U.S. cotton production practices and their environmental impact.
Sen. John Cornyn discussed several issues in Washington, DC, with the audience, and PCG recognized the Senator for his work among his fellow Senators to ensure cotton’s restoration to Title 1 of the 2014 Farm Bill. Berrye Worsham, president and CEO of Cotton Incorporated, gave a presentation with several videos and graphics demonstrating their efforts in marketing to consumers.
Stacy Smith of New Home was re-elected PCG president for 2019-2020 during PCG’s quarterly Board of Directors meeting after the Annual Meeting. Joining Smith on the PCG officer team are Brent Nelson of Sudan, re-elected vice president; and Martin Stoerner of Lockney, re-elected secretary-treasurer of the 41-county cotton producer organization. The immediate past president, Johnie Reed of Kress, serves as chairman of the board.
Each year the PCG Board also elects a total of nine directors, three from each of the organization’s three districts, to serve on the Executive Committee alongside the organization’s three elected officers and two most recent past presidents.
Members elected to the 2019-2020 PCG Executive Committee are: District 1 representatives Brent Coker of Springlake, Barry Evans of Kress, and Jon Jones of Floydada; District 2 representatives David Carter of Levelland, Scott Harmon of Idalou, and Travis Mires of O’Donnell; District 3 representatives Jeremy Brown of Lamesa, Carl Pepper of Borden County, and Johnny Ray Todd of Lamesa; and Past President Shawn Holladay of Lamesa.