LUBBOCK, TX – August 9, 2016 – With its 2016 dividend payout, Farmers Cooperative Compress (FCC) will celebrate the unprecedented milestone of having distributed $1 billion to its producer-owners. Texas is the country’s No. 1 cotton-producing state and the cotton industry has a $3.5 billion impact on the Texas economy.
“The continued success of Farmers Cooperative Compress is a direct correlation to the hard work performed by our producer-owners,” says Ron Harkey, president of FCC. “We are proud to be a part of such a significant achievement. This cash return on our producers’ investment will help ensure the viability of farms across West Texas and shows the strength of U.S. cotton in the domestic and global markets.”
It has often been said that cotton is king in West Texas, which is home to the world’s largest region of cotton-producing counties, with 41 counties comprising the area. There are 45 cooperative gins that deliver cotton to FCC facilities. FCC warehouses and delivers about 35 percent of the cotton ginned in Texas, which accounts for roughly 17 percent of the U.S. crop. Founded 68 years ago by producers who had a vision they could accomplish more collectively than individually, FCC was established as a way to successfully and affordably house cotton domestically and distribute it globally from West Texas.
FCC collaborates with two other Lubbock-based cooperatives: Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, a producer-owned cotton marketing association, and PYCO Industries, a producer-owned cottonseed oil mill. The combined efforts of these three regional cooperatives, along with local cooperative gins, provide producer-owners with an effective means to process, market, warehouse and deliver/export millions of bales of cotton annually.
About Farmers Cooperative Compress:
Established in 1948, Farmers Cooperative Compress (FCC) has more than 8,300 members and is the largest cotton warehousing entity in the world. With 208 warehouses providing more than 11 million square feet of space, FCC has a USDA licensed capacity of more than 2.2 million bales. It is a producer-controlled and governed organization that serves members by responsibly storing and shipping cotton worldwide. Profitable every year since its inception, FCC is headquartered in Lubbock and owns warehouses in Lubbock, Plainview, Levelland, Floydada and Stanton.
Mission Statement: FCC will enhance member profitability by providing efficient, reliable service to the cotton industry.