LUBBOCK, TEXAS – (Dec. 12, 2018) – Plains Cotton Cooperative Association today applauded the final passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. PCCA President and CEO Kevin Brinkley praised the bipartisan effort that includes many of the cotton industry’s top policy priorities.
“This has been a long and deliberative process to provide a meaningful safety net for America’s farmers and economic support for our rural communities in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico,” Brinkley said. “This bill, and the work on seed cotton leading up to it, is a huge win for our cotton farmers. We congratulate House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, Ranking Member Collin Peterson, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow for reaching a bipartisan agreement and getting this legislation to the finish line. We also appreciate the support of Congressman Jodey Arrington and Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz along with other Cotton Belt Members of Congress.” The new Farm Bill comes at a critical time for many family farmers.
“America’s farmers need economic certainty, and safety net provisions such as continued access to risk management tools will help provide it,” said PCCA Chairman Eddie Smith. “We were pleased when cotton was returned to the commodity title of the 2014 Farm Bill, and we are very happy it will continue in this latest legislation.”
PCCA is a marketing cooperative owned by farmers in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico dedicated to supplying sustainably-grown, high-quality cotton fiber around the world. In addition to cotton marketing based in Lubbock, Texas, PCCA also owns cotton warehouse facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas and develops and offers software programs and networks to local co-op gins that help add more value to our grower-owners’ cotton.