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Vol. 32, No. 1 | Spring 1999

Tough Times

If anyone does not need to be reminded that times are tough right now, it is you. Those of you on the farm are seeing it everyday as we are. Most of our members struggled through this past season with disappointing yields coupled with disappointing prices and high expenses. That is certainly not a great… Read more »

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House Ag Committee Set to Address Critical Issues

Editor’s Note: U.S. agriculture is facing some of the most severe economic conditions in many years, and all eyes are focused on Washington, D.C., to see what, if anything, can or will be done. Congressman Larry Combest of Lubbock, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, recently answered several questions posed by Commentator. Mr. Chairman, you… Read more »

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Legislature Looks at State Ag Policy

The current U.S. farm crisis may have captured more attention and generated more news reports than any previous downturn, and for good reason. In Texas alone, farm and ranch production values in 1998 declined $2.4 billion from the previous year due to drought and poor exports which led to low prices, according to an economist… Read more »

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Continued Drought, Depressed Prices Among Concerns for 1999

Since early January, cotton producers have been planning for the unpredictable events their industry could encounter in 1999. Scarce moisture, depressed prices and other economic stresses are some of the concerns producers are acknowledging as they reassess their planting and acreage intentions. According to the National Cotton Council’s 16th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey,… Read more »

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Textile and Apparel Imports Flood U.S. Markets

The U.S. textile industry is currently in the midst of a battle to regain market share. Domestic manufacturers indeed face a formidable opponent as imported Asian textile and apparel products continue to flood into the U.S. market. Recent statistics demonstrate just how serious this problem has become. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported on January… Read more »

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U.S. Denim Industry Remaining True in a Blue Market

Denim is a versatile fabric: soft enough to be comfortable yet tough enough to withstand many years of wear and tear. In much the same way, denim makers across the country now are weathering revolving storms in the market by being flexible enough to adapt to new consumer expectations while remaining consistent in their commitment… Read more »

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Mission Valley’s “Perspective” Hits the Streets

For Spring, 2000 Fabric Trends Spring is in the air at Mission Valley Fabrics (MVF)… spring, 2000 that is, as the newest division of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association launched its latest apparel line in December for presentation to customers around the country. Influenced by personal views and personal style, the title for MVF’s spring, 2000… Read more »

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Leadership Programs Help Participants Blossom

Cotton producers, cattle growers, ag lenders and the many other diversified people that comprise the agriculture industry may be divided by distance, interests and outlook, but all have one thing in common: their livelihoods are dependent upon agriculture’s ability to survive and grow. In order for this goal to be met, energetic and motivated people… Read more »

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TACC Awards go to Newton, Sullivan and Hensley

Three distinguished individuals recently were presented with notable awards at the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council’s (TACC) annual meeting in San Antonio, TX. Steve Newton, manager of Owens Coop Gin near Ralls, TX, was recognized as TACC’s Cooperative Ginner of the Year. Following in the footsteps of his father, Bob Newton, a recipient of TACC’s Cooperative… Read more »

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