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.
PCCA is a member of AMCOT, the National Cotton Council of America, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, the International Cotton Association, the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council, the Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council, and the Kansas Cooperative Council.
PCCA follows the seven cooperative principles to best serve its grower-owners.
- Build It Together (Open and Voluntary Membership)
- Make The Decisions (Member Controlled)
- Make It Grow (Economic Participation and Ownership)
- Control Own Destiny (Autonomy and Independence)
- Help Each Other Improve (Education, Training and Information)
- Assist Other Co-ops (Cooperation Among Cooperatives)
- Invest In Their Community (Concern for Community)
PCCA was founded by a group of visionary farmers on the Texas High Plains who were searching for a way to achieve the best possible price for their cotton. Using technology and innovative marketing strategies, PCCA reliably supplies a significant volume of cotton to merchants and textile mills.
In 1957, we launched our first marketing pool which allowed farmers to focus on growing cotton while PCCA’s marketing team leveraged volume to create additional value for our grower-owners.
In 1963, our cooperative expanded when cotton producers in the Texas Rolling Plains and Southwest Oklahoma invited PCCA to offer its cotton marketing services in their respective areas. Consequently, PCCA built warehouse facilities at Sweetwater, Texas, and Altus, Oklahoma, to store and market cotton produced in those regions. Additional growth occurred four years later when PCCA extended into Corpus Christi and Harlingen, Texas.
With a growing membership bringing more cotton to sell, PCCA continually explored better ways to market its grower-owners’ crops. In search of a more efficient way to reach more cotton buyers, PCCA joined with three other U.S. cotton marketing cooperatives in 1971 to form AMCOT, a centralized “shopping center” for the world’s textile mills. During this same period, PCCA was a leader in the development of High Volume Instrument testing system now used by USDA to class all U.S. cotton.
In 1975, PCCA introduced electronic cotton marketing with the development of TELCOTÒ, one of many innovations in the cooperative’s history.
PCCA introduced electronic warehouse receipts to the U.S. cotton industry which safely eliminated paper warehouse receipts. This invention increased the speed and efficiency of title transfer from the grower throughout the supply chain.
Another geographic expansion occurred in the mid-1990s when PCCA offered its marketing services to cotton producers in Central Texas and Kansas.
In 2000, PCCA joined with other leading agri-business companies to form The Seam®, a web-based electronic marketing system that provides our grower-owners with access to a larger number of cotton buyers, ensuring the most competitive price possible. Since then, The Seam has expanded into other commodities and technology solutions. PCCA and its grower-owners maintain significant ownership in this innovative company.
PCCA’s newest innovations are focused on mobile devices and location services. Module Tracking was developed in 2013 to improve real-time interactions between growers and their gins. Growers communicate with gins through their mobile app as soon as harvest occurs. Gin managers can monitor the operations of their gin plants from any location.
PCCA’s founders would be amazed at the innovations in today’s cotton industry, but they would also be pleased to see that their pioneering spirit and never-give-up attitude has endured through multiple generations.