PCG Participates in "Cotton Day at the Capitol"Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:26:39 CDT
A group of 20 cotton producers and industry leaders from across the state joined at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Thursday, April 15 for “Cotton Day at the Capitol”, an event held each legislative session.
The goal of “Cotton Day at the Capitol” is to visit with both newly elected and veteran legislators, along with agency leaders, and extend the industry’s appreciation for their support of cotton which is the No. 1 cash commodity crop grown in Texas. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions still in place at the State Capitol, this years’ event looked a little different, whereas in the past as many as 50 or more attendees would converge on the Capitol, this years’ group was smaller and more strategic in their planning and delivered 100% cotton towel sets embroidered with the State Seal of Texas, as well as a flyer (click here ) detailing the Texas cotton story and important facts about cotton.
Issues discussed while visiting with offices included water, research, boll weevil eradication funding, and other topics of importance to the Texas cotton industry that are handled by the Texas legislature or state agencies. One key policy priority that PCG is focused on this session is H.B. 2089, relating to the detection and mitigation of plant pests and diseases.
Other topics that PCG and the industry continue to monitor include the State budget and redistricting.
Those participating from PCG included President Brent Nelson of Sudan; Vice President Martin Stoerner of Lockney; and PCG staff member Kody Bessent.
The event was led this year by the Texas Cotton Ginner’s Association, but also included representation from Texas Independent Cotton Ginner’s Association, the Texas Cotton Association, Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council, Texas Cotton Producers, Inc., and Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.
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