The Texas Cotton Association invites you to join us and the entire Texas cotton industry as we CELEBRATE COTTON WEEK in LUBBOCK, TEXAS! The Texas Cotton Association's annual FLOW/MARKETING MEETING will be held in during CELEBRATE COTTON WEEK, on September 13 & 14, 2017! This annual meeting is primarily designed to encourage discussion among cotton industry stakeholders involved in the movement of Texas Cotton. TCA members are known to have an impeccable reputation of supplying grade A Texas cotton when our customers demand it. Since 1973, the Flow/Marketing Meeting, has proven to be the right time and place to communicate and resolve problematic flow specific issues prior to harvest.  

Texas cotton industry partners have teamed up to host a TEXAS-SIZED -- CELEBRATE COTTON OPEN GOLF SCRAMBLE, on September 13, 2017, with a shot-gun start at 1:00 p.m., at the Shadow Hills Golf Course, in Lubbock! Calling ALL cotton producers, ginners, merchants, warehousemen, suppliers and service providers! The format will include a 4-person Scramble. A buffet lunch will be served at noon and the driving range will open at 11:00 a.m. Cost to play is $100/person. Registration is available on the Flow meeting online or paper registration forms.  Click here to map directions to Shadow Hill Golf Course.

The Texas Cotton Association will kick off the annual CELEBRATE COTTON FLOW RECEPTION from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Overton Hotel in Sunset Ballroom A on September 13, 2017. This is the largest industry networking event of the season where cotton transportation is the theme! A can't miss social and business occasion! 

MEMBERS ONLY BREAKFAST will be held in Sunset A, on Thursday, September 14, 2017,  featuring speakers addressing issues pertinent to our members.  If you are a Merchant, Primary Buyer or  Associate member of The Texas Cotton Association and have retired from the cotton industry, or lead any cotton industry segment, are from academia, government or press, you are invited to attend this session. Seating will begin at 7:45 a.m and we expect to adjourn by 9:00 a.m. TCA President, Angie Goodman, CEO of ACG Cotton Marketing, LLC., Lubbock, will preside.  Dr. Darren Hudson, PhD Professor and Larry Combest Chair, Agricultural and Applied Economics at Texas Tech University, Lubbock; Steve Verett, Executive Vice President of Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Lubbock, and William E. May, President of the American Cotton Shippers Association, will address this seated breakfast.


A Networking Continental Breakfast Lounge will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m., in Sunset foyer until we convene the TOWN HALL TRANSPORTATION MEETING promptly at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, September 14, 2017. We have an exciting TOWN HALL TRANSPORTATION MEETING in the planning stages. TCA President Angie Goodman, will preside. Facilitating the program will be Michael Symonanis, Director of Global Logistics Container Group, Louis Dreyfus Corp., Cordova. Joe Tillman of International Cotton Depots, Memphis, and President of Cotton Warehouse Association of America, Washington, D.C., Rhonda Lambert, Logistics in Trade Execution, Cargill Cotton Co., Cordova, and Ty Reasonover, Senior Manager of Trade Development, Port of Houston, have accepted our invitation to serve as panel experts representing warehouses and merchants. We will also hear from "Our Man in D.C." - Peter Friedmann, Executive Director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, Washington, D.C. Truck, steamship and port representatives will also be included on the panel and as soon as we have confirmed these individuals, we will upload to this page. Questions will be gathered in advance of the meeting from each segment to be posed to other segments by completing the Town Hall Transportation Questionnaire circulated to all members and others, registered or not, desiring to participate in the Town Hall Transportation discussion. We will also accomodate questions from the floor and invite the audience to provide input. It is imperative that ALL stakeholders participate so that the entire cotton industry will benefit from these talks and perfect the movement of our cotton to final destination.  Let's join hands in the movement! 

FLOW MEETING HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONS may be made by calling the OVERTON HOTEL toll free 888.776.7001, requesting a room in the Texas Cotton Association - FLOW meeting block, for a special rate of $119+tax for a single or a double accomodations. You may also book your room online by clicking Online Hotel Reservations and the TCA page will appear! We have contracted rooms for the nights of September 11th through September 17th. We have secured a couple of rooms for $350+tax per night for those of you wanting to stay over for the COTTON GAME. Friday and Saturday night stays are required. Please let me know if there are any takers! This is the very best rate available at the Overton during the football season on home game weekends. We will release these rooms to the hotel on August 15th if we have not received your request to stay. In order to be assured of the reduced TCA special meeting rate during the Flow activities, you must act no later than the deadline of 5:00 p.m. on September 5, 2017, before any remaining rooms in our block are cancelled and returned to the hotel for general sales. This is a BUSY week in Lubbock and rooms go fast! In making your plans, please also note that hotel check-in is 4:00 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m. 

Online Registration is available through this link and on the home page of our website. You can pay right there using your credit card. We accept American Express, Master Card, Visa & Discover. Remember, our website is secure, offering fast checkout! Upon receipt of your pre-registration fee, we will prepare a name badge for you which is your ticket to all functions including the Reception and Flow/Marketing Meeting. On site registration will be also be available, but will increase by $10.00. All registration fees are subject to a late fee of $10 if received after September 5, 2017. If you prefer to register by mail, select "forms to mail" in the drop down menu under West Texas Flow Meeting 2017. If you wish to mail your registration form, our address is The Texas Cotton Association, P.O. Box 765098, Dallas, Texas 75376-5098. 

TCA CELEBRATE COTTON GIVEAWAY! Be sure to buy raffle tickets to enter the TCA CELEBRATE COTTON GIVEAWAY! Valuable prizes will be given away during the Cotton Flow Reception by TCA President, Angie Goodman! Here's how it works: Winners will be announced at the Cotton Flow Reception, Wednesday, September 13, 2017,  by 8:00 p.m. Great e-opportunity to purchase to play on the West Texas Flow Marketing Meeting online registration form. You may also buy tickets at the door. Buy raffle tickets priced at $5.00 per ticket. For each increment of 5 tickets that you buy, you will receive one ticket absolutely FREE! You may buy one ticket or as many as you like to increase your chances to win. Your ticket(s) will be placed in your badge holder that you will pick up at the registration desk on Wednesday night at the TCA Cotton Flow Reception! Simply remove one part of the two part ticket and place it in the raffle drum. Retain the other part and listen for your ticket number to be called! Winners must be present to win. The TCA CELEBRATE COTTON Giveaway begins today and will end promptly at 6:30 p.m., on September 14, 2017. Go straight to the online registration form and enter for your chance to win!

THE COTTON CLUB! You will also find a place on the registration form to join the Cotton Club. The Cotton Club was established as an integral part of providing an exceptional organization for members. Since meeting registration fees don't cover the full cost of TCA meetings, these extra dollars create opportunities for industry cohesiveness and growth that may not otherwise exist. Participation in the annual meeting fund by members and other interested parties, is important because it indicates the depth and breadth of confidence by those closest to the association. Every donor and every gift is vital to maintaining the ongoing strength of The Texas Cotton Association...year after year. Simply join The Cotton Club and watch our network grow. Enjoy extra membership benefits during meetings and be eligible to be included in an extra drawing for prizes and gifts. The Cotton Club members will also be recognized at our meetings.

SPONSORS! YOUR contribution to this year's meeting will help us WIN a Town Hall VICTORY that will benefit ALL stakeholders in the movement of TEXAS COTTON! 
Let's join hands in the movement! Advertise your company name to friends and potential business associates during the Flow activities September 13 & 14, 2017! The Officers, Directors, Merchant members and Primary Marketing members of The Texas Cotton Association, thank you for your partnership! Sponsor packages are detailed on the sponsorship form.  Online Sponsorship 
is available through this link or on the home page of our website. You can pay right there using your credit card. We accept American Express, Master Card, Visa & Discover. Remember, our website is secure, offering fast checkout! If you prefer to sponsor by mail, select "forms to mail" in the drop down menu under West Texas Flow Meeting 2016. If you wish to mail your sponsorship form, our address is The Texas Cotton Association, P.O. Box 765098, Dallas, Texas 75376-5098. 

Please consider supporting at one of the following levels:

  • FLOW CHAMPION -- $1,500
  • FLOW AUTHORITY -- $1,000
  • FLOW PARTNER -- $500
  • FLOW FRIEND -- $250

Upon arrival, you will receive a name badge and a sponsor ribbon indicating that you are one of the contributors responsible for our success! Texas Cotton Association thanks you in advance for your continued support of the cotton merchandising segment!


"CELEBRATE COTTON Game" & Activities
September 16, 2017

***** Celebrate Cotton Game Tickets ON SALE NOW! *****

All TCA Flow Meeting Participants are invited to the sixth annual Celebrate Cotton Game as the Texas Tech Red Raiders host the Arizona State Sun Devils at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Jones AT&T Stadium. Tickets start at just $35 and can be purchased online at   http://bit.ly/TTUCottonGameTickets   (code is COTTON17) or by calling 806-742-TECH and asking for the Cotton Game special rate. Our price is $35, although we are limited to specific sections. Those wanting tickets that aren’t in those sections can purchase tickets at the regular price. Plains Cotton Growers will host a tailgate event with Lone Star State Bank on Saturday. Look for the bank’s “Big Red Fire Truck” on the north side of the lot west of the stadium. If you plan to attend the tailgate, please call PCG to RSVP at (806) 792-4904.

Team up with TCA members and the Texas cotton industry during "CELEBRATE COTTON" week, September 11-16, in Lubbock, Texas!

The Officers and Directors of The Texas Cotton Associationthank you for your interest in TEXAS COTTON, our association, and our meetings. We are hopeful that you will be able to join us for another successful annual West Texas Flow/Marketing Meeting & "CELEBRATE COTTON" week.

Officers:
Angie Goodman of ACG Cotton Co., Lubbock, President
Alan Vinson of ECOM U.S.A., Inc., Lubbock, 1st Vice President
Josh Underwood of Underwood Cotton Co., Lubbock, 2nd Vice President
Kandice Poteet, Executive Vice President, Dallas
Directors:
Ross Barber of RJB Trading & Consulting Corp., Lubbock, At-Large Past President
Sam Clay of TOYO Cotton Co., Dallas
Raymond Faus of Omnicotton, Plano, Immediate Past President
Rhonda Lambert of Cargill, Memphis
Robert Luehrs of Allenberg Cotton Co., Corpus Christi
Darren Newton, Glencore Ag., LLC, Lubbock
Michael J. Patranella, Cargill Cotton Co., Lubbock, At-Large Past President
Ray Ragsdale of Memtex Cotton, Moody
John Romines of OLAM, Richardson

Register and make your room reservations NOW! Head on out to the High Plains of TEXAS... where cotton is KING!
"CELEBRATE COTTON" is the theme! TEXAS COTTON is #1 in TEXAS and #1 in the U.S.A.!