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Cotton Board appointees announced

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The appointees will serve three-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2020.

Twenty-seven people have been appointed to serve on the Cotton Board by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

“The Cotton Board carries out research and promotional activities that strengthen the competitive position of cotton by expanding demand in domestic and foreign markets, improving fiber quality, and lowering costs of production,” said Perdue. “These appointees represent a cross section of the industry and I know that the cotton industry will be well served by their work."

The following appointees will serve three-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2020.

The newly appointed member is Pace Hindsley, Marvell, Ark.

Re-appointed members are:

  1. Michael K. Kobori, Berkeley, Calif.
  2. Dustin Mancebo, Dos Palos, Calif.
  3. Debi M. Gregg, Irvine, Calif.
  4. Sally M. Gilligan, San Francisco, Calif.
  5. George G. LaCour Jr., Morganza, La.
  6. James C. Robertson Jr., Indianola, Miss.
  7. Akiko Inui, New York, N.Y.
  8. Chuck J. Ward, Hickory, N.C.
  9. David M. Dunlow, Roanoke Rapids, N.C.   
  10. Bryan K. Patterson, Amherst, Texas
  11. Debra R. Barrett, Edroy, Texas
  12. Sigifredo Valverde, Shallowater, Texas

Newly appointed alternate members are: 

  1. Rebecca E. Thom, Lake Providence, La.
  2. James W. McKinnon, Rye, N.Y.
  3. Silas K. Smith, Rocky Mount, N.C.
  4. Rafe A. Banks, Memphis, Tenn.
  5. Jon T. Jones, Floydada, Texas
  6. Laurie A. Sutandar, Frisco, Texas
  7. Kody S. Bessent, Lubbock, Texas
  8. Emily L. Gigot, Seattle, Wash.

Re-appointed alternate members are:

  1. Aaron Barcellos, Los Banos, Calif.
  2. Marshall D. Draughn Jr., Severna Park, Md.
  3. Patrick L. Johnson, Jr., Tunica, Miss.
  4. Stefanie Rotta, Elkins Park, Pa.
  5. Michael C. Popp, El Campo, Texas

Re-appointed as advisor is Marshal Cohen, Upper Brookeville, N.Y. 

The Secretary also appointed the following:

  1. Rajiv Malik, Tiburon, Calif., to fill an importer alternate positon expiring Dec. 31, 2018
  2. Andrea Nypen, Lakeville, Minn., to fill an importer alternate position expiring Dec. 31, 2019
  3. Douglas P. Guiley, New York, N.Y., to fill an importer alternate position expiring Dec. 31, 2018
  4. Ronnie N. Hopper Jr., Petersburg, Texas, to fill a producer alternate position expiring Dec. 31, 2019 

The Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966 (Act) authorized a national cotton research and promotion program that is both industry-operated and funded. Since 1966, Congress has authorized 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.

More information is available on the AMS Cotton Board website, or visit the Cotton Board’s website.

Source: USDA AMS

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