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Cotton Board appointments announced

The Cotton Board directs research and promotional activities for cotton.

Eight members, eight alternate members and two advisors have been appointed to serve on the Cotton Board.

Re-appointed members:

  1. Adam S. Hatley, Mesa, Ariz.
  2. Rajiv Malik, Tiburon, Calif.
  3. George T. Warbington, Vienna, Ga.
  4. Sonja Chapman, Boonton, N.J.
  5. Crystal A. Button, Great Neck, N.Y.
  6. Julie Davis Holladay, Lubbock, Texas
  7. Randy Braden, Midland, Texas
  8. Jeffery T. Posey, Roby, Texas

Re-appointed alternate members:

  1. Jaclyn Dixon Ford, Alapaha, Ga.
  2. Douglas P. Guiley, New York, N.Y.

Newly appointed alternate members:

  1. Ava L. Alcaida, Parker, Ariz.
  2. Patricia R. Lesser, Kentfield, Calif.
  3. Charles F. Sheppard, Indian Rocks, Fla.
  4. Steven D. Olson, Plainview, Texas
  5. Jason S. French, Snyder, Texas
  6. Brett J. Schniers, Wall, Texas

The appointed advisors are Gregory L. Bridgeforth, Athens, Ala., and incumbent Karen E. Kyllo, Henderson, Nev.

All appointees will serve 3-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2021.

“The Cotton Board carries out research and promotional activities that help cotton compete in domestic and foreign markets, improve fiber quality and lower production costs,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “I want to thank these board members for the time and effort they have committed to serving the cotton industry."

The Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966 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 their 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 accountability and program integrity. 

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

Source: USDA

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