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Nicosia, Global Trading Officer for Louis Dreyfus Company was elected to serve as chairman at the NCC annual meeting.

February 21, 2024

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Joe Nicosia, second from left, greets attendees after speaking at the 2023 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show. Whitney Haigwood

Joe Nicosia, a Cordova, Tenn., merchant, was elected National Cotton Council (NCC) chairman for 2024 during the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Patrick Johnson, a producer from Tunica, Mississippi, will serve as vice chairman for 2024.

Nicosia has been a member of the board of directors of the National Cotton Council since 2011, was a segment vice president from 2014 to 2020, and currently also serves on the Executive Committee.


He has served on multiple NCC committees including current membership on the NCC Farm Policy Task Force and the Performance and Standards Task Force.

Nicosia is the Global Trading Operations Officer for Louis Dreyfus Company as well as the Head of the Cotton Platform. He is also the Executive Vice President of Louis Dreyfus Company LLC and Chief Executive Officer of Allenberg Cotton Co.

Nicosia’s background

In 1981, Nicosia completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and immediately embarked on his career as a grain trader at the Louis Dreyfus Company in Minneapolis. The following year, he transferred to Allenberg Cotton Co. and in 1985 assumed responsibility for cotton trading worldwide. He is active in several cotton industry associations and is a past chairman and serves on the board of directors of the American Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA). He is also the long-time chairman of the Futures Committee of ACSA.

Related:NCC survey suggests U.S. producers to plant 9.8 million acres of cotton in 2024

Elected as a NCC vice president was Mike Quinn, a manufacturer from Sanford, North Carolina.

Re-elected as NCC vice presidents were Hank N. Reichle, Jr., a Greenwood, Miss., cooperative official, Raymond Faus, a Richardson, Texas, merchant; Sammy Wright, a Tifton, Ga., cottonseed processor; Kirk Gilkey, a Corcoran, Calif., ginner; and Jay Cowart, an Altus, Okla., warehouser.

Reelected as secretary-treasurer is Mark McKean, a producer from Riverdale, California.

Re-elected as NCC staff officers were Gary Adams, president and chief executive officer;

Marjory Walker, vice president, Operations; Jody Campiche, vice president, Economics and Policy

Analysis; John Gibson, vice president, Member Services; Tas Smith, vice president, Producer Affairs; Harrison Ashley, vice president, Ginner Services; Chad Brewer, vice president, Technical Services; and Robbie Minnich, vice president, Washington Operations.

Source: National Cotton Council of America

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