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Cotton Board gets new team members
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Feb '16
The US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack appointed eight members, eight alternates, and three advisors to serve on the Cotton Board.

“The cotton producers and importers appointed by the secretary are charged with working together to oversee the Cotton Research & Promotion Program,” a Cotton Board press release stated.

The re-appointed members are, Adam Hatley, George Warbington, Benjamin Boyd, Jeffer Posey, Mark Williams, Janet Ydavoy, Sonja Chapman and John Mathews.

The re-appointed alternate members are, Randy Braden, Catherine Allen and Heidi Goold, while the newly appointed advisors are, Haywood Harrell and Ava Alcaida.

The newly appointed alternate members are, William Harrison, John Ruark, Jaclyn Ford, Julie Holladay and Akiko Inui.

Cotton Board chairman Aaron Barcellos said, “These new leaders are very qualified and will be tremendous assets to the Cotton Board.”

“Our efforts to broaden the perspectives of board members and alternates will pay positive dividends for the Cotton Research and Promotion Program,” he added.

“I look forward to collaborating with the new appointees and gaining their insight as our Board works to move the cotton industry forward,” Barcellos informed.

Cotton Board added that it has been pleased over the last several years to join with the industry's certified producer organisations to encourage and support diverse representation.

“With this continued goal in mind, The Cotton Board created two new advisory positions for the purpose of adding insight research issues affecting minority, young, and under-represented cotton producers,” the board stated.

The Cotton Research and Promotion Program is designed to advance the position of cotton in the marketplace.

It is funded by assessments on all domestically produced cotton and imports of foreign-produced cotton and cotton-containing products, and is authorised by the Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966.

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service oversees operations of the board and all appointees serve three-year terms.

The Cotton Research & Promotion Act established the Cotton Board as a quasi-governmental, non-profit entity to serve as the administrator of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program.

Funded by America's cotton producers and importers through the cotton check-off, the Program's research and promotion activities are conducted worldwide by Cotton Incorporated.

Cotton Incorporated is the Cotton Board's sole-source contracting organisation, to increase the demand for and improve the market position of cotton.

The Cotton Research & Promotion Program continues to work in all areas of cotton's pipeline, from the field to the consumer to keep cotton the number one fibre choice in the US. (AR)

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