Forever Cotton - The People - Monty Bain
Name: Monty Bain
Title & Company: Southeastern Regional Communication Manager (RCM) for The Cotton Board
Years with company: 10
Tell us about yourself and your work in the cotton industry: I have been in the cotton business since 1972. I have worked for cotton merchants and a cotton mill, and I have enjoyed all the “cotton folks” I have encountered along the way. I went to Murdock’s International Cotton School in 1976 and learned about cotton classing and cotton buying and trading. In my role as Southeastern RCM for The Cotton Board, I cover Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. I call on cotton producers and cotton gins in my territory and help keep them informed of the work being done by the Cotton Research & Promotion Program. I enjoy talking with the farmers about their farms and of course, their cotton crops.
What makes you so passionate about cotton? Cotton’s in my blood – it’s been a huge part of my family livelihood. My father bought cotton for Avondale Mills, and both sets of my grandparents worked for Avondale Mills. My father-in-law was in fabric development at Avondale. My brother, sister, and brother-in-law have all worked in the cotton business. My wife Becky has also worked at Avondale Mills, and a gin and warehouse.
What do you see as cotton’s biggest opportunity in the future? Cotton is such a sustainable crop. A lot of folks don’t know that cotton is not only used for the lint, but also the seed. I think cottonseed and cottonseed oil will play a big role in feeding and providing the world’s growing population with nutrition in the future.
What cotton item do you own that you hope to keep forever, and why? All my cotton jeans and my many, many cotton t-shirts. I just love the touch, the feel of cotton!