Cotton Board Caucuses Give Opportunity For New Growers to Lead the Industry

The Cotton Board Urges the Next Generation of Growers to Get Involved and Guide Cotton's Future

 (MEMPHIS, TN) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for candidates to serve on The Cotton Board. A large class of nominees are needed to fill 17 member and 17 alternate positions for vacancies representing cotton producers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, as well as importers.  

“Serving on the Cotton Board gives growers an opportunity to represent their respective state in a leadership position and be a voice that provides valuable insight to help shape the activities of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program," says Aaron Barcellos, California cotton producer and current Chairman of The Cotton Board. "As stakeholders in the Program, cotton producers are encouraged to bring their ideas, energy and love for the cotton industry to The Cotton Board," said Barcellos.

Certified Producer Organizations (CPOs) and Certified Importer Organizaitons (CIOs) will caucus to nominate two qualified persons for their respective states for each member and alternate member position that is open for 2017. From those nominations, the Secretary of Agriculture makes the final selection of  members and alternates. 

“This is our industry and our program. It is up to us, as cotton producers, to serve as leaders and bring our ideas to the table. I have never served with a group that is more innovative or more committed to helping cotton than the members of The Cotton Board. I have learned from them, and I hope they have learned from me. We have a lot more to accomplish. I have faith in this industry and the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. I encourage the next generation of leaders to get active in their local certified organizations and help lead our future,” stated George LaCour, Secretary of The Cotton Board and a Louisiana producer. 

Nominating CPOs for this caucus season, by state, include: 

Alabama: Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Inc., Alabama Farmers Federation, Southern Cotton Growers, Inc., and Staplcotn.

Florida: Florida Farm Bureau, Southern Cotton Growers, Inc., and Staplcotn.

Georgia: Georgia Cotton Commission, Georgia Farm Bureau, Southern Cotton Growers, Inc., and Staplcotn.

Kansas: Kansas Cotton Association, Kansas Farm Bureau, and Plains Cotton Cooperative Association.

Missouri: Cotton Producers of Missouri, Missouri Farm Bureau, and Staplcotn.

New Mexico: New Mexico State University, New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, and New Mexico's Pecos Valley Farmers Association.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Farmers Union (aka American Farmers/Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company), and Plains Cotton Cooperative Association.

South Carolina: South Carolina Farm Bureau, South Carolina State Grange, Carolinas Cotton Growers Cooperative, Inc., and Staplcotn.

Tennessee: Staplcotn, Tennessee Farm Bureau, American Agriculture Movement Incorporated of Tennessee, and Tennessee Agricultural Council.

Texas: Blackland Cotton & Grain Producers Association, Cotton & Grain Producers of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, El Paso Valley Cotton Association, Farmers Cooperative Compress, Fort Bend County Cotton & Grain Assn., Gulf Compress, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, PYCO Industries, Inc., Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Rolling Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association, Inc. South Texas Cotton & Grain Association, Inc., Texas Cotton Growers Coop. Assoc., Inc, Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council, Trans Pecos Cotton Association, St. Lawrence Cotton Growers Association, and Valley Co-op Oil Mill.

Virginia: Carolinas Cotton Growers Cooperative, Inc., Virginia Cotton Board, Virginia Farm Bureau, Virginia Cotton Growers Association, and Southern Cotton Growers, Inc.

Nominations are accepted by CPOs up until the date/time of the caucus. Each certified cotton producer organization within the state and/or certified importer organization is invited to send one representative to the caucus. The full caucus schedule is below:

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina & Virginia - Sunday, July 31 - STARTING AT 1:00 p.m.

Alabama - 1:00 P.M.; Florida - 1:30 P.M.; Georgia - 2:00 P.M.; South Carolina - 2:30 P.M.; Virginia - 3:00 P.M. 

Southern Southeastern Meeting - Ritz Carlton - 4750 Amelia Island Parkway - Amelia Island, FL 32034

Missouri - Wednesday, July 27 - 8:00 a.m. 

University of MO Research & Education Center - 47 State Highway T, Portageville, MO 63873

Tennessee - Friday, July 29 - 1:00 p.m. 

University of Tennessee Ag Research & Education Center at Milan - 3-A Ledbetter Gate Road, Milan, TN 38358

Kansas - Friday, July 22 - 10:00 a.m. 

Doubletree Hotel Wichita Airport - 2098 Airport Road - Wichita, KS 67212

Oklahoma - Thursday, July 21 - 11:00 a.m. 

Southwest Research and Extension Center - 16721 U.S. Highway 283 - Altus, OK 73521-7914

Texas - Wednesday, July 20 - 11:00 a.m. 

Austin Marriott South - 4415 South IH-35 - Austin, TX 78744

New Mexico - Friday, July 8 -3:30 p.m. 

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino - 287 Carizzo Canyon Road - Mescalero, NM 88340

Importers - Tuesday, July 12 - 9:00 AM

1400 Independence Ave., SW - Washington, DC


Contact: Stacey Gorman, Director of Communications, 901-233-9356, sgorman [at] cottonboard [dot] org

About the Cotton Board: 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, the Cotton Board’s sole-source contracting organization, 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 fiber choice in the U.S. For more information about the Cotton Board and the innovative activities stemming from the Program, visit