Grant Saum Joins The Cotton Board Staff as Mid-South Regional Communication Manager

(MEMPHIS, TN) - The Cotton Board has hired Grant Saum as its new Mid-South Regional Communication Manager (RCM). Saum’s territory includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.

The Cotton Board’s RCMs work to ensure that stakeholders of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program in their respective territories are informed of the activities stemming from the Program as conducted by Cotton Incorporated and administered by the Cotton Board. The RCMs visit producers in the field, speak at industry meetings, participate in trade shows, and coordinate producer tours of Cotton Incorporated. 

Before joining the Cotton Board, Saum worked as a District Sales Manager for GreenPoint Ag in Alabama and Southern Mississippi. Saum, a Tennessee-native and former FFA Tennessee state officer, obtained an ag business degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

“I have grown up around agriculture all my life, and I’m excited to dive into this new role with The Cotton Board. I look forward to engaging with the cotton producers in my region and having the opportunity to be an advocate for the Cotton Research and Promotion Program,” said Saum.

The Cotton Board’s other RCMs include Monty Bain, Southeast RCM covering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia; Shelley Heinrich, Southern Plains RCM covering north Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma; and Christi Short, Southwest RCM covering east, central, far west, and south Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.


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

Grant Saum Headshot Jan 2021