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Cotton Incorporated Honored with the 2022 A.L. Vandergriff Cotton Pioneer Award

February 25th, 2022

Typically given to an individual, Cotton Incorporated made history as the first organization to receive the award from the Southern Cotton Ginners Association.

Memphis, TN [2.25.22] – Cotton Incorporated was named the 2022 A.L. Vandergriff Cotton Pioneer Award winner at last night’s Southern Cotton Ginners Association Honors Banquet. For over 50 years, the team of cotton industry experts at Cotton Incorporated have worked tirelessly on behalf of U.S. cotton producers and importers to increase the demand for and profitability of cotton.

Cotton Incorporated’s win marks the first time the award has been given to an organization. “Typically, this award is given to an individual, but the breadth of Cotton Incorporated’s work couldn’t be possible without the hundreds of dedicated employees that manage the vast number of research and promotion projects that have provided an advantage for the entire U.S. cotton industry,” said Tim Price, Executive Director of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association

Berrye Worsham, President & CEO of Cotton Incorporated, travelled to Memphis to accept the award on behalf of the organization. “We accept the Vandergriff Award on behalf of the U.S. cotton growers and importers, whose generosity and forward-thinking continue to make our work possible” said Worsham.

“I am thrilled for Cotton Incorporated to be recognized in this way,” said Cotton Board Chairman and Leary, GA cotton producer Jimmy Webb. “From the ag research innovations that have changed the way we all farm and manufacturing advancements like wrinkle-resistant fabrics and water-resistant cotton, to the creation of the Seal of Cotton trademark and the iconic Fabric of Our LivesTM advertising campaign, Cotton Incorporated has shaped the modern cotton industry as we know it.”

Cotton Incorporated was created in 1970 after a group of visionary cotton producers joined forces and pooled their resources to combat a massive loss of market share for cotton to synthetic fibers like polyester. Their efforts led to the enactment of a federal statute, the Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966.  In a referendum, producers voted to institute a per-bale assessment system to fund the program. The Cotton Board collects those assessments and invests them with Cotton Incorporated, the organization that carries out the actual research and promotion activities. During the last 50 years, Cotton Incorporated has worked relentlessly to educate consumers about the benefits of cotton and to research and improve cotton production practices to increase cotton producer profitability.

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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 www.cottonboard.org.

About Cotton Incorporated: Cotton Incorporated is the research and promotion company for Upland cotton. Funded by U.S. cotton growers and importers of Upland cotton-containing products, the not-for-profit organization’s mission is to increase the demand for and profitability of cotton. As a resource for the cotton industry, Cotton Incorporated conducts or oversees 500 research and educational projects in an average year. Research areas range from the development of agricultural and textile innovations to analyses of commodity and market data.  To learn more, visit www.cottoninc.com  

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