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USDA Announces Cotton Board Appointments

November 19th, 2018

(MEMPHIS, TN) – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of eight members, eight alternate members and two advisors to serve on the Cotton Board.  

Re-appointed members are:

  • Adam S. Hatley, Mesa, Ariz.
  • Rajiv Malik, Tiburon, Calif.
  • George T. Warbington, Vienna, Ga.
  • Sonja Chapman, Boonton, N.J.
  • Crystal A. Button, Great Neck, N.Y.
  • Julie Davis Holladay, Lubbock, Texas
  • Randy Braden, Midland, Texas
  • Jeffery T. Posey, Roby, Texas

Re-appointed alternate members are:

  • Jaclyn Dixon Ford, Alapaha, Ga.
  • Douglas P. Guiley, New York, N.Y.

Newly appointed alternate members are:

  • Ava L. Alcaida, Parker, Ariz.
  • Patricia R. Lesser, Kentfield, Calif.
  • Charles F. Sheppard, Indian Rocks, Fla.
  • Steven D. Olson, Plainview, Texas
  • Jason S. French, Snyder, Texas
  • Brett J. Schniers, Wall, Texas

The appointed advisors are Gregory L. Bridgeforth, Athens, Ala., and incumbent Karen E. Kyllo, Henderson, Nev.

All appointees will serve 3-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2021.

“The Cotton Board carries out research and promotional activities that help cotton compete in domestic and foreign markets, improve fiber quality and lower production costs,” said Perdue. “I want to thank these board members for the time and effort they have committed to serving the cotton industry."

The Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966 (Act) authorized a national cotton research and promotion program that is both industry-operated and funded. Since 1966, Congress has authorized 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.



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


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