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Secretary Perdue Appoints Members and Alternates to Cotton Board

January 21st, 2020

(MEMPHIS, TN) – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 18 members and 18 alternate members to serve on The Cotton Board.  These appointees will serve three-year terms, ending December 31, 2022. 

Newly appointed members are: Gokul Krishnan, Importer - AR and John Stokes, Importer - MA. Re-appointed members are: Walt Corcoran, Producer – AL; Peter M. McGrath, Importer – CO; David J. DeFelix, Producer – FL; James L. Webb, Producer – GA; Suzanne R. Drouhard, Producer – KS; Joe Don Long, Importer – KY; Kim Mayberry-Holifield, Producer – MO; Arlene M. Eastwood, Importer – NJ; Laurie A. Rando, Importer – NJ; Alisa Ogden, Producer – NM; J. Mark Nichols, Producer – OK; Rusty Darby, Producer – SC; Catherine S. Via, Producer – TN; Matt Farmer, Producer – TX; Shelley S. Butler Barlow, Producer – VA; and Emily Gigot, Importer - WA.

Newly appointed alternate members are: Nick McMichen, Producer – AL; Jessica Pagano,  Importer – FL; Dominique D. Brown, Importer – MN; Roian Atwood, Importer – NC; Michelle Tarry, Importer – NJ; Eun Hwang, Importer – OR; Frank B. Rogers III, Producer – SC; Alex Armour, Producer – TN; and James W. Jones, Jr., Producer – VA. Re-appointed alternate members are: Alan J. Edwards, Producer – FL; Benjamin R. Grimsley, Producer – GA; Thomas L. Lahey, Producer – KS; Albert Riley James, Producer – MO; Nathan Jurva, Producer – NM;  Tara Hoffmann, Importer – NY; Clint Abernathy, Producer – OK; James C. Self III, Importer – SC; and R.N. Hopper Jr., Producer – TX.  

In addition, Barbara Buhr, West Hartford, Conn., has been appointed to serve as importer alternate member to fill a vacant position, term expiring Dec. 31, 2020, and Melissa Bryant, Irvine, Calif., has been appointed to serve as importer alternate member to fill a vacant position, term expiring Dec. 31, 2021.

“I am pleased to welcome this group of leaders to The Cotton Board and look forward to the guidance they will offer the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. The Cotton Board has an extensive orientation program set up to ensure new Members and Alternates are fully up-to-speed and prepared to participate at our upcoming March board meeting,” said Jeff Posey, Texas cotton producer and current Chairman of The Cotton Board. “On behalf of The Cotton Board, I would like to thank Secretary Perdue for these timely appointments and thank the appointees for their willingness to share their time and expertise with the cotton industry,” he said.

Members, Alternates and consumer advisors of The Cotton Board collaboratively represent the interests of both importers and producers to The Cotton Board and Cotton Incorporated. Their insight contributes to activities of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program targeted at improving the profitability of the entire cotton industry. If you are interested in becoming a member of The Cotton Board, please contact your local Certified Producer/Importer Organization or the U.S. Department of Agriculture at 540-361-2726 for more information.

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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.

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