Eddie Smith, a Floydada, Texas, cotton producer, was elected chairman of the Na-tional Cotton Council (NCC) for 2010. Named during the NCC’s recent annual meeting in Memphis, Tenn., he served as the NCC’s vice chairman in 2009 and succeeds Jon W. Hardwick, a Newellton, La., cotton producer.
He has served as a director of Floydada Cooperative Gin and was elected to the board of directors of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) in 1984. He was unanimously elected chairman of PCCA in 2004.
The NCC’s vice chairman for 2010 is Charles H. Parker, a cotton producer from Senath, Mo.
Planting Target: 10.1 Million Acres
U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 10.1 million acres of cotton this spring, up more than 10 percent from 2009, according to the National Cotton Council’s 27th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
Upland cotton intentions are 9.9 million acres, an increase of 10 percent from 2009, while extra long staple (ELS) intentions of 176,000 acres represent a 24 percent rise. The results were announced at the NCC’s 2010 Annual Meeting.
Improved Economic Outlook
Lingering effects and uncertainties for the general economy continue to present challenges for the U.S. cotton industry, but data suggest the worst has been weathered and recent concerns are being replaced with prospects for recovery and growth, according to National Cotton Council economist Gary Adams.
A major reason for optimism, Adams says, is that after seven months of the 2009 marketing year, it is increasingly clear that global cotton stocks will see their first substantial decline since the 2002 marketing year, and the estimated stock reduction of 9.4 million bales would be the largest single-year drawdown since 1986.
National Ginners Choose Gilkey
The National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) has elected the following officers for 2010.
The group includes: president, Kirk Gilkey, manager of Cross Creek Gin, LLC in Corcoran, Calif.; first vice president, Kent Fountain, Surrency, Ga.; second vice president, Lee Tiller, Odem, Texas; third vice president, Curtis Stewart, Dumas, Ark.; and chairman, Sledge Taylor, Como, Miss. Harrison Ashley of Memphis serves as NCGA’s executive vice president.
Dodson Elected ACP Chairman
James F. “Jimmy” Dodson, a Robs-town, Texas, producer, was elected as chairman of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the National Cotton Council (NCC) for 2010.
Dodson has served on and chaired various ACP committees, including his current chairmanship of the ACP Farm Policy Committee.
Darnielle To Lead CCI
Wally Darneille, a Lubbock, Texas, cooperative official, will serve as 2010 president of Cotton Council Inter-national (CCI). CCI is the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) export promotions arm and carries out programs in more than 50 countries.
Darneille, who is president and CEO of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, serves on the boards of the NCC, AMCOT, Telmark, the Southwest Council of Agribusiness, the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council, Denimatrix and The Seam.
For additional information from the NCC Annual Meeting, please go to http://www.cotton.org/news/meetings/index.cfm.