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Plains Cotton Cooperative Association elects new chairman, vice chair

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Lubbock, Texas-based Plains Cotton Cooperative Association Board of Directors has elected Dahlen Hancock of Home, Texas, as its new chairman. The board elected Springlake, Texas, grower Lexie Fennell as vice chairman.

Eddie Smith of Floydada, Texas, has served on PCCA’s board since 1986 and was board chairman beginning in 2004. Smith remains on the board representing PCCA’s District 4.

“It’s been a privilege to serve as chairman for the past 16 years. The time was right for a new chairman to help guide PCCA into the future. I look forward to Dahlen’s leadership of our board,” Smith said of the transition.

Hancock, a fourth-generation producer, has represented PCCA’s District 7 since 2016. He has served as a director and chairman of New Home Co-op Gin; Lubbock County business director for Plains Cotton Growers; past chairman of Cotton Incorporated; and past president and chairman of Cotton Council International.

He’s also a National Cotton Council delegate, serving on the organization’s U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol board and was a member of the first class of the NCC’s Policy Education Program in 1999.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve PCCA as chairman of the board,” Hancock said. “Through Cotton Incorporated and Cotton Council International, I have had the opportunity to see cotton’s global value chain firsthand. That perspective should be helpful in guiding our cooperative toward creating maximum value for its members.

“We want to thank Eddie Smith for his strong leadership of our board. His steady hand has helped PCCA maintain its focus on serving our grower-owners and customers.”

The board reelected other officers, including Kevin Brinkley, president and CEO; Sam Hill, treasurer; and Greg Bell, corporate secretary.

The Plains Cotton Cooperative Association contributed this article.