Bowen Flowers Re-elected American Cotton Producers Chair
Bowen Flowers, a Clarksdale, Miss., cotton producer, was re-elected as chairman of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the National Cotton Council (NCC) for 2015, during the NCC’s annual meeting held in Memphis, Tenn. Currently a NCC director, Flowers has served on and chaired various ACP and NCC committees and task forces.
Elected as an ACP vice chairmen were: Kendall Wannamaker, St. Matthews, SC; and Doyle Schniers, San Angelo, Texas. Re-elected as a vice chairman was Dan Thelander, Maricopa, Arizona.
Elected as a NCC producer director was Ronald C. Lee, Bronwood, Ga., representing the Southeast region; and Cannon Michael, Los Banos, Calif., representing the Western region. Re-elected as producer directors were Ted Schneider, Lake Providence, La., representing the Mid-South region; Shawn Holladay, Lubbock, Texas, representing the Southwest region, and Flowers, as at-large director.
Serving as ACP state producer chairmen in 2015:
Alabama – Nick McMichen, Centre, and Ricky Wiggins, Andalusia
Arizona – Paul Ollerton and Gregory Wuertz, both from Casa Grande
Arkansas – Nathan Reed, Marianna; California – Mark McKean, Riverdale
Florida – B. E. “Sonny” Davis, Jr., Cottondale
Georgia – Tim Crosby, Pavo, and Chad Mathis, Jr., Arlington
Kansas – Kent Goyen, Pratt
Louisiana – Jason Condrey, Lake Providence; and Benjamin Guthrie, Newellton
Mississippi – Patrick Johnson, Jr., Tunica
Missouri/Illinois – Steven Droke, Hornersville, MO
New Mexico – Nathan Jurva, Carlsbad
North Carolina – David Dunlow, Gaston, and Joseph Martin, II, Conway
Oklahoma – Dan Robbins, Altus
South Carolina – William Bull, Cameron; and Wesley Woodard, Darlington
Tennessee/Kentucky – John Lindamood, Tiptonville, Tenn.
Texas – Keith Corzine, Stamford; Craig Heinrich, Lubbock; and Jon Whatley, Odem
Virginia – James Jones, Jr., Windsor.
Gary Adams Elected National Cotton Council President/CEO Langley Heading NCC’s Washington Operations
Dr. Gary Adams, who has served as the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) vice president of Economics and Policy Analysis since 2002, was elected by the NCC’s board of directors to be the organization’s president and chief executive officer.
Adams replaces retiring NCC President/CEO Dr. Mark Lange who served in that role since 2003.
In his new role, Adams will play a pivotal role in guiding the industry’s seven segments to reach consensus on critical policies affecting U.S. cotton – with the overall mission of helping each of the U.S. cotton industry’s seven segments compete effectively and profitably in global markets.
Previously, Adams had responsibilities that included producing an economic outlook for global cotton markets, as well as analyzing the impacts of farm and trade policies as they relate to the U.S. cotton industry. He represented the cotton industry on USDA’s Advisory Committee on Trade from 2005 through 2011 and the National Agriculture Statistics Service Advisory Committee on Agricultural Statistics from 2003 through 2009.
Prior to joining the NCC, Adams was a research assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri. During his 13-year tenure at the university, his primary responsibilities included policy analysis and market outlook for the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.
Adams holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Carol, have four children.
In addition, the NCC board re-elected Reece Langley as the NCC’s vice president, Washington Operations. Langley, who has been serving in that post since last fall, will be responsible for coordinating the NCC’s Washington activities, including working with Congress and the Administration. He replaces the retiring John Maguire, who served in that post since 1986 and who had worked for the NCC since 1979.
Prior to joining the NCC, Langley served for nearly a decade as vice president of Government Affairs for the USA Rice Federation, the trade association representing rice producers, millers, merchants and allied businesses. Before joining USA Rice, Langley was agricultural legislative assistant to Rep. Terry Everett (R-AL) from 2001 through 2003.
Langley was raised on his family’s farm in Athens, Ala., where he remains involved. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, followed by an MBA, both from Auburn University.
He and his wife Kerri have one son and reside in Alexandria, Virginia.
Cotton Council International Elects 2015 Officers
Dahlen K. Hancock, a Ropesville, Texas, producer, will serve as president of Cotton Council International (CCI) for 2015. CCI is the NCC’s export promotions arm and carries out programs in more than 50 countries globally under the COTTON USA trademark.
“I know that these are difficult times for the cotton industry with such a large surplus of cotton globally,” Hancock said. “CCI, working for the U.S. cotton industry, will continue to do a great job of promoting and sourcing our quality cotton into export markets around the world. I look forward to leading CCI as we address this challenge.”
Hancock, who moves up from CCI first vice president, succeeds Jordan Lea, a merchant with Eastern Trading Company in Greenville, S.C., who becomes CCI board chairman. Hancock has been farming for 35 years. He is a fourth generation farmer following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who also chose farming as their professions. Hancock serves as chairman of New Home Coop Gin, as well as a delegate and marketing pool representative at Plains Cotton Cooperative Association in Lubbock, Texas.
Other 2015 CCI officers elected include: first vice president, Keith Lucas, cooperative official, Garner, N.C.; second vice president, Anthony Tancredi, merchant, Cordova, Tenn.; and treasurer, Stewart Weaver, Jr., an Edmondson, Ark., producer. In addition, Gary Adams, Cordova, Tenn., was elected as secretary and Vaughn Jordan, Washington, D.C., was elected as assistant secretary.
Producers Lee Cromley, Brooklet, Ga., and Craig Heinrich, Lubbock, Texas, were elected 2015 CCI directors.
Re-elected 2015 CCI directors were:
Producers – Cannon Michael, producer, Los Banos, Calif.; Michael D. (Mike) Alexander, Colorado City, Texas; Richard Kelley, Burlison, Tenn.; Taylor Slade, Williamston, N.C.; and Gregory C. (Greg) Wuertz, Casa Grande, Ariz.
Ginners – Thomas S. (Sid) Brough, Odem, Texas; and Kent D. Fountain, Surrency, Ga.
Merchants – E. Hope (Hopie) Brooks, III, and Steven (Steve) Dyer, both of Cordova, Tenn.; Philip R. (Phil) Bogel, II, and R. Eduardo L. (Eddy) Esteve, both of Dallas, Texas; and Ernst D. (Ernie) Schroeder, Jr., Bakersfield, Calif.
Cooperative Officials – Frederick Barrier and Hank Reichle, both of Greenwood, Miss.; and Lonnie D. Winters, Lubbock, Texas;
Cottonseed Handler – James C. Massey, Harlingen, Texas
Warehouser – Vance C. Shoaf, Milan, Tenn.;
Manufacturers – Daniel G. Morrison, Gastonia, N.C.; and Robin Perkins, Sanford, N.C.
Cotton Service Award Honors Woody Anderson
Woody Anderson, a Colorado City, Texas, cotton producer, is the recipient of the 2014 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award. The award, named for the late California industry leader and past NCC President Harry S. Baker, is presented annually to a deserving individual who has provided extraordinary service, leadership and dedication to the U.S. cotton industry.
Anderson has been co-owner of Anderson Farms in Colorado City since 1974 – a third generation operation primarily growing cotton, along with wheat, grain and alfalfa.
Anderson has a long history of dedicated industry service having served as the NCC’s chairman in 2004, its vice chairman in 2003, as a NCC director in 2002 and as the Southwest Region’s vice chairman of American Cotton Producers from 1996-02. He chaired the NCC’s Crop Insurance Committee from 1995-01.
He has been active in Texas, where is the chairman of the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, a position he has held since ’97. He also was the state committee chairman of the Texas Farm Service Agency from 1997-01.
In presenting the Baker award, NCC Chairman Wally Darneille, a West Texas cooperative marketing executive, said Anderson – during his tenure as NCC chairman — led the organization’s efforts at avoiding damaging amendments to U.S. farm law and protecting the interests of U.S. cotton in international trade agreements.
Among other contributions Anderson made that year were his testimony before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management regarding a mid-term review of the 2002 farm bill; representing U.S. agriculture and the cotton industry as part of a high-level delegation that traveled to Burkina Faso for a ministerial on science and technology and to visit the cotton growing regions of that country; meeting with the U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva regarding the framework text for WTO agricultural negotiation; and leading U.S. cotton industry efforts to shape constructive trade relations with China during meetings with top officials in Beijing and Shanghai – including encouraging the use of cotton standards to facilitate U.S. cotton exports.
Following his service as chairman, Woody has remained active in NCC leadership. He was elected vice chairman of the Committee for the Advancement of Cotton in 2010. He also performed yeoman’s work as the chairman of the NCC’s Farm Policy Task Force, a position he has held since 2005 and where he led efforts for industry consensus on the industry’s priorities with the 2007 and 2014 farm bills.
The recipient of many industry honors, Woody received Cotton Grower magazine’s Cotton Achievement Award in 2007. In 2008, he received the Texas Tech University’s Gerald W. Thomas Award as the Outstanding Agriculturalist for Production. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations. He and his wife, Susan, have two children and three grandchildren.
Previous Harry S. Baker award honorees include cotton producers — Duke Barr, Bruce Brumfield, Lloyd Cline, Robert Coker, Bruce Heiden, Kenneth Hood, Bill Lovelady, Bob McLendon, Frank Mitchener, Jimmy Sanford, Jack Stone and Charlie Youngker; ginners — Lon Mann and Charlie Owen; merchants — William B. Dunavant, Jr., and Bill Lawson; cooperative official — Woods Eastland; textile manufacturer — Duke Kimbrell; association executives — Gaylon Booker, Neal Gillen, Albert Russell, Earl Sears and B.F. Smith; Congressional members — Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Representatives Larry Combest and Charles Stenholm; and USDA official — Charlie Cunningham.
National Cotton Council Names 2015 Directors
The National Cotton Council directors for 2015 were announced at the NCC’s annual meeting held on Feb. 6-8.
Elected to the NCC Board during segment caucuses were:
Ronald Lee, Bronwood, Ga.
Ted Schneider, Lake Providence, La.;
Shawn Holladay, Lubbock, Texas
Cannon Michael, Los Banos, Calif
Bowen Flowers, Clarksdale, Miss.
Robert Waters, Jr., Scotland Neck, N.C.
David Blakemore, Campbell, Mo.
Levin Lynch, Florence, S.C.
Ron Craft, Plains, Texas
Robert Gladden, Stanfield, Ariz.
David Fields, Corpus Christi, Texas
Charlie Jackson, Memphis, Tenn.
Thomas Clodfelter, Seminole, Texas
Donald Robinson, Garner, N.C.
Ron Harkey, Lubbock, Texas.
Jordan Lea, Greenville, S.C.
John Mitchell, Prattville, Ala.
Doug Christie, Cordova, Tenn.
Bobby Walton, Memphis, Tenn.
Anthony Tancredi, Cordova, Tenn.
Andy Borem, Tifton, Ga
Austin Rose, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Paul Scruggs, Overland Park, Kan.
Sammy Wright, Tifton, Ga
Robert Lacy, Jr., Lubbock, Texas.
Zane Burkhead, Jay, Fla.
Michael Quinn, Garner, N.C.
Sam Hill, Lubbock, Texas
David Camp, Greenwood, Miss.
Jarral Neeper, Bakersfield, Calif.
Anderson Warlick, Gastonia, N.C.
Robert Chapman, III, Inman, S.C.
James Martin, Gastonia, N.C.
Robin Perkins, Sanford, N.C.
Owen Hodges, III, Columbus, Ga.
Global Stocks Making For Challenging Year
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – National Cotton Council economists say 2015 will be another challenging year for the U.S. cotton industry – as global cotton stocks remain at very high levels and uncertainties remain regarding global mill cotton use.
Dr. Gary Adams, the NCC’s vice president Economics & Policy Analysis, told delegates at the NCC’s 77th Annual Meeting here today that, “While world mill use in 2015 is expected to exceed world production in 2015, the differential does little to reduce global cotton stocks.”
Regarding domestic cotton mill use, Adams sees ongoing growth in U.S. textile industry consumption in 2015 with the Economic Adjustment Assistance Program continuing to spur investment in U.S. mills. He projects a 100,000-plus bale increase in U.S. mill cotton use bringing total use to 3.7 million bales in 2015.
He said exports continue as the primary outlet for U.S. raw fiber. China is still the leading customer even though that country’s imports have declined over the past year.
Adams said that China has amassed more than 50 million bales in its government reserves, thus leading to less need to import cotton from the world market. For 2015, China’s imports are projected at 6.2 million bales, down from 7.1 million in 2014 and well below levels observed in 2011 through 2013.
China’s mill use, though, is only seen realizing modest growth in 2015, Adams noted. He said that China’s cotton price is almost twice the price of polyester – a relationship that is not allowing cotton mill use in China to recover.
India is projected to continue as the world’s largest cotton producer and seen exporting 5.9 million bales in 2015. Adams said, though, “The potential for greater exports exists if the (Indian) government chooses to be more aggressive in the pricing of cotton from reserves.”
Adams projects U.S. offtake of 14.3 million bales in 2015, leading to a decline of 250,000 bales in ending stocks. A world cotton stocks reduction of 440,000 bales, though, will do little to reduce global inventories that begin the year at 109.8 million bales.
“In addition, stocks outside of China – an important barometer of price conditions – are projected to increase by 900,000 bales,” the economist said. “Record levels of cotton stocks, smaller imports by China, weakness in other commodity markets, and a strengthening dollar have created a bearish climate for U.S. and world cotton prices. The “A” Index and December cotton futures are at levels not seen since 2009.”
In his analysis of the NCC Annual Planting Intentions survey results, Adams said the NCC projects 2015 U.S. cotton acreage to be 9.4 million acres, about 15 percent less than 2014. Average abandonment and yields in line with recent trends for each state result in 2015 Cotton Belt harvested area of 8.2 million acres and production of 14.0 million bales, with 13.3 million bales of upland and 700,000 bales of extra-long staple fiber.
He said a question mark for 2015, though, is cotton acreage outside the United States – as projections do not see other countries matching U.S. cotton producers’ 15 percent cotton area reduction.
Additional details of the 2015 Cotton Economic Outlook are on the NCC’s website at http://www.cotton.org/econ/reports/annual-outlook.cfm.
Richard Kelley Recipient of National Ginner Award
Lange, Maguire Co-Recipients of NCGA’s Distinguished Service Award
Richard Kelley, a Burlison, Tenn., ginner who served as the National Cotton Ginners Association’s (NCGA) chairman in 2014, was named the 2014 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year.
That award is presented annually to a ginner in recognition of: 1) able, efficient and faithful service to the ginning industry and 2) continuing those principles exemplified and practiced by Horace Hayden, a former NCGA executive secretary.
Active in service to the U.S. cotton industry, Kelley served as director of the National Cotton Council and is on the board of its export promotions arm, Cotton Council International. He is a past president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and was named the 2013 Southern Cotton Ginner of the Year.
Kelley is president of Burlison Gin Company, Kelcot Cotton Warehouse and Kelley Enterprises, a 20,000-acre farm — much of which is devoted to cotton.
In making the award announcement, outgoing NCGA President Dwayne Alford said Kelley is noted for his talent for engineering and building. He said Kelley “is always trying to make improvements – even on new equipment” and that includes several modernizations he made to a gin he purchased in 1989.
Kelley, who grew up on a 2,500 head hog farm in West Tennessee, is a University of Tennessee at Martin graduate. His wife, Charlotte, and their daughters, Leslie Roane and Kerry Williams, are involved, along with their husbands, Michael Roane and Brad Williams, in the farming and ginning operations.
In addition, NCC President/CEO Mark Lange and NCC Senior Vice President of Washington Operations John Maguire were named as co-recipients of NCGA’s 2014-15 Distinguished Service Award, which honors those who have provided a career of distinguished service to the U.S. ginning industry. Lange and Maguire are both retiring at the end of February.
Dr. Lange, who has been in his present post since 2003, has played a pivotal role in guiding the U.S. cotton industry’s seven segments to reach consensus on critical policies affecting U.S. cotton. An economist who began his service with the NCC in 1990 as its director of Economic and Information Services, Dr. Lange holds bachelor and master’s degrees in economics from Indiana State University and a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University.
Maguire, who has worked for the NCC for more than three decades, also has been in his current post since 2003 coordinating the NCC’s Washington activities, including Congressional relations and working with Administration officials. He has been actively involved in policy development and implementation activities. Maguire earned bachelor and master’s degrees in textiles at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
“When you consider the many times that they (Lange and Maguire) fought for us when the cotton program was under attack,” Alford said, “or the many budget and appropriations battles that have included the fate of programs important to cotton, and the WTO and the Brazil case, there was no better choice.”
The NCGA also elected its 2015 officers: president – Levin Lynch, Bennettsville, S.C.; first vice president – Ron Craft, Plains, Texas; second vice president – David Blakemore, Campbell, Mo.; third vice president – Stanley Creelman, Tulare, Calif.; and chairman – Dwayne Alford, Yuma, Arizona. Harrison Ashley of Cordova, Tenn., serves as NCGA’s executive vice president.
Cotton Achievement Award Honors Duke Kimbrell
The late Duke Kimbrell, a nationally recognized North Carolina textile manufacturer and cotton industry leader, is the recipient of the 2014 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Kimbrell’s son-in-law, Andy Warlick, accepted the award.
The annual award, established in 1997, is named for Oscar Johnston, whose vision, genius and tireless efforts were foremost in the organization of and shaping of the NCC. The award is presented to an individual, now deceased, who served the cotton industry, through the NCC, over a significant period of his or her active business career. The award also recognizes those who exerted a positive influence on the industry and who demonstrated character and integrity as well as perseverance and maturation during that service.
Mr. Kimbrell, who was the chairman of Parkdale Mills, was ranked as the second most influential textile executive in the 20th century by Textile World magazine. He led Parkdale Mills to becoming the world’s largest spun-yarn manufacturer during the second half of last century.
Starting at the mill as a part-time worker during his teenage years after his U.S. Army Air Corps service in World War II, Mr. Kimbrell rode his bicycle to work and swept floors and did other jobs all over the plant. He became a full-time employee in 1949 following graduation from North Carolina State University. By 1961, he was named Parkdale’s vice president, five years later was named president, and in 1967, became chairman. In the 1960s, Parkdale opened its second plant in Gastonia and by 1992 was operating 18 U.S. yarn spinning plants. Today, Parkdale has 29 manufacturing plants in the United States, Central America, Mexico and South America.
Mr. Kimbrell made Parkdale the nation’s first completely air conditioned mill in 1951 and pushed innovation well beyond that—introducing new and more efficient spinning methods.
In presenting the award, outgoing NCC Chairman Wally Darneille said Mr. Kimbrell also was known as a man of great integrity, as a man who valued his employees, and as a man who gave back very generously to his community. Through his generous contributions, Kimbrell “helped not only prominent public and private institutions, he also reached out to individuals and local organizations and foundations that help serve the needs of others,” Darneille said. “It was clearly demonstrated over and again that Mr. Kimbrell was a staunch supporter of the community he loved.”
Mr. Kimbrell also provided leadership and strong financial support to the NCC and other cotton organizations. At the NCC, he served continuously from 1984-2006 as either a vice president or Board member for the manufacturing segment and he was a Board advisor from 2007-2014. He was an active member on numerous NCC standing and special committees, including the Cotton Leadership Development Committee, which selected participants for the Cotton Leadership Program.
The honors and awards Mr. Kimbrell received were numerous and they include: the NCC’s Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award in 1998, the Leader of the Year Award in 1991 by Textile World magazine, the American Textile Manufacturer’s Institute’s prestigious Samuel Slater Award, and North Carolina State University College of Textile’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2004, he was named to the American Textile Hall of Fame and he received an honorary doctorate from North Carolina State University in 2005.
The Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2012 was Jack Stone, a California cotton producer, industry leader and former NCC president. Other previous award recipients are: William Garrard, first general manager of Greenwood, Miss.-based Staplcotn Cooperative; Sykes Martin, a Courtland, Ala, producer; Walter Montgomery, Sr., a Spartanburg, S.C., textile manufacturer; William Rhea Blake, a former NCC executive vice president; Roger Malkin, long-time chairman and CEO of Delta and Pine Land Company, Scott, Miss; former NCC presidents, George C. Cortright, Jr., a Rolling Fork, Miss., producer; Jack Hamilton, a Lake Providence, La., producer/ginner/warehouseman; Lon Mann, a Marianna, Ark., ginner; Jack McDonald, Decatur, Ill., cottonseed crusher; Charles Youngker, a Buckeye, Ariz., producer; W.L. “Billy” Carter, Jr., who chaired the American Cotton Producers and served as NCC secretary-treasurer; and former NCC chairman James E. Echols, a Memphis, Tenn., merchant.
PEP Bolstering U.S. Cotton’s Advocacy
Thirteen U.S. cotton producers have been selected to participate in the 2015 National Cotton Council Policy Education Program (PEP).
Supported annually by Syngenta Crop Protection through grants to The Cotton Foundation since 1999, the PEP enables up to four producers from each major Cotton Belt region to attend the NCC’s annual meeting where they receive an orientation to the NCC, its policy development process and the issues threatening industry health. Participants also get communications training – also a key step in the NCC’s efforts to identify, train and maintain capable industry advocates.
This year’s participants include: Thomas Ater, Vidalia, La.; Brent Coker, Lubbock, Texas; Trey Davis, Doerun, Ga.; William Dunlow, Gaston, N.C.; Jesse Flye, Jonesboro, Ark.; Kim Fryer, Frederick , Okla.; Mark Grant, Garysburg, N.C.; Richard Heiden, Buckeye, Ariz.; Garrett Jones, Albany, Ga.; John McDowell, Shamrock, Texas; Joe Posey, Roby, Texas; Michael Roane, Burlison, Tenn.; and Nick Seaton, Meadow, Texas.
The first 2015 PEP session enabled the NCC producer members to attend the NCC’s Annual Meeting, February 6-8 in Memphis for observing the formulation and implementation of NCC policy and NCC resolutions that guide the organization’s efforts as it manages issues that confront the industry during the year.
In the mid-July Session 2, the group will travel to Greensboro, NC, and to Washington, DC. While in Greensboro, they will participate in a series of meetings with Syngenta’s management team and tour their research facilities as well as receive communications training. In the nation’s capital, the group will visit with House and Senate agriculture committees’ staff, meet with USDA officials and get briefed by NCC Washington operations staff.
John Gibson, the NCC’s Member Services director and PEP coordinator, said Syngenta’s continued support of this program has enabled more than 200 American cotton producers to increase their understanding of how the NCC functions and advocates for the U.S. cotton industry.
He said this includes providing program participants with a deeper understanding of federal farm policy, trade, environmental and other issues as well as global market development programs.
“This additional insight into industry issues and activities the participants gain from this program is helping the Council,” Gibson said. “This program is providing us with a larger base of producers who can more effectively advocate industry needs and relay concerns that threaten industry profitability with lawmakers and key government officials.”
National Cotton Council 2015 State Unit Officers Named
National Cotton Council state unit officers for 2015 were elected at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting:
Chairmen, vice-chairmen and secretaries, respectively, of the state units are:
Steven Sterling, producer, Tuscumbia
Joseph Scarborough, III, producer, Shorter
Nicholas McMichen, producer, Centre
Dan Thelander, producer, Maricopa
Bill Brackett, ginner, Buckeye
K.C. Gingg, producer, Buckeye
Herrick Norcross, III, producer, Tyronza
Rick Bransford, producer, Lonoke
Nathan Reed, producer, Marianna
John E. Seiler, producer, Blythe
Mark C. McKean, producer, Riverdale
Joseph Cain, warehouser, Hanford
B.E. “Sonny” Davis, Jr., producer, Cottondale
Joseph Diamond, producer, Jay
Scott Mitchell, ginner, Donalsonville, Ga.
Ralph Sandeford, ginner, Midville
Steven Meeks, producer, Screven
Jaclyn Ford, producer, Alapaha
Thomas Lahey, producer, Moscow
Stuart Briggeman, producer, Pratt
Gary Feist, ginner, Anthony
Ted Schneider, producer, Lake Providence
Jason Condrey, producer, Lake Providence
Ben Guthrie, producer, Newellton
David C. Camp, cooperative, Greenwood
Patrick Johnson, Jr., producer, Tunica
Coley Bailey, Jr., cooperative, Coffeeville
A.C. Riley James, ginner, New Madrid, Mo.
William Hunter, cooperative, Bell City, Mo.
Stephen Harris, ginner, Senath, Mo.
Alberto Pando, ginner, Mesquite
Nathan Jurva, producer, Carlsbad
Keith Franzoy, producer, Hatch
Joseph Martin, II, producer, Conway
Brad Warren, producer, Faison
Kent Smith, producer, Rocky Mount
Randy Squires, cooperative, Altus
Cary Crawford, cottonseed, Oklahoma City
Jeannie Hileman, ginner, Carnegie
Kendall Wannamaker, producer, Saint Matthews
Levin Lynch, ginner, Florence
Drake Perrow, ginner, Cameron
Jason Luckey, producer, Humboldt, Tenn.
John Lindamood, producer, Tiptonville, Tenn.
Will Wade, III, ginner, Kenton, Tenn.
Doyle Schniers, producer, San Angelo
Jim Bradford, ginner, Dimmitt;
Jon Whatley, producer, Odem
James Ferguson, producer, Emporia
Joey Doyle, producer, Emporia
Mark Hodges, III, ginner, Emporia.