Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has appointed eight members, eight alternate members and two advisers to serve on the Cotton Board.
Re-appointed members are:
✓ Adam S. Hatley, Mesa, Arizona.
✓ Rajiv Malik, Tiburon, California.
✓ George T. Warbington, Vienna, Georgia.
✓ Sonja Chapman, Boonton, New Jersey.
✓ Crystal A. Button, Great Neck, New York.
✓ Julie Davis Holladay, Lubbock, Texas
✓ Randy Braden, Midland, Texas
✓ Jeffery T. Posey, Roby, Texas
Re-appointed alternate members are:
✓ Douglas P. Guiley, New York, New York.
Newly appointed alternate members are:
✓ Ava L. Alcaida, Parker, Arizona.
✓ Patricia R. Lesser, Kentfield, Calififornia.
✓ Charles F. Sheppard, Indian Rocks, Florida.
✓ Steven D. Olson, Plainview, Texas
✓ Jason S. French, Snyder, Texas
✓ Brett J. Schniers, Wall, Texas
The appointed advisers are Gregory L. Bridgeforth, Athens, Alabama, and incumbent Karen E. Kyllo, Henderson, Nevada.
All appointees will serve three-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,” Perdue says. “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 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 provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.