Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards

The purpose of the Committee is to review official Universal Standards for U.S. Upland cotton prepared by USDA and make recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture regarding establishment or revision of the standards established under the United States Cotton Standards Act (7 U.S.C. 51 et seq.).

Industry members are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and serve a two (2) year term. Membership consists of representatives from the cotton industry. The U.S. cotton industry’s membership is comprised of twelve (12) producers and ginners, six (6) representatives of merchandising firms, and six (6) representatives of textile manufacturers. These representatives are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Each member has one vote.

Nominations to the committee occur every four years. The application form and additional information about advisory committees can be found on teh USDA website.


Gretchen Deatherage
Phone: (901) 384–3030