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Cotton & Tobacco

The Cotton and Tobacco Program (C&T), headquartered in Memphis, TN, is one of the commodity programs within the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of USDA. The C&T Program facilitates marketing by providing standardization, grading, and market news services for cotton, cotton related products, and tobacco while also administering the Cotton Research and Promotion program.

C&T consists of five divisions and two staff:

The Grading Division provides user-fee funded services in 10 regional cotton classing offices located in seven states, that serve all cotton-producing states in the U.S.

The Program also maintains one tobacco operations office based in Raleigh, NC.

Contact Info:

USDA AMS Cotton and Tobacco Program
3275 Appling Road
Memphis, TN 38133
Phone: (901) 384-3000

Office of the Deputy Administrator

Darryl W. Earnest, Deputy Administrator
Phone: (901) 384-3000

Office of the Associate Deputy Administrator

Ronald Robbins, Associate Deputy Administrator
Monica Alexander, Associate Deputy Administrator
Phone: (901) 384-3000

Grading Division

Robert Seals, Jr., Director
Phone: (901) 384-3010
Billing Questions Email: CTBilling@usda.gov

Standardization and Engineering Division

James Knowlton, Director
Phone: (901) 384-3030
Email: Cotton.Standards@usda.gov
Billing Questions Email: CTBilling@usda.gov

Quality Assurance Division

Kevin Letbetter, Director
Phone: (901) 384-3020
Email: QualityAssurance@usda.gov
Billing Questions Email:

Market News Division

Barbara Meredith, Director
Phone: (901) 384-3016
Email: CottonMN@usda.gov

Information Technology Division

Jason Hunt, Director
Phone: (901) 384-3007

Research and Promotion Staff

Shethir M. Riva, Director
Phone: (540) 361-2726
Email: CottonRP@usda.gov

Tobacco Field Operations

Gilbert Todd, Field Supervisor
Phone: (919) 856-4552

Administrative Staff

Monica Alexander, Acting Director
Phone:  Phone: (901) 384-3000
Billing Questions Email: CTBilling@usda.gov