USDA Seeks Cotton Board Nominees

May 26, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks nominations of domestic cotton producers from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas, and importers of cotton and cotton-containing products for positions on the Cotton Board. The producers and importers will fill positions for 13 members and 13 alternates. USDA will appoint members and alternates to serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2023.

Certified producer organizations (CPOs) and certified importer organizations (CIOs) will hold caucuses to nominate two qualified persons for each open position in their respective industry segment.

Producer caucuses are scheduled as follows and all times are local times:

Arkansas: Wednesday, July 8 at noon

  • California: Wednesday, July 15 at 10 a.m.
  • Louisiana: Thursday, July 16 at 10 a.m.
  • Mississippi: Friday, July 10 at noon
  • North Carolina: Monday, July 20 at 3:20 p.m.
  • Texas: Wednesday, July 22 at 10 a.m.

An importers caucus is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, at 10 a.m. ET.

For nominating and caucus information, including organizations seeking certification and a list of CPOs and CIOs, contact Cotton Research and Promotion at (540) 361-2726 or

More information is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service Cotton Board webpage or on the board’s website at

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the development of 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 of 21 boards, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

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