Cotton Foundation Offering Excellent Leadership Opportunities for Arkansas Cotton Producers

The Cotton Foundation is once again offering excellent educational and leadership opportunities through two key producer education programs sponsored by John Deere and Bayer Crop Science. The Multi-Commodity Education Program sponsored by John Deere, which will be from June 24 through 29th, includes a tour of Idaho agriculture with the Idaho Barley Commission and Idaho Grain Producers. The Producer Information Exchange (PIE) Program sponsored by Bayer Crop Science, which will be from August 19th through 24th for Mid-South producers who will travel to Texas to learn about aspects of cotton production in the Southwest region of the U.S.

The Ag Council of Arkansas, as a certified producer organization for the National Cotton Council (NCC) can nominate individuals to participate in these programs. Interested individuals looking to participate in these programs should contact Andrew Grobmyer, Executive Vice President of the Ag Council, at or by phone at 501-376-0455 .

More details on the programs below:

5.16.2018 MCEP Program Summary

5.16.2018 Tentative MCEP Agenda

5.16.2018 PIE Selection Guidelines

Qualification and Sign up Information for Multi-Commodity Exchange Program:

Participant Criteria

  • Participants must:
    • Derive their primary livelihood from production agriculture or be a commodity organization employee.
    • Be 21 years of age.
    • Agree to spend approximately one week away from home.
  • Spouses cannot accompany participants.
  • Program participation is limited to participants, sponsors, hosts and support staff.
  • All expenses related to air travel and group activities will be paid by The Cotton Foundation.
  • Participants are responsible for airport parking, laundry and other personal expenses


  • A tentative agenda, flight information and participant list will be emailed to participants in early June.
  • Agenda is planned by National Cotton Council (NCC).
  • Air reservations are made by NCC staff coordinator with guidance from participants.
  • Hotel accommodations and ground transportation arrangements will be reserved by NCC.

Qualifications for PIE Program:

Bayer CropScience has agreed to sponsor the Cotton Foundation’s Producer Information Exchange (PIE) program again this year. Agricultural Council of Arkansas is invited to select 2 participants for this year’s program, who will accompany several other Southeast growers to Texas during the week of August 19.

In order to facilitate travel arrangements and help us control costs, please finalize and report your selections by July 20 to Kristina Sellers ( / 901-274-9030) or Bradshaw Lewis ( / 901-494-3771). Please provide an email address and mobile number for each participant.

The attached information will provide you with complete details on this year’s program. However, it is important to note that all participants must:

  • Be actively engaged in cotton production for the 2018 crop year.
  • Be 21 years of age at the time the tour takes place.
  • Agree to represent their local producer association and NCC in a professional manner.
  • Understand that alcohol is strictly prohibited on tour buses and while on tours before 5:00 pm local time.
  • Agree to spend approximately one week away from home.
  • Spouses cannot accompany participants on tours. This includes spouses who are actively engaged in cotton production.
  • Complete the online enrollment form as soon as possible.

Past participants are not eligible to participate in the 2018 program. A list of previous participants from Arkansas is attached for your use.