The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently seeking 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. The Ag Council of Arkansas is a CPO in Arkansas and will make nominations for the Cotton Board. Interested growers should contact Andrew.Grobmyer@agcouncil.net to make their interest in serving known. Arkansas is scheduled to caucus on July 8th at noon.
The Cotton Board seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all those who qualify for nomination and appointment to the Cotton Board regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, socio-economic status, religion or sexual orientation. Further, the Board strongly encourages certified organizations to keep in mind the benefits that diverse membership and leadership will bring to the Cotton Research & Promotion Program, when considering individuals for nomination to the Cotton Board.
The Ag Council supports and participates in this diversity initiative, and we share the goal of promoting diversity and ensuring equal opportunity and inclusion for qualified candidates.