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ACSA Promotes Bill May
To Executive Vice President

William E. May, long-time administrative leader of the Memphis-based American Cotton Shippers Association, has been named executive vice president, effective immediately.

May, who became ACSA senior vice president of international and domestic operations in 1998, will continue to oversee operations in the Memphis office and will now have major responsibility over the association’s Washington office.

May has been involved in the cotton business for nearly three decades, beginning with his career as a field representative with the National Cotton Council in the 1970s. He joined ACSA in 1984 when he was named vice president of special projects and executive vice president of the Atlantic and Southern Cotton Associations.

In 1991, he became ACSA vice president of administrative operations, and in 1998 was promoted to senior vice president of international and domestic operations. He also serves as secretary to the American and World Cotton Exporters Association. In 1995, he was given responsibilities for staffing the steering committee for the formulation and oversight of the ACSA International Cotton Institute.

Bayer, Canadian Company
To Launch Development
Of Drought-Tolerant Cotton

Bayer CropScience AG and Performance Plants Inc., located in Kingston, Canada, have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement for the development and commercialization of drought-tolerant cotton using Performance Plants’ Yield Protection Technology (YPT).

The agreement follows several years of successful field trials by Performance Plants, which has shown YPT to be highly effective in preserving yields under conditions of drought stress. In five years of field trials, YPT canola has produced consistent seed yield increases of up to 26 percent.

Dr. Linda Trolinder, global cotton research and development manager at BioScience, a business operations unit of Bayer CropScience, welcomes this business relationship with Performance Plants.

“At Bayer CropScience, we strive to be the global innovation leader in cotton and continually seek to deliver valuable new solutions for farmers through our high quality, high-yielding FiberMax, Stoneville and Surpass cottonseed varieties,” she says.

AQCA Hires Hayne Matthews
As Mid-South Field Director

The Autauga Quality Cotton Association (AQCA), a national cotton marketing cooperative, recently announced that Hayne Matthews has joined its staff as director of Mid-Southfield operations.

His responsibilities will include member services, membership recruitment and gin warehouse relations. Jeff Thompson, executive vice president of AQCA, stated, “We are very pleased to have Hayne on our staff. His vast knowledge of this cotton producing region will be a tremendous asset to our expanded efforts to serve the cotton marketing needs of all Mid-South producers.”

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