Chuck Coley, a Vienna, Ga., producer/ginner, was elected National Cotton Council (NCC) chairman for 2012. Named during the NCC’s annual meeting held in Fort Worth, Texas, last month, he served as the NCC’s vice chairman in 2011 and succeeds Charles Parker, a Senath, Mo., cotton producer.
Coley was chairman of the Cotton Foundation in 2010-11 and served as that organization’s president in 2009-10. He also served as chairman of the American Cotton Producers in 2008-09 and as a NCC director.
Coley has been active in national, regional and state associations. He is a current board member for Southern Cotton Growers Association. He served as the president of National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) in 1995-96 and was president of Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association in 1991-92. He received the NCGA’s Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year award in 1998.
Coley is the owner of CBC Farms, and his principal crops are cotton and peanuts. He is the president of Coley Gin and Fertilizer Company, a diversified agribusiness in Vienna with services including chemical, seed and fertilizer sales; peanut handling and warehousing; and cotton ginning, warehousing and marketing. In addition, he serves as a Bank of Dooly director and is a member of Chickasha of Georgia’s executive committee.
A University of Georgia graduate with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and agricultural economics, Coley is active in his community and church. He currently serves as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Vienna. He and his wife, Deby, have a son and a daughter.
China, Economy, Weather May Affect U.S. Cotton In 2012
National Cotton Council economists say cotton’s 2012 outlook will be influenced primarily by China’s national reserves stocks, uncertainty over the general economy and serious weather developments in the southwestern United States.
Dr. Gary Adams, the NCC’s vice president Economics & Policy Anal-ysis, told delegates at the NCC’s 74th Annual Meeting in Fort Worth that 2012 is not starting out as a normal year for the U.S. Cotton Belt’s southwest region, particularly Texas and Oklahoma. He says drought conditions still persist, and, as a result, for those two states, the outlook assumes above normal abandonment and yields going below projections.
Adams says the NCC sees a 2012 U.S. cotton crop of 18.30 million bales, with 17.51 million upland bales and 783,000 extra-long staple (ELS) bales. When combined with international 2012 production of 101.1 million bales, the world crop for 2012 is estimated at 119.4 million bales.
Regarding 2012 U.S. offtake, the NCC sees exports expanding to 12.9 million bales and mills consuming 3.5 million bales versus the current marketing year’s 3.4 million bales.
Additional details of the 2012 Cotton Economic Outlook can be found at http://www.cotton.org/econ/reports/annualoutlook.cfm.
Webb Elected CCI President
James L. “Jimmy” Webb, a Leary, Ga., cotton producer, will serve as the 2012 president of Cotton Council International (CCI). CCI is the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) export promotions arm and carries out programs in more than 50 countries around the world under the COTTON USA trademark.
Webb, who moves up from CCI first vice president, succeeds John D. Mitchell, a Titus, Ala., merchant who becomes CCI board chairman.
Webb began working for his uncle, Bob McLendon, on the farm in 1980 after his father passed away and made his first crop in 1986 after returning from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in agriculture.
He worked beside his uncle until 1994 when he farmed for the first time on his own. Webb serves on the Edison Gin Co-op board.
He has been active in the NCC, and among his current positions are chairman of its Conservation Task Force and member of its Environmental Task Force and Vision 21 Stakeholder Committees. He also participated in the NCC’s Cotton Leadership and Producer Information Exchange programs. He has been active in the Georgia Cotton Commission, Cotton Incorporated and the Southern Cotton Growers Association.
Sharp To Lead ACP
Clyde Sharp, a Roll, Ariz., cotton producer, was elected as chairman of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the National Cotton Council for 2012. He replaces James F. “Jimmy” Dodson, a Robstown, Texas, producer who will serve as the NCC’s vice chairman in 2012.
Sharp, who has served on and chaired various ACP and NCC committees, is a past president of The Cotton Foundation and Cotton Council International, the NCC’s export promotion arm.
Gillen Receives Baker Award
Neal Gillen, the former executive vice president and general counsel of the American Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA), is the recipient of the 2011 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award.
The award, named for the late California industry leader and past NCC President Harry S. Baker, is presented annually to a deserving individual who has provided extraordinary service, leadership and dedication to the U.S. cotton industry.
Gillen represented ACSA and its federated associations from 1966 until 2010 as the director of its Washington office, as vice president and general counsel and as executive vice president and general counsel.
The longest serving member of the Agricultural Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Gillen was appointed by the Departments of State and Agriculture to serve as the first U.S. representative to the private sector of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). He currently is the ICAC’s permanent representative to the United Nations’ Committee on International Trade Law.
Creelman Named Top Ginner
Stan Creelman, a Tulare, Calif., ginner, was named the 2011 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. That award is presented annually to a ginner in recognition of: 1) able, efficient and faithful service to the ginning industry and 2) continuing of those principles exemplified and practiced by Horace Hayden, a former NCGA executive secretary.
A leader in the California ginning industry, Creelman has served as the California Cotton Ginners Associ-ation’s chairman and was its California Cotton Ginner of the Year in 2001. He also serves on the NCGA’s Board of Directors.
Creelman has served as a National Cotton Council delegate and has been a NCC board member several times. He has been a longtime member of the important Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee and currently serves as that Committee’s chairman.
Tiller Elected NCGA President
The Memphis-based National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) elected its 2012 officers.
Lee Tiller, who moves up from NCGA first vice president, is the new president. He is manager of the Smith Gin Co-op and has served on and chaired numerous NCGA committees. He participated in the National Cotton Council’s Cotton Leadership Program and currently is a NCC director and member of multiple NCC panels, among them the Vision 21 Stakeholder Steering Committee. He also has served on and chaired the Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee.
Also recognized at the NCGA’s annual meeting was Joe Thomas, vice president, Technology for Lummus Corporation. He received NCGA’s Distinguished Service Award – an honor reserved for those individuals who have provided a career of distinguished service to the entire U.S. ginning industry.
Achievement Award Honors North Carolinian Billy Carter
The late W.L. “Billy” Carter, Jr., who served as the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association’s executive vice president and was a former American Cotton Producers chairman, is the recipient of the 2011 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award. His widow, Beverly, and her daughter, Beth Burchell, accepted the honor.
The annual award, established in 1997, is named for Oscar Johnston, whose vision, genius and tireless efforts were foremost in the organization and shaping of the NCC.
Carter was born and raised in a farming family. From an early age he developed a strong work ethic and love of the land. He and his wife, Beverly, owned and operated Carter Farms, in Scotland Neck, N.C., for more than 30 years. At the time of his death, he was serving as a deacon of First Baptist Church of Scotland Neck and was chairman of its finance committee.
Carter was closely involved in the agricultural organizations at the state, regional and national levels. He held numerous leadership positions with the NCC. For more than 20 years, he served as a producer delegate. In that time, he also served on the NCC’s Board for six years.
Re-elected NCC vice presidents by industry segment:
Cooperative – Meredith Allen, Greenwood, Miss.
Ginner – Sid Brough, Edroy, Texas.
Cottonseed – John C. Fricke, Pine Bluff, Ark.
Merchant – G.W. “Bill” Winburne, Peoria, Ariz.
Warehouse – Shane Stephens, Greenwood, Miss.
Manufacturer – Andy Warlick, Gastonia, N.C.
Sledge Taylor, a Como, Miss., ginner, was re-elected secretary-treasurer.
NCC Directors Elected to the NCC Board:
Allen McLaurin, Laurel Hill, N.C.
Laudies D. Brantley, Jr., England, Ark.
Michael D. Alexander, Colorado City, Texas.
Donald J. Cameron, Helm, Calif.
Clyde T. Sharp, Roll, Ariz.
Richard J. Lindsey, Centre, Ala.
Richard Kelley, Burlison, Tenn.
David L. Lingle, Davidson, Okla.
Gregory W. Gillard, Fresno, Calif.
Lee Tiller, Odem, Texas.
Charlie Jackson, Memphis, Tenn.
Jay T. Cowart, Altus, Okla.
Robert Snodgrass, Taylor, Texas.
Dane Jones, Bakersfield, Calif.
Wendell Tucker, Quanah, Texas.
T. Jordan Lea, Greenville, S.C.
John D. Mitchell, Titus, Ala.
Richard L. Clark, III, Cordova, Tenn.
Philip R. Bogel, II, Dallas, Texas.
Joseph T. Nicosia, Cordova, Tenn.
Brandon Raddatz, Valdosta, Ga.
Robert L. Lacy, Lubbock, Texas.
James C. Massey, Harlingen, Texas.
Mark E. Howard, Gilbert, Ariz.
Sammy Wright, Tifton, Ga.
Michael Quinn, Garner, N.C.
David C. Camp, Greenwood, Miss.
Wallace L. Darneille, Lubbock, Texas.
Jarral Neeper, Bakersfield, Calif.
Wayne Tritt, Brownsville, Tenn.
Robert H. Chapman, III, Inman, S.C.
W. Malloy Evans, Cheraw, S.C.
Werner Bieri, Jefferson, Ga.
David Hastings, Mauldin, S.C.
Owen J. Hodges, III, Columbus, Ga.
Other CCI officers elected were:
John Burch, cooperative, first vice president, Bakersfield, Calif.
Jordan Lea, merchant, second vice president, Greenville, S.C.
Dahlen K. Hancock, producer, treasurer, Ropesville, Texas.
Mark D. Lange of Cordova, Tenn., was re-elected as secretary and Kevin Latner of Washington, D.C., was elected as assistant secretary.
Michael D. (Mike) Alexander, a producer from Colorado City,Texas, was newly elected as a CCI director for 2012.
Re-elected 2012 CCI directors include:
Rickey L. Bearden, Plains, Texas.
Donald J. (Don) Cameron, Helm, Calif.
Richard Kelley, Burlison, Tenn.
Cliett A. Lowman, III, Kingsville, Texas.
K. Michael (Mike) Tate, Huntsville, Ala.
Stewart Weaver, Jr., Edmondson, Ark.
Thomas S. (Sid) Brough, Edroy, Texas.
Kent D. Fountain, Surrency, Ga.
Philip R. (Phil) Bogel, II, Dallas, Texas.
R. Steven (Steve) Dyer, Cordova, Tenn.
Eduardo L. (Eddy) Esteve, Dallas, Texas.
Manfred Schiefer, Lubbock, Texas.
G.W. (Bill) Winburne, Peoria, Ariz.
Keith T. Lucas, Garner, N.C.
Hank Reichle, Greenwood, Miss.
Lonnie D. Winters, Lubbock, Texas.
Gail Kring, Lubbock, Texas.
Vance C. Shoaf, Milan, Tenn.
Werner Bieri, Jefferson, Ga.
Malloy Evans, Cheraw, S.C.
Serving as ACP state producer chairmen:
Alabama– Neal Isbell, Muscle Shoals, and
Walter L. Corcoran, Jr., Eufaula.
Arizona – Paul Ollerton, Casa Grande, and
Greg Wuertz, Casa Grande.
Arkansas – Herrick F. Norcross, III, Tyronza.
California – Mark McKean, Riverdale.
Florida – B. E. “Sonny” Davis, Jr., Cottondale.
Georgia – Tim Crosby, Pavo, and Ronald C. Lee, Bronwood.
Kansas – Kent Goyen, Pratt.
Louisiana – John E. Carroll, Gilbert, and Ted Schneider, Lake Providence.
Mississippi – Cliff Heaton, Lyon.
Missouri/Illinois – Steve Droke, Hornersville, Mo.
New Mexico – Nathan Jurva, Carlsbad.
North Carolina – Donny Lassiter, Conway, and Gary Respess, Pantego.
Oklahoma – Danny Robbins, V, Altus, and Danny Davis, Elk City.
South Carolina – Kendall W. Wannamaker, Saint Matthews.
Tennessee/Kentucky – Jimmy Moody, Dyersburg, Tenn.
Texas – Shawn Holladay, Lubbock; Doyle K. Schniers, San Angelo; and Jon R. Whatley, Odem.
Virginia – James W. Jones, Jr., Windsor.
The new NCGA officers are:
President – Lee Tiller, Odem, Texas.
First Vice President – Richard Kelley, Burlison, Tenn.
Second Vice President – Dwayne Alford, Yuma, Ariz.
Third Vice President – Levin Lynch, Bennettsville, S.C.
Chairman – Kent Fountain, Surrency, Ga.
Harrison Ashley of Memphis serves as NCGA’s executive vice president.