The Cotton Board recently held its March Board Meeting in Austin, Texas. The purpose of the meeting was to review Cotton Incorp-orated’s plan for 2013 and develop strategic recommendations. The meeting was well attended by both producer and importer board members.
During the meeting’s general session, the Board heard presentations from several speakers, including Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Todd Staples, who talked about the importance of agriculture in the United States. He also commented on the current state of the cotton industry.
“The key to our many successes has been our innovation in areas such as yield increase due to new seed varieties, water and drought management techniques and the boll weevil eradication program,” Staples says.
Supply Chain Issue Addressed
Also addressing the Board was Wally Darneille, president and CEO of Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA). His presentation focused on helping both producers and importers make sense of cotton’s extensive supply chain, which ranges from producers to spinning mills and cotton marketing.
The general session ended with a presentation from Cotton Incorporated’s senior staff giving an update on the Vision 21 project, focusing on results from the recent life cycle analysis.
Also attending the meeting were four past chairmen of The Cotton Board – Nancy Marino, an importer from New York; Bob McGinnis, a producer from Arkansas; Larkin Martin, a producer from Alabama; and Craig Shook, a producer from Texas.
More information and photos from the meeting can be found at www.cottonboard.org.