Twelve U.S. cotton industry members have been selected for the National Cotton Council (NCC) Emerging Leaders Program class for 2015-16.
Sponsored by a grant to The Cotton Foundation from Monsanto, the program provides class participants with a better understanding of how the NCC helps ensure that the industry’s seven segments can compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseed and U.S.-manufactured product markets domestically and globally.
Members of the 2015-16 class are Rafe Banks, producer from Clarkedale, AR; Cory Barnes, merchant from Cordova, TN; Brandon Brooks, a Phoenix, AZ producer; Ken Burton, a Montgomery, AL merchant; Joe Cain, warehouser from Bakersfield, CA; Matt Coley, producer from Vienna, GA; Vicki Dorris of Lubbock, TX, representing marketing cooperatives; Phillip Kidd, ginner from Edmonson, TX; Paul Minzenmayer, a Rowena, TX producer; Sutton Page, producer from Avoca, TX; Todd Waters, ginner from Pantego, NC; and Brad Williams, a Burlison, TN producer.
“The Council recognizes that sound leadership is essential for U.S. cotton’s health,” said NCC Chairman Sledge Taylor, a Como, MS, producer and ginner. “We are grateful for Monsanto’s ongoing support of this initiative that is helping to identify and equip industry members and encourage them to take on important leadership roles and duties.”
Goals of the Emerging Leaders Program are to help provide participants with an in-depth look at the U.S. cotton industry infrastructure and the issues affecting U.S. cotton’s economic well-being; the U.S. political process; NCC’s programs and policy development and implementation process; and Cotton Council International’s activities aimed at developing and maintaining export markets for U.S. cotton, manufactured cotton products and cottonseed products.
The program also provides participants with professional development and communications training such as presentation and business etiquette, media training and use of social media tools and tactics.
Class members will participate in three sessions. The first session – set for June in Memphis and St. Louis – will provide an orientation to the NCC, professional development/communication skills training and an agribusiness briefing. During the second session, class members will see policy development at the 2016 NCC Annual Meeting in February. A third session in Washington, DC will focus on policy implementation and international market development.
Source – National Cotton Council