USDA Announces New Cotton Board Appointments

USDA Announces New Cotton Board Appointments

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has appointed 13 members, 13 alternate members and one advisor to serve three-year terms on The Cotton Board, through December 31, 2020.

“The Cotton Board carries out research and promotional activities that strengthen the competitive position of cotton by expanding demand in domestic and foreign markets, improving fiber quality, and lowering costs of production,” said Perdue. “These appointees represent a cross section of the industry, and I know that the cotton industry will be well served by their work.”


The newly appointed member is Pace Hindsley, Marvell, AR.

Re-appointed members are:

  • Michael K. Kobori, Berkeley, CA
  • Dustin Mancebo, Dos Palos, CA
  • Debi M. Gregg, Irvine, CA
  • Sally M. Gilligan, San Francisco, CA
  • George G. LaCour Jr., Morganza, LA
  • James C. Robertson Jr., Indianola, MS
  • Akiko Inui, New York, NY
  • Chuck J. Ward, Hickory, NC
  • David M. Dunlow, Roanoke Rapids, NC
  • Bryan K. Patterson, Amherst, TX
  • Debra R. Barrett, Edroy, TX
  • Sigifredo Valverde, Shallowater, TX

Newly appointed alternate members are:

  • Rebecca E. Thom, Lake Providence, LA
  • James W. McKinnon, Rye, NY
  • Silas K. Smith, Rocky Mount, NC
  • Rafe A. Banks, Memphis, TN
  • Jon T. Jones, Floydada, TX
  • Laurie A. Sutandar, Frisco, TX
  • Kody S. Bessent, Lubbock, TX
  • Emily L. Gigot, Seattle, WA

Re-appointed alternate members are:

  • Aaron Barcellos, Los Banos, CA
  • Marshall D. Draughn Jr., Severna Park, MD
  • Patrick L. Johnson, Jr., Tunica, MS
  • Stefanie Rotta, Elkins Park, PA
  • Michael C. Popp, El Campo, TX

Marshal Cohen, Upper Brookeville, NY, was re-appointed as advisor.

The Secretary also appointed the following:

  • Rajiv Malik, Tiburon, CA, to fill an importer alternate position expiring Dec. 31, 2018
  • Andrea Nypen, Lakeville, MN, to fill an importer alternate position expiring Dec. 31, 2019
  • Douglas P. Guiley, New York, NY, to fill an importer alternate position expiring Dec. 31, 2018
  • Ronnie N. Hopper Jr., Petersburg, TX, to fill a producer alternate position expiring Dec. 31, 2019

Cotton Board Chairman George LaCour Jr., a producer from Morganza, LA, was pleased with Secretary Perdue’s appointments saying, “I look forward to working with the new appointees and gaining their diverse perspectives about the activities of our Board and our industry, as well as leaning on the experience and knowledge of the Members and Alternates who have been re-appointed to serve. I am very grateful that these leaders have agreed to provide their time and expertise to serve to this industry.“


Sources – USDA, The Cotton Board