NCC Names Emerging Leaders Program Participants for 2018-19

NCC Names Emerging Leaders Program Participants for 2018-19

Eleven U.S. cotton industry members have been selected for the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) Emerging Leaders Program for 2018-19.

Now in its sixth year, the NCC’s Emerging Leaders Program is supported by a grant to The Cotton Foundation from Monsanto. The program provides participants with a better understanding of how the NCC ensures the U.S. cotton industry’s seven segments can compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseed and U.S.-manufactured product markets at home and abroad.


The 2018-19 participants are:

  • PRODUCERS – Philip Edwards, III, Smithfield, VA; Mark Korn, Dyersburg, TN; Darryl Mendes, Riverdale, CA; and Reid Nichols, Altus, OK
  • GINNER – Tony Newton, Slaton, TX
  • MERCHANTS – Roberto Ferrer and Nick Peay, both of Cordova, TN; and Barret Folk, Houston, TX
  • WAREHOUSER – Jordan Grier, Taylor, TX
  • MARKETING COOPERATIVE – Chris McClain, Grenada, MS
  • COTTONSEED – Amy West, Overland Park, KS.

During the coming year, program participants will get an in-depth look at the U.S. cotton industry infrastructure and the issues affecting the industry’s economic well-being; the U.S. political process; the NCC’s programs, policy development and implementation; and Cotton Council International’s activities to develop and maintain export markets for U.S. cotton, manufactured cotton products and cottonseed products.

The Emerging Leaders Program also provides professional development and communications training such as presentation and business etiquette, instruction for engaging with the news media, and use of social media tools and tactics.

Class members will participate in three sessions. The first session – set for the week of June 17, 2018, 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 NCC’s 2019 Annual Meeting in February. The third session, to be conducted later in 2019 in Washington, D.C., will focus on policy implementation and international market development.