Barfield, Robinson Join Americot as Regional Cotton Breeders
Americot, Inc. has added Mark Barfield and Mike Robinson to the company’s expanded cottonseed breeding program.
“As we further expand our research and breeding capabilities, I’m thrilled to now call Mark and Mike members of the Americot family,” said Dr. Lloyd McCall, Americot breeding program manager. “We are extremely fortunate to have these additional highly-talented cotton breeding professionals join our team.”
Barfield joins Americot as the Southeast Cotton Breeder, where he will direct specific regional breeding activities from his Leesburg, GA, base. He has more than 20 years of experience breeding, testing, and selecting cotton varieties for the Southeast full-season cotton market, including work with Bayer and Land O’Lakes-Winfield United. He holds a M.S. degree in agronomy from Louisiana State University.
Robinson will be Americot’s Eastern Regional Breeding Manager, based in Greenville, MS. He has more than 21 years of experience breeding, testing, and selecting cotton varieties for the Mid-South early-mid season market. He most recently was a cotton breeder for Bayer and is also an experienced manager of breeders, with significant involvement in plant genetics and biotechnology. He earned a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in agronomy and crop science.
In addition to their specific regional work, Barfield and Robinson will also work jointly with Americot’s Texas-based research and breeding teams.
Americot, Inc., headquartered in Lubbock, TX, is a fully independent, national provider of high quality cotton varieties and technologies. More information about the company and its NexGen brand cotton products is available online or by calling 888.678.SEED (7333).