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Latest NewsCotton Council International Joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition 05/20/2020: WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2020) – Cotton Council International (CCI) announces that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement suite of tools, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain. Learn more Final 2019 USDA Crop Estimates 05/12/2020: In its final estimate of the 2019-20 U.S. cotton crop, USDA placed total production at 19.91 million bales, down slightly from the January estimate of 20.10 million bales. Learn more U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Selects Control Union Certifications 05/11/2020: Control Union selected as first verification partner ahead of the Trust Protocol launch in June 2020. Learn more U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Added to Textile Exchange List of Preferred Fibers and Materials 04/27/2020: Trust Protocol will join BCI, CmiA, Fairtrade Cotton, Organic Cotton and Recycled Cotton as a preferred cotton fiber Learn more USDA Announces Prospective Plantings 03/31/2020: Learn more
Upcoming EventsCotton Growers Warehouse Association Annual Meeting May 28 Sheraton Grand Hotel, Nashville, TN Learn more Cotton Warehouse Association of America Annual Convention Jun 10 The Greenbier, White Sulphur Springs, WV Learn more Cotton Incorporated Board Meeting Jun 16 Omni Mandalay Bay, Dallas, TX Learn more PCCA Board, Delegate Body & Marketing Pool Committee Meetings Jun 17 Lubbock, TX Learn more Calcot Board of Directors Meeting Jun 18 Phoenix, AZ Learn more Staplcotn Board of Directors Meeting Jun 24 Greenwood, MS Learn more
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Based in Greenville, S.C., Lea is employed by DECA Global LLC as a senior trader managing the cotton division. He previously owned and operated Eastern Trading Company, a cotton merchandising firm. Lea has a long history of industry service. A member of the National Cotton Council's 1999 Cotton Leadership class, he served as a NCC director for several years before recently being elected as a NCC vice president for 2020. He has served on and currently serves on multiple NCC committees. Previously, he served as president of the NCC's export promotion's arm, Cotton Council International, as president for two terms of the American Cotton Shipper’s Association, and as chairman of the International Cotton Association in Liverpool, England. Lea is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the Memphis Cotton Exchange Cotton School.