|Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman's Report|
Transcript of Secretary Veneman's report presented to NCC delegates at NCC annual meeting in Dallas, TX. (Links to USDA web site)
|Sykes Martin Honored As Recipient of Cotton Industry Achievement Award|
The late Sykes Martin, an innovative Alabama cotton producer and ginner who demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the U.S. cotton industry during his career, is the recipient of the 2002 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award.
|North Carolina Cotton Merchant Recipient of Cotton Service Award|
W. D. “Bill” Lawson, III, a North Carolina cotton merchant and dedicated industry leader, was honored today as the recipient of the 2002 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award for Cotton.
|Mississippi Producer to Serve as NCC Chairman For 2002|
Kenneth Hood, a Gunnison, MS, cotton producer, was elected as National Cotton Council chairman - the organization’s top position - at the NCC’s annual meeting here today. He served as NCC’s vice chairman during 2001 and succeeds Memphis merchant James E. Echols, who will serve as chairman of the NCC’s Executive Committee this year.
|Lange, Maguire Are Nominees for NCC’s Top Staff Positions|
The NCC's Operations Committee announced its intent to nominate Dr. Mark Lange to succeed Gaylon Booker as president and chief executive officer and to elevate John Maguire to the position of senior vice president for Washington Operations.
|National Cotton Council Names 2002 Directors|
NCC directors for 2002 were announced at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting.
|National Cotton Council 2002 State Unit Officers Named|
State unit officers for the NCC for 2002 were elected here today at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting.
|Cotton Incorporated Report|
Cotton Incorporated President and CEO J. Berrye Worsham provided an update on that organization's research and promotion program.
|Farm Bill Finalization, Favorable Trade Negotiations Are Critical to U.S. Cotton Industry’s Economic Recovery|
NCC Chairman James Echols told the organization's delegates at the annual meeting that U.S. cotton is on the threshold of economic recovery because it will be working under substantially improved farm policy and benefiting from improved retail demand for cotton products.
|NCC Chairman's Report|
NCC Chairman James Echols told industry delegates at the annual meeting in Dallas that 2001 was a year filled with extraordinary frustrations stemming from events that inflicted economic havoc on our industry. But it was also a year that saw our industry coalesce behind common policies that I firmly believe have moved us to the threshold of economic recovery.
|Mark Williams Elected Chairman of ACP|
Mark Williams, a producer from Farwell, TX, was elected chairman of the American Cotton Producers of the National Cotton Council for 2002 during the Council’s Annual Meeting.