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Project Support

The U.S. cotton industry is enjoying a healthy return on investment from Foundation member support of general projects and special projects. National Cotton Council staff estimates that accounting for cash and in-kind services, the Foundation’s general projects, for example, enjoy a return of about $3 for every dollar devoted to these projects. By supporting these projects, the Foundation is truly fostering innovative: 1) research to find solutions to cotton problems; 2) technology to implement those solutions; 3) education to speed new research application and 4) communication to spread information throughout cotton's production and marketing chain.

The Cotton Foundation supports multiple projects involving Cotton LEADS™.

General Projects 2018-2019

  • Journal of Cotton Science
  • Cotton Pest Loss Survey
  • Enhancing Cotton Industry Education and Information through the National Cotton Council Web Site
  • EPA Residual Risk and Technology Reviews (RTR) for the “Vegetable Oil Production” Source Category (MACT Standards Review)
  • Sustainability of US Cotton
  • Cotton LEADS™/Fieldprint Calculator Pilots and Coordination with LA-NRCS Field Support and Cotton Incorporated
  • Information and Research on Potential Consumer, Environmental and Workplace Risks
  • Application of the Field Print Calculator for Cotton Production in the Texas High Plains

Research Screening Committee*

Dr. Jeffrey S. Mink, Chairman, Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., Memphis, TN
Mr. T. Keith Corzine, Ex Officio, Farmers Coop Gin of Stamford, Stamford, TX
Mr. Joel C. Faircloth, Dow Agrosciences, Collierville, TN
Mr. Paul Kennedy, Helena Chemical Company, Memphis, TN
Dr. Bill Norman, National Cotton Council, Cordova, TN
Mr. Paul Ollerton, Olam Cotton Yellow Gin, Casa Grande, AZ
Dr. Douglas W. Rushing, Bayer CropScience, Saint Louis, MO
Mr. Joe W. Thomas, Lummus Corporation, Pooler, GA
Mr. Paul D. Vaculin, AMVAC, Collierville, TN

Dr. Kater Hake, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC

*Each year, the Foundation's Research Screening Committee reviews and prioritizes general project proposals before submitting their recommended project list for approval by the Foundation's trustees at the Foundation annual meeting.


emerging leaders
The Emerging Leaders special project provides participants with a better understanding of how the NCC carries out its mission and with professional development training.

Special Projects 2018-2019

Emerging Leaders Program

Cotton Ginning Symposium (Textile Manufacturing Symposium)

Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.)

Multi-Commodity Education Program (MCEP)
John Deere

Policy Education Program
Syngenta Crop Protection

Cotton Germplasm Collection Support

Cotton Nematode Research and Education Program

Cotton Seedling Disease Research and Education Program

Weed Resistance Learning Module
Bayer; Corteva, a Division of Dow; Syngenta Crop Protection

Advancing Cotton Education (ACE)

Educational Outreach
Bayer; Corteva, a Division of Dow; Valent

Cotton Australia, Cotton Incorporated, National Cotton Council and Cotton Council International

Ongoing Special Project Contributions

Several Foundation members support the NCC-coordinated Beltwide Cotton Conferences -- helping the NCC produce a high quality conference with modest attendee registration fees. Among support given is for the registration desk, wireless Internet connectivity, coffee break, Internet Quickstop kiosks, Welcome Reception, the Confex Podium system and the Consultant's Conference.

The Foundation continues to distribute volumes in its Cotton Reference Book Series, which can be ordered online. The series includes Weeds of Cotton, Cotton Harvest Management, Stress Physiology in Cotton, Flowering and Fruiting in Cotton, Linking Physiology to Management and Boll Weevil Eradication in the United States Through 1999. The Cotton Foundation series reference books can be purchased from the Foundation at

Some other efforts helpful to cotton's overall research and education effort include the periodic development and distribution of various NCC-produced educational videotapes.

high cotton winners
The High Cotton Awards program recognized producers from the Cotton Belt’s four production regions for their environmental stewardship. The 2019 recipients, from left, are: Cannon Michael, Los Banos, CA; Fank B. Rogers, III, Bennettsville, SC; Dahlen Hancock, New Home, TX; and Steve Stevens, Tillar, AR.

Awards and Endowments 2018-2019

High Cotton Awards
Farm Press Publications

Robert and Lois Coker Trustees Chair in Molecular Genetics
Endowment: $1,000,000

The C. Everette Salyer Fellowship in Cotton Research is administered by Texas A&M University's Entomology Department which provides more details and a list of previous winners on its website.
Endowment: $300,000

Cottonseed Oil Clinic
Endowment: $60,000


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