WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks nominations of domestic cotton producers from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas, and importers of cotton and cotton-containing products for positions on the Cotton Board. The producers and importers will fill positions for 13 members and 13 alternates. USDA will appoint members and alternates to serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2023.
Certified producer organizations (CPOs) and certified importer organizations (CIOs) will hold caucuses to nominate two qualified persons for each open position in their respective industry segment.
Producer caucuses are scheduled as follows and all times are local times:
- Arkansas: Wednesday, July 8 at noon
- California: Wednesday, July 15 at 10 a.m.
- Louisiana: Thursday, July 16 at 10 a.m.
- Mississippi: Friday, July 10 at noon
- North Carolina: Monday, July 20 at 3:20 p.m.
- Texas: Wednesday, July 22 at 10 a.m.
An importers caucus is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, at 10 a.m. ET.
For nominating and caucus information, including organizations seeking certification and a list of CPOs and CIOs, contact Cotton Research and Promotion at (540) 361-2726 or CottonRP@usda.gov.