The Cotton Foundation Board of Trustees has approved funding for 24 general research projects totaling $388,725.

Approved projects include studies related to pest management, herbicide resistance, fiber quality, agronomic practices and education.

The Trustees’ approval followed the Foundation’s annual membership meeting in conjunction with the ACP meeting in Corpus Christi.

Cannon Michael, a Los Banos, Calif., producer, was elected Foundation chairman for 2011-12. 

Sledge Taylor, a Como, Miss., producer/ginner, was elected president. Re-elected Foundation officers were: Mark Lange, executive vice-president; Bill Norman, executive director/secretary; Trent Haggard, allied industry trustee with Case IH, treasurer; and Buzz Shellabarger, assistant treasurer.

In addition, Foundation trustees elected for 2011-12 include producers: Barry Evans, Kress, Texas; David Grant, Garysburg, N.C.; and Kirk Gilkey, Corcoran, Calif.; and allied industry members: Ganesh Jayaram, John Deere; Mark Lindsey, DuPont Crop Protection; John Freed, Syngenta; Matthew Rekeweg, Dow AgroSciences; Doug Rushing, Monsanto; and Alan Ayers, Bayer CropScience.