The USDA seeks nominations for candidates to serve on the Cotton Board.

The Cotton Board is composed of representatives of cotton producers and importers.  Representatives are selected by the Secretary of Agriculture from nominations submitted by a certified producer organization, CPO, or a certified importer organization, CIO, as outlined by the Cotton Research and Promotion Order.

USDA is seeking nominees to fill 12 member and 12 alternate member positions for vacancies representing Arkansas, California/Nevada, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, as well as importers.  These positions have terms ending December 31, 2017.  Members and alternates members, as well as the consumer advisors, serve staggered three-year terms with no term limits.

The CPOs in respective states and the CIOs will caucus to nominate two qualified persons for each member and alternate member position.  The Secretary shall select members and alternates from thosenominations. 

The Cotton Research and Promotion Program is designed to advance the position of cotton in the marketplace.  It is funded by assessments on all domestically produced cotton and imports of foreign-produced cotton and cotton-containing products, and is authorized by the Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966.  AMS oversees operations of the Board.

For nominating information or for a list of CPOs and CIOs, contact Shethir M. Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion Staff, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406, telephone (540) 361-2726, facsimile (540) 361-1199, or email at Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov.