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Warbington, Ford among USDA Cotton Board appointments

On Nov. 19 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of eight members, eight alternate members and two advisors to serve on the Cotton Board. Among the reappointees are two from Georgia - Dooly County Farm Bureau President Teal Warbington and Berrien County Farm Bureau member Jaclyn Dixon Ford.

“The Cotton Board carries out research and promotional activities that help cotton compete in domestic and foreign markets, improve fiber quality and lower production costs,” Perdue said. “I want to thank these board members for the time and effort they have committed to serving the cotton industry.”

The Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966 authorized a national cotton research and promotion program that is both industry-operated and funded. Since 1966, Congress has authorized 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

More information is available on the AMS Cotton Board website, or visit the board’s website at