The Georgia Cotton Commission is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. The Commission began in 1965, and Georgia's cotton growers vote, by referendum, every three years to maintain it's operation. Producers pay a per bale assessment enabling the Commission to invest in their programs of research, promotion and education, on behalf of the cotton producers.

In addition, the Georgia Cotton Commission advances the interest of the cotton producers by supporting programs of the National Cotton Council (NCC) and Southern Cotton Growers Association. In fact, more than half of the Commission's budget supports these organizations, and it is by virtue of this support that all cotton growers are members of each.

The National Cotton Council (NCC) is a central organization that represents all seven segments of the United States cotton industry: producers, ginners, warehousers, cottonseed, merchants, cooperatives and manufacturers. The NCC acts to promote and increase profitability of the cotton industry in worldwide fiber and cottonseed markets through their international arm, Cotton Council International. Further, the NCC works toward creating favorable legislative and regulatory policies. The Southern Cotton Growers Association, Inc. provides representation at the regional level and serves as the policy-formulating group for the southeastern cotton producing states.

COMMISSION PROGRAMS

Research and Education: Through their close work with the University of Georgia, UGA Cooperative Extension and Experiment Stations, the Commission's research and education programs allow growers to receive valuable information, from the research conducted, on the latest technology and crop management practices. Improved and updated crop management practices enable producers more cost-efficient production and higher yields. The Commission typically funds more than twenty research projects each year that comprehensively address many production concerns.  The education program additionally serves producers by providing them pertinent industry news and information. 

Promotion and Education: The Georgia Cotton Commission's promotion and education programs target the general public through its on-going consumer outreach activities that are designed to teach anyone interested all about Georgia cotton and it's importance to this state's economy.  A few of the programs' activities include members of the Commission's staff appearing as guest speaker for civic and youth organizations to take the "Cotton Message" to those unfamiliar with the industry.  They set-up an exhibit at numerous annual trade-shows, cotton industry and agriculture industry events where staff members can interface with the consumer and with cotton producers. At these events, the Commission is able to share information relative to both of these public sectors. Educational literature, youth activity pages, and the "COTTON: The Story" teaching kits are also distributed across the United States to 4-H leaders, County Farm Bureaus and other educators upon request. The efforts of the Georgia Cotton Women, a hard-working volunteer organization that promotes cotton and educates at the consumer level, is also sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission.

   

Commission Board Members

 

Mike Lucas
Chairman
Bleckley County
 

Lee Cromley
Vice-Chairman
Bulloch County

Jimmy Webb
Producer
Calhoun County 

Matt Coley
Producer
Dooly County
Bart Davis
Producer
Colquitt County
Steven Meeks
Producer
Wayne County

 


John Ruark
Producer
Morgan County

 


Ex Officios

 

Gary W. Black
Commissioner
Georgia Department of Agriculture

 

 

Gerald Long
President
Georgia Farm Bureau

 

 


Advisory Board

 

Chad Mathis
Early County

 

Jason West
Candler County

 


Staff members

 

Richey Seaton
Executive Director
richey@georgiacotton.org

Chris Chammoun
Director of Public Affairs
chris@georgiacotton.org

Martha Harris
Office Manager
martha@georgiacotton.org


 
Address: Georgia Cotton Commission
401 Larry Walker Parkway, Suite A
P.O. Box 1464 Perry, Georgia  31069
Phone: 478.988.4235
Fax: 478.988.4273
Email: chris@georgiacotton.org
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
 
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