(COTTON LEADER) Certified Producer and Importer Organizations (CPOs and CIOs) will caucus this

summer to nominate candidates for leadership positions within the Cotton

Research & Promotion Program, including The Cotton Board.

These upcoming caucuses offer cotton producers and cotton importers, the

opportunity to participate in leadership positions providing oversight of the

Cotton Research and Promotion Program. These are important positions and strong

leadership that reflects the diversity within the U.S. cotton industry is

needed. Diverse representation brings a broad range of knowledge and experience

to the table which strengthens the overall work of the Cotton Research &

Promotion Program. The Cotton Board recently held a conference call with CPOs

and CIOs to emphasize the importance of board diversity and to encourage broad

participation by industry members. USDA guidelines governing Board nominations

stress checkoff boards should reflect diversity in the size of operations,

experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing

strategies, as well as race, ethnicity, and gender. USDA guidelines assert

Boards should be reflective of the industry population that contribute the

research and promotion assessment. The Cotton Board is pleased to join USDA in

encouraging and supporting diversity among those nominated to serve as members

of the Program’s appointed leadership. The pursuit of diversity in board

membership is an opportunity for embracing new ideas and growth that will enable

boards to better serve their industry associates.



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