WASHINGTON, DC – C.B. “Chuck” Coley, a producer/ginner from Vienna, GA, was re-elected chairman of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the National Cotton Council (NCC) for 2009 during the NCC’s annual meeting here on Feb. 12-16. Coley has served on numerous ACP committees and on NCC committees and task forces. Among his current NCC service are membership on NCC’s Payment Eligibility Actively Engaged Working Group, Vision 21 Cotton Flow Study Committee and Doha Strategy Task Force.
Re-elected as vice chairmen were Rick Bransford, Lonoke, AR; and Clyde T. Sharp, Roll, AZ. Elected as a vice chairman was Michael Alexander, Colorado City, TX. Also re-elected as NCC producer directors were: Chuck Lee, Pembroke, GA, from the Southeast region, Don Cameron, Helm, CA, from the Western region, and Coley, at-large. Elected as NCC producer directors for the Mid-South and Southwest regions, respectively, were: John W. Willis, Brownsville, TN, and James F. Dodson, Robstown, TX.
Serving as ACP state producer chairmen in 2009: Alabama – Neal Isbell, Muscle Shoals, and Walter L. Corcoran, Jr., Eufaula; Arizona – Paco Ollerton, Casa Grande, and Greg Wuertz, Casa Grande; Arkansas – Joe Burns, Rector; California – Ted Sheely, Lemoore, and Mark McKean, Riverdale; Florida – B. E. “Sonny” Davis, Jr., Cottondale; Georgia – James L. Webb, Leary, and Ronald C. Lee, Bronwood; Kansas – Robert H. Miller, Wellington; Louisiana – Stephen E. Logan, Gilliam, and Thomas A. Parker, Lake Providence; Mississippi – Dan Branton, Leland; Missouri/Illinois – Steve Droke, Hornersville, MO; New Mexico – Martin K. Sweetser, Deming; North Carolina – Taylor Slade, Williamson, and Ronald Burleson, Richfield; Oklahoma – Danny Robbins, V, Altus, and Joe D. White, Frederick; South Carolina – Roy Baxley, Dillon, and Frank B. Rogers III, Bennettsville; Tennessee/Kentucky – Jeffrey W. Hill, Gates, TN; and Jimmy Moody, Dyersburg, TN; Texas – Craig Heinrich, Lubbock; Doyle K. Schniers, San Angelo; Shawn L. Holladay, Lamesa; and Jon R. Whatley, Odem; and Virginia – J.W. Jones, Windsor.
The NCC’s American Cotton Producers is an organization of 37 cotton producer leaders elected by their peers from across the Cotton Belt. Membership is uniformly distributed among the major cotton-producing states. The ACP is the producers' advocate within the NCC and has responsibility for developing recommendations on all matters affecting the cotton production sector.