Cotton Board Chairman Gary Ross says new Board appointments include experienced members who will bring experience and industry knowledge and new appointees who will bring new ideas to the body.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointments, including 17 members and 17 alternates. All appointees will serve 3-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2014, and ending Dec. 31, 2016.

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The Cotton Board is appointed by the Secretary to oversee the Cotton Research & Promotion Program.

Ross, an importer from Yardley, Pennsylvania, said, “The re-appointed Members and Alternates bring experience and exceptional knowledge of the cotton industry to The Cotton Board. I also look forward to working with the new appointees, who will surely bring a fresh perspective to our Board’s activities.”

Secretary Vilsack also selected importer Stefanie M. Rotta of Elkins Park, Pa. as an alternate member whose term expires on Dec. 31, 2014.


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