Dr. Keith Menchey will rejoin the National Cotton Council on May 1 in the organization’s Washington, DC, office where he will serve as manager, Science and Environmental Issues.

He previously worked for the NCC from 1999-2003 and was responsible for science and environmental regulatory matters -- primarily involving pesticides, biotechnology and the Clean Water Act.

Menchey left the NCC to accept an appointment by then Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich to serve as assistant secretary for Policy and chief of staff in the Maryland Department of Agriculture. During his term, he helped develop state agricultural policies, emergency preparedness plans and energy policy.

Menchey has served as a Congressional Science Fellow with the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. He also has served as a Washington liaison for the American Society of Agronomy and most recently worked in the Biotechnology Regulatory Services at USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service.

He is a graduate of Colorado State University where he majored in production agriculture. He completed graduate work at the University of Maryland College Park where he majored in plant genetics and breeding, earning his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Agronomy.