North Carolina's BB Griffin Elected Chairman

of Cotton Incorporated

Friday, December 20, 2013                 From The Cotton Board

      North Carolina cotton producer and ginner BB Griffin was elected Chairman of Cotton Incorporated during the recent Cotton Board/Cotton Incorporated joint board meeting last week in Savannah, Georgia.

      "BB's duel, first-hand knowledge of our industry as a producer and ginner, combined with his decades of experience in leadership positions, make him an excellent choice to be our Chairman," states J. Berrye Worsham, President & CEO, Cotton Incorporated.

      Serving as President of the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association from 2000-2001 and President of the Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association from 2004-2005, BB received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from North Carolina State University. He is co-owner of Griffin Farming Partnership and Woodville Supply Cotton Gin. "Cotton is more than just a plant, it's a lifestyle and BB embodies that lifestyle," states David Parrish, CEO, North Carolina Cotton Producers Association.  

      Griffin will serve a two-year term. "BB is one of the most positive and charismatic leaders in our industry. We will work diligently together to move Cotton Incorporated and the Cotton Research & Promotion Program forward on our path of continued success in 2014," concludes Worsham.


HPWD to Launch Digital Version of Newsletter

Friday, December 20, 2013 From the High Plains Water District

      The High Plains Underground Water District is preparing a digital version of The Cross Section newsletter to be e-mailed to readers every other week. The first issue of the digital newsletter will be distributed in Jan. 2014.

      "The Cross Section marks its 60th year of publication in 2014.  As we near this milestone, the HPWD Board of Directors and staff believe it is the perfect time to offer a digital version of the newsletter. This will allow the district to use new technologies to better communicate its water conservation messages to the public," said Carmon McCain, editor.

      Persons wanting to receive the digital version of the newsletter are encouraged to visit the district's web site at  Clicking on the blue "newsletter" button on the far right side of the web page allows visitors to join an e-mail list to receive the latest news and information from the High Plains Water District.

      Visitors will also find links to the district's social media efforts below the "newsletter" button.  These include LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and the HPWD blog.

      Comments and suggestions are always welcomed by the High Plains Water District's information/education group.  They may be contacted at (806) 762-0181 or by e-mail at or


FSA Urges Farmers and Ranchers to Vote in

County Committee Elections

Friday, December 20, 2013   From the Farm Service Agency

      USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced that the FSA County Committee Elections begin Dec. 20, 2013, with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Jan. 17, 2014.

      Producers have been instructed to destroy the FSA County Committee Election ballots (FSA-669's) mailed on Nov. 4. The new ballots mailed to producers will have the word "corrected" printed on the outside of the mailing, the ballot itself, and the return envelope. Producers must complete and return the corrected FSA-669 to have their vote counted.

      Eligible voters who do not receive a ballot in the coming week can obtain one from their local USDA Service Center. The last day for voters to submit corrected ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers is Jan. 17, 2014. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Jan. 17. Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office Feb. 18, 2014.

      County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs; conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.

      To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm may also be eligible to vote. Agricultural producers in each county submitted candidate nominations during the nomination period, which ended on Aug. 1.

      Close to 7,700 FSA county committee members serve in the 2,124 FSA offices nationwide. Each committee consists of three to 11 members who serve three-year terms. Approximately one-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. More information on county committees, such as the 2013 fact sheet and brochures, can be found on the FSA website at or at a local USDA Service Center.


COTTON NEWS will not be published next week.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!