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Eddie Smith Elected Chairman of Cotton Inc.

By John Johnson

Eddie Smith

Eddie Smith

PCCA Director Eddie Smith of Floydada, Texas, was elected Chairman of the Board of Cotton Incorporated (CI) at the company’s annual board meeting Feb. 22 in San Diego. Smith was elected to the CI Board in 1992 and previously served as its Treasurer, Secretary and Vice Chairman.

“Being on the board has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my agricultural career,” Smith said. “It is very gratifying to know that I can be an instrumental part of Cotton Incorporated’s future as they work to improve the profitability of cotton,” he added.

“We will continue our incredibly effective promotion activities,” he said, “but we are bringing a lot of focus to the research side. The new seed breeding and germ plasm initiative is being designed to foster new developments in seed germ plasm that impacts both productivity and quality characteristics.”

Smith graduated from Texas Tech University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. He has farmed on the Texas High Plains for nearly three decades and is currently a partner in Floyd County Farms while serving as president of E&B Farm Enterprises.

In addition to serving on PCCA’s Board, Smith is a
delegate to the National Cotton Council and has served on its Environmental Task Force. He also is a director of Floydada Coop Gin.

Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and U.S. importers of cotton and cotton products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton, the number one selling fiber in the world.