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Winters Named Cooperator of the Year by TACC

Lonnie Winters, interim president and CEO and vice president of marketing for Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), today was named Cooperator of the Year by the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council (TACC) during the organization’s 2015 annual meeting in Galveston, Texas. Winters was recognized for his dedication and service to PCCA members and cooperative gin managers.

“Lonnie Winters has developed a reputation far and wide as a tremendous resource, a trusted advisor, a good listener, and a smart champion for America’s cotton farmers,” said Buzz Cooper, general manager of Texas Star Cooperative Gin, in presenting the award. “His intent is to deliver the best return to those who make this country the bedrock of our society,” Cooper said.

Winters joined PCCA’s marketing staff in 1993 and was promoted to vice president of marketing in 2004. PCCA’s Board of Directors appointed him interim president and chief executive officer effective March 1, 2015.

Other award recipients announced during the TACC Annual Meeting were: Cooperative Ginner of the Year – Bob Ballard, recently retired general manager of Farmers Cooperative Association in Tahoka, Texas; and Distinguished Service Award – Tommy Engelke, executive vice president of Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council.

Founded in 1953, PCCA is a farmer-owned cotton marketing and warehousing cooperative serving approximately 15,000 members in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico. It is one of the largest suppliers of U.S. cotton to textile mills around the world.