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Latest NewsUSDA June 2020 Cotton Acreage Report 06/30/2020: In its June acreage report, USDA estimated 2020 U.S. cotton plantings at 12.19 million acres, 11.3 percent less than in 2019. Learn more Field to Market, U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Announce Partnership 06/25/2020: Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol announced a new agreement formalized a partnership to document and accelerate sustainable outcomes for U.S. cotton production. Learn more U.S. Cotton Producers Maintain Access to Critical Weed Control Tool 06/22/2020: The NCC is pleased with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's denial of an emergency motion to halt dicamba use -- a ruling that provides U.S. cotton producers with a very important weed control tool this season and prevents devastating financial losses. Learn more Respect EPA’s Dicamba Decision & Protect Farmers’ Livelihoods During Growing Season 06/18/2020: Grower Coalition Files Amicus Brief to Defend Continued Use of Existing Stocks Learn more NCC Commends Administrator Wheeler’s Selection for EPA Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee 06/17/2020: NCC Commends Administrator Wheeler’s Selection for EPA Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee Learn more
Upcoming EventsCalcot Board of Directors Meeting Jul 16 Phoenix, AZ Learn more Southern Southeastern Mid-Year Board Meeting Jul 20 Sheraton Bay Point, Panama City Beach, Florida Learn more Cotton Board & Cotton Incorporated Joint Board Meeting Aug 4 The Phoenician, Scottsdale AZ Learn more Joint ACP/Cotton Foundation Meeting Aug 13 Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, Newport Beach, CA Learn more PCCA Board, Delegate Body & Marketing Pool Committee Meetings Aug 19 Lubbock, TX Learn more NCC Mid-Year Board Meeting Aug 26 Omni Louisville Hotel, Louisville, KY Learn more
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Based in Greenville, S.C., Lea is employed by DECA Global LLC as a senior trader managing the cotton division. He previously owned and operated Eastern Trading Company, a cotton merchandising firm. Lea has a long history of industry service. A member of the National Cotton Council's 1999 Cotton Leadership class, he served as a NCC director for several years before recently being elected as a NCC vice president for 2020. He has served on and currently serves on multiple NCC committees. Previously, he served as president of the NCC's export promotion's arm, Cotton Council International, as president for two terms of the American Cotton Shipper’s Association, and as chairman of the International Cotton Association in Liverpool, England. Lea is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the Memphis Cotton Exchange Cotton School.