Special to the Journal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02), member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, applauded the reappointment of James L. “Jimmy” Webb of Leary, Georgia, and the appointment of Benjamin R. Grimsley of Weston, Georgia as an alternate member to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Cotton Board. The Cotton Board is appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to oversee the Cotton Research & Promotion Program.“Jimmy is a respected leader in the local, national, and international cotton industry, and I am proud that he will continue to represent Georgia on the Cotton Board,” said Congressman Bishop. “The Cotton Board is a valuable resource for cotton producers across the nation, and I am confident that Jimmy Webb, Benjamin Grimsley, and the other board members will continue to work with USDA and local farmers to empower the cotton industry.”
Jimmy Webb has been an active leader in the cotton industry and served as the President of the Cotton Council International (CCI) in 2012. The Cotton Board enables farmers and ranchers to create and strengthen markets through research, development, and promotion programs funded by industry member assessments. It is managed by board members appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Each representative will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2014.