• Craig Brown presented the keynote address, "Benchmarking Sustainability: The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol." Download the presentation below. Read more here.
Craig Brown is vice president, Producer Affairs, for the National Cotton Council, the industrywide organization headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Brown has responsibility for staffing the American Cotton Producers.
He assumed his duties at the Council in March 1988, after nearly 13 years in the Commodity Department, the last five as director, with the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, where he worked with the rice and cotton commodities. He developed an extensive background and experience in both rice and cotton.
Brown deals mainly with national legislative and regulatory matters that pertain to Council producer members and serves as liaison to other industry segments.
A native of Jennings, Louisiana, where his family was involved in rice, soybean and cattle farming operations, Brown received his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business from McNeese State University in 1973, and a Master of Science degree in agricultural economics from Louisiana State University in 1975.
Craig and his wife, Diane, have two children—Emily and Michael—and two grandchildren, Caroline and Harry.
• Dr. Seth Byrd, Oklahoma State University Extension cotton specialist, presented "Managing Cotton in a Short Season Environment." Download the presentation below.
Seth Byrd is a North Carolina native who served as the Extension Cotton Specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension prior to taking the State Extension Cotton Specialist position with Oklahoma State University in the spring of 2018.
• Jeff Miller, Fore Front Agronomy, presented "2 Goals, 1 Drop" about cooperative research from Texas Alliance for Water Conservation into soil health practices for cotton growers, with an emphasis on practical water savings and soil health. See his presentation below.
Miller was born and raised in Plainview, Texas, on a limited irrigation cotton and grain farm. He went to Texas Tech University and received a Bachelor of Science in integrated pest management and a Master of Science in crop physiology. Over the past 20 years, Miller has held roles in product development, agronomy, sales and leadership with Monsanto and Pioneer. Miller started ForeFront Agronomy in 2017 with the purpose of helping farm profitability by collecting and interpreting data to conserve our most precious resource, water, and put things back in balance with regard to nutrients and soil biology. He is married with four beautiful children.