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Georgia Cotton Commission names speakers for 10th Annual Meeting on Jan. 25

The Georgia Cotton Commission will hold its 10th Annual General meeting on January 25, 2017 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The Commission has announced the list of guest speakers. The meeting is to be held along with the UGA Cotton Production Workshop conducted by the UGA Research & Extension Cotton Team.

The speakers would be Reece Langley, VP, Washington Operations, National Cotton Council; Tom Wedegaertner, Director of Cottonseed Research and Marketing, Cotton Incorporated and Bruce Atherley, Executive Director, Cotton Council International. Langley became the VP of Washington Operations at the National Cotton Council in 2014. He is responsible for coordinating Washington’s activities for the Council which includes working with Congress and the Administration. This to ensure that the seven segments of the US cotton industry competes effectively and profitably in the global market. Before joining the Council, Langley was the VP of government affairs for the USA Rice Federation.

Wedegaertner began with Cottonseed in 1980 as assistant director, Research and Education with the National Cottonseed Products Association in Memphis, Tennessee. After almost a decade with NCPA, Wedegaertner began working as a cottonseed products marketing specialist for the Anderson Clayton Company in Seattle, Washington.

Atherley has a long and successful track record in global marketing and management. Earlier, he served as VP, Global Marketing for Kao, Inc, a Tokyo-based global manufacturer of personal care and household products.