National Cotton Council
Mike Tate, a cotton producer from Huntsville, was elected National Cotton Council (NCC) chairman for 2019 during the organization’s annual meeting in San Antonio.
Tate, a Madison County Farmers Federation board member, succeeds Ron Craft, a cotton producer and ginner from Plains, TX.
A graduate of the NCC’s Cotton Leadership Program, Tate previously served as an NCC director and member of numerous NCC committees. He served as a director and board advisor of Cotton Council International, the NCC’s export promotions arm, and has held multiple leadership positions in the NCC’s American Cotton Producers, including chairman in 2016-17.
A past president of Southern Cotton Growers, Inc., Tate also has held leadership positions in Cotton Incorporated, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and state agricultural organizations. He currently serves as a Staplcotn director.
Tate is the owner/manager of Tate Farms, a family partnership in Meridianville, where cotton is the principal crop of the 6,000-acre Tennessee Valley operation. He also is president of Cotton Growers Cooperative Gin & Warehouse and has an interest in Cotton Picking Pumpkins, Tate Farms’ agritourism operation.
The recipient of numerous honors, Tate received Cotton Grower magazine’s Cotton Grower Achievement Award and Farm Press Publications’ High Cotton Award.
Farmer Neal Isbell, who lives in Muscle Shoals, was also elected to the NCC board. Isbell also serves on the Colbert County Farmers Federation board.
In state leadership, producer Nick McMichen of Centre was elected chairman. Vice chairman is Joseph Scarborough, a ginner from Shorter, while Jim Greene a ginner from Courtland was elected secretary.
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