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  • Picture courtesy of PCCA.
  • Picture courtesy of PCCA.

Items of Interest

June 4, 2017
Shane Stephens to Lead the CGWA in 2017/18.

Greenville, SC. – Shane Stephens, a Greenwood, Miss., warehouseman, was elected Cotton Growers Warehouse Association president for 2017-18. Named during the CGWA’'s annual meeting held in Greenville, SC on June 4, he succeeds Donald Robinson, a Garner, NC warehouseman.

Shane Stephens, President

Stephens is vice president of Staplcotn cotton services and warehouse divisions. With 11 offices throughout the Mid-South and Southeast, the cotton services division is responsible for recruiting and servicing the cooperative's grower/members. The warehouse division is responsible for 14 warehouse locations in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

An active industry leader, Stephens served as the CGWA president in 2003 to 2006. Most recently he served as NCC’s chairman in 2016. Stephens was a member of the NCC's 1994-95 Cotton Leadership Program and has served as president of the Program's alumni association. He previously served as the NCC's vice president representing the warehouse segment from 2007-12 and served on the NCC's Board of Directors from 2001-05 and 2013-14. He has served on numerous NCC committees having chaired its Packaging and Distribution and Membership and Credentials committees. Currently the vice president of the Cotton Growers Warehouse Association, Stephens served previously as that organization's chairman.

Stephens holds a B.S. degree with honors in agricultural economics from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He and his wife, Janet, live in Greenwood, and they have two daughters and one son. They are active members of First Baptist Church in Greenwood.

The CGWA’s other officers are Ron Harkey First Vice President from Lubbock Texas and Joe Cain, Secretary/Treasurer of Bakersfield California.

February 8, 2016
Shane Stephens to Lead the NCC in '16

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Shane Stephens, a Greenwood, Miss., warehouseman, was elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2016. Named during the NCC's annual meeting held in Dallas, Texas on February 5-7, he succeeds Sledge Taylor, a Como, Miss., producer and ginner.

Stephens is vice president of Staplcotn's cotton services and warehouse divisions. With 11 offices throughout the Mid-South and Southeast, the cotton services division is responsible for recruiting and servicing the cooperative's grower/members. The warehouse division is responsible for 14 warehouse locations in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

An active industry leader, Stephens was a member of the NCC's 1994-95 Cotton Leadership Program and has served as president of the Program's alumni association. He previously served as the NCC's vice president representing the warehouse segment from 2007-12 and served on the NCC's Board of Directors from 2001-05 and 2013-14. He has served on numerous NCC committees having chaired its Packaging and Distribution and Membership and Credentials committees. Currently the vice president of the Cotton Growers Warehouse Association, Stephens served previously as that organization's chairman.

Stephens holds a B.S. degree with honors in agricultural economics from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He and his wife, Janet, live in Greenwood, and they have two daughters and one son. They are active members of First Baptist Church in Greenwood.

The NCC's vice chairman for 2016 is Ronnie Lee, a Bronwood, Ga., producer. Elected as the NCC's secretary-treasurer was Barry Evans, a producer from Kress, Texas.

Elected as NCC vice presidents are: Robert Lacy, a cottonseed processor, Lubbock, Texas; Mike Quinn, a cooperative official, Garner, N.C.; and Kent Fountain, a ginner, Surrency, Georgia. Re-elected NCC vice presidents are: Coalter Paxton, III, warehouseman, Wilson, N.C., Joe Nicosia, merchant, Cordova, Tenn.; and David Hastings, textile manufacturer, Mauldin, South Carolina.

NCC staff officers include: Dr. Gary Adams, NCC president and chief executive officer; Reece Langley, vice president, Washington Operations; Craig Brown, vice president, Producer Affairs; Dr. Jody Campiche, vice president, Economics and Policy Analysis; Dr. Bill Norman, vice president, Technical Services; Harrison Ashley, vice president, Ginner Services; and Fred Johnson, vice president, Administration and Program Coordination.

April 20, 2015
Batch 23 Industry Bulletin
By Gary Adams

Fourth Industry Bulletin (PDF)

Batch 23 Fact Sheet (PDF)

February 20, 2015
National Cotton Council Flow Shipments

NCC Flow Shipment

February 20, 2015
NCC Batch 23 Fact Sheet

NCC Batch 23 Fact Sheet

October 1, 2014
Of specific importance to warehouses is OSHA's general industry Powered Industrial Trucks - 1910.178 standard.

Powered Industrial Trucks, Types & Fundamentals

Powered Industrial Trucks, Attachments

September 26, 2014
The Transportation Strategic Planning BLOG is live on the TCA website.

Transportation Strategic Planning Committee (TSPC)

May 28, 2014
Letter to Christine Prentice:

Re: RPT-INSIGHT-Is cotton the new aluminum? Warehouse queues rise, along with tempers- RTRS, NEW YORK, May 28 (Reuters)

Dear Ms. Prentice: This letter has been sent in response to the Reuters article, Is cotton the new aluminum, New York, May 28. Unfortunately, Shane Stephens' and my quotes were used out of context. Stephens and I agreed to the interviews believing that by providing balanced background information the article could help convey the story of how the industry has developed practical solutions to optimize movement of cotton. The Cotton Growers Warehouse Association (CGWA) has worked energetically within the policymaking committees of the National Cotton Council (NCC) and the USDA to assure cotton moves to the market-place in an orderly manner. The way our quotes were used leads a reader to think cotton warehousers routinely delay shipments simply for additional revenue. That is definitely not the norm, and clearly not a practice of CGWA members. If it does happen, even by only a few, it can create disruption for the entire industry.