U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed two members and two alternates to the Cotton Board.

The newly appointed members are Aaron Barcellos, a producer from Los Banos, Calif. and Roger Glaspey, an importer from Fresno, Calif. These newly appointed members will serve terms expiring Dec. 31, 2014.

Newly appointed alternates representing the importer segment include Sapna Sapru from Forest Hills, N.Y. and Kris Arabia from Orlando, Fla. The terms of the new alternate appointees expire on Dec. 31, 2013.

Members and alternates serving the Cotton Board are charged with providing strategic leadership to guide the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. 

Cotton Board Chairman John Clark, an importer from Los Angeles, Calif., said, “The Member appointees, Aaron Barcellos and Roger Glaspey, are both experienced members with an exceptional working-knowledge of The Cotton Board. I also look forward to getting to work with the new Alternates, who will surely bring a fresh perspective to our Board’s activities.”

The Cotton Research & Promotion Act established the Cotton Board as a quasi-governmental, non-profit entity to serve as the administrator of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program.

Funded by America’s cotton producers and importers through the cotton check-off, the program’s research and promotion activities are conducted worldwide by Cotton Incorporated, the Cotton Board’s sole-source contracting organization, to increase the demand for and improve the market position of cotton.