Kater Hake, former vice president for Technology Development for Delta and Pine Land Company, is the new vice president of Agricultural Research for Cotton Incorporated.

“All of my years in the cotton industry have prepared me for this unique opportunity and I look forward to working with all of Cotton Incorporated's professional research staff as we continue the tradition of bringing forth new developments that improve the demand for cotton and the profitability of U.S. cotton producers,” Hake said in accepting the new position, replacing Roy Cantrell, who resigned to become Molecular Breeding Technology Lead for Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Now is the time when our industry must remain unified and stalwart in our efforts to improve producer profitability by increasing the value of the cotton and cotton products we are marketing to textile and consumer customers around the world,” added Hake.

Hake's career in cotton spans three decades since receiving his first degree, a B.S. in Genetics from the University of California in 1975. He also earned a M.S. in Agronomy in 1977 and topped it off with a Ph.D. in Plant Biology in 1996 also from UC.

He is a former UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor in Kern County, Cailf. He later worked in West Texas as an Extension Cotton Specialist and at the National Cotton Council where he developed the highly-respected Cotton Physiology Education Program and the widely-distributed newsletter Cotton Physiology Today.

“We are truly excited to have Kater on our staff,” confirmed J. Berrye Worsham, president & CEO, Cotton Incorporated. “His in-depth knowledge of cotton will allow him to assist our efforts to build on cotton's message of sustainability — a topic that continues to increase in importance with both consumers and retailers.

Hake and wife Stephanie have a daughter Kayley and son Davis, who works as a congressional staffer in Washington D.C.

Hake will assume his new role on September 4, and will be based out of Cotton Incorporated's World Headquarters and Research Center in Cary, North Carolina.