New Cotton Incorporated Chairman

Ricky Bearden of Plains, Texas, elected to chair Cotton Incorporated.

Published on: Sep 6, 2010
Plains, Texas, cotton producer Ricky Bearden was unanimously elected chairman of Cotton Incorporated for the 2010 through 2012 term. Bearden succeeds California grower Ted Sheely, who held the post for t­he prior two years.

Bearden brings more than 30 years of practical experience as a cotton producer to the position. In addition, he has provided his leadership to a range of cotton-related organizations at the local and national levels.

Cotton Incorporated president and CEO J. Berrye Worsham said this of Bearden's appointment, "The staff and Board of Cotton Incorporated are delighted to have Ricky as our chairman. His keen understanding of the cotton industry will be an asset to our organization during his term."

Bearden is a native of Plains, Texas, where he grows cotton, wheat, milo, peanuts and black-eyed peas on his 6,000-acre farm.  He has served as a director on the boards of the National Cotton Council, Cotton Incorporated, and the American Cotton Producers and was also president of Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. from 2004 to 2006.