Cotton Facts

A bale of cotton weighs about
500 pounds
The U.S. cotton industry generates about
200,000 Jobs
The amount of cotton used to print $1 bills per year is typically
4,356,000 lbs.

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Ron Harkey

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In 2019, Ron was elected as the NCC vice president representing the warehouse segment. Before that, he served for 11 years as a NCC director. He previously chaired the NCC’s Packaging & Distribution Committee and has served on the Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee and several other NCC committees. Among those he now serves on are the Cotton Flow Committee, the Farm Policy Task Force and the Performance and Standards Task Force.

Ron is chairman of EWR, Inc., vice president of the Cotton Growers Warehouse Association, having served previously as president, and is a past president of the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Association.

An Eastern New Mexico University graduate, he is president/CEO of Farmers Cooperative Compress in Lubbock, and president/owner of Lazy H Land & Cattle, LLC. A deacon at First Baptist Church in Lubbock, Ron and his wife, Donita, have three children.

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