NCC Grateful for Trump’s Special Assistant Appointment

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February 27, 2017
Contact: T. Cotton Nelson or Marjory Walker
(901) 274-9030

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council (NCC) appreciates President Donald Trump’s appointment of Ray Starling to the position of Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance.

Starling, who was raised on a farm in southeastern North Carolina, previously worked in Washington, D.C. as chief of staff to Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC). Before that, Starling had served as Tillis’ general counsel during Tillis’ tenure as Speaker for the North Carolina House of Representatives. Starling also has served as general counsel for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

NCC Chairman Ronnie Lee, a Bronwood, Ga. cotton producer, said "This is the first time in my memory that a President has filled this position so early in an administration. I believe this is a clear sign of President Trump’s commitment to agriculture and rural America. We look forward to working with President Trump as we try to develop an effective and comprehensive safety net for cotton producers and as Congress develops a new farm bill."

Lee noted that Starling's background of growing up on a farm will be instrumental in advising the President on agriculture issues.

"Having someone of Ray’s background and abilities in this position not only will be an asset to President Trump but an asset to agriculture across our great country,” Lee stated.