The Memphis-based National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) named its officers for 2022 during its recent annual meeting in Houston, Texas.
The NCGA’s 2022 officers are: president – George LaCour, Jr., Morganza, La.; first vice president – Gene Seale, Pima, Ariz.; second vice president – Richard Lindsey, Centre, Ala.; and third vice president – Larry Black, Roscoe, Texas. Curtis Stewart, Spade, Texas, who served as NCGA president in 2020 and 2021, will serve as NCGA chairman. Harrison Ashley, Cordova, Tenn., is NCGA’s executive vice president.
LaCour is a founding board member and current vice president of Tri-Parish Gin in Lettsworth, La., a producer-owned ginning and whole-seed marketing operation. He also is general manager of the farming partnership GNG Farms in Morganza, where he oversees production on 5,000 acres in Pointe Coupee Parish.
A National Cotton Council (NCC) Cotton Leadership Program graduate, LaCour also is a graduate of the Louisiana State Agricultural Leadership Program and the Texas A&M Executive Program for Agricultural Producers. A past president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, LaCour was that organization’s Ginner of the Year in 2016. He has served in multiple NCGA and NCC leadership positions among them as a NCC director and a director of NCC’s export promotion arm, Cotton Council International. He was Cotton Board chairman in 2017.
Also announced at NCGA’s annual meeting was that Chris Breedlove, general manager/CEO of Willacy Co-op Gin in Raymondville, Texas, is the 2021 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. Honored as recipients of NCGA’s 2021-22 Charles C. Owen Distinguished Service Award were two other Texans -- Jimmy Stover of Corpus Christi, president of Stover Equipment Company; and Russel Sutton of Lubbock, vice president of Business Development for Lummus Corporation.