California Cotton Ginners and Growers
Associations Announce the Retirement of President/CEO Earl P. Williams
It was announced TODAY, that after an incredible career that has spanned two
decades at the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations, Earl P. Williams has retired effective
December 31st. For more than
twenty years Earl has seen many successes, not the least of which was achieving
100% membership in both the Ginners and Growers Associations on a voluntary
When Earl started at the
Associations in 1993, only 60% of the cotton growers in the state were members
and only 85% of the cotton gins were members.
Unheard of with organizations that aren’t mandatory check-off programs,
the 100% membership in the two associations is a testament to the success the
Associations have enjoyed under Earl’s leadership.
Preparing and submitting
numerous Section 18’s for critical crop protection chemicals, the passage of
several industry related legislative bills (module truck axle weights, truck
tractor/trailer type vehicles as implements of husbandry, etc.), getting
the gins on agricultural rates in the PG&E and SCE territories, and the
passage of the partial sales tax exemption for tractors, parts and fuel for
agriculture are just a few of the critical highlights that occurred during his
Earl had the uncanny
ability to bring diverging opinions together and unite them towards a common
This characteristic was
evidenced in the opening of the one variety law, and dealing with tough issues
like sticky cotton, pima prep and seed coat fragments. At a special event celebrating his
retirement, Williams was recognized for his outstanding career with the first
ever California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations’ Lifetime Achievement Award!
On behalf of the entire
membership, staff and Boards of Directors of these Associations, we wish to
thank Earl for all that he has done for the California Cotton Industry and wish
him the very best in his future! He
will truly be missed!
Effective January 1, 2014,
Executive Vice President Roger A. Isom will assume the duties of President/CEO
of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations.
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