The National Cotton Council is accepting applications for the 2005-06 Cotton Leadership Class through July 1.

Those interested in applying can visit the Cotton Leadership Program's web site at to review the program curriculum, eligibility requirements and download the application. The site also includes a contact form which allows users to submit questions, request information and schedule a personal visit with local program alumni.

The 2005-06 class, which will be comprised of four producers and one participant from each of the other six industry segments, will be announced in August by the NCC's Cotton Leadership Development Committee.

The NCC's Cotton Leadership Program seeks to identify potential industry leaders and provide them developmental training. During five sessions of activity across the Cotton Belt, class participants visit with industry leaders and observe production, processing and research. They also meet with lawmakers and government agency representatives during a visit to Washington, DC, and attend the NCC's annual meeting and its mid-year board of directors meeting.

The program, initiated in 1983, is supported by a grant to The Cotton Foundation from DuPont Crop Protection and is managed by NCC's Member Services department. For more information, applicants may contact NCC's Member Services at 901-274-9030 or their local NCC Member Services representative.

Source: Association Release