Georgia Cotton Commission – Richey Seaton Retiring, Sills to Serve as Executive Director

    The Georgia Cotton Commission recently announced that Richey Seaton, the Commission’s Executive Director, has decided to retire effective August 1, 2020.  Taylor Sills will serve as Executive Director upon Seaton’s retirement.

    Seaton has served in his role since 1994, and prior to that, worked for the Georgia Department of Agriculture as the Director of the Commodities Promotion Division.

    During Seaton’s tenure, he was responsible to reestablishing the Commission’s office and staff, and has ushered the organization’s programs of research, promotion, and education to new heights as Georgia’s cotton acreage has increased over the years.

    “Richey’s 26 years of service to Georgia’s cotton farmers and nearly 50 years of service to agriculture will not be forgotten.  Through good times and bad, Richey’s support for the cotton industry here in Georgia has been unwavering,” said GCC Chairman Bart Davis, a cotton farmer from Colquitt County.

    He furthermore added, “Richey has been a mentor to many, and his influence has made an incredible impact on thousands of cotton farmers across the state.  On behalf of Georgia’s 3,500 cotton farmers, I want to publicly thank him for his service.”

    “I look forward to continuing to work closely with Taylor as we build on the foundation that Richey has built and continue our tradition of service to cotton farmers,” said Davis.

    The Georgia Cotton Commission is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia. The Commission began in 1965. Georgia cotton producers pay an assessment enabling the Commission to invest in programs of research, promotion, and education on behalf of all cotton producers of Georgia.

    For more information about the Georgia Cotton Commission please call (478) 988-4235 or on the web at

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