“Mark has been a key component of the Council’s policy analysis team and has worked on a wide range of cotton industry issues,” said Robert W. Greene, NCC chairman and a Courtland, Ala., ginner. “We are fortunate to be able to bring someone from within the current staff to manage the Council and provide continuity in leadership.”

Lange, whose election took place at the Council’s annual meeting in Tampa, came to the NCC in 1990 and directed its Economic Services and Information Services before being named vice president, policy analysis and program coordinator in 2001.

Reflecting on the challenges confronting U.S. agriculture, Lange said, “The U.S. cotton industry is facing continued international pressures and uncertainty just like many other U.S. industries. The hallmark of the U.S. cotton industry has been the willingness of industry leaders to work closely together when addressing problems. I look forward to the opportunity to build on the Council’s record of success.”

Before joining the NCC, Lange was an associate professor of agricultural economics at Louisiana State University. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana State University and received a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University. A native of Indiana, Lange and his wife, Janis, have two children.

The NCC was formed in 1938 at a meeting at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. Besides Booker, others who have served in the NCC’s top staff position since that time include the late Rhea Blake, the late Albert Russell, Earl Sears and Phillip Burnett.

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