Aaron A. Barcellos of Los Banos, Calif., and Steve Cantu of Tranquility, Calif., have been appointed to the Cotton Board, Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced.

Barcellos and Cantu will fill member and alternate positions, respectively, on the board that became vacant due to resignations in 2007. Barcellos and Cantu will serve in their positions until the terms end on Dec. 31.

The Cotton Board consists of 37 representatives of cotton producers and importers, their alternates and one consumer advisor. The cotton research and promotion program is designed to advance the position of cotton in the marketplace.

It is funded by assessments on all domestically produced cotton and imports of foreign-produced cotton and cotton-containing products. More information about USDA programs is available at www.usda.gov.