In early December, the Commodity Commission Ex Oficio Committee met to make appointments to the Georgia Cotton Commission Board of Directors. GCC Chairman Bart Davis, a cotton, peanut, corn, and cattle farmer from Doerun, Georgia, was reappointed to another term on the board. Chad Mathis, a cotton, peanut, and corn farmer from Arlington, Georgia, Mathis succeeds Jimmy Webb of Calhoun County. At the Commission’s December meeting of the Board of Directors, Webb was honored for his fifteen years of service to Georgia’s cotton producers.
Bart Davis operates Davis Farms with his wife, daughter, and two sons. Davis is a longtime supporter of FFA and holds a State FFA Degree as well as being named Georgia Star Farmer. Davis has also been named Farmer of the Year at the Annual Peanut Festival in Sylvester. In addition to serving as the Georgia Cotton Commission’s Chairman, Davis serves as chairman of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of Georgia, a Delegate to the National Cotton Council, a Director for Southern Cotton Growers, and as an Alternate Director for Cotton Incorporated.
Chad Mathis is a partner in Mathis Farms General Partners along with his father and brother. He graduated from Valdosta State University with a BBA in Marketing and returned to the farm in 1998. Mathis previously served the Georgia Cotton Commission as a board advisor. In addition to service with the Commission, Mathis serves the industry as a delegate to the National Cotton Council of America, state co-chairman for the American Cotton Producers of the National Cotton Council of America, a board member of the Southern Cotton Growers, and an alternate delegate to Cotton Incorporated. He is also a graduate of Leadership Baker. He has three sons who attend Southwest Georgia Academy in Damascus. When asked about his appointment, he said, “I am glad to be a part of the Cotton Commission and excited to help best serve my fellow cotton producers across the state.”
Jimmy Webb is a cotton, peanut, and corn producer from Leary, Georgia. Webb had served from 2000-2011 and 2015-2018 on the Georgia Cotton Commission Board of Directors. He will continue to serve the industry as Treasurer of The Cotton Board and as a director of Staplcotn. Webb has three adult children and two grandchildren. In his comments at the Commission meeting, Webb highlighted how honored he was to have served the industry in many capacities over the years, and is looking forward to the future of the cotton industry in Georgia and the United States.