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Cotton Inc. names Reed to eco post   

Cary, N.C.- Janet Reed has joined Cotton Incorporated in the new position of associate director of environmental research, reporting to Kater Hake, vp of agricultural research.

At Cotton Inc., Reed will be responsible for setting the record straight on cotton’s environmental impact. She will also identify research opportunities within the cotton business that could benefit the bottom line. Reed will also provide scientific outreach to retailers and represent the cotton production/manufacturing industry to the public at large.

“Cotton Incorporated has researched, developed and implemented practices to help cotton growers improve the quantity and quality of their yields, while decreasing their reliance on pesticides, energy and irrigation,” said Berrye Worsham, president and ceo of Cotton Inc. “This work continues today, and Janet will play an important role in furthering our research into how best to make the production of cotton truly sustainable.”

Reed was previously with Syngenta Biotechnology, having held positions in both the scientific and business realms, her most recent assignment being regulatory affairs manager for Cotton Traits. Before that, she was a research associate with Texas A & M University, and has also been a geneticist and plant biologist for Allied Corporation in Syracuse, New York.

She has worked closely with U.S. and international scientists and with state and federal regulatory agencies, including the EPA, USDA and FDA in obtaining regulatory clearances for plant biotech products.

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