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Meet Our Growers

In a period of ever greater supply chain scrutiny and a growing demand for transparency and assurance, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® sets a new standard for more sustainably grown, premium cotton and can provide transparency from farm to laydown.

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Shelley Butler Barlow
Photo of Barlow's Cotton Farm in Virginia 1 of 15

Donny Lassiter

Photo of Lassiter's Cotton Farm in North Carolina

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Daniel Baxley
Photo at Baxley's Cotton Farm in South Carolina 3 of 15
Jimmy Webb
Photo of Jimmy Webb's Cotton Farm in Georgia 4 of 15
Nick McMichen ALABAMA
Photo of Nick McMichen's Cotton Farm in Alabama 5 of 15

Nick Marshall

Photo at Marshall's Cotton Farm in Florida

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John Lindamood
Photo of Lindamood's Cotton Farm in Tennessee

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Sledge Taylor
Photo of Taylor's Cotton Farm in Mississippi 8 of 15

Laura Collins

Photo at Collins' Cotton Farm in Missouri

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Nathan Reed
Photo at Reed's Cotton Farm in Arkansas 10 of 15

Ted Schneider

Photo at Ted Schneider's Cotton Farm in Louisiana

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Debra Barrett
Photo at Debra Barrett's Cotton Farm in Texas 12 of 15
Kent Dunn
Photo at Dunn's Farm in Kansas 13 of 15
Adam Hatley
Photo at Hatley's Cotton Farm in Arizona 14 of 15

Aaron Barcellos

Photo at Barcellos' Cotton Farm in California

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Dr. Kris Johnson

The Nature Conservancy, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kris Johnson is the deputy director of agriculture at The Nature Conservancy, North America. He leads the joint design, implementation and assessment of the region’s two conservation agriculture strategies: Soil Health and Nutrients, and Sustainable Grazing Lands. Kris is also a member of the steering committee for the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium and serves on the Science Advisory Council for Field to Market. Dr. Johnson is an author of 15 peer-reviewed papers. He received his bachelor’s from Bowdoin College and received his master’s and doctorate in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Lori Duncan

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Duncan serves as the Agricultural Sustainability Specialist with the University of Tennessee. As a faculty member in the university’s Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Department, she develops applied research and disseminates educational and outreach programs in sustainable cropping systems with a specific interest in utilization of technologies. From the local to the national scale, Duncan works with growers, consultants, agribusinesses, NGOs, commodity organizations, and regulatory officials to promote sustainable management techniques and practice adoption. A Tennessee native, she was introduced to cotton at a young age with both of her parents working in a textile mill. Duncan holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Meet Our Growers

Aaron Barcellos


I am a fourth-generation grower from Marianna, Arkansas—the east part of the state. After earning my law degree in 2005, I returned home to work alongside my father growing around 60% cotton—with the rest in rice and soybeans. My operation has a total of about 10 employees—one of whom started working for my grandfather in 1968, Charles Patton. I am a flexible grower, trying new technologies or practices to save water and energy. I’m not afraid to experiment with computer programs and variable rate technology. I was named 2015 Arkansas Farmer of the Year and Arkansas Business 2019 40 Under 40. I live with my wife Kristin and my four children.

As science, the research and studies continue to reveal, biotech crops are continuing to improve our environment, allow us to grow more on less land and improve in areas we never imagined before. As a cotton and corn producer, to me the biggest benefit has been our drastic reduction in pesticide applications.