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Richey Seaton to retire from GCC, Sills named new director

by Georgia Cotton Commission

Posted on Jul 08, 2020 at 0:00 AM

Longtime Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) Executive Director Richey Seaton will retire effective Aug. 1, the commission recently announced. Current GCC Director of Public Affairs Taylor Sills will fill the position after Seaton’s retirement.

“Richey’s 26 years of service to Georgia’s cotton farmers and nearly 50 years of service to agriculture will not be forgotten. Through good times and bad, Richey’s support for the cotton industry here in Georgia has been unwavering,” said GCC Chairman Bart Davis, a cotton farmer from Colquitt County. “Richey has been a mentor to many, and his influence has made an incredible impact on thousands of cotton farmers across the state. On behalf of Georgia’s 3,500 cotton farmers, I want to publicly thank him for his service.”

Seaton has served in his role since 1994. During Seaton’s tenure, he reestablished the GCC office and staff and ushered the GCC’s programs to new heights as Georgia’s cotton acreage increased through the years. Prior to joining the GCC, he worked for the Georgia Department of Agriculture as the Director of the Commodities Promotion Division.

Sills previously worked at Georgia Farm Bureau from 2012 to 2017 as a commodity specialist and GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers coordinator before joining the GCC in 2017.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with Taylor as we build on the foundation that Richey has built and continue our tradition of service to cotton farmers,” said Davis.

The Georgia Cotton Commission, funded by Georgia cotton growers, has  been coordinating research, promotion and education programs to benefit Georgia’s cotton sector  since 1965. For more information about the GCC call 478-988-4235 or  visit

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