The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) has announced Dr. Jack C. McCarty, of the USA, as the winner of its researcher of the year Award for 2016. The announcement was made during the World Cotton Research Conference-6, which was held in Goiânia, Brazil, from May 2 to 6.
Dr McCarty works for the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture and is also an adjunct professor at the Mississippi State University. He is an agronomist/breeder whose research concentrates on cotton’s genetic diversity, conversion of photoperiodic races to day neutrality and germ plasm enhancement for improving yield and fiber quality.
The ICAC started recognizing cotton researchers in 2009. Researchers from all areas of production research, including technology transfer, from ICAC members are eligible to apply. The program is open for application on February 1 each year and a winner, selected by a panel of five judges with no direct link to the ICAC, is announced on May 1.
The ICAC, based in the United States, provides statistics on world cotton production, consumption, trade and stocks and identifies emerging changes in the structure of the world cotton market. It serves as a clearing house for technical information about cotton and cotton textiles, serves as an objective forum for discussion of cotton matters of international significance and represents the international cotton industry before UN agencies and other international organizations.