Jarral T. Neeper is only the seventh president in Calcot's 89-year-history. He assumed the post on April 1, 2009, succeeding Robert W. Norris, who retired after a six-year stint as the co-op's chief executive.
As Calcot president, he works under the direction of Calcot's board and is responsible for guiding the grower-owned cooperative association in its efforts to maximize returns on producers’ cotton, as well as other business endeavors.
Prior to his election, Neeper was vice president of marketing and conducted research and market analysis on economic trends and other factors that influence the cotton market, tracked pertinent statistics, maintaining communications with gin managers and government officials, as well as presenting Calcot's 'World Cotton Outlook" to Calcot growers, directors and other industry interests.
Neeper also directed Call Pool Operations, one of Calcot's marketing options for cotton producers. Growers can set a portion or all of their received cotton price through various methods in the Call Pool, and Neeper oversaw the day-to-day operations of staying current with the market and maintaining open lines of communication, building and advising upon different strategies for growers.
Neeper was also previously the secretary/treasurer of Amcot, the joint marketing operation comprised of the nation's four leading cotton marketing cooperatives. Now, as president of Calcot, he is also a vice-president of Amcot.
Holder of a master's degree in agricultural economics from Texas Tech University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, Neeper first worked as corporate analyst for Continental Pipeline, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Conoco Oil, a Southwestern oil company. He also served a stint as agricultural economist for the National Cotton Council, the national organization serving all segments of the cotton industry and was director of research and a futures trader for The Jernigan Group, a cotton industry business and market analysis firm, before joining Calcot in 1994 as director of economic research.
Neeper, 50, and wife Tamara, live in Bakersfield, Calif., and are the parents of three children.
Jarral T. Neeper