Americot Expands Breeding Team With Cotton Industry Veterans

Lubbock, TX (July 25, 2018) – Americot, Inc., a leading supplier of premium cottonseed, is pleased to announce the addition of cotton industry experts Mark Barfield and Mike Robinson to the company’s expanded cottonseed breeding program.

“As we further expand our research and breeding capabilities, I’m thrilled to now call Mark and Mike members of the Americot family,” says Dr. Lloyd McCall, Americot breeding program manager. “We are extremely fortunate to have these additional highly-talented cotton-breeding professionals join our team.”

Mark Barfield holds a M.S. degree in Agronomy from Louisiana State University and has more than 20 years of experience breeding, testing, and selecting cotton varieties for the southeast full-season market while working for Stoneville-Monsanto-Bayer. Barfield most recently was an agronomist with Land O’ Lakes-Winfield United where he spent the last three years.

Based in Leesburg, GA, he joins the Americot breeding team as the southeast cotton breeder, where he will direct specific regional breeding activities, in addition to working jointly with the Texas-based research and breeding teams.

Mike Robinson earned a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in Agronomy and Crop Science and has more than 21 years of experience breeding, testing, and selecting cotton varieties for the midsouth early-mid season market while working for Stoneville-Monsanto-Bayer. He most recently was a cotton breeder for Bayer CropScience and is also an experienced manager of breeders, with significant involvement in plant genetics and biotechnology.

Robinson joins the Americot breeding team as the eastern regional breeding manager, based in Greenville, MS, where he will manage specific breeding activities in that region. He will also work together with Americot’s Texas-based research and breeding teams.


Americot, Inc., headquartered in Lubbock, TX, provides U.S. cotton growers with quality seed of localized varieties, offering high yield potential and excellent fiber quality, along with the technologies that growers want and need. American-owned and fully independent, Americot is a national leader in cottonseed production and technologies. For more information on Americot and our NexGen® brand cotton products, call 888.678.SEED (7333) or visit www.americot.com.