The Institute

The ACSA International Cotton Institute is a six week residential program designed to provide a basic education in all aspects of the cotton industry and the international business environment for men and women worldwide. From field to fabric, to manual classing and the use of HVI data, through risk management and the basics of price protection - the program offers an in-depth look at cotton from virtually every perspective.

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The Program

While you are attending the Cotton Institute, you will participate in a six week residential program designed for people entering the cotton industry as well as for those who want to expand their knowledge of the trade. As a future leader of the industry, you are introduced to all phases of cotton production and marketing, including...

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Leaders & Admission

The program is taught by a consortium of guest faculty members drawn from the cotton industry. Their combined experiences in cotton, international trade and marketing, and trans-cultural training, coupled with their global understanding of business practices, ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are covered fully and expertly with the latest information.

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Meet the director.

Jerry Marshall, Owner, The Yiyang Company

Jerry Marshall is the owner of The Yiyang Company, an independent futures and options trading company he started in 2007. Prior to that, he spent 29 years at Cargill Cotton, one of the world's largest cotton merchants. In his last few years at Cargill, he was Senior VP responsible for the risk management of global cotton trading activities. At that time, he also was responsible for the company's Brazilian business.

During his time at Cargill, he spent a total of six years living in the UK and Hong Kong where he traded Australian, Turkish, Uzbek, Pakistani, Indian and Chinese cottons. After he returned to the United States, he spent several years in charge of Cargill's California, Arizona, and Pima trading.

He is a past Chairman of the American Cotton Shippers Association, and serves or has served on the boards of numerous cotton industry associations, including ACSA, the National Cotton Council of America, the Western Cotton Shippers Association, the Memphis Cotton Exchange, and the International Cotton Association, Ltd. From 2003 until 2007, he served as a Director of The Seam LLC.

Jerry is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Economics.

Jerry Marshall

About Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is ideally located in the center of the United States on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. It is the fourth largest inland port in the country and is within 300 miles of 12 states and 65 percent of the U.S. population. It is also the core of one of the country's most productive agricultural areas. Situated in the extreme southwest corner of the state of Tennessee, it is surrounded by the rich, fertile deltas and flatlands of Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Tennessee – all conducive to cotton production.

Touted by its inhabitants as the cotton capital of the world – from its early days in the 1820's when as many as 500 flatboats a day moored at the cobblestones that banked the river – Memphis has long been a regional cotton market and home to many cotton-related business. Cotton companies and classing rooms lined Front Street while traders and merchants walked among bales sampling the fiber. And despite the many changes that have occurred in the industry over the years, cotton remains an integral part of Front Street and Memphis.

Memphis is one of the South's largest and most exciting cities. Professional sports; cultural events such as symphony, ballet, theater, and museum exhibitions; restaurants from diverse ethnic origins; and a wide variety of shopping opportunities are all part of the daily Memphis scene. And all just minutes away from the University of Memphis campus.

Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

American Cotton Shippers Association

Endorsed by the Intercontinental Exchange, the National Cotton Council and the Memphis Cotton Exchange

Additional Contact Information

The University of Memphis
Conference & Event Services
365 Innovation Drive
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901-678-5000
Fax: 901-678-5129
E-mail: cotton@memphis.edu
Web address: www.memphis.edu/cotton

Great places in Memphis, Tennessee