The Southern Cotton Shippers Association was organized in 1916 by a group of shippers from the Mississippi Delta and the Memphis market for the purpose of establishing a permanent arbitration board in New England on which the shippers of cotton would have their own representative. The successful outcome of this endeavor blazed the trail for shipper representation on arbitration boards in this country and abroad. In 1926 the territory of the Southern was enlarged to include the entire states of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

In 1955, the organization’s name was changed to “SOUTHERN COTTON ASSOCIATION”.

The objects and purposes of the Association were described in the Charter, as follows:

“The objects and purposes of said corporation are social and educational, to establish harmony and uniformity of trade customs and practices among its members and just and equitable principles in the cotton trade; to promote the general welfare of its members and others engaged in the cotton business, to decide and determine matters of difference among its members, and between its members and others, when submitted to it for arbitration; to gather, compile and disseminate information and statistics relating to matters of special interest to the cotton industry.”

In 1990 the Southern merged with the Arkansas-Missouri Cotton Trade Association, headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and the territory of the Southern was enlarged to also include the states of Arkansas and Missouri.

Through the American Cotton Shippers Association, the Southern is affiliated with the:

Southern Cotton Association, Memphis, Tennessee

Texas Cotton Association, Dallas, Texas

Western Cotton Shippers Association, Memphis, Tennessee

The combined memberships of all of the Affiliated Associations form the membership of the American Cotton Shippers Association.


John Stevens

John Stevens works for ECOM USA, LLC as a Cotton Merchant focusing on the Memphis/Eastern Territory.  Prior to joining ECOM he worked for the USDA-AMS.
John is a graduate from Arkansas State University with an MBA and received his undergraduate from the University of Arkansas in Agricultural Economics.  He has also completed the American Shippers Association Cotton Institute in 2001 and National Cotton Council Emerging Leadership Program in 2018.

John has served the National Cotton Council on various committees as member and or delegate since 2009.

John is a native of Arkansas and now resides in Memphis with his wife and 3 children.  When not working he enjoys spending time with his family outdoors.


SCA Board of Directors

  • John Stevens, Vice President, ECOM USA, Inc.
  • H. Thomas Hayden, Jr., Allenberg Cotton Company
  • Gerald Marshall, Past President, The Yiyang Company
  • Corey Barnes, Cargill Cotton
  • Shane Clausen, Glencore
  • Jeff Finley, MemTex Cotton Marketing, LLC
  • Barret Folk, Englehart Commodities Trading Partners
  • Kennett Jabbour, Jabbour Cotton Company, LLC
  • John King, Olam Cotton
  • Johnny McAdams, COFCO


  • Allenberg Cotton Co
  • America Tongzhou Cotton Trading, Inc.
  • Cargill Cotton
  • Choice Cotton Company, Inc.
  • COFCO Americas Resources Corp.
  • Commonwealth Gin
  • DECA International LLC
  • ECOM USA, Inc.
  • Loeb & Company, Inc.
  • Olam Cotton
  • Toyo Cotton Company


  • Irwin Leatherman Cotton Co.
  • McMeekin Cotton LLC
  • New Hope Risk Management LLC
  • Plainsman Cotton Company


  • Addtran Logistics, Inc.
  • Broad Street Bonded Warehouse
  • Dallas Warehouse Company, LLC
  • Bard Diffly-Trendline Trading & Investments, LLC
  • Fullen Transportation Service, Inc.
  • Fuller Warehouse & Gin, Inc.
  • Georgia Ports Authority
  • Forrest F. Lipscomb & Company
  • Mallory Alexander Int’l Logistics
  • Transales, Inc.
  • Wakefield Inspection Services, Inc.