AAEC grad Eric Wanjura takes helm of Farmers Cooperative Compress
By: Norman Martin
Eric Wanjura, a graduate of Texas Tech University's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, has been named President and CEO of Farmers Cooperative Compress. As Wanjura begins to lead the cooperative, his hope for the future is that he can continue the standard of service and growth the organization has followed.
"My goals are for FCC to continue to provide excellent service to our members, gins and cotton shippers," Wanjura said. "I want to embrace growth opportunities while staying true to our members who have established FCC's prosperous foundation."
Farmers Cooperative Compress warehouses and delivers about 35 percent of the cotton ginned in Texas, which accounts for roughly 17 percent of the U.S. crop. Program officials note that the organization was established as a way to successfully and affordably house cotton domestically and distribute it globally from West Texas.
Wanjura is a graduate of Texas Tech with both bachelor's (1995) and master's (1996) degrees in agricultural economics. He joined the Farmers Cooperative Compress team in 2005, when he was hired as the plant manager for the Plainview, Texas, warehouse. He held that position until 2016, when he was named the organization's Vice President of Administration.
Prior to working at Farmers Cooperative Compress, he worked at Plains Cotton Cooperative Association in both the field services and gin accounting departments from 1996 to 2005.
"I enjoy working for FCC's grower-owners because I want to help add value to their farming operations," Wanjura said. "When you boil everything about FCC down to its essence, you are left with one thing: service. The team at FCC fully understands service, and it makes our jobs easier when we are clearly focused on providing service."
West Texas is home to one of the world's largest region of cotton-producing counties, with 41 counties comprising the area. There are 42 cooperative gins that deliver cotton to Farmers Cooperative Compress facilities.
Established in 1948, Farmers Cooperative Compress has more than 8,300 members and is among the largest cotton warehousing entities in the world. With 208 warehouses providing more than 12.9 million square feet of space, it has a USDA-licensed capacity of more than 2.7 million bales. The organization is headquartered in Lubbock, and owns warehouses in Lubbock, Plainview, Levelland, Floydada, Amarillo, Sudan and Stanton.
CONTACT: Phil Johnson, Professor, Chairman and Charles Thompson Chair, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-0474 or email@example.com
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