WILLIAM H. “BUDDY’ ALLEN
Buddy Allen has experience in agriculture from several vantage points. Allen has been involved in legislative and regulatory matters through his service to the staff of United States Senator Thad Cochran and his partnership in The Macon Edwards Company, a Washington based government affairs firm. He has engaged in agricultural financial services through his participation in the creation and opening of Covenant Bank, located throughout North Mississippi. Allen is an active stakeholder in a vertically integrated agribusiness encompassing a production farming operation, ground and areal application services, seed and crop protection retail, ginning, an extensive grain storage and shipping operation, and agricultural real estate holdings in Mississippi. Additionally, he is a partner in Miss Cal Orchards, a California based almond farm.
Allen serves in numerous leadership positions throughout agriculture and conservation spaces. In 2015, he was named a “Champion of Change for Sustainable Agriculture” by President Obama. Allen currently serves on the Agricultural Advisory Board of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
In January of 2019, Allen was named President and CEO of the American Cotton Shippers Association, where he leads their policy development and advocacy on both domestic and international matters.
Allen is a native of Belzoni, Mississippi, an Ole Miss graduate, and is married to the former Allison Johnson of Tunica, MS. Together, they have three daughters. He serves as a Ruling Elder in the Tunica Presbyterian Church.