• The awards program recognizes producers and ginners of high-quality cotton fiber and to identify their management practices for the benefit of other growers.
The Georgia Quality Cotton Awards were given out on Jan. 30 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The awards program is co-sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and Bayer CropScience, and administered by the University of Georgia Cotton Team to recognize producers and ginners of high-quality cotton fiber and to identify their management practices for the benefit of other growers.
The producers and their gins received a plaque and the winning growers received a $500 cash award. The awards are based on loan value and premiums.
Ronnie Courson of Lanier County won the Best Cotton Award as well as Category 1 in Region 3.
The other winners:
Region 1 — Category 1 (less than 500 acres), David Thompson (Pulaski County/Arabi Gin); Category 2 (500-1,000 acres), David Young and Marty Young (Turner County/Sconyers Gin, Turner County); Catetory 3 (more than 1,000 acres), Gary Oliver & Ben Shivers of SOS Farms (Turner County/Arabi Gin).
Region 2 — Category 1, Van Hiebert (Jefferson County/Midville Warehouse Inc.); Category 2 Herbie Dixon (Burke County/Midville Warehouse Inc.).
Region 3 — Category 2, Kevin Shaw of Riverbottom Farms (Lanier County/BCT Gin); Category 3, Greg and Glyn Register (Lanier County/BCT Gin).
Region 4 — Category 1, Billy Grant (Seminole County/Clover Leaf Gin); Category 2, Brad Thompson of Thompson Family Farms (Seminole County/Clover Leaf Gin); Category 3; Parker Heard of Heard Family Farms (Decatur County/Clover Leaf Gin).
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