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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