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- Alabama grower named Southeast's top ginner
- Has championed many causes
• The Lindsey family still grows cotton, soybeans and other grain crops and expanded their ginning operation by joining forces with the Jordan family in Cherokee County to buy what was known for many years as the Public Gin in Centre, Ala.
• Richard Lindsey earned a degree in business management from Jacksonville State University in 1978 and returned to the family farm and ginning operation.
Has championed many causes
During his 27 year tenure, he has championed many agriculture and cotton related issues. He helped pass legislation for the Boll Weevil Eradication Program, worked to secure state appropriations to offset the cost of the Boll Weevil Eradication Program to growers in Alabama, and passed a bill that gave cotton module trucks a special tag, which recognized their seasonal use and reduced the cost of the tag accordingly.
Among many honors and awards from his legislative service are: Legislator of the Year from the Alabama Rural Electric Coops, State Representative of the Year from the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts, and the Lifetime Legislative Award for his work on behalf of Alabama’s School Children from the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools.
Splitting time between managing a large agricultural operation and serving in the state legislature is challenging, but are two true labors of love, Lindsey says.
“In the ginning business, we have always tried to provide the best service possible as quick as possible. This year, we are looking at a 25 percent increase in cotton acreage in our area and hope we a better crop than last year, which was kind of average,” he says.
“Virtually every component of a modern cotton gin is expensive and it’s a tough business challenge to try and understand how the crop is going to change in terms of acres harvested. So, gearing up for the kind of acreage increase we are expecting this year is going to be a challenge.”
“Growing cotton during a year in which prices are at historically high levels will be similarly challenging,” the North Alabama grower says. “The price of cotton will dictate an increase in the cost of planting, growing and picking a crop,” he adds.
“The high input costs and learning how to manage herbicide resistant weeds will be major challenges for all our growers in north Alabama.”
In addition to serving cotton growers in northeast Alabama and in the state legislature, Lindsey also served as the 2010 president of the Southeastern Cotton Growers and co-chaired the Southern Cotton Growers and Southeastern Cotton Ginners annual meeting, held in Savannah.