Bob McLendon of Leary, Ga., received this year’s Producer Recognition Award from the Southern Cotton Growers, Inc. The presentation was made at the Southern/Southeastern Annual Meeting, held at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Jan. 13.

McLendon has been a cotton, corn and peanut farmer since 1974. He is also president of the MAC Peanut Company, the president of Edison Gin Co-op, and the president of Sunshine Warehouse of Arlington, Ga. He is a partner in Moultrie Warehouse and Storage as well as Albany Cold Storage.

Beyond his operations, he has shown exceptional leadership and dedicated service to agriculture and his community.  He was National Cotton Council president in 2000 and is past president of Southern Cotton Growers (1990-91).  He served as a member of the advisory board for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He also serves as a trustee of the Darton College Foundation and is a member of the Calhoun County Tax Equalization Board.  In addition, he is actively involved in his church, Gillionville Baptist.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including being recognized at the Sunbelt Expo as the Georgia Farmer of the Year in 1999.  Along with being NCC president, he provided leadership in many other capacities for the organization, including service as the Council’s treasurer, vice-chairman of the American Cotton Producers, and chairman of the Council’s Executive Committee. 

He earned an associate degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from the University of Georgia. 

He and his wife Barbara have four children and 10 grandchildren.    

The basic criteria for the award are:   

  • Be a member in good standing with Southern Cotton Growers, Inc.
  • Must devote a major portion of personal resources to cotton production and be actively engaged.
  • Must be supported of other cotton organizations while lending support to agriculture research and promotional efforts.
  • Demonstrate a record of participation in industry affairs and of service to the cotton industry.