The National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) elected its officers for 2007 at its annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

The officers include: president, Van Murphy, Quitman, Ga., first vice-president; Chris Breedlove, Olton, Texas, second vice-president; Sledge Taylor, Como, Miss., third vice-president, Kirk Gilkey, Corcoran, Calif.; and chairman, Russell Kuhnhenn, Buckeye, Ariz.

In addition, Rick Holder is the 2006 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year recipient. Holder is president of Harvey Fertilizer & Gas Company, a company consisting of four cotton gins that ginned 120,328, bales in 2006, and which includes 10 fertilizer outlets and six propane outlets. He’s also involved in the company’s farming operations and John Deere dealership operations.

Holder has been an active member of his state and regional grower/gin associations. He currently serves as chairman of the North Carolina Golden L.E.A.F. Foundation, treasurer of Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association, director of the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association and treasurer of Southeastern Growers Association.

He also is a member of the North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority and a director of Beltwide Cotton Cooperative.

Holder served as NCGA president in 2003-2004. He continues to serve the U.S. cotton industry on a national level as a member of several key industry committees including the National Cotton Council’s Cotton Flow Committee and Farm Policy Development Task Force. The North Carolina native is a 1972 graduate of the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill.

The recipient of the NCGA’s 2006-2007 Distinguished Service Award is Kelley Green, who has served as director of technical services for the Texas Cotton Ginners Association since 1991. He began his professional career in 1986 as a field engineer with Western Cotton Services based in Fresno, Calif. He later served in an engineering position with Samuel Jackson Manufacturing in Lubbock.

Green, who served on USDA’s Air Quality Task Force from 2001-2002, has worked on a range of issues for the U.S. ginning industry. He also has been active as an instructor in NCGA’s gin schools and has designed numerous training events for his Texas ginners as well as for the sheet metal manufacturers and other equipment suppliers that service the gin industry. He has served as a valued cooperator in the development of NCGA’s safety programs and videos as well as in many other technical programs.

The Texas A&M University graduate is a registered professional engineer in Texas and an active member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.