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. 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.