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High Cotton winners exemplify sustainability

Ron Smith, Editor

February 28, 2020

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Matt and Kelly Griggs take pride in conserving and restoring natural resources in everything they do to produce cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat on the 1,800 acres they farm near Humboldt, Tenn.

They have followed sustainable practices for more than a decade on their Crockett County, Tenn., farm.

That commitment to preserve and restore natural resources, in addition to their commitment to efficient production and giving back to the industry through on-farm trials and demonstrations, earned them the 2020 High Cotton Award for the Mid-South Region.

Matt and Kelly received the award, sponsored by Farm Press and the Cotton Foundation, at the Memphis, Tenn., Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, Feb. 28.

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith

Editor, Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 30 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Denton, Texas. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and two grandsons, Aaron and Hunter.

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