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2016 High Cotton Awards ceremony different, but same2016 High Cotton Awards ceremony different, but same

The 2016 Farm Press High Cotton Award event held in Memphis, Tenn. Feb. 26  remains an event dedicated to showcasing the environmental stewardship of the nation's cotton producers.The award presentations brought out a wide range of emotions from the recipients of the unique, bronze Cotton Boll trophies the winners receive.

Forrest Laws 1

March 1, 2016

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<p>2016 Western Farm Press High Cotton Award winners Margaret and Dennis Palmer (center) of Thatcher, Ariz. are flanked by Farm Press-Penton Ag leaders Forrest Laws, left, and Greg Frey right. The Palmers received the bronze cotton boll award during a special breakfast held Feb. 26 at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show held in Memphis, Tenn.</p>

The High Cotton Awards program, which seeks to honor some of the nation’s best environmentalists – its cotton farmers – was different in a number of ways this year:

It was the first High Cotton awards ceremony to be held in conjunction with the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, Tenn., after 21 years with the National Cotton council’s Beltwide Cotton Conferences.

It was the first ceremony in which all of the winners did not attend. Southwest winner Bill Lovelady, a cotton producer from Tornillo, Texas, was unable to travel to Memphis due to health reasons.

And it was the first ceremony in which an unmanned aerial vehicle was used to capture a portion of the High Cotton video which is produced annually to be shown at the High Cotton awards ceremony.

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Forrest Laws 1

Director of Content, Farm Press

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