Dr. Tyson Raper, University of Tennessee, is named the 2019 Beltwide Cotton Specialist of the Year. Extension cotton specialists from across the Cotton Belt gathered at Latrobe's on Royal restaurant for the award reception and dinner at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences, New Orleans, La.
Raper was "roasted" by his friend and colleague Dr. Darrin Dodds, Mississippi State University cotton specialist, prior to the award presentation. Unbeknownst to Tyson, his father, Dr. Randy Raper, assistant director for the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, was also on hand for the when Tyson's name was announced. Randy had an opportunity to congratulate his son and say a few words, Dr. Tyson Raper named 2019 Beltwide Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year.