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Four unique cotton farms come from distinctly different production environments varying in production practices and management philosophies but share a common goal of farming sustainably. This defines the 27th Class of High Cotton winners.

Delta: Doug Scott

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Doug Scott, 2021 High Cotton Award winner from Sikeston, Mo.

Despite running cotton pickers in the mud, Doug Scott says 2020 turned out a decent harvest for his cotton crop outside of Sikeston, Mo. 

While his attitude was not a foundation for Scott’s selection as the 2021 High Cotton Award winner, it does point to his forward thinking and drive to seek out a way to continually improve his operation.

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Southeast: Jerry Hammill

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Jerry Lee Hamill of Enfield, N.C. is the 2021 High Cotton winner for the Southeast.

Jerry Hamill has been successfully and profitably producing cotton in North Carolina for more 52 years so he must be doing something right.

That’s one clear take away from the many cotton industry peers who nominated Hamill for the 2021 High Cotton Award for the Southeast; he does all he can to produce the best crops he can with the goal of perfection.

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Southwest: Robbie Robbins

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Robbie Robbins, 2021 High Cotton winner

Last fall, Robbie Robbins harvested his 62nd cotton crop. Five picker balers, accompanying equipment and employees converged on his Altus, Okla., farms to harvest 6,000 acres of cotton — a stark contrast to the mules he worked as a young boy on the family farm or his first five-acre cotton crop produced as a junior in high school. 

Robbins’ commitment to quality cotton production for more than half a century and service to the industry has earned him the Farm Press/Cotton Foundation 2021 High Cotton award for the Southwest.

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Western: Hansen Ranches

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From left, Erik, Phil, and Nis Hansen.

As a sixth generation of Hansens waits in the wings, history suggests that combined, the five generations of family before them created a farming legacy.

Brothers Phil and Erik, and their cousin, Nis Hansen, oversee the day-to-day operations of a diverse farming operation that includes upwards of 10,000 acres of high-quality, extra-long-staple Pima cotton known for its strength and ability to mill fine clothing and linens. It is their dedication to sustainable farming practices, a strong business acumen that continues to focus on environmental stewardship and irrigation efficiency practices that makes Hansen Ranches this year’s Farm Press High Cotton winner from the West.

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The Farm Press team honored the 2021 High Cotton Winners in this special live presentation across the cotton belt.