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Charles Parker honored for years of work eradicating the boll weevil

Cotton producer Charles Parker faced a myriad number of challenges to help rid farmers of the pest.

The idea that you could eradicate the boll weevil from an area as large as the eastern U.S. Cotton Belt is breathtaking in its scope. That many farmers from so many diverse regions of the country had never worked together before.

Today the boll weevil has basically been pushed back across the border into Mexico, thanks, in large measure, to the work of the National Cotton Council’s Boll Weevil Action Committee. The group was first chaired by Marshall Grant, a cotton producer from North Carolina and then by Charles Parker, producer from Senath, Mo.

Former National Cotton Council President Woody Anderson recounted some of the accomplishments of the BWAC under Parker’s chairmanship and announced the NCC had named Parker Boll Weevil Action Committee Chairman Emeritus.

David Grant, a producer from North Carolina, and the son of Marshall Grant, will serve as the BWAC’s new chairman. The presentation took place at the NCC’s mid-year board of directors meeting in Memphis, Tenn.

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