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Dahlen Hancock named 2019 High Cotton grower for Southwest States

New Home, Texas, cotton grower named in 25th Class of High Cotton winners.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

March 2, 2019

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Dahlen Hancock, a New Home, Texas, cotton grower,  was named the 2019 High Cotton winner for the Southwest by Farm Press and The Cotton Foundation at their awards breakfast, Friday, March 1, at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show at Memphis, Tenn. This is the 25th Class of honorees. Three other cotton producers from across the Cotton Belt were also honored:

  • Southeast States, Frank Rogers III, Bennettsville, S.C.

  • Mid-South States, Steve Stevens, Tillar, Ark.

  • Western States, Cannon Michael, Los Bonos, Calf.

“We are here to honor some of the best farmers in the country,“ says Farm Press Senior Content Director Ron Smith.

See, 25th Class of High Cotton winners named

Growers are nominated and selected based on production yields and quality but also their techniques and management practices used to grow their cotton.

“The High Cotton awards were conceived with the idea of recognizing what growers are doing to achieve goals of consistently higher yields and premier quality cotton while instituting practices that protect the environment,” says Farm Progress Senior Vice President Operations Greg Frey. “High Cotton winners exemplify the best of the best.”

See, Photo Gallery: Dahlen Hancock named Southwest High Cotton Winner

Prior to presenting the awards, Dr. Bill Norman, vice president of the National Cotton Council, also addressed the winners. “Since 1994, this program has given much-deserved attention to cotton producers who have an environmental ethic and who are committed to achieving sustainability,” says Norman.

“This year’s recipients use cover crops and crop rotation, not just for soil and water retention but for improving soil health. They are also maximizing irrigation efficiency while simultaneously trying to reduce runoff of water and nutrients — all efforts helping reduce U.S. cotton’s environmental footprint.”

Norman also recognized each of the winners as advocates for the cotton industry. “All four recipients are active in farm organizations to ensure their voices are heard at the local, state and national level.”

See, 2019 High Cotton winners, high on sustainability

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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