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The 2019 High Cotton Winners named at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, Memphis, Tenn.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

March 5, 2019

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Dahlen Hancock was named the Farm Press/Cotton Board High Cotton Winner for the Southwest states at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, Memphis, Tenn. 

From his tillage practices to crop rotation to increasing farm efficiency, Hancock, in the midst of uncertain times in agriculture, is trying to build a future on the family farm for his granddaughter Cora Elin Hancock.

Dahlen, along with farming, serves the cotton industry as director of New Home Coop Gin; board member and marketing pool representative at Plains Cotton Cooperative Association; past chairman of Cotton Incorporated and past president/chairman of Cotton Council International; a delegate to the National Cotton Council of America, serving on NCC's Sustainability Task Force Committee and participated in the council's first Policy Education Program. He also serves in leadership roles within his community and church.

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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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