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Hansen Ranches exemplifies environmental stewardshipHansen Ranches exemplifies environmental stewardship

Farm Press High Cotton winner from the West produces high quality Pima cotton

Todd Fitchette

March 15, 2021

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Making high quality cotton remains a commitment of brothers Erik and Phil Hansen and their cousin, Nis Hansen. The trio does this while farming diversified crops in and around the Corcoran, Calif. area. Much of their Pima cotton is grown in an ancient lakebed that was once the largest body of water west of the Mississippi River.

Water diversions have long since left Tulare Lake dry, making it suitable for flood-irrigating cotton through a series of irrigation ditches that offer an efficient return of the unused water.

Hansen Ranches was selected as this year's Farm Press High Cotton winner from the West. They join cotton producers from elsewhere in the United States who exemplify environmental stewardship and quality production methods.

The operation is a true partnership. Phil oversees day-to-day operations of the diversified farming business. Erik serves as general manager of farming operations and Nis oversees equipment and well operations. Phil's son, Brock, is currently enrolled in college and is learning farming operations on the family farm.


About the Author(s)

Todd Fitchette

Associate Editor, Western Farm Press

Todd Fitchette, associate editor with Western Farm Press, spent much of his journalism career covering agriculture in California and the western United States. Aside from reporting about issues related to farm production, environmental regulations and legislative matters, he has extensive experience covering the dairy industry, western water issues and politics. His journalistic experience includes local daily and weekly newspapers, where he was recognized early in his career as an award-winning news photographer.

Fitchette is US Army veteran and a graduate of California State University, Chico. 

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